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Pioneer Meat Pioneer Meat was founded in 1968, as a partnership between John A. Gerbrandt and Bernie Penner. Located near Gnadenfeld, this business began by doing custom butchering, especially in the fall when pig-killing bees were customary. In this way families had their sausages, hams, and cooked ribs done to order without having do the work themselves. Beef was also butchered, cooled, and wrapped to order. This custom work, however, proved uneconomical and was phased out in the late 1970s when the firm began specializing in smoked farmer sausage, along with liverwurst, crackles, lard and cooked ribs. These specialties are shipped to retail outlets throughout Manitoba. The business has expanded steadily and now employs 13 full time employees. In 1971 John Gerbrandt sold his interest to Bernie Penner who now operates the business on his own.
residents. In 1976 a pipeline was constructed to the villages of Gnaden feld, Neubergthal and Sommerfeld providing them with treated water from the Manitoba services Board via the Neche-Altona pipeline. In the same year the municipality constructed a public truckfill west of Gna denthal to serve area farmers with water for livestock and spraying. In 1982 the R.M. of Rhineland entered into an agreement with the R.M. of Stanley to provide residents of the village of Reinland and Rosengart with water. Two wells were constructed southeast of Rosengart with a treatment plant and truck fill between the two villages. Going into operation in the fall of 1982, this system serves forty-eight residents in the two villages, while the truckfill provides treated water for many area farmers.
These smaller towns fulfilled another important role in the munic ipality as the need arose for retirement homes for the area's older residents. While a number of these homes had been built in Altona in the 1960's and 1970's, many of the older residents of other rural commu nities did not want to relocate to larger centers. By 1973, a 17 unit apartment block for the elderly had opened in Gretna and in 1979, the Rose Village Villa opened in Rosenfeld.
This new concern for the elderly in Rhineland also led to the formation of a number of senior citizens clubs under the federal govern ment's "New Horizons Program". By 1973 the Plum Coulee senior citizens had established a drop-in center which was expanded in 1974 to