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As 2017 draws to a close,  we take a look back at the Neepawa Banner & Press’ top 10 stories of 2017. The results are based on the online page views on www.mywestman.ca. Links to the complete stories can be found with the snippets of each story within this article. The number of individual online views are listed with each story and are accumulated via Joomla Software Systems. Numbers up to date to Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017.

10. Major upgrades are looming for the Yellowhead Arena. (3,061 individual online views): On Monday, May 22, the board of directors for the Yellowhead Centre (YHC) in Neepawa unanimously passed a pair of motions; one for the installation of new arena boards and the second for a new time clock. The exact cost of the improvements has yet not been released to the public, due to various options available on this work that may affect the pricing.  YHC board president Darian Major said that the reason for moving forward on these upgrades had to do with the ongoing costs associated with maintaining and repairing the existing boards and clock. 

Yellowhead Arena Upgrades: May 26, 2017


9. Offensive graffiti found across Neepawa. (3,289 individual online views): RCMP are investigating a wave of graffiti, which struck several locations across Neepawa over the Canada Day long weekend. Sometime over the course of the weekend, the welcome sign on the town’s east end, the new sidewalk at the Flats as well as the concession stand at Neepawa Lions Riverbend Park were spray painted with derogatory remarks directed towards immigrants. As well, a slur directed at the British monarchy was found on the side of Neepawa’s Royal Canadian Legion building. 

Offensive graffiti in Neepawa: July 7, 2017


8. Bad blood already in Neepawa/Cartwright series. (3,451 individual online views): A hat trick, a penalty shot, an altercation between a player and a fan and a police presence to close out the evening. Welcome to playoff hockey in the Tiger Hills Hockey League.  While cooler heads ultimately prevailed, it’s still fair to say that if the entire best-of-seven series between the Neepawa Farmers and Cartwright Clippers is anything like game one, it’ll be one for the ages. 

Bad blood in Neepawa/Cartwright THHL series: Feb. 15, 2017


7. Krzyzaniak shortlisted for Olympics. (3,842 individual online views): Neepawa’s Halli Krzyzaniak is among the handful of Manitoba based players vying for a spot on Canada’s Winter Olympic hockey team. On Wednesday, May 10, Hockey Canada announced the 28 players that will be centralized in Calgary throughout the 2017-18 season in preparation for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Krzyzaniak shortlisted for Olympics: May 17, 2017


6. HMK takes a walk for Terry. (4,025 individual online views):  On Friday, Sept. 15, students, teachers and staff from Hazel M. Kellington (HMK)School walked across Neepawa for the 2017 edition of the Terry Fox Run. Adminstration with HMK wish to thank all the local businesses and parents that donated time and materials for the walk and concurrent barbecue.

HMK students take a walk for Terry: Sept. 22, 2017


5. Fatal train collision in Arden. (4,936 individual online views): An Arden area man is dead after his truck collided with a train. Spruce Plains RCMP said that at just after 8:30 p.m., on Sunday, Jan. 8, officers responded to a report of an accident at the Boughton Street tracks in Arden. The initial investigation has determined that the driver, a 68-year-old male from the community, was driving an eastbound pickup truck at a low rate of speed when he approached an uncontrolled railway crossing. The driver attempted to stop, but was struck by a northbound train. Road conditions were icy at the time of the collision.

Fatal accident in Arden: Jan. 9, 2017


4. Neepawa Natives Chase the ace prize won. (5,347 individual online views):  Ken Waddell presents Darin Metcalf with a cheque for $5,460, after Metcalf successfully pulled the ace of spades at Chase the Ace during the Neepawa Natives game on Friday night.

Chase the ace winner. Sept. 27, 2017


3. From small town Manitoba to Hollywood North. (7,088 individual online views): Ever since David Roncin was a little kid, he’s had an obsession with film and storytelling. Anyone who knew the former McCreary resident growing up could tell you tales about him picking up a video camera and making movies with his classmates as the stars. Since those formative years, his passion for film has not only increased, but turned into a successful, award winning career. 

From small town Manitoba to Hollywood North: June 29, 2017


2. Neepawa homicide. (18,821 individual online views): Dec. 1, RCMP are investigating a homicide in Neepawa. Police have confirmed that around 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25, local RCMP officers received and responded to a call regarding an unnamed deceased male in a residence near Hwy 5 north in Neepawa. The death  is being investigated as a homicide. Local law enforcement is receiving assistance from the Serious Crime Units in Brandon, Winnipeg and Dauphin. 

RCMP investigate Neepawa homicide: Nov. 30, 2017


1. Local couple found safe. (29,671 individual online views): For one Neepawa family, the long August weekend was anything but relaxing. On Sunday, Aug. 6 at 1:00 am, Neepawa  RCMP were alerted to a missing local couple, 92 year-old Gerald Barber and his wife, 83 year-old Vera Barber. Vera had picked up Gerald at the Neepawa hospital at 2 p.m. on Aug. 5 and they didn’t return on schedule. Ultimately, they were found safe, after spending more than 24 hours stuck on a backroad.

Missing Neepawa couple found: Aug. 7, 2017