Gary Oman retires after 45 years

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Describing his working life as, “A pretty long and satisfying career,” Gary Oman summed up his 45 year stint at Mazergroup in Neepawa in the parts department. Actually, Oman, who retired at the end of March, started his working life at Minnedosa Implements with Fred Bayes. “When George and Bob (Fred’s sons) came into the business, the name changed to Bayes Equipment and in 1995 it was bought out by the Mazergroup,” said Oman. In 2009, Oman’s son Doug came alongside as an assistant. In 2014, they switched roles as Doug became parts manager and Gary assisted. Staff and customers celebrated Gary’s retirement with a big cake on March 29 and a come and go reception at the dealership located at the west end of Neepawa.

Rocky Mountain sales chief tours Western Canada

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On March 29, Jim Wood, chief of sales for Rocky Mountain Equipment visited with Neepawa Banner & Press publisher, Ken Waddell, at the Neepawa dealership.

Ken Waddell
Neepawa Banner & Press

Jim Wood covers a lot of ground in his role as chief of sales for Rocky Mountain Equipment. RME has 34 stores across Canada and 11 are in Manitoba. Sitting on a prominent spot just east of Neepawa, the local RME store is one of the newer locations.

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HyLife Foods expansion completed


Submitted photo: Some of the 1,300 HyLife workers gather to mark the opening of the new cut floor in Neepawa. It’s twice the size of the old cut floor.


By Ken Waddell

Neepawa Banner & Press 

The Yellowhead Hall was fancied up, the bar was well stocked and the tantalizing smells of pork delicacies wafted over the crowd. Over 150 people attended what was billed as an Open House. Hosted by HyLife. a Manitoba integrated pork processor, headquartered in La Broquerie, with business around the world, the event showcased the completion of its pork processing facility expansion and upgrade project. The bulk of its investment was focused on the modernization of the Integrated Pork Processing Plant in Neepawa that now boasts leading-edge technology and is one of the most sophisticated facilities in Canada. 

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Neepawa Nighthawks add league title to trophy case



Neepawa Banner & Press

It has been a season to remember for the Neepawa Atom Nighthawks. After winning the Atom Female “A” provincials earlier this month, the girls capped off their spectacular season as the Champions of the Rural Manitoba Female Hockey League!  

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Looking Back - 1998: Sylvester wins the Rosebowl

Jessica Morton
Neepawa Banner & Press

80 years ago
Tuesday, March 29, 1938
If you want to hear motorists “blow up,” ask them about the condition of Highway No. 4 between Neepawa and the Arden ridge. What with holes and corduroy, it is described as a real “gizzard shaker”. Coming off the good stretch between Gladstone and the ridge, it is the more noticeable. Whether or not the government intends to put this section in good shape this season is not known. What should be done and what is going to be done are two different things.

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