80 years ago Friday, Feb. 3, 1933 The groundhog saw his shadow yesterday, and, according to weather forecasters, we are in for another six weeks of winter. 70 years ago Thursday, Feb. 4, 1943 The annual meeting of the board of governors of the Neepawa General Hospital was held on Jan. 21 with Dr. Martin, president, in the chair. An increase in hospital earnings of $2,482 and in cash receipts of $4,001 was shown as compared to 1941 and a total number of patients admitted was 934, an increase of 156 over the previous year. 60 years ago Thursday, Feb. 5, 1953 The end of 1952 saw two long-time residents of Neepawa retire from active business, when Jim Rodgers and Jack Mulvena, both veterans of the Roger’s Fruit Company staff retired on pension. Mr. Rodgers started his career with the company back in 1909 and went on the road as a traveller in 1913. When Rogers Fruit bought the Wigmore property on Hamilton Street in 1919, Jim was made manager, a position he held continuously until his retirement in December. Jack Mulvena has been warehouse foreman with the company since the branch was opened here. 50 years ago Tuesday, Feb. 1, 1963 Charlie Pedlar was presented with his 65 year jewel at the regular meeting of the Neepawa Lodge 16 of the IOOF, Monday, Jan. 28. There are relatively few of these jewels presented. Mr. Pedlar is the only member of the Neepawa lodge possessing one and he said there are probably only two others in the province. He joined the Odd Fellows in 1898, in Flesherton, Ont. He transferred from Dufferin Lodge there to Neepawa Lodge in 1900. 40 years ago Thursday, Feb. 1, 1973 Ed Kasprick, proprietor of Neepawa Harrow Works, has developed a new type of harrows which eliminates many of the problems of the conventional type. It’s a one-piece welded unit fitted with high carbon flat twisted teeth, which are socketed rather than threaded into place. Other advantages include the fact that the harrows may be pulled either forward or backwards, one direction for stony land and clearing straw and the other for stoneless land. The teeth are largely self-cleaning. 30 years ago Thursday, Feb. 3, 1983 An over-capacity crowd and dignitaries from many government and municipal offices marked the grand opening of the Kinsmen Kourts, Jan. 29, in Neepawa. The 52-unit senior citizens housing project, built as a Neepawa Kinsmen centennial project, opens its doors to residents one year after sod-breaking ceremonies. Master of Ceremonies Lyle Watson told the crowd the project served two purposes – the needs of Neepawa and district senior citizens and the clubs centennial project that they hoped would contribute to the community for years to come. 20 years ago Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1993 A petition circulated by the Neepawa District Chamber of Commerce condemning wide open Sunday shopping has ben signed by over 1,000 people in the past six weeks. The petition, which supports the stand against Sunday shopping taken by the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce, will be forwarded to Ste. Rose MLA Glen Cummings and Neepawa town council. 10 years ago Monday, Feb. 3, 2003 Demolition began on the Gladstone Agricore United elevator last week – but that was the worst of it for the town. That occurred three years ago when the former United Grain Growers elevator was taken out of service – and property taxes fell from $11,000 to $1,800 per year. “That drop in revenue was a big change for us”, said Monica Radford Ferguson, Gladstone’s assistant municipal administrator.