The RCMP warns everyone to be aware of romance scams when searching for that special someone online.

760 people in Canada reported a total loss of 22.5 million dollars to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre last year. That's more than any other kind of fraud.

Scammers look to capitalize on the vulnerability of those looking for love or companionship. The hope is to take significant amounts of money from the victims. They usually create enticing profiles on dating websites to lure people into an online relationship. After a while of building trust, the scammer will ask for money.

The RCMP say the greater the trust gained by the fraudster, the greater the losses suffered by most victims.

The RCMP has a few tips to avoid falling for one of these scams. Be skeptical when chatting with an individual who claims to live nearby but is currently overseas for work (this can be a set-up to ask for money later), be suspicious if they refuse or continuously cancel video chats and in-person meetings, be wary when someone you've never met in person professes their love and scammers may also ask for help covering the cost of an emergency situation, such as a sick family member.

Protect yourself by never, under any circumstances, sending money for any reason. If you believe you’ve been a victim of this, contact your bank and place a stop payment on any cheque or money transfer, report it to the police, and file a report with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

760 victims in Canada reported a loss of $22, 523, 278 which is about $29 635.89 per person. In Manitoba specifically, there were 31 victims that reported a total loss of $812,007.59 which is about $26, 193.79 per person.

The Dauphin and District Chamber of Commerce hosted their lunch series at the Aspen Lodge yesterday.

Laurie Cox had a presentation about how the four generations interact in the workplace.

The bulk of her presentation was how to attract and lead the millennial worker.

The millennials are the largest generation and by 2025 will be 75% of the workforce.

With more millennials coming into the workforce Cox suggests an inspiring and visionary leadership over millennials.

There are a lot of differences between the four generations, leadership-wise.

Baby boomers believe in participant management, gen x looks at a more top-down hierarchal, and millennials like a peer to peer relationship with their leaders.

There are similarities between the generations, they all want to do well in their role, they want to be invested in their company and find value in their company.

With all the snow we've been getting in the last little while, CKDM wants to remind you to clear off the snow from your car windows.

CKDM has been informed by the RCMP that you could be fined $113 for driving a vehicle when it's obstructed by snow, and it could also become a lot worse.

You could be charged with dangerous or careless operation of a motor vehicle if you are in an accident or strike a pedestrian.

CKDM reminds you to take the extra time needed to clear off your car windows to avoid a bad scene.

The RCMP have confirmed that the body found on Monday in the RM of Stanley, is that of Maria Pluschnik who was reported missing on Sunday this week.

RCMP ask that the family's privacy be respected during this difficult time.






Manitoba Infrastructure is warning drivers in the Dauphin area to be alert for deer on highway 10.

There's been an increase in deer crossings recently at a clearly defined path at highway 10 just south of the highway 5 junction, near the airport. According to the release from Manitoba Infrastructure, 20 deer have been hit recently.

While there already is signage around that area, more will be put up.

You can view the most recent deer collision hot spot data here.

Crop Connect Conference 2019 begins this morning.

CFL legend Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons presented over the noon hour. The crowd joined in whenever he got the crowd to clap, say something back, or jump up. 

At 10  there were three different presentations. One’s about autonomous Ag, another is about soybean response to hail damage and late seeding, or attendees can hear about mental health.

This afternoon there are a bunch of presentations. Some include trusting the data, an update on the movement of grain from western Canada, and integrated strategies for fusarium head blight management in spring wheat.

Benjamin Schwab is heading to the Victoria Inn, in Winnipeg, to cover day one of the conference.

Tune in throughout the day to hear coverage about what’s going on.

Texting and driving is a problem everywhere.

Corporal Marcel Dewar says texting and driving is dangerous because it takes your eyes off the road.  Averting your eyes from the road for even a moment can result in you being in some very unwanted positions.

A first offence of distracted driving results in a three-day license suspension and a 672 dollar fine. If the incident results in a collision that causes injuries or death, the penalties can increase significantly. Criminal charges may even be warranted in certain circumstances.

