The Rural Municipality of Siglunes was incorporated in 1917. The village of Ashern was named after A. S. Hern, an official of the firm that constructed the railway that served the Western Interlake.
To the northwest of the R. M. lies the Narrows area of Lake Manitoba, birthplace of our province's name. The Cree called this area Manitobau, meaning "Narrows of the Great Spirit". Today this region is prime angler country with Master Angler Awards given here for perch, freshwater drum, northern pike, walleye and sauger.
Today the R. M. supports the agricultural, fishing, mineral extraction on NE 15-23-8(owned by the R. M.), recreation and tourism industries. The community of Ashern is the largest community in the R. M. and is a regional service centre to a trading area of approximately 6,500 people.
There are many organizations and facilities in the R. M. of Siglunes that residents may patronize to stay busy in all seasons of the year. With a focus on sports, the organizations and activities offer something for children, young people, and adults.
During the winter months there are various sports to partake in: hockey, curling, figure skating, ringette, snowmobiling, ice-fishing and cross country skiing. Different levels of most team sports exist to accommodate the wide range of ages that play them. Ashern has an indoor skating rink and a curling rink, both with artificial ice. Summer sports include: baseball, water sports, swimming, and other favourite games such as horseshoes. Ashern has a nine hole golf course with grass greens, watered fairways and a licensed clubhouse.
Ashern has a community hall, an Elk’s Hall and a Royal Canadian Legion Hall that cater to a wide variety of events and community groups. Wedding socials, bingos, dances, and Christmas concerts are some of the things that go on throughout the year.
The local beaches boast fine sand and clear, clean water. Narrows West and Silver Bay are popular places for local cottage owners and seasonal campers. These areas are privately owned, although camping is available by reservation for the Lake Manitoba Narrows Lodge. Lake Manitoba has many sand bars which are ideal for children.
The Ashern Museum is open during the summer months and contains several buildings which house pioneer displays and artifacts.
In March, is the annual winter carnival including a figure skating ice-show, a hockey tournament, broomball, a social, and the crowning of the carnival King and Queen.
Ashern's Annual Rodeo is held Labour Day Weekend and offers good food and entertainment the whole family can enjoy. Special events during the weekend include a street dance, fireworks, rodeo competitions, kids’ events, and a parade.
The fall months are welcomed by avid hunters as the Siglunes region is a hunter's paradise.