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Bust The Winter Blues Is Less Than Two Weeks Away

Preparations continue for the Bust The Winter Blues Festival which is now less than two weeks away and Flin Flon  Rec Director Cait Bailey is looking forward to working with lots of great organizations in both Flin Flon and Creighton.


"  We are so excited to have the soccer club , and groups and volunteers that take a lot of time doing  snowshoeing and we hope we have enough snow for them. That seems to be the big question, if we will have enough snow. We have wonderful partners that are waiting in the wings to see what that looks like. That includes the Snowmobile Club, the Ski Club, Friendship Centre,  all the Rec Departments with lots of activities happening all over."



The festival will kick off on Friday March the 1st which will begin with Senior activities at the Flin Flon Community Hall, the Flin Flon Kinette Trivia night and the Bomber game against Estevan. The full schedule can be seen on the City Of Flin Flon and Town Of Creighton facebook pages.

Flin Flon Creighton Seniors Receive A Donation

The Flin Flon Creighton Seniors Association received a generous donation for their projects and programs they run for the local seniors. President Katy Anderson says they will put the donation to great use.


"  Yesterday at our senior executive meeting, our Flin Flon Creighton Seniors received a $500.00 donation from Canadian Gold Core which is a new company that is out at Tartan. We were very grateful because the money can go towards projects and plans for the seniors. We do want to buy some technology for the Senior Centre, so this will help us forward that plan."


They plan to buy a new computer and a new projector screen for the seniors to enjoy at the Seniors Centre.

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Manitoba RCMP Traffic Stop Leads To Seizure Of Drugs And Cash


Last Saturday  at approximately 3:00 pm, RCMP North Traffic Services along with Swan River RCMP were conducting traffic enforcement on Highway 10 in Mafeking, when they stopped a vehicle for speeding.


The investigation led officers to search the vehicle which resulted in the seizure of one kilogram of suspected methamphetamine, 50 grams of suspected crack cocaine and approximately $15,000.00 in cash.


The driver and passenger were arrested.


A 22-year-old male from British Columbia and a 20-year-old male from Ontario, were charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking x2 and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime.


They were remanded into custody.


The investigation continues.

Newly Formed Trails Committee Has A Executive

The newly formed Trails Committee who are working with the Flin Flon Chamber Of Commerce held their second meeting Tuesday  night at City Council Chambers. Leslie Beck has been the standing chair and said she has met with representatives from Denare Beach, Creighton and Flin Flon on what trails will be opened.


Beck was happy with the turn out and explains where their  organization will go from here: " It was great to see the group that came out and we have good representation from the region and our next step now is to identify to each one of the regions what trail we should start with. It is really important about starting slow and getting all the bugs ironed out and figuring out all the little things like insurance. It is good that a lot of that stuff was brought up at tonight's meeting so now we know what we have to lok into going forward."


They have applied for a couple of grants from Rotary and the Northern Neighbors Foundation and have put together an executive which includes Leslie Beck, Sitting Chair, Christine Williams Co- Chair and Suzanne Kolenosky, Secretary Treasurer. If you would like to join their board, volunteer  or need any more information you can go to the City Of Flin Flon and Town Of Creighton facebook pages.


Their next meeting is March the 12th , 7pm at the Creighton Rec Office and is open to anyone who is interested in attending.

NMMA Offering First Aid Training

The Northern Manitoba Mining Academy will be offering first aid classes March the 12th and 13th, April 2nd and 3rd and 17th and 18th. Kelsey Farkus who is the Mining Academy Operations Co-ordinator explains what they will be teaching in these classes.


" So we offer both basic and intermediate first aid  training at the Mining Academy in Flin Flon. Our basic first aid training is a one day couse that is taught face to face delivery of the ST John ambulance curriculum. The primary focus  is the cpr level C that covers adult and child, the defibilator and emergency situations. The Intermediate is a two day course also taught face to face with the ST John Ambulance curriculum , and includes CPR level C which also covers adult, infant and child. It will also cover more emergency situations.


They can take a maximum of 18 people per class and you are advised to sign up asap as these classes always fill up quickly. You can register by e-mailing nmma@ucn.ca or calling 204-687-7038.

Multiple Arrests In Pelican Narrows

Saskatchewan RCMP’s Pelican Narrows detachment and La Ronge Crime Reduction Team (CRT) conducted a targeted enforcement project – aimed at removing dangerous weapons and illicit drugs from the community – in Pelican Narrows from February 9 to 11.


