Rhineland Reeve Reflects On A Busy 2020


January 2/2021

Looking back on 2020, Municipality of Rhineland reeve, Don Wiebe, says the COVID-19 pandemic set the tone for the year early and certainly created a host of challenges for his municipality.

"Initially, we closed things down early, such as arenas and community halls, and then when the threat of the pandemic faded we started re-opening the facilities with numerous restrictions and safety precautions which required staff time, training and supplies. And then, sometime in November the province moved to Code Red and everything is shut down again," explained Wiebe.

Pet Lovers to Pet Store Owners – The Story of RuffMutts


January 7/2021

“If it’s something we wouldn’t give to our pets, we’re not going to bring it into our store and sell it!”

In one simple line, Guy Britten, Co-Owner of RuffMutts in the Altona Mall, sums up their business philosophy and commitment to their customers.

The Altona location has been open for several weeks, retailing a variety of grain-free and grain-inclusive Canadian-made kibble, including Acana and Orijen.

Altona Finalizes Land Purchase Agreement For Industrial Park Expansion

December 24/2020

The town of Altona has taken a big step forward in its plans for business and industrial expansion into the future.

The town announced on Wednesday the purchase of 117 acres of land from Grand West Farms.

Mayor Al Friesen says he's excited to see this process move forward, noting it was the right time to make this kind of purchase.

Solid Year For Housing Construction In Altona


December 14/2020

Al Friesen says despite the pandemic situation in 2020, the town had an excellent year when it comes to residential construction compared to the year previous.

Officials Pleased With Progress During First Year Of Immigration Pilot


November 10/2020

Launched November 1, 2019, the three-year Rural and Northern Immigration pilot program creates a path to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers who want to live in the community while at the same time filling job gaps in rural and northern areas of the country.

Stephanie Harris is the economic development officer with S.E.E.D., the local economic development organization that is driving the program. S.E.E.D uses a web site where local employers can advertise job openings and workers from around the world can apply for those jobs.

RPGA Reporting Solid Building Construction Activity In 2020


October 19/2020

RPGA general manager Susan Stein tells us there has been a large increase in the number of house permits taken out this year.

"Permits for dwellings are up substantially. We've seen double the number of dwellings built in 2020, both in Rhineland and Altona. We're currently sitting between 33 and 35 permits."

Altona Company Enjoying Surging Demand For RTM Homes


September 21/2020

Demand for ready to move homes is pretty high right now and an Altona company has found a lot of success tapping into that market.

Friesens Corporation Merges Two Companies, Creates New Brand


August 14/2020

Friesens Corporation in Altona has merged two of its subsidiary operations to create a newly branded company.

Friesens Packaging and think4D have amalgamated to form a new entity called - Think 4D Inc.

S.E.E.D. Business Grant Program Gaining Momentum


August 10/2020

There's been a recent uptick in requests for the business grant program offered by S.E.E.D., according to Stephanie Harris, economic development officer for the group that operates within the RPGA Planning District. 

Optimism Growing As Altona And Rhineland Show Signs Of Economic Recovery


June 22/2020

Thanks to strong local support, Harris says the local foodservice industry has done fairly well during the pandemic, noting most continue with take-out and delivery while others have added delivery to their service menu and plan to continue with that option moving forward.

Rhineland Inks Deal To Bring Municipal-Wide Internet Access


April 7/2020

Ratepayers across the Municipality of Rhineland can look forward to fast and secure Internet service in the near future.

SEED Group Spearheads New Tax Incentive Program


October 3/2019

Both municipalities have approved bylaws that will waive municipal taxes for three years for businesses erecting a new commercial or industrial building, or large-scale addition/expansion. The communities of Plum Coulee, Gretna and Rosenfeld are also included in this program.

Immigration Pilot Program Taking Shape


September 25/2019

Harris said members of IRCC were able to also provide details about the pilot and explain the structure of the program, which has been a big help to the local immigration group in developing criteria for the pilot.

Local Communities Selected For Federal Immigration Pilot

June 14/2019

The federal government announced on Thursday the Gretna-Rhineland-Altona-Plum Coulee district has been selected as one of 11 communities across the country for the program.

Continued Growth Of Friesens Corp. Yields More Jobs


May 23/2019

"The plants have been very full," said CEO Chad Friesen. "We've been hitting some records with the number of press impressions that we've made, the number of books that we've made. It's just been all around a very, very strong start to the year for 2019," Friesen said, adding that revenue numbers are up 18 percent.

Major Renovation Planned For Altona Co-op Food Store

April 23/2019

The store will almost double in size going from 14,000 square feet to about 25,000 square feet.

A continued increase in sales over the past number of years prompted the decision to expand the store, according to Iverson.


Altona-Area Oat Milling Company Expanding


December 18/2018

An oat milling facility near Altona, MB is undergoing a significant expansion. Ryan Penner is CEO of Buffalo Creek Mills. "We're very excited to have our unloading facility improved," he commented. 

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