Dauphin, Canada

Manitoba Public Insurance plans to increase general insurance rates.

They requested a 2.2 percent overall rate increase for the 2019/20 insurance year with the Public Utilities Board.

If it’s approved that would mean the average passenger vehicle owner will pay about $27 more in premiums per year. That translates to $2.25 per month.

MPI says they are experiencing higher physical damage costs directly related to newer-model vehicles.

Over the past five years, collision claim costs have gone up about five percent per year. That’s compared to the prior long-term average of about two to three percent annually.

Two weeks' notice is what the R.M. of Dauphin is requesting from rate payers to give when it comes to applying dust control.

The R.M. has a pre-planned schedule for gravelling roads.

Dennis Forbes, Reeve, want the public to let them know before they apply dust control.

“I’d like to ask our residents that are in the process of providing their own dust control, if they would co-ordinate the application of that dust control with our public works foreman and the office. We need a little heads up preparation time because a number of the roads that people are talking about putting dust control on are slated for gravel.”

People are starting to apply dust control now to roads.

“We would appreciate two weeks, because we have had a number of people in the past day or event this morning, come in and say, ‘we’re putting dust control and l’m going to put it on tomorrow or the next day or the company is coming’ and so on. We can’t recct that quickly to do the gravel maintenance program on that particular road that we have planned on doing this year; so their dust control would be covered. We’re going to do the gravel maintenance, regardless, so if everybody could just co-ordinate their dust control with our office and everybody will enjoy their summer.”

This is to prevent residents who applied dust control before the road is gravelled, from losing the application.

Residents can call the public works office at 638-4531 to find out when their roads are being done and to notify their intention of putting down dust control.

The Grandview Municipality has now repaired the water main in the R.M.
Residents in the rural area can go back to normal water usage.
Highway 19 in Riding Mountain National Park has been re-opened.
It was closed earlier due to spring conditions.
The park would like to remind visitors to drive with extra caution, reduce your speed and increase your distance between other vehicles.
They'd also like visitors to be mindful of wildlife along the roadways.

Co-op Community Spaces Program donated $150,000 to help fund the construction of Phase Two of the Dauphin Derailleurs trail project.

At the future site of the trailhead, Lorne Eiffert, the General Manager of Dauphin Co-op made the announcement this morning.

Phase Two is expected to be located just north of Riding Mountain National Park entrance off of Highway 10.

Eiffert says this is one of the largest donations the program has ever given out.

“It’s a fantastic amount of money that’s being funded for the group. Dauphin Derailleurs was one of 24 recipients throughout western Canada to receive funding form Co-op Community Spaces Program. We had over 800 applications that came through. The criteria is, this one falls into the active healthy lifestyles, and building the community.”

Phase two will offer a family-friendly trail and can be used for all sorts of outdoor activities including running and hiking.

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Thunder rolled across parts of the province last night, with more extreme weather affecting parts of southwestern Manitoba.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were in effect for several communities located in that region, including Ste. Rose, McCreary, Alonsa, Gladstone, Minnedosa and even just over the Saskatchewan border into Yorkton.

There were reports of funnel clouds and baseball-sized hail, and Evinronment Canada confirmed that a tornado touched down in Waskada, just 300 km south of Dauphin.

The storm hit so hard, that it delayed the CFL’s season opener between the Blue Bombers and Eskimos twice, due to lightning around Investors’ Group Field.

Controlling dust on rural roads in the RM of Dauphin is a big concern for some residents.

It was an issue brought up during the most recent council meeting.

Laura Murray, the Chief Administrative Officer hopes residents get in contact with the municipal office before they put any fresh product down.

“What we do ask is if anyone wants to put dust control down, they are certainly allowed to, but if they would let us know ahead of time then we can make arrangements to prep their road so it’s ready and then the dust control can go down. They’ll have less damage potentially to their dust control.”

The RM no longer puts down dust control products after it was deemed too much of an expense and required too many man-hours.

There is a severe thunderstorm watch in effect for the Parkland including Dauphin and communities all around RMNP including Roblin, Russell, Minnedosa and Neepawa.

Conditions are favourable for dangerous thunderstorms that might be able to produce damaging wind gusts, damaging hail, and heavy rain.

Thunderstorm activity is expected to move into southwestern Manitoba later this afternoon and continue through the evening hours.

The 5th Dane Kaleta Memorial BBQ is raising money for a number of important groups and organizations.

All proceeds raised during the BBQ go towards the Ronald McDonald House, the Dane Kaleta Memorial Scholarship Fund, and new this year the Dauphin Girl Guides.

The annual event takes place at the Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy Parking Lot from 11 to 2.

Curtis Kaleta, an organizer, says this event is all about creating awareness around an issue that affects many in the Parkland.

“It’s all about the awareness around the stigma of sick children. Lots of people don’t want to talk about their sick children, but it’s good to talk about it and know that there are people out there that know your pain.”
Kaleta, is ready to host the fundraiser.

“This is an important BBQ fundraiser for us because it’s a memorial BBQ, our son did, unfortunately, pass away 2 years ago. That’s why I’ve decided to keep doing it is to keep building awareness for Ronald McDonalds House. There’s people each and every day that need the house.

In the last 4 years, the BBQ has raised over $36,000 for Ronald McDonald House and $16,000 for different clubs around Dauphin.

If you are unable to make it to the BBQ you can set up a delivery. You can get in contact with Curtis or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Municipality of Grandview is still urging their rural residents to conserve water.

Water in the Rural Municipality of Grandview will be shut off from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to repair the water break. This will affect the majority of customers on the rural water pipeline. 

The municipality was required to conduct an unscheduled repair yesterday afternoon. 

Shop It Forward is back for another round and this time the local shopping incentive program is a little different.

Stephen Chychota, Executive Director for the Chamber Of Commerce, explains the changes.

“So it just started last week, and it’s a little different than what people saw last year. This year we’re going with a collect stickers and win a prize, so a little comparable to if anyone had participated in the Fuel Up To Win that the Co-op did.  Every time you go and make a purchase at a participating store you can get a sticker, put it on your game card and after you collect 10, you can get that to the chamber office or another partnering organization and you have a chance at winning some great prizes.”

The cards can be picked up at the chamber office, Community Futures Parkland or partnering businesses.