Officers seized five illegal firearms, 210 grams of methamphetamine and contraband alcohol during various enforcement efforts. Twelve people were arrested, charged and remanded into custody as a result of investigations over the weekend, which included:


RCMP  were proactively looking for Ashton Ballantyne, who was wanted on multiple warrants for offences including assault and assault with a weapon. Investigation determined he’d been at a cabin recently and left two firearms there. Officers continued searching for Ballantyne, who then turned himself into the Pelican Narrows RCMP detachment. He was arrested on his outstanding warrants and charged with seven firearms-related offences, including one count of weapons trafficking.


While out conducting patrols, the RCMP also made several other arrests including open alcohol in a vehicle,plus they located various firearms, a large sum of methamphetimines for the purpose of trafficking along with contraband alcohol which is prohibited by a Pelican Narrows bylaw.


The action taken by the RCMP was crucial in the battle towards drug and substance abuse in the community linked to various gang activity.

If you have information about any suspicious or criminal activity in Pelican Narrows, report it to Pelican Narrows RCMP at 306-632-3300. Information can also be submitted anonymously by contacting Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477.






Another Successful Draw For The Aqua Centre Fundraising Committee

The Flin Flon Aqua Centre Fundraising  committee held another successful 50/50 draw on Sunday and congratulations to former Flin Flonner  Rylee McNeil who won $25,00.00. All the tickets ended up getting sold and the committee wants to thank everyone who bought tickets.


Committee  member Karen McKinnon lets us know the other events they have planned to help raise money for the new pool.


" We are looking at doing another 50/50 which will be a larger amount and will be on sale a little bit longer and will be drawn for at Blueberry Jam, so keep an eye on that. We are going to look at doing another escape room and we have a few other ideas that we are working on. The interesting thing, if you add up all these little events that we are doing which started just before Christmas, including the pajama party with the city and our 50/50 draws we have raised just a little over $68,00.00.


The Aqua Centre Fundraising committee want to thank the various groups and volunteers for stepping up , but they could always use more. You can volunteer and find out the different activities they have planned by going to the City Of Flin Flon Rec page, the City Of Flin Flon facebook page and the Aqua Centre Fundraising Committee facebook page.

Things Are Looking Good For Denare Beach Winter Festival

The 45th annual Denare Beach Winter Festival is set to go the weekend of February the 23rd,24th and 25th. Rec Director Mel Durette says due to some generous sponsors and dedicated volunteers they look forward to lots of entertaining events for the whole family.


" We will start off on Friday with the Mushers Supper that we always have, there will also be a penny parade, crib tournament, turkey curling, trap setting for kids and lots of other activities and games. On Saturday we will start off with the pancake breakfast, family fishing derby and bingo with more kids games again. There will also be a boot hockey tournament and hopefully the snow drags on Sunday."


You can attend all the events by purchasing a $3.00 festival button at the Village office, Monday through Friday 9 to 4:30. A list of all the events can be seen on the Denare Beach Rec facebook page. 

Greenstone Hosting A Women In Business Celebration

International Women’s Day is taking place in March and Community Futures Greenstone is going to be holding a Women In Business Community Celebration. Becky Cianflone gives us the details on who they will be bringing in to do some speaking.


" As part of International Womens Day which takes place in March we really want to celebrate the accomplishments and the contributions of women who are in leadership in our communities. We have three local ladies, Kelly Blouin, Dawn Hlady and Cyndi Pedwell who are going to be appearing on a panel talking a little about their experience and how they have taken their passion and turned it into a business and spreading their message."


This takes place at the Victoria Inn, in the Northern room on Thursday March the 14th with appetizers, networking and cash bar starting at 7. The panel discussion will take place at 8.


There is no cost to attend but they would like you to register by March the 8th by e-mailing admin@cfgreenstone.com or you can call 204-687-6967.

Bust The Winter Blues Is Just A Few Weeks Away

Preparations continue for the Bust The Winter Blues Festival which is only two and a half weeks away and Creighton Rec Director Lindsay Shirran tells us even with the lack of snow they have a lot of great events planned.


" We have a lot of great events planned so as of right now everything is a go. We have senior card making, the Kinnettes are having a trivia night, we have some Bomber games. We will also have a home business market at ST Annes Hall, so if you are looking to participate in that you can contact Rikki at the Hooter and get a table. Our family fun day in Creighton is always a great event and  we will have free hot dogs and hot chocolate while supplies last. The Phantom Lake  Soccer Club will be holding an  outdoor snow soccer event, plus a celebrity smooshing contest and lots of other events including our family dance."


