Stakeholders hear Manitoba/local tourism industry rosy and busy

Stakeholders hear Manitoba/local tourism industry rosy and busyMickey Dumont The Portage Citizen In a luncheon last this week to tourism stakeholders, Colin Ferguson Travel Manitoba CEO and Vern May, executive director of Portage Regional Economic Development, explained that maybe not all tourism roads lead to Manitoba and Portage la Prairie, but many do and others are getting used more. Colin Ferguson President and…

Tourism award for Bill’s Sticky Fingers

Tourism award for Bill’s Sticky FingersProfessionally restaurateur Bill Protopapas is a pretty humble guy even knowing he has the best ribs in town. Chances are very good the owner of Bill’s Sticky Fingers will remain the affable host of the popular downtown Portage la Prairie eatery even after winning a Manitoba Tourism Award of Distinction – Business announced at a…

WINNING WEEKEND FOR RYAN ESPEY

WINNING WEEKEND FOR RYAN ESPEYSubmitted by Vern May For the 17th time in his career as an arm wrestler, Ryan Espey mounted the podium this weekend as the Canadian gold medal winner at the Canadian National Arm Wrestling Championships in Montreal. It has been a stellar season for the veteran of the wrist-twisting sport. In April, he went undefeated…

PRED ED comments taken to task

PRED ED comments taken to taskI am responding to Vern May's column in the Herald Leader Press on June 14, 2018, which was truly astounding. Mr. May moved to Portage la Prairie and has been the Economic Development Officer (Executive Director of PRED) for approximately 1.5 years. In that time, he has decided that he knows everything better than everyone else…

So, let’s talk about positive things…

So, let’s talk about positive things…In response to Vern May's last article, I think he was spot on with referencing a good number of Portagers with the doom and gloom attitude. I come from generations of Portagers and I have heard my fair share of negativity. Psychology tells us that people who are negative are usually depressed and are fearful…

Portage in a one horse race for concert

Portage in a one horse race for concertMickey Dumont The Portage Citizen — When you click on Portage la Prairie to vote in the 2018 Coors Banquet One Horse Town contest you are informed you have made ‘a nice pick’. If you want to see the 2018 Coors Banquet One Horse Town concert series featuring country stars Dallas Smith, Tim Hicks and…

Roquette still “full speed ahead”

Roquette still “full speed ahead”Production pushed ahead into 2020 Mickey Dumont —  Portage la Prairie’s business community and coffee shops have been rife with rumours the half-billion dollar Roquette plant here, is in trouble. Rumours have been circulating for at least two weeks that work at the site has been halted, engineering cost overruns have escalated to nearly a billion…

BOOM TOWN!

BOOM TOWN!BOOM TOWN! The Portage Citizen The “B” word is increasingly slipping off more local tongues. What does it mean?Quietly, but assertively, Vern May, Portage Regional Economic Development (PRED) executive director may be the first municipal official to state Portage la Prairie and area is in the midst of an economic boom. May’s economic development portfolio…

Real estate to make steady gains

Real estate to make steady gainsReal estate to make steady gains The Portage Citizen The coming influx of new workers and their families to Portage la Prairie attracted by new jobs at Roquette when it is built and when Simplot expands will put expected and unexpected pressure in the real estate market. “There will be a shortage of housing in…