The surgery program at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre recently received a generous contribution to go toward a new colonoscope, which is used for endoscopy procedures.

The contribution was for $36,000 and came from the Dauphin Hospital Foundation.

In the picture:  At left, representing the Foundation and Health Centre, is Curt Gullett, DRHC Director. Further, left to right, are Petra Huschenbett, DRHC Care Team Manager, Operating Room staff Simone Greening and Holly Hewens, and general surgeon Dr. Milos Vuksanovic.

RCMP responded to a report of assault and robbery at a house in the RM of Portage La Prairie Sunday morning.

The homeowner told police that a 42-year-old female had come to his door appearing to be seriously injured; she was later transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Officers met with the victim at the hospital, where she then told them that she had been picked up by a friend in Carberry, along with another male, who then assaulted her with a weapon. She was the forced back into the car where she was driven around the area and eventually thrown out on the side of the road. After walking for hours, she located a house where she then asked for help.

RCMP have arrested 21-year-old Austin Russell Wieler, of Portage La Prairie, as he was in possession of the victim's car. He has been charged with Aggravated Assault, Robbery, Possession of a Weapon for Dangerous Purpose and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime.

Police believe a second suspect was involved and are requesting anyone with information to call the Portage La Prairie at 204-857-4445, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Portage La Prairie RCMP continue to investigate.

Manitoba Beef Producers will again award six $500 bursaries to deserving Manitoba students.

The bursaries will be available to MBP members, or their children who are attending university, college, or any other post-secondary school. Trade students will also be eligible.

Students pursuing an education in agriculture or acquiring a skilled trade that will help the rural economy will be given preference. All those applying must be 17 years old as of January 1st, 2019 and either be an active beef producer or the child of one.

Students who are granted the bursaries must use them within two years of receiving it and must be in a course that is a minimum of a year long.

Interested students must submit a 600-word essay on what the beef industry means to them, their families, communities, and Manitoba as a whole. They must also include why they enjoy being involved in agriculture.

Applications must also include a high school or university transcript, proof of enrollment at a recognized school, a list of the applicant’s community involvement and three references.

The application can be found at www.mbbeef.ca/producers/mbp-bursary/. A group of MBP directors will select the winners. The names on the essays will be redacted to ensure fairness.

All applications must be completed and sent to MBP by Monday, June 3rd, 2019. And winners will be notified by July 31st. The winning essays will also be published in the September issue of Cattle Country.

The Stonewall RCMP along with Major Crime Services have made arrests related to the murder of a 42-year-old male inmate at Stony Mountain Institution earlier this month.

29-year-old Kevin Curtis Edwards and 27-year-old Peter Fisher were arrested and charged with First Degree Murder on Wednesday and on Friday 30-year-old Aaron Michael Ducharme was also arrested and charged with First Degree Murder.

The RCMP are continuing the investigation.

The Dauphin Kinsmen Club held another successful business expo over the weekend. 

It was the 31st annual, with businesses, services, and community groups from all over the Parkland and Manitoba in attendance. Dauphin Kinsmen Club member James Blake was pleased with how things were going on day one. "It's going pretty good, we've had a pretty steady turnout, people keep coming in... it looks to be a great year".

If you have been to the expo in previous years, you may have noticed a few changes in how the displays were set up this year. The expo's gaming area was in the curling rink, and a few businesses had to shrink their displays a little bit, to make way for others. This is a good thing, as it means more businesses, companies, and groups were involved this year than ever before.

The Dauphin Co-op Home & Building team took home the "Best Display in Show" award.

Tickets are available to the Dauphin Friendship Centre’s Square Dance Jamboree.

Lindsay Sanderson with the DFC says in previous years, they’ve held a square dance competition.

The jamboree is to take away from the stress of competition and just celebrate and enjoy the traditions of metis and first nations’ art of dance.

Shawn Mousseau and his band will be performing.

Tickets will be sold at the door at Credit Union Place on June 1st. Doors open at 9 am and the dance starts at 11.

Admission is 10 dollars for ages 13 and up, 5 dollars for ages 7 to 13 and free for those under 7.

Sanderson says people should come out for the dance routines, costumes, music and talent.

At approximately 9:30 Saturday morning, Minnedosa RCMP responded to a single vehicle collision involving a semi trailer carrying anhydrous ammonia, on Road 85 N at PR 262 in Minnedosa.

The driver, a 63-year-old male from Kelwood, was travelling alone and is believed to have been travelling westbound on 85 North, when the truck went through the intersection at PR 262 and collided with a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The anhydrous ammonia being transported did not leak at the time of the collision and remained intact. Rivers Fire Department, Minnedosa Fire Department and Sustainable Development are all on scene assisting with the safe removal of the ammonia

Please be advised that for the next several hours PR 262 between 3rd Street South East to 86 North will be closed and traffic will be re-directed to 84 N and then to 99 W (Bethany Road).

It is believed that alcohol or drugs were not a factor in the collision.

Minnedosa RCMP, along with a Forensic Collision Reconstructionist, continue to investigate.

Co-op's annual Fuel up To Win contest ended on a winning note for a local resident.

Walter Boryskiewich of Roblin won free gas for a year from the Parkway Co-op.

He received $3,200 in gift cards as part of the prize, something he says can be used for groceries as well as the gas.

Walter has played the annual contest since it began and says his win was just simply the luck of the draw.

The importance of a will is the focus of Will Week.

A will speaks for someone after they die, and can include funeral instructions, wishes for what happens with children, and where their assets get distributed to. An executor has to be named to administer your property.

Wills should be created as early as possible and updated constantly because life can change very quickly.

If someone passes away without a will, it's more complicated, expensive, and time-consuming for the family.

Roy Dawson says you can write a will by yourself, totally in your own handwriting called a holograph will.

“I have found in the past that a number of people have come in to see me and ask me is this adequate? Often times, they type part of it and some of it is in their own handwriting which wouldn’t be generally acceptable by the courts. They don’t consider all their property, they don’t consider how it should be distributed. There are a lot of misconceptions and I certainly don’t recommend it for the cost of doing a will with a professional, you’re much better off doing that.”  

The cost of making a will with the help of a professional can range from 200 dollars to 1000 dollars.

If you are thinking of getting dust control around Ste. Rose you’re encouraged to contact the municipal office.

Marlene Bouchard, the CAO of the municipality, says they have a company who does it for everyone who signed up.

“The municipality cost shares on a 25 per cent 75 per cent basis. So the municipality with share 25 per cent of the cost.”

The Calcium chloride will be applied in the first part of June.

You’re encouraged to call 204-447-2229 or email the municipality as soon as possible to get on board.