The event kicks off on Friday March the 1st and will wrap up on Sunday March the 4th and the event is hosted by the Town Of Creighton, The City Of Flin Flon, NHRA and the Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Centre. The  full schedule of events can be seen on the Town Of Creighton and City Of Flin Flon facebook pages

Another Fun Movie At The Hapnot Theatre Tonight

If you enjoyed last Friday’s movie at the Hapnot Theatre, the 100 year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared, you don’t want to miss the sequel happening tonight which is  the 101 year old man who skipped out on the bill and disappeared.


Colin Davis from the Central Canada Film Group is very excited about tonight’s movie.  " If you joined us last week at the Hapnot Theatre,  then you will definately want to join us tonight for the sequel The 101 Year Old Man Who Skipped Out On The Bill And Disappeared." If you wern't able to join us last week, you are still welcome to join us tonight as this is still a fun film even if you didn't see the original. We had a great turn out last week and we are hoping for another good turn out tonight."


Doors will open at 7 with the show starting at 7:30. Snacks and drinks will be available and admission  is free.

Kinette Club Holding Capes And Gowns Event For The Kids

The Flin Flon Kinette Club is presenting the fifth annual Capes and Gowns event this Saturday at the Creighton Community Hall.


Kerri Wood the Kinette Vice President says it is a fun event for any kids who would like to dress up and come out and enjoy various activities.  " Capes and Gowns is an annual event that the Kinettes put on and it is for children of any age and parents are welcome too. It is a fun little event to dress up like a super hero or princess. It is open to any ages as we have even had babies come with their moms and dads the last few years."


It takes place between 2 and 4 and is $10.00 per child and anyone 2 and under gets in free. There will be a photo booth, tattoo booth, dancing, crafts and treat bags and concession will be available.

Film Crew Excited About Documentary On Flin Flon

The Dinosaur Valley group out of Drumheller were recently in Flin Flon to film a documentary about the community’s rich history and legacy.


Crystal Kolt from the Flin Flon Arts Council  took the video crew out and about to different events and gave them a chance to interview lots of different people and they were impressed with what the town has to offer. 


" We has this film company come to Flin Flon to do this documentary about our town and they fell in love with the community. They were able to attend an amazing game with the Bombers where there was a shoot out and the whole nine yards. It couldn't of gone any better. They had a chance to touch on a lot of our cultural communities as well including the choir and Norva. They were able to visit Arctic Radio as it is one of the very first business's in our community. We had really good conversations about the Whitney family and Whitney House which is a family that invested in our community almost 100 years ago."


The video is being put together and should be completed within the next couple of months and will be posted on the City Of Flin Flon website. It will be anywhere from 11 to 15 minutes in length and will promote the overall perspective and rich history of Flin Flon.

A Number Of Resolutions Were Part Of The City Council Meeting On Tuesday

The City Of Flin Flon water and waste water rates was read a second time and passed a second reading. Once a third reading is passed there will be a meeting of public approval. The city also amended City of Flin Flon fees, fines and charges bylaw which  was read a first time and passed on first reading.


The city has requested an extension for the pool project under the Canada Infrastructure program for the existing grant from the Provincial and Federal governments for the delay in the build. This has been extended til March the 31st of 2026.


The City and the Flin Flon School Division have reached a financial agreement with a grant that has been given from Hudbay which will give a lump sum to the city in lew  of taxes with a percentage given to the school division.  


Joy Capyk was introduced at the meeting as the new Director of Finance and HR. Joy brings with her experience from working with Hudbay in Snow Lake.

Chamber Welcomes A New Member

The Chamber Of Commerce held their monthly meeting at City Council Chambers on Tuesday afternoon.


The Chamber has welcomed their newest member Boston Pizza who is interested in expanding into Flin Flon and are looking for someone to buy a franchise for the Flin Flon area. Dianne Russell, the Chamber President will share this information to other chamber groups in Manitoba and Saskatchewan to see if anyone is interested in this franchise opportunity.


Leslie Beck was on hand to represent the Trails Committee and reminded everyone they have a meeting planned for February the 13th, 7pm at City Hall. Beck mentioned if they end up forming an association they have 53 people confirmed to buy memberships.


