After-School Programming

Attend an informational session on May 22/23 regarding upcoming plans for Fall 2018. Learn More...

After 65 of operation, the province has announced Pineland Forest Nursery in Hadashville will close its doors on December 31st.

As part of an ongoing extensive value for money review across government, Manitoba Sustainable Development has determined the nursery, just off of the Trans-Canada Highway, is no longer viable as a provincially operated entity. However, it says the nursery contains valuable assets and the province is exploring new options for its use. David Turchyn, Reeve for the RM of Reynolds, says this came as a shock for them as this employs such a large number of local people, including himself at one point, and adds it will definitely be sad to see it close.

"It’s a major contributor like I said, it’s been here for 65 years, longer than we’ve been a municipality. It’s been here for a long time, it’s employed local people. Everybody, I would say a large percentage of the population here at one time or another was employed at the nursery. I mean it was a fixture, it still is. What’s going to happen? We’re not sure but we hope for the best."

Turchyn explains Pineland Forest Nursery was based on reforestation. He says they provide a service for the province as well as wood and paper companies by extracting seeds, growing and storing seedlings for future planting. Turchyn notes many of the employees at the nursery were saddened by the news. 

"I think that there’s probably a lot of them in shock, even though maybe they knew it was coming but you know how it is. When it does hit you I’m sure it’s traumatic to a lot of people because some of them are seasonal and they rely on that as their livelihood."

Turchyn adds they hope someone comes in with some vision and reopens the greenhouse and restores these local jobs.

"That’s our main hope. We have to look for the positives, it’s done already. This nursery is done as of December 31st. We’re hoping somebody comes in with some vision, some great opportunities whether it be Peak of the Market or the medicinal marijuana or maybe just as a tree nursery. Still the same, it’ll work. I’ve worked there before, I’ve seen the potential in that place."

More Local News

Southwood School Incident Leads To Reminders

The Superintendent of the Hanover School Division says nothing more has come of an incident last Thursday at Southwood School. Randy Dueck says staff spotted something out of the ordinary and took…

Cleaning Up After The Dust Storms

The Manager of Public Works and Operations for the Rural Municipality of Hanover says soil drifting this spring was the worst he's seen in many years. Wes Fehr says Sunday, April 29th was an…

After-School Programming

Attend an informational session on May 22/23 regarding upcoming plans for Fall 2018. Learn More...

2018 05 pine grove rest stop

Pine Grove Rest Area To Close?

Red marker shows the location of Pine Grove Rest AreaA popular rest stop on the Trans-Canada Highway may be closed. The Pine Grove Rest Area, just west of Hadashville, has had washrooms and a food…

No Change In Policy On U-Turns On Main Street

Steinbach city council has agreed to keep the current system of very few U-turns being allowed at intersections on Main Street. Some councillors had asked the administration for a study on the…

Municipalities Not Lifting Spring Road Restrictions

Spring road restrictions have now been lifted for provincial roads in southern Manitoba. But several municipalities, including the city of Steinbach, plan to keep their restrictions in place a little…

Hanover Fire Departments Attend Two Grass Fires Monday

Hanover Fire Chief Paul WiebeBoth Both the Kleefeld and Grunthal Fire Departments attended grass fires Monday evening. Hanover Fire Chief Paul Wiebe says Kleefeld was called to a fire on Highway 52…
2018 05 judge barkman

Justice Gordon Barkman Remembered As Being Fair And Patient

A lawyer from Steinbach has very good memories of Judge Gordon Barkman who passed away last week. Judge Gordon BarkmanJustice Barkman served on the County Court of Manitoba from 1972 to 1984 at which…

Driver Arrested After Incident Early Saturday

A woman was arrested on the weekend after driving in the wrong lanes of the Trans-Canada Highway and endangering police. RCMP report the incident happened just after 3:30 Saturday morning, about one…
2017 05 rcmp patrols

City Council Sets Police Priorities for 2018

Steinbach city council has done a review of its policing priorities. City councillor Michael Zwaagstra says police ask council each year to establish priorities that they should focus on. And he adds…
Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen

Treatment To Be Coordinated For Addiction And Mental Health Issues

Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen says his department is busy working on implementing a new mental health and addictions strategy. A government-commissioned report has shown about 80 per cent of people…
2018 05 ewen1

Ritchot Approves Broiler Expansion

Council for the Rural Municipality of Ritchot has given approval for a farmer south of Ile des Chenes to expand his chicken broiler operation. Mayor Chris Ewen says the owner of Falkdale Farms would…

Woman Charged With Domestic Assault

RCMP say a woman is facing charges of domestic violence after an incident in Steinbach during the weekend. Police officers were called to a residence at 7:40 Saturday evening. Their investigation led… is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide