The three free home renovation workshops, which start on Thursday, are now full.

The Dauphin Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation and the Dauphin Consumers' Co-op partnered up to offer these classes.

Alison Moss, Community Liaison for the Dauphin Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation, talks about the response to the workshop:

“We have had an incredible response from the community. Tons of messages every day, and all three sessions are now full, with 40 people per session.  So that is an incredible response from our community.”

The first session starts on Thursday and is teaching drywalling techniques and hanging an interior door.

MacNutt Credit Union, in MacNutt, Saskatchewan, is closing its doors for good today.

The membership in the branch has decreased by 11 percent since 2010.

The credit union is staffed by only one person, and after it was robbed in 2007, it has been deemed a safety risk.

All the accounts will be transferred to Langenburg.

A precautionary Boil Water Advisory for Bowsman is in effect until further notice.

A line break on February 27th, has led to the loss of water pressure in the distribution system.

All water used for consumption should be brought to a rolling boil for at least one minute.

The City of Dauphin has announced a road closure.

Effective immediately, the west side of Park Crescent will be closed to all traffic to repair a water main leak.

Be prepared to detour.

Fifteen people have been selected to be a part of a transitional council to develop a College of Paramedics.

Dauphin’s Bryan Jacobsen, an educator for PMH’s Emergency Medical Service Program, is one of the appointments to the council.

Eric Glass, Administrative Director for the Paramedic Association of Manitoba, explains why this is necessary:

“Most people think that paramedics are regulated health practitioners.  In fact, that’s not really the case.  While we are licensed by the Province of Manitoba, we don’t fall under the same regulations as all other health providers in the province, and I think the expectation of the public is that we would be held to the same standards of accountability, same standards of transparency, as every other health care professional they deal with.  So, I think the next step in moving paramedics toward a regulated health profession, under the Regulated Health Professions Act, is extremely important for both the profession and the public.”

An Executive Director for the new group will be appointed by the council.

The 2018 Federal Budget is focusing on equality and women.

This year the Canadian government is focusing on parental supports, gender equality, anti-harassment initiatives and pay equity.

Also Indigenous communities will see $5 billion dollars over 5 years to focus on social services and infrastructure issues.

There has been a promise of a new pharmacare plan for Canadians but no real costs attached to it.

For 2018, the federal government increased spending by $21.5 billion.

The Manitoba Outstanding Young Farmer program has two finalists heading into this year’s banquet.  

Jamie and Amy Bell from Birtle, and Brooks and Jen White from Pierson, will appear before a panel of judges before a winner is announced.

Angela Fox, the Regional Administrator for MOYF, says the event is a great networking opportunity for famers from the Parkland: 

“I think it’s going to be a difficult decision for the judges this year. We have three really awesome judges and I’m sure they will do a great job. But I’m certain it’s going to take them a minute to hammer out a winner for this year.”

Anyone still thinking about attending can call Angela at 204-448-2162 to get tickets, and she hopes to close ticket sales by 5 o’clock tomorrow.

A Parkland couple has pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault and two counts of making child pornography, one count for each victim.

A publication ban, on names and where the offences occurred, is in place to protect the identities of the victims.

Sentencing for the 41-year-old male and 27-year-old female will be on May 1st, at Dauphin’s Court of Queen’s Bench.

The offences took place between September of 2011 and August 2014.

The City of Dauphin is focusing on a plan to build a new service road, from Reit-Syd Equipment to the Dauphin Veterinary Clinic.

The 425-metre stretch of road will provide access to build businesses in that area.

Mayor Allen Dowhan explains the project, and what they hope to accomplish: 

“There has been considerable interest by developers, in the portion on the west side of the highway, from Reit-Syd up to the Vet Clinic, and what developers are asking for is a service road.  We were in contact with the Department of Infrastructure, regarding the service road, and they said that due to budgetary constraints they could not build it this year, so we offered to pay for the service road that’s 425 metres.  And when the budgetary problems are corrected by the provincial government, we’ll get the money back.”

Mayor Dowhan also said the project will cost approximately $500,000 for paving, administration costs, contract tendering, and surveying the piece of road.

The construction is expected to begin in early summer and, depending on the weather, is expected to take one month to complete.

Grandview and Gilbert Plains will be hosting Mature Drivers Workshops in the upcoming weeks.

The workshop is free to attend and will be teaching drivers new rules and answering any questions they may have.

Sandra Melnychenko, Community Resource Coordinator for Grandview and District explains why they’re putting on the workshop:

“We thought it was a good opportunity to teach defensive driving techniques and show you how to enhance your driving skills. Its intended to offer experienced drivers that want to brush up on their skills and they want to learn more about the traffic laws and the road safety rules.”

The workshop will be at 9:30-11:30 in the morning on March 6th at the Grandview Drop In Centre and at Gilbert Plains at 1:30-3 in the afternoon at the EMS Building.

On Saturday, a special presentation on Human Trafficking will be held at the Watson Art Centre.

Joy Smith, former Member of Parliament and founder of the Joy Smith Foundation, will be talking about how this epidemic is happening in small towns and what to look out for.

Organizer with C.A.R.E., David Mansell, explains why people should attend:

“We need to have people aware of this, so we can prepare the youth and be active in preventing exploitation of youth, women and girls.”

Advance tickets are at the Dauphin Friendship Centre for $5 each.