Corporal Marcel Dewar says there are exceptions to using your phone in your car if it’s an emergency. A person is allowed to make a call for emergency purposes.

Dan Ward has accepted the position of Superintendent and CEO for Mountain View School Division.

Ward has been the Assistant Superintendent of Education for MVSD since July of 2015.

“I think my most valuable experience has been the last three and a half year working with Donna Davidson and our senior admin team, as well as our board of trustees. I’ve learned a great deal.” Ward continues, “prior to that, I bought classroom experience, administrative experience, and working with the province. But certainly over the last three and a half years working for Mountain view has been great.”

He thinks everything he’s done up to this point will help him in his new role that starts on July 1st.

Ward has been an educator for over 23 years spending 11 of those in middle and senior year classrooms. He holds a Master’s degree in Education Administration.

In an MVSD press release, the board of trustees say that “Mr. Ward is an educator who believes in a school division art where students can meet their true potential in a supportive, respectful learning environment.”

A Neepawa high school student is one of 35 students to receive the Loran Award.

Kailyn Hanke, who attends Neepawa Area Collegiate, was awarded a $100,000 scholarship.

“A little bit of shock. I wasn’t really expecting it. Especially after meeting everybody there because everybody was just so nice and they had done so much. I felt really honoured.”

Hanke recently flew to Toronto, on the 1st and 2nd of February, for national interviews.

“They mostly just ask about your application. We also had to do an online questionnaire before we went. And a lot of the other questions were just kind of to get to know the person more on a personal level than you can from an application on paper.” She continues, “it was very nerve-racking. It was a very good experience to have.”

So, why did the committee choose Kailyn? “That’s actually something I’ve been wondering myself! Because I’m really not sure. Everybody else I talked to there were super humble, very down to earth, and very kind. In addition to all they’ve done with their academics and volunteering and what not. So, honestly, I’m not too sure."

Kailyn doesn’t know where she’s going to go after school ends. “I’m not really sure. I’ve applied to Guelph, Dalhousie, and McGill so far. And I don’t really have a front runner right now. But I just know that I kind of want to get out and go to a new place and go to school there.” She has applied to agricultural and environmental sciences, but is looking forward to first year.

She is involved in a lot of school activities including student council. She plays volleyball, soccer, basketball. She is also part of her school's social justice group and is a peer tutor.

The Dauphin H.E.R.O. (Helping Everyone Reach Out) Club has temporarily relocated to the Dauphin Friendship Centre.

Their original space was destroyed in the Bond Building fire last week.

Maria Kent, a PMH Mental Health Manager, says the Dauphin Friendship Centre has been outstanding in providing a gathering space.

“We’re very grateful to them for them being able to support us over the next few days while we try and find something more permanent.”

“We’re still able to offer the programing that we were as much as possible,” she said. “The H.E.R.O. Club has a calendar that comes out every month. So all of those actives that have been previously scheduled, we’re going to be going ahead and offering those activities.”

Some of the items damaged were woodworking tools, furniture, and other outdoor items, including the hot dog cart.

Anyone wanting to make a financial donation to the Dauphin H.E.R.O. Club can do so through Prairie Mountain Health.

As they look for a new place, non-monetary donations are not being accepted at this time.

“We’re also very grateful to the fire department and all of the people involved in responding to the fire.”

All 22 communities that rely on winter roads now have full access to Manitoba's 2,400-kilometre road network.

Typically more than 2,500 shipments are delivered to isolated northern communities from mid-January to mid-March. The system also provides road access for area residents.

“Winter roads not only facilitate the hauling of freight to northern and remote communities, but also provide the residents with temporary inter-community travel as well as road access to the rest of the province,” said Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler.

Some sections of the winter road system may be closed for repairs on short notice, due to changing weather conditions.

Manitoba’s winter roads are funded between the provincial and federal governments.