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In Neepawa, What’s the Attraction?

In Neepawa, What’s the Attraction?

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Neepawa

NEEPAWA, Man. — What do we want to be known for? It’s an important question every community must ask itself. The Town of Neepawa used to be known for its flowers and each summer, thousands would come from across North America for the Lily Festival. With all those eyes on the town, everyone did their part to help the town live up to its title of “World Lily Capital.” There were publicly-funded lily beds and privately-maintained yards and bus and carriage tours took visitors around to admire the beauty. The concrete deadline of the festival pushed everyone to get the town ready for the attention.

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In Case of Emergency: Jackman-Atkinson

In Case of Emergency: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Hospital Emergency Room

NEEPAWA, Man. — Last week, 18 rural Manitoba communities found out that they would be losing their EMS stations. The changes are part of a province-wide reorganization of health care and the closure of these low volume stations was one of the recommendations in a 2013 report on the province’s emergency medical services.

In making the announcement, Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen said that while 18 stations would be closing, five new stations would be built, in Miniota, Cowan, Alonsa, Manigotogan and Eriksdale, and the stations in Virden and Glenboro will be upgraded. These new or upgraded stations will all be staffed 24/7. This wasn’t the case with all of the stations slated for closure, many of which operated on a part-time or on-call basis.

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Food for Thought: From Manitoba Farms to the Table

Food for Thought: From Manitoba Farms to the Table

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Kitchen - Stove - Dishwasher

NEEPAWA, Man. — Agriculture is extremely important to our region, but as many people know, the real money isn’t in primary production. In agriculture, changing a commodity into a more finished product adds greatly to its value.

There are many companies, including Neepawa-based Farmery Brewery who have taken this route. They not only make beer from their barley, they have also started packaging it into products, such as cake mixes.

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We Can Be Like Buffett: Jackman-Atkinson

We Can Be Like Buffett: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

NEEPAWA, Man. — “Greed is good,” proclaimed Gordon Gekko, the fictional corporate raider in Oliver Stone‘s 1987 movie Wall Street. Written as a story about the perils of greed, it was adopted by a generation (or two) of bankers and executives as a kind of mantra. Then 10 years ago, the Great Recession hit and the general public began to realize that for the vast majority of them, “Greed is good” was coming at their expense. It came in waves of factory closures, home foreclosures, business restructuring and aggressive cost-cutting. It came with stories of deals that were technically legal, but while they may have followed the letter of the law, they weren’t true to the intent.

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Small Business Inequity Needs a Solution: Jackman-Atkinson

Small Business Inequity Needs a Solution: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Small Business Retail

NEEPAWA, Man. — Look down any Main Street in rural Manitoba and you’re guaranteed to see one thing — lots of small businesses. Small businesses are the backbone of the Canadian economy, but nowhere is this more evident than in rural communities. In Manitoba, Statistics Canada reported that in 2015, 97.6 percent of the province’s businesses were small.

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Strength in Numbers: Jackman-Atkinson

Strength in Numbers: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Chuck Davidson
Chuck Davidson (HANDOUT)

NEEPAWA, Man — Last week, the Neepawa business community got a reminder of the good that can come from working together. Chuck Davidson, president of the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce, was in town to visit local businesses and speak at the Neepawa Chamber’s annual general meeting. It marked a good opportunity to step back and look at the big picture.

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Manitoba Charities Impacted by Changes to Giving Program

Manitoba Charities Impacted by Changes to Giving Program

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

NEEPAWA, Man. — Changes to Manitoba Hydro’s charitable giving policy are making it a little harder for employees to support charitable organizations close to home. Previously, employees could donate to charities directly through automatic payroll deductions, as well as to one of 14 local allocation funds, which was matched by the corporation and distributed by the local fund committee. Under the old giving program, smaller, Neepawa-based charities, such as the Neepawa United Way, Neepawa and Area Palliative Care and the Beautiful Plains Community Foundation received numerous donations from Hydro staff.

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Neepawa’s Community TV Station Opens Up Opportunity to Learn Media Biz

Neepawa’s Community TV Station Opens Up Opportunity to Learn Media Biz

By Ken Waddell, myWestman

Video Camera

NEEPAWA, Man. — NACTV has been in operation as a community access TV station serving Neepawa and area since 1977. The broadcast license is held by an eight-person, community-elected board. The station broadcasts mostly locally produced programs, seven days a week, 365 days a year, on Channel 12, MTS Channel 30, Bell ExpressVu 592 and on-line through the station’s website, nactv.tv.

In 2016, upon the retirement of the long-time manager at NACTV, the board of directors entered into an agreement with the management and technical staff of the Neepawa Banner to operate the Neepawa downtown studio, at 423 Mountain Avenue, the live broadcast studio at the Yellowhead Centre Arena and on-site videography work in the area.

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Telling Stories: Manitoba’s Cattle Industry

Telling Stories: Manitoba’s Cattle Industry

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Cattle Farm

NEEPAWA, Man. — For an industry wanting to tell its story, it’s impossible to overstate the importance of information. For the agricultural industry, the time to gather that information is now. In the coming years, the industry is going to face an increasing number of outside challenges, from concerns over the environmental impacts of various agricultural activities, to the pricing of carbon that we know is coming sooner or later, the industry needs to be able to tell its story with facts and figures.

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Time for a New Approach: Jackman-Atkinson

Time for a New Approach: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Davidson House
Davidson House (PROVINCE OF MANITOBA)

NEEPAWA, Man. — Soon, Neepawa will lose a local landmark and reminder of its early prominence. After years of neglect, the Davidson House is slated for demolition.

Built in 1887 for the town’s co-founder, businessman and politician John A. Davidson, the Davidson House stands proudly at the top of the hill on the east side of Neepawa. For more than 100 years, it has watched over the town’s development, seen by everyone as they travelled down Main Street (Highway 16).

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