Donna Morken accepts volunteer award from Premier

By Sheila Runions

      Banner Staff

For the past 10 years Manitoba’s premier has presented Volunteer Service Awards during National Volunteer Week, this year April 12-18. The awards were established in co-operation with Volunteer Manitoba to “honour the efforts and dedication of outstanding volunteers in Manitoba, and to recognize and encourage the valuable services performed by volunteers,” states the provincial website. Awards are presented to youth, individuals and community groups. Approximately 200 nominations were submitted this year and among the 10 winners are five individuals, one of whom is Rivers’ own Donna Morken. Nominated by Krsita Reynolds, she included the following in her five-page application.

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All is well in Riverdale

By Mayor Todd Gill

The first quarter of the newly-formed Riverdale Municipality has come to pass. For those readers who have been out of the loop, Town of Rivers and RM of Daly officially amalgamated to become Riverdale Municipality as of Jan. 1 of this year. Future articles of history will speak of the last days of the incorporated Town of Rivers and the incorporated Municipality of Daly. Although neither entity holds any legal status following Dec. 31, 2014, Rivers will inevitably always be Rivers and Daly will most likely always be Daly in the minds of citizens of the day. For all corporate, legal, municipal, provincial and federal requirements, we are and will be, Riverdale Municipality.


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Small towns and big dreams

By Vern May

Minnedosa & Area Community Development Corporation

Sometimes our self-esteem takes a beating. As Manitobans we are born with a strong work ethic and a “get it done” attitude, but we’re not strong self-promoters.  We go about our business, always do our best to help friends and neighbours in need, and we don’t think a whole lot about ourselves – as long as there’s a roof over our head, food on the table and our loved ones are in good health. We’re proud (but not boastful) of our families and communities and are always ready to share with people who we are and where our roots are planted. But when our identity is compromised by the actions of others – particularly government – creating uncertainty of who we are and where we stand, that is deeply hurtful. I can’t think of a time in recent memory where that was more apparent than during the process of municipal amalgamation.

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Safety inspection at Neepawa Fire Hall

By Eoin Devereux

The Neeepawa Banner

A little bit of spring cleaning is underway at the Neepawa Fire Hall, as several upgrades are being done to the facility. The improvements were recommended by a recent inspection by Workplace Health and Safety.

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Legion News - Branch No 75 - Apr 17


By Warren Smallwood


The April 13 meeting of Rivers Legion was called to order by president Darryl Childerhose; 13 members were present. News was received that curling and eight ball were dropped from Legion sports at the dominion level because of changes in sponsorship. They will still continue locally and as far as provincial command, so there won’t be any major disruption at the local branch level.

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