Tonight at 7 pm there will be an awards night for the Dauphin Fish and Wildlife Association at the Knights hall.

President of the association, Brad Watkins says it’s their biggest fundraiser.

Tickets to the event are still available at Sticky’s Bait and Tackle, Black's Cycle & Sporting Goods, and at the 11th avenue hall. There will not be any tickets at the door because they have a liquor permit.

There’s going to be lots of kid’s door prizes and some gift certificates as well.

The event is a celebration to end the hunting season.

Pass the Pop on Main Street in Dauphin got broken into in the early hours this morning.

The front door window was smashed and the cash register was the only thing that got stolen, inside the cash register was some pocket change and some papers that he needs.

Bruce Kozak, the owner of Pass the Pop, contacted the RCMP and they are investigating.

Time to hit the slopes, Asessippi is open for the season.

They're opening for their 20th season in business after significant renovations which includes a renovated lodge, improved the rental processes to cut down wait-times, and they made it possible to buy lift passes online.

“We’re invested in making Asessippi an amazing place to visit for years to come. The last 20 years are something to celebrate, and we look forward to making this our best season yet,” says Daymon Guillas, President of Asessippi Ski Area and Resort.

Asessippi, located south of Roblin, is the largest ski area in Manitoba, with the highest vertical at 397 feet, has three lifts, 26 trails, two terrain parks, four snow tubing lanes and one snowshoe trail.

After one of the Russell arches crashed to the ground in 2016, the town is finally installing their new steel replacements. 

The first arch was installed on Wednesday and the second yesterday with the rest expected next week, according to Spencer Reavie, the chairperson for the Main Street Revitalization Committee.

“The wooden arches that we reclaimed, one of the arches came down, we decided to take down all the wooden arches. Over the process of some consultation and looking at different options we decided to go with a steel-I beam; it’s a quart and steel. So it gradually weathers over a period of time and it has kind of an orange/ brown colour to it. Much like rust actually. But there’s alloyed in the steel that prevents it from going far past the rust stage.”

The new arches are expected to bring a feeling of wellbeing, something residents can be proud of, and something to draw people into the community.

“We’re like most prairie communities; agriculture is our base economy here. We realized we should diversify. Agriculture seems to be concentrating down to fewer and fewer people that are involved in it. So we need to give people a reason to come into our community and explore as much as possible.”

“Hopefully, in doing that, it will simulate our business community, and draw in more people to open up more business and help the whole community economically.”

The Grandview Healthcare Solutions group is fighting to keep the Grandview EMS building open.

the province is using out of province examples to close the EMS building, they are getting out of province research from McMaster University in Hamilton to prove why the EMS building should stay open in Grandview.

Sue Stirling is a part of the Grandview Healthcare Solutions group and she explains why she wants the building to stay open.

“They should keep the EMS building in Grandview because it provides vital services, it’s a cornerstone of the medical services provided in Grandview, and it’s a great benefit to the community and surrounding areas. In addition, keeping the station open, which is attached to the hospital would be cost effective for the government and still allow them to do their geo positioning that they have proposed, around the province.”

The government has done little in acknowledging their efforts, the only thing they did, was set up a meeting in November of 2017, since then, the government has ignored requests for a consultation.

Manitoba cannabis retailers haven’t received a single fine since legalization in October.

Two cautions have been given out by the Liquor, Gaming, and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba.

One was for a broken lock on a storage unit, which has since been fixed, the other one was for receiving a shipment before the retail licence was issued.

The chief administrative officer of the LGCA, Liz Stephenson, says there has been excellent cooperation from the retailers.

She adds that inspectors are visiting each store on a regular basis to make sure rules, governing storage, signage and other restrictions are being followed.

Last night at Whitmore School’s Christmas concert, they were given a 25 thousand dollar donation for their play structure.

The donation comes from the Rotary Club, who was one of the first groups in Dauphin to make a major donation in the summer.

The Whitmore School Playground Fund is sitting at about 65 thousand dollars, they need 100 thousand for their playground.

Parkland Crossing’s greenhouse project has had a successful year growing and feeding the community.

A lot has changed since they started the project, around this time last year, according to Jamie Harvey.

“We started off with a lot of round bins and odd shaped flower pots that people donated to us when we started. And over time we realized those round pots weren’t very space efficient. So over the course of the year, we decided on one size of plastic bin that works in this area. We’ve learned that the tomatoes do better than anything else right up next to the window, other plants do better away from the window.”

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The project hasn’t been without its problems. They’ve had some issues with bugs.

“We’re also learning how to deal with aphids and spider mites,” Harvey says. “The spider mites I got rid of with a thousand ladybugs. They just took care of those spider mites in a matter of three days. The aphids are a more persistent problem for us.” He used a chrysanthemum-based spray product to the aphids.

Parkland Crossing is applying for grants to help buy full spectrum LED lights, that once installed are much more energy efficient.

“Right now we have one room at 6 and a half feet; we have one room at 5 feet. Seems to be that the 5 foot high are doing better for the plants.”

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They have also invested in comfortable chairs and couches that are open for people to come and relax in the environment.

Dauphin’s drinking water comes from Edwards Lake in Riding Mountain National Park.

Quite a few years ago the agreement to use the water lapsed so Bill Brenner met with people from RMNP to make sure Dauphin can continue to use the water.

Brenner met with them about making a new agreement.

The city of Dauphin has sent the agreement to the park to have it looked over and approved.

The main points of that draft are, the city of Dauphin can keep its infrastructure at the lake, Dauphin can work with RMNP to make sure we have water when needed, RMNP will help out with water flow any way they are needed, and the basics of how to deal with emergencies.

The city is now awaiting a response from RMNP.

You can now pick up your early bird tickets for next year’s Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival.

Garett McKinnon says CNUF is aiming for younger crowds and more modern shows with performers between bands, so there are no lulls in between main acts.

“With your early bird tickets, you do save 25 dollars. And because all the prime sports, the most favourite spots, close to the gates, those ones are going fast.”

Early bird passes are only 90 dollars for the weekend with campsites selling for 55 a spot.

“We got a few left, but they are selling. We sold 50 last night and today we’ve sold about 15. There’s about 250 spots, so we’re already about 20 percent sold out.”

There are three ways to get early access to a great festival. Either in person, by phone at 204-622-4600, or online at www.cnuf.ca.

Since the tougher distracted driving penalties have been introduced, 237 people have been penalized.

The RCMP jurisdiction had charged 67 people, the Parkland makes up a part of that 67.

Brian Smiley, MPI media relations coordinator, is disappointed in drivers.

“It’s disappointing to see this many caught and suspended. We know that many drivers still aren’t getting it.”

Smiley is also asking drivers to not take the risk of answering a call or text while driving, especially if there are children or other passengers in the vehicle.