Neepawa-Gladstone Co-op marks 88 years with ‘good year’

By Ken Waddell
The Neepawa Banner

Neepawa-Gladstone Co-op board chairman Ray Kulbacki said, “Eighty eight years in business is quite a feat… I hope you’re as proud of it as we are,” as he opened the annual general meeting (AGM) on April 20, “On the local level, 2016 was a good year for us. Sales reached $74.2 million which was down from last year’s $76.6 million due to deflation in fuel prices. Local saving was up at $1.2 million and our net savings after patronage was up to $3.7 million from $3.3 million last year.”

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East meets west in 4-H exchange

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson
The Neepawa Banner

Just how different are 4-Hers from other parts of Canada?  This summer, 12 Neepawa area 4-H members will find out, as they take part in exchange with members from Amherst, Nova Scotia.

On June 29, the 12 east coast 4-H members will arrive in Manitoba for the first leg of the exchange. While here, they will be paired with a local member, live with them and their families and spend a week taking in the sights of Manitoba.  They will also help out at the annual 4-H Fat Stock Show and Sale, giving them a real Manitoba 4-H experience. 

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Club offers exciting opportunity for kids

By Miranda Leybourne
The Neepawa Banner

Spring is a time for children to enjoy playing outside after a long winter, a time when they can enjoy various sporting and outdoor activities. Now, young people with an adventurous streak can learn how to mountain bike thanks to the Dirt Squirts/Kids of Mud program put on by Prairie Mountain Cycling and the Manitoba Cycling Association. 

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Four ‘R’s: Reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmetic and Rotary

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Ron Nordstrom with some of the Grade 5 and Grade 6 students at Joya Verde School.  Nordstrom spent 28 days at the Guatemalan school as part of a Rotary Vocational Training Team, helping improve the skills of the school’s teachers. (submitted photo)

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson
The Neepawa Banner

He may have been over 5,000 km from home, but Ron Nordstrom found a little piece of Canada nestled in a Guatemalan valley. For 28 days, Nordstrom, a retired teacher from Neepawa, had a once in a lifetime experience working with students and teachers at Joya Verde School, located in a Guatemalan village. 

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Neepawa’s budget details unveiled


On Tuesday, Apr. 18, the Town of Neepawa’s 2017 financial plan were made public.  (photo by Eoin Devereux)

By Eoin Devereux
The Neepawa Press

The Town of Neepawa has decided to go on a major spending spree with its new budget. Fortunately, local ratepayers, for the most part, won’t be the ones asked to pay that bill. On Tuesday, Apr. 18, the Town Council unveiled details for its 2017 financial plan, which has  allocated $8,402,475.69 towards the general operating fund and $12,755,978.51 to the utility operating fund. 

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