The Fork River Post Office is dealing with a break-in over the holidays. 

The Canada Post building was broken into the evening of December 23rd and the morning of the 24th.

Winnipegosis RCMP were notified on the 24th, around 8:30.

Someone had forcibly entered through the front door. Mail and wrapped presents were taken. Some of the mail was recovered on Hwy 269 East. 

A Spokesperson with Canada Post says the mailbox area is currently locked after business hours until repairs to the door are completed.

If anyone is concerned about ID fraud, they should contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 705-494-3182. As well, If customers believe they haven't received a particular piece of mail, they should contact the sender.

The investigation continues. If anyone has any information, the Winnipegosis RCMP asks that you get a hold of them. Their phone number is 204-656-7003.

Ford is recalling more than 953-thousand vehicles sold around the world.

The recall is to replace Takata passenger airbag inflators that have killed at least 23 people.

Dealers will replace the inflators, which can explode and hurl shrapnel.

Affected vehicles include the 2010 Ford Edge and Lincoln M-K-X, the 2010 and 2011 Ford Ranger, the 2010 to 2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln M-K-Z, the 2010 and 2011 Mercury Milan, and the 2010 to 2014 Ford Mustang.

The Public Utilities Board has turned down a recent bid by Manitoba Hydro to increase electricity rates by 3.5%.

The increase, which if approved would take effect on April 1st, follows a 3.6% increase in rates that was approved in June 2018.

The P.U.B's decision now means there will be public hearings on the rate hike request, and a final decision will be made around late May or early June.

The final numbers for this year's Holiday Checkstop program are in. Despite a greater number of check-stops and vehicles checked this year by the RCMP; impaired driving charges are down, but fatalities are up. 

Overall, 11,714 vehicles were checked throughout 262 checkstops. 90 people were charged with impaired driving (87 by alcohol, 3 by a drug) compared to 117 last year. As well, 30 alcohol-related tiered suspensions and 2 drug-related tiered suspensions were given out. There were also 15 people charged with refusing a breath demand, and 49 people charged with improper storage of alcohol or cannabis in a vehicle.

Unfortunately, 5 people lost their lives in traffic-related collisions this year during the program, compared to 1 fatality last year.

Some Manitoba Infrastructure seasonal employees, including the Dauphin Paint Crew, are expected to be out of a job when the construction season gets going.

The government is privatizing the maintenance road work and taking away around 50 jobs across the province.

“When we look at, for instance, the Dauphin Paint Crew, the folks that very proudly have done that work out of the Dauphin site. To know that those families, those employees, are not going to be called back to work, those are more families from Dauphin that are going to be affected. It’s going to affect the local economy of Dauphin.”

Michelle Gawronsky, president of MGEU says some of these employees have had the same job for more than 20 years and she doesn’t understand why employment isn't staying local.

“We know from when they did the sign crew. When they actually closed their doors. And any time you start affecting a smaller community that way it has really, really huge effects for the economy of that community.”

Not many details have been released by the province yet.

Gawronsky believes everyone should get a hold of their MLA and ask them what exactly their plans are and why they are making the cuts.

Last night Dauphin Towing was able to remove a truck that fell through the ice northwest of Ochre on Road 143.

The truck had fallen in the ice sometime in late November.

Trees had to be cut down, a hole had to be chiselled 20 feet long, 8 feet wide to remove the truck.

Dawn Isfeld, co-owner of Dauphin Towing, says that hole is dangerous.

“What our concern was is that huge hole. Like if someone is driving by and their front tire goes in, their whole front end will go under. Very, very dangerous!”

 

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Russell RCMP is asking for the public’s help in tracking down a man involved in a road rage incident around Roblin.

The man was caught stopping and getting out of his car to yell at another driver on Provincial Road 583 near Roblin by a semi’s dashcam.

The man drove a silver coloured Ford Focus.

A video of the incident is posted on the RCMP’s Facebook page.

Call Russell RCMP at 204-773-3051 if you know who he is.

Dauphin has made it onto Expedia’s ‘Canadians Choose the Best Places to Visit in 2019' list.

Some of the highlights they say about Dauphin include Countryfest, Manitoba Mudrun, and the Vermillion River Walking Trail.

“Manitoba is the province to watch in 2019, given how many times it showed up in our poll of top recommended cities. Dauphin was mentioned by name--which makes complete sense when you look at popular 2019 events, like Dauphin's Countryfest and Manitoba Mudrun. It more than earns a spot on our top 2019 cities list..” commented Jennifer Cuellar author of the article.  

To make the list, Expedia asked 1,000 Canadians where they would recommend travellers visit this year.

A lot of people recommended travelling within Canada itself, and Manitoba showed up more than it ever has before.

The other Manitoba town on the list was Brandon. 

For the full list click here

The Dauphin Fire Department dealt with a fire in the Dauphin Market Place Mall this afternoon. 

The fire started in the workshop at the back