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Only the Good News: Highlights of 2020, Part One

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The team behind construction of the CRRC in Niverville. Sara Beth Dacombe

With our lives upended by the COVID-19 pandemic and the daily news constantly inundated with political instability south of the border—and yes, some north of it, too—it’s easy to understand why everyone has decided that 2020 was the year from hell. The social media memes reminding us of this fact will live on in infamy.

But 2020 wasn’t all bad, and we’ve got the proof. The Citizen prides itself on showcasing the exciting things happening in our local communities, and it turns out there was plenty of good news to go around last year.

• Early in the year, it was announced that Niverville’s bid to host the 2022 Manitoba Winter Games was successful. The Games will open in late February 2022, and planning is well underway. Read the full story.

• A significant source of frustration in Niverville had long been the traffic snarls that backed up cars waiting to turn at Fifth Avenue and Main Street. Traffic signals were finally installed and turned on last summer, easing a decades-long headache for residents of the town. Read the full story.

• Speaking of traffic headaches, the province announced last summer that they expect to soon begin construction on an interchange to vastly upgrade a dangerous intersection that many of us commute through daily: the corner where Highway 200 meets the South Perimeter. Read the full story.

• Last summer, Christmas came early at Whitetail Meadow, at the corner of Highways 311 and Highway 200. The popular wedding venue was the site of a weeks-long film shoot for a Lifetime movie, Let’s Meet Again on Christmas Eve, which premiered this past December. Read the full story.

• This winter, work is underway on a new boat launch in Ste. Agathe that is going to make the river more accessible to the communities in our area, and bring fresh tourism and recreation opportunities to Ste. Agathe. Read the full story.

• In August, after a year and a half of construction, we were given our first peek inside Niverville’s Community Resource and Recreation Centre. The exterior is largely finished now while works continues inside. The estimated completion date is June 1, 2021. Read the full story.

• This fall, a couple of community-minded volunteers from St. Adolphe gave their time and energy to help create a fantastic outdoor spot for people in our area to enjoy nature. The Friendship Trail has been a big attraction. Read the full story.

Come back tomorrow for a fresh round of good news!

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