80 years ago Tuesday, Nov. 22, 1932 About 30 persons, representatives of as many churches, societies and organizations met with the mayor and council in the court house on Thursday night, Nov. 17. All councilors were present with the exception of Mr. Drysdale. The object of the meeting was to discuss the promotion of a “back home” week in Neepawa in 1933 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the town’s incorporation and also the 51st anniversary of the Agricultural Society. 70 years ago Thursday, Nov. 26, 1942 During the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee Monday night, the Beautiful Plains Agriculture Society burned the mortgage that had been held over their head for a number of years. Robert Habkirk, a steady member of the society, had the honor of holding the match to the piece of paper. To commemorate the 60 years that the organization had been serving the agricultural interests of the district, over 200 people sat down to a banquet in the I.O.O.F. hall catered to by the Rebekahs, and listened to an inspiring speech by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Mr. J. H. Evans. 60 years ago Thursday, Nov. 27, 1952 The second annual Neepawa Fall Fair was held in the spacious 60,000 square foot Arcade Nov. 19 and 20. Long tables were arranged throughout the building displaying the many articles on exhibit. Chairs and benches were arranged in the centre of the hall to accommodate spectators. 50 years ago Tuesday, Nov. 20, 1962 Deer season opened with a big bang last Monday morning as hunters bagged more than deer, according to one Game Branch official. In the first week of the south-western Manitoba region alone, hunters shot and killed: two men (one injured), a four-year-old boy, one cattle beast, one sheep, two horses, deer??? Editorializing seems to be of little avail when it comes to these type of irresponsible “hunters”. In spite of this despicable carnage, we can be thankful for the small mercy that none of these happened in the immediate Neepawa area. Most of these accidents took place around the Oak Lake – Virden area. 40 years ago Thursday, Nov. 23, 1972 A report given to Neepawa town council Tuesday night by the building inspector, Cecil Chapman, indicates permits have been issued for 27 new residential buildings during the period Jan. 1 to Oct. 31 of this year. With the inclusion of 15 low rental homes completed this year, the total is increased to 42 new homes. Several permits were issued in November and a few more are expected before the end of the year. Value of the 27 new homes is estimated at $338,000. Total new construction in Neepawa this year up to the end of October is estimated at $1,198,369 as compared to $836,360 for the entire year in 1971. 30 years ago Thursday, Nov. 25, 1982 Icy road conditions were blamed for an accident on the outskirts of Neepawa on Nov. 19, involving a brand new fire truck bound for Quesnel, B.C. RCMP said the fire truck was heading west on Highway 16, about 10 a.m. when the driver couldn’t stop for a truck turning into Double S Service. Rather that turning into eastbound traffic, the driver Dale Carlson, swerved into the ditch on the north side of the highway. The truck hit a fence, and hydro pole and turned over onto its roof. RCMP attributed seat belts as the sole reason no one was injured in the fire truck. 20 years ago Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1992 Manitoba Highways has been surveying Mountain Avenue during the past week, the first step to rebuilding the town’s decaying main thoroughfare. That’s good news. But for some people the bad news is that if the road is rebuilt it may mean a switch from angle to parallel parking. Neepawa mayor Roy McGillivray said he’s hopeful the town will be the first to have Highways reconstruct its main street without having to switch to parallel parking. Neepawa would be the first town to fight to keep angle parking along its main street following a provincial reconstruction program. Four years ago, Manitoba Highways offered to reconstruct Gladstone’s Morris Avenue and Dennis Street. The proposed $1.3 million project would have taken about a year to complete. However, stiff opposition from local residents and business owners put a halt to the plan. 10 years ago Monday, Nov. 25, 2002 Neepawa’s former Agricore elevator was toppled last Wednesday after work crews weakened the supporting structure and dug out underneath the west side of the building.