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Small Businesses the Lifeblood of Rural Communities: Jackman-Atkinson

Small Businesses the Lifeblood of Rural Communities: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

Store Open Sign

You can get everything you want on Amazon, except for a vibrant community. Rural towns may be diverse, but they all have one thing in common; if you look up and down their Main Streets, you’ll find small businesses.

According to Industry Canada, this country is home to over 1.14 million small business and each day, these entrepreneurs wake up and get to work, doing the heavy lifting of driving Canada’s economy. Small businesses are the lifeblood of rural communities, not only do they provide local goods and services, they also provide employment and support for local organizations and events. Big business might get all the limelight, but for one week, at least, it’s time for small business to shine.

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Seniors a Vital Part of Our Communities: Jackman-Atkinson

Seniors a Vital Part of Our Communities: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

Senior Bus

NEEPAWA, Man. — Through their knowledge and their efforts, seniors give a tremendous amount to our towns, villages and rural municipalities. In this week’s paper, we are celebrating Seniors’ Week, which aims to recognize the contributions made by seniors to our communities. You don’t have to look far to see the vital role they play.

The population of seniors in Canada is growing and the 2016 Census showed that our country had reached a milestone; for the first time ever recorded, there were fewer children than seniors. The fastest growing segment of the population in Census 2016 was those over 100 years old. It wasn’t a surprise, just the end result of two long-term trends: longer life expectancies and declining birth rates. These trends aren’t expected to reverse and by 2031, Statistics Canada predicts that almost a quarter of Canada’s population will be over 65-years-old.

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A Beef with Meat: Jackman-Atkinson

A Beef with Meat: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

Beef - Cattle

NEEPAWA, Man. — Every hero needs a villain and it seems that farmers are unknowingly being cast into that role.

At the end of July, New York-based company, WeWork, announced they would no longer support the consumption of meat. Not only would they not serve red meat, pork or poultry to their 6,000 workers at company events, but they will also no longer reimburse employees’ expense claims for meals which include meat.

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Three Manitobans Arrested and Charged in Relation to Neepawa Homicide

Three Manitobans Arrested and Charged in Relation to Neepawa Homicide

Kelsie Lesergent
Kelsie Lesergent, 20, is the third person to be charged by Manitoba RCMP for second-degree murder in the death of a Neepawa man. (RCMP HANDOUT)

Manitoba RCMP have arrested 20-year-old Brandon woman and charged her with second-degree murder related to a Neepawa homicide.

Kelsie Lesergent, 20, was arrested late Friday connection to the death of a 62-year-old man on November 25, 2017.

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Hay, There’s a Problem: Jackman-Atkinson

Hay, There’s a Problem: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

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NEEPAWA, Man. — It’s been a dry summer, after a winter that didn’t see a lot of snowfall and another dry summer last year. For livestock and forage producers, this prolonged dry spell has meant that hay crops are down, way down.

Across the western part of the province, where the drought has been most pronounced, hay crops are down as much as 3/4 in some places. I know producers whose hay fields yielded close to 1/10th of what they usually produce.

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War on Work: Jackman-Atkinson

War on Work: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

Construction Worker

NEEPAWA, Man. — What if we’ve been thinking about work all wrong? I recently watched a TED talk by Mike Rowe, best known as the host of the Discovery Channel’s TV show, “Dirty Jobs.” The talk is almost a decade old, but the issues remain relevant today.

Dirty Jobs had a simple concept, Rowe and his crew would spend each episode working a “dirty job,” something not so glamorous, yet essential. The goal was to showcase the hardworking people we need for modern society to thrive. In each episode, Rowe would act as the apprentice, getting his hands dirty under the direction of the person being profiled. The program gave him the unique experience of working with everyday Americans in all 50 states.

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Attracting the Future: Neepawa the Latest Manitoba Municipality to Rebrand

Attracting the Future: Neepawa the Latest Manitoba Municipality to Rebrand

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Editor, myWestman.ca

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After close to six months of work, last week, the Neepawa Tourism committee launched the community’s new brand. I’m excited to see this greater focus on tourism and I’m not alone, judging from the strong turnout at the unveiling.

Neepawa is part of a larger trend, as many communities, like Clear Lake, have recently completed a branding process and others, like Minnedosa, are looking into it.

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