• Remodeled gas bar and c-store up and running

    Remodeled gas bar and c-store up and running

    After a lot of work and plenty of anticipation, the remodeled Boundary gas bar and convenience store on Mill Road looks as if it just stepped out of a Co-op commercial.

    The store was open and the pumps were running on Wednesday, February 12. According to Boundary General Manager Ryan Polnik, it is good to get the facility running almost exactly on schedule.

    “We had a delay there at one point putting the temporary tank on site,” Polnik stated, “but it really went pretty well. It’s good to have it up and running.”

    There are many new features to the spot. Instead of the two pumps and four nozzles at the gas bar, there are four pumps and eight nozzles. There are screens and the more modern “pay-at-the-pump” option. As well as regular and premium fuel, there is also a mid-range option. The canopy gives a little extra protection from inclement weather. There is room for more fuel storage as well.

Community Events

  • TMSD dealing with 2% drop in provincial funding

    TMSD dealing with 2% drop in provincial funding

    Turtle Mountain School Division is in the process of planning its finances for the next school year, as well as looking at longer-term goals.

    It is the time of year the division starts putting its budget together for the upcoming fall. In fact, Superintendent Tim De Ruyck said they started with consultations on November 20. They received their notification regarding provincial funding on January 30, which allows them to put proper numbers in their appropriate spots.

    As has become usual, the news from Winnipeg was not great. De Ruyck said they once again saw their provincial support drop 2% on their guarantee. He said it is a dollar decrease of $120,000 when all is said and done. As well, they are trying to stick with the province’s request to put a ceiling on local taxation of the same 2%.

  • Boissevain decides not to compete in Communities in Bloom for 2020

    Boissevain decides not to compete in Communities in Bloom for 2020

    For the first time in two and a half decades, Boissevain will not be participating in Communities in Bloom this year.

    The decision was made by the Beautification Committee earlier this week. According to Boissevain-Morton Head of Council Judy Swanson, it was unanimous. She said it started when she contacted the Communities in Bloom National Committee to find out where they thought Boissevain fit in. The community won the Grand Champions category in 2019 and was looking to the next year. Swanson said they were offered a spot in the Circle of Champions. If that sounds familiar, it is because Boissevain has been in that category in the past.

    “We could have been in Circle of Champions,” Swanson explained, “but they had done it. The group said it is difficult to get motivated when you get where you want to reach. Plus, I’m thinking it is time for the group to plant the flowers and enjoy the flowers with the pressure off.”

  • Winter Warm-up helps those in need

    Winter Warm-up helps those in need

    With an overwhelming response, the Mennonite Central Committee will be able to keep many people warm this winter.

    In their 100th year, the MCC held a special day on January 18. Called the Great Winter Warm-up, it saw thousands of comforters completed across the continent, destined for those in need. In the Whitewater Mennonite Church in Boissevain, they were able to do their part.

    “Saturday, January 18 at Whitewater Mennonite Church in Boissevain was a special day,” said local organizer Rita Engbrecht. “We made 25 comforters.”

    She said a number of them were brought in already made, but most of them were tied at the all-day event. There were 23 people who showed up, including three children who helped out.

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