Crystal Kolt was on hand for the Arts Council and commented on the Dinosaur Valley group who were in town to film a documentary on Flin Flon’s rich history. The group made their way to a Bomber game , visited Whitney House, CFAR and had a chance to meet lots of citizens and people involved in the mining sector. They are putting together a 15 minute promotional video that will be completed in a couple of months then shown on the City Of Flin Flon website.


Max Porterfield the CEO of Callinex Mining was the guest speaker and he updated everybody on the Pine Bay project located on the old Flin Flon highway by Sourdough Bay ,   where high grade discoveries of Gold, Copper,Silver and Zinc have been located.


Porterfield went on to say that they are looking for long time mining for long term job potential in this area. They have assembled a board of directors that have decades of mining experience including Peter Jones, JJ O’Donnell, James Pickell and Alan Voles.


You can see the complete presentation that Porterfield shared with the Flin Flon Chamber at Callinex.ca.

Saskatchewan Teachers Are Back To The Picket Lines

Teachers in Saskatchewan are headed back to the picket lines on Wednesday. The Creighton School Division will be joining other School Divisions across the province as contract negotiations with the Sask Government have stalled.


Kirsten Fristch who is the President of the Local Teachers Association tells us that frustration is setting in with little movement from the government.  


" Unfortunately teachers in Creighton are heading back to the picket line tomorrow , we would much rather be in our classrooms. Given the government has shown no movement and no will to negotiate with the teachers of our province we will continue with our rotating strikes. We are looking to put some pressure on government to bring them back to the table with a new mandate. We are hoping the public will contact their MLA'S, the Premier and Minister Jeremy Cockrill to let them know that they are ready for the teachers and government to get back to the table."


Creighton teachers will be on the picket line this Wednesday on Creighton Ave right in front of the Prospecter Inn between 10 and 2. You can join them on the picket line if you wish and you can also show your support by honking when you drive by. There is also going to be a province wide withdrawl of noon hour supervision on Thursday February the 8th.

Murder In Deschambault Lake

On Friday  at approximately 10:50 a.m., Deschambault Lake RCMP received a report of a serious assault outside of a residence in Deschambault Lake.


Officers immediately responded and located an injured adult male, who was transported to the local clinic, where he was later pronounced deceased. He has been identified as 21-year-old Jonathan Custer from Deschambault Lake.


His family has been notified and victim services made available to them.


A second adult male was arrested at the scene.


As a result of continued investigation by Saskatchewan RCMP Major Crimes, 22-year-old Keiffer Robillard from Deschambault Lake is charged with one count of  second degree murder.


He was  scheduled to appear in La Ronge Provincial Court on February 5th.

Semester Two Classes Start Today At Many Faces

Semester two learning classes will be starting today at Many Faces Education Centre for both adults and high school students. Principal Jodi Pawlachuk lets us know what courses they will be offering.


" Today we are starting semester two for the Adult Learning Centre and that is offering grade 12 english at night school every Tuesday and Wednesday from 6 to 9pm. We also have four independant study options, 12 biology, 12 family studies, 12 phsycology and 12 law that are available for the Adult Learning Centre as well."



To register you can stop by Many Faces between 8:30 and 3:30, Monday through Friday and remember to bring one piece of id. The adult classes will take place at night for anyone looking to upgrade or graduate. High school classes will be offered during the day starting at 8:45 am.

City Puts Together A Plan For Redeveloped Campground

The City Of Flin Flon has developed a master plan for a revamped Flin Flon Campground. The city hired a consulting firm out of Winnipeg to collect data, plus heard from local stake holders and community members on putting this plan together.


Cait Bailey the Director Of Recreation explains the different areas that will be outlined in this plan." We have finished on the campground master plan which is pretty extensive plan that includes a lot of different information on it. We are looking at expanding and investing into the campground into the future. This is a high concept plan with a lot of good ideas, and it is hard to imagine things if we don't put them on a piece of paper on what these areas could look like in the future. There are some fantastick ideas that we can piece by piece look at with the community and see where we should invest and where we should change things. We need to make sure the campground and that entire area is the best it can be and serving all the needs of our community and visitors to the area."


To view the plan in it’s entirety you can go to the City Of Flin Flon website and you can also stop by City Hall  to get a printed version. If you have any questions you can contacy Cait at 204-681-7502.

