Looking Back - 1978: “Tribute to Elvis” Dance


Jessica Morton
Neepawa Banner & Press

80 years ago
Tuesday, February 8, 1938
An annual report of Manitoba Telephone System, just issued, reveals a highly satisfactory condition, the most outstanding item being the revenue balance of $143,282.52 for the fiscal year ending Nov. 30, 1937, as compared to $14,739.95 for the previous year. In the list of exchanges, Neepawa stands fifth in the province in telephones, the total being 641 for local and rural.

70 years ago
Thursday, February 12, 1948
The Neepawa Peewee Hockey team won their first game of the season Saturday afternoon when they scored the lone goal of a hotly contested close checking affair with the Carberry boys in the local arena. A few weeks ago the Carberry boys took the long end of a 4-1 score in Carberry. The games were more than an hour late starting as the Carberry players had to wait for the snow plow to open the road from Oberon.

60 years ago
Tuesday, February 11, 1958
Neepawa minor hockey teams came away from the far famed sports centre of Hamiota Saturday night with an even split of the sports in the two play off games against the home clubs. The Neepawa Juveniles found stout opposition in the power laden Hamiota team and dropped a close 3-1 decision to the homesters. The local Bantams served notice that they pack plenty of scoring punch by walloping the Hamiotans in the Bantam BB opener, 13-2.

50 years ago
Friday, February 9, 1968
Neepawa’s new public library took another step toward becoming a reality this week when the Neepawa Town Council accepted tenders form three firms to complete the necessary renovations to the former Manitoba Telephone System building. The building had been purchased in December for use as a library and tenders were called last month for the interior changes necessary.

40 years ago
Thursday, February 9, 1978
Henchmen of the Saints, the local mean, but cool, motorcycle gang are polishing up their bikes and chains to get ready for some shaking at the “Tribute to Elvis” dance being held at the Yellowhead Centre in Neepawa on Saturday, Feb. 11. The dance, sponsored by the Neepawa Kinsmen Club, brings back the music of the 50’s and 60’s for everyone who wants to step back into the golden age of rock ’n’ roll for an evening. Collectors albums of the best of Elvis, plus many more special prizes will be given away in spot dances and for costumes.

30 years ago
Tuesday, February 9, 1988
On Wednesday, Jan. 27, at noon, with one bus loaded with instruments, one bus loaded with band students, and one small truck taking the big drums, the NACI Lion’s Band left for a three day workshop. The first “full band rehearsal” went well, followed by free time, when students could go swimming, skating, cross country skiing, or just relaxing. Each band member paid $25 toward the cost of their trip with the Band Booster Club paying the remainder.

20 years ago
Monday, February 9, 1998
Hazel M. Kellington students are holding a Learning Fair this month, with a focus on family fun. “We feel families are the key to everybody’s success,” said HMK principal John Nelson, “and we did this a few years ago and got such a positive response.” Nelson said staff decided to do it again, inviting families for a number of activities, including computer workshops, a mini winter Olympics and family games night. Nelson said family fun seemed appropriate for the learning fair, since February has been declared Heritage Month and Flag Day also takes place this month.

10 years ago
Monday, February 11, 2008
Spruce Plains RCMP were called to the scene after six railcars left the Canadian Pacific Railway four miles west of Minnedosa a week ago Tuesday. The train was en route to Winnipeg at the time of the derailment. According to CP spokesman Don Woodrow, the cars were loaded with machinery parts and grain products. “There were no hazardous goods of any kind, no leakage of any kind, no environmental concerns,” Woodrow said.