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The Minnedosa

Since 1883
Volume 137 Issue 2 Friday, March 22, 2019 www.minnedosatribune.com 90 cents plus tax

INSIDE Honouring Fire Chief McVey


T he Minnedosa Fire
Fighters held their
24th annual antique snow-
mobile poker derby last
month. On Tuesday night,
proceeds from this event

Chancellors were presented to the fam-

ily of former Minnedosa
Fire Chief, Bill McVey, who
Consolation passed away February 14th
at the age of 65.
Champs A long-time com-

munity volunteer, former
Minnedosa Bomber and
Town of Minnedosa em-
ployee, Bill dedicated 34
years of his life as a fire-
fighter with the Minnedosa
Fire Department. Follow-
ing the retirement of Fire
Chief Mel Mummery in
late 1985, Bill was appoint-
ed as the local Fire Chief,
a position he proudly held
until 2003 when he handed

Skating Show the Chief’s helmet over to

Dallas Brykaliuk.
Photo by Karen Mitchell

Following Bill’s pass- Back Row (L-R): Matt Saler, Johnnie Brown, Jodi McVey,
ing, tributes poured in Chad McVey, Laurie McVey and Jason Cooper.
from those who knew and Front Row: Blake Lewandoski and Liam McVey.
respected the former Fire
Chief. One of the messages in choosing a career in the McVey family has decided Kowal and third ($365) to
posted to the Fire Depart- fire service.” to donate the money to Troy Thompson. The der-
Running on ment’s facebook page The February 24th the Minnedosa District by’s 50/50 winner was Liz
Empty? summed it up very well, Fire Fighters fundrais- Foundation in Bill’s name, Burton who won $500 and
Print jobs can take up to “Bill was a mentor to many ing poker derby saw ap- so others in the commu- the draw for the antique
2-3 weeks to complete. proximately 230 riders nity can benefit from it. Bill snowmobile, a 1974 Po-
on the department, a few
Fill up before you run out!
of whom continue to serve this year. The derby raised gave back so much to his laris Colt 340SS was won
Minnedosa Tribune today. He left his mark on $500 which the fire depart- community throughout his by Jaxson Sparrow-Brown.
adsales@minnedosatribune.com the department and com- ment matched dollar-for- life, he will now continue An upcoming fund-
munity as a whole and is dollar for a total of $1,000. to give back through mon- raiser for the Minnedosa
and will always be greatly Members of the Fire De- etary support through the Fire Department will be its
missed.” partment presented these Minnedosa Foundation. third annual Trivia Night at
Current Fire Chief, proceeds to Bill’s wife, During the poker der- the Ukrainian Hall on April File photo
Dean Jordan, commented, Laurie, daughter Jodi, son by, 367 hands were sold 6th. Anyone interested in
Bill McVey recieved
“Fire Chief McVey was an Chad and grandchildren with first prize of $915 go- entering a team can call
intergral part of the de- Blake and Liam at the Fire ing to Neil Jakubowski, Firefighter Marty Moyer at a Fire Department
partment. He guided many Hall Tuesday night. The second ($550) to Matt 204-868-5381. Service Medal in 2017.

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