Pelican Narrows RCMP Have Made An Arrest

On December 26th  Pelican Narrows RCMP received a report of a serious assault.


Investigation determined a group of individuals approached an adult female and assaulted her. She was taken to hospital with injuries described as serious in nature.


As a result of investigation, 20-year-old Shante Beatty and 18-year-old Aiden Charles both from Pelican Narrows  were  both charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, plus charges related to breach of court order conditions.


Shante Beatty was arrested in Pelican Narrows on December 26 and was scheduled to appear in court in Prince Albert on December 27th.


Aiden Charles where abouts at that time were unknown and a warrant was issued for his arrest and he was located earlier this week at a residence in Pelican Narrows by RCMP.


Charles was to appear in court in Pelican Narrows yesterday.

Johnny's Holding Fundraiser For Werbicki Trucking Bombers This Weekend

If you are looking to blow off a little steam and help raise some money for a local organization you can make your way to Johnny’s Social Club this Saturday for some entertaining live music.


A bunch of local artists will be performing to raise money for the Werbicki Trucking Bantam Bombers  including Rock- Kut, No Name Band, CC Trubiak, Almost Sisters, Lane Laderoute, Kristen Imrie and Kim Jones will all be performing. One of the organizers Stacie Grenier gives us the inspiration behind this event.


" The idea really came from my dad,  Holly Freeborn who is really involved with Johnny's quite a bit as he is involved with a lot of shows there. He came to me with this idea to see if there are any local artists who would like to donate their time and perform,  and we could sell some tickets and raise some money. A few of our players have family members who play in bands and they offered to perform. Tony Pegg has a grand son on the team, CC Trubiak has a nephew and my dad has a grand son, and that is how it came to be."


Tickets are available at the Orange Toad for $30.00 and are going fast. Grenier says they will use the proceeds to pay for up coming tournaments.

Northern Juried Art Show Coming To The Pas

The 48th annual Northern Juried Arts Show will take place in The Pas this year at the University College Of The North March the 21st to the 23rd.


This is open to anyone in Northern Manitoba,  north of the 53rd parallel. Elma Dean who is one of this year’s organizers  tells us the different categories you can enter in.  " Our categories are oil painting, acrylic, water color drawing and print making, digital art, photography, three dimensional that includes pottery or staind glass and beading. There is fibre art and we also have two youth categories, ages 9 to 12 and 13 to 17.


The deadline to enter is March the 8th and is $20.00. All adults can enter as many as 6 entries and there is no charge for youth entries 9 to 17. Entry forms are available on the website at northernjuriedartshow.ca and can also be picked up at the Norva Centre. 

Flin Flon RCMP Investigate Robbery And Aggravated Assault

This past Sunday  RCMP received reports of an assault that occurred outside a business on Main Street in Flin Flon.


The victim was currently at his residence. Officers immediately attended and located the victim, a 24-year-old male, with significant injuries. He advised he was attacked outside a business on Main Street by a group of individuals. The suspects also tried to steal his bank card, but were unsuccessful.


The victim was taken to hospital.


Surveillance video was obtained which showed several males and females assaulting the victim by punching and kicking him.


Two females, aged 18 and 15, are facing charges of Robbery and Aggravated Assault. They were released from custody with upcoming court dates.


Collin Pruden, 22, has been charged with Robbery and Aggravated Assault. He was released from custody on a release order.


Darrel Dumas, 22, and a 15-year-old female, have been charged with Robbery and Aggravated Assault. They were remanded into custody.


The investigation is ongoing.

Central Canada Film Group Is Getting Ready For A Big Weekend At The Hapnot Theatre

It is going to be a couple big weeks coming up at the Hapnot Theatre as the Central Canada Film group will be showing a couple of blockbusters as we hear  more from Colin Davis.


" We are having a very special cinematic event at the Hapnot theatre over the next couple of Fridays. This Friday, February the 2nd we are having a special encore presentation of the 100 year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared. We showed this film many years ago and it was our most attended film to date. Here is where the twist comes in,  we only found out a couple months ago that there  is a sequel made to this fantastick show. We are very pleased to be able to present this to our Flin Flon audience. We encourage everybody to come out the following Friday February the 9th for the premier showing of the 101 year old man who skipped out on the bill and disappeared. If you saw the first film you will want to see this hilarious sequel."


The first movie will be shown this Friday at the Hapnot Theatre with doors opening at 7 with popcorn and drinks available and the show is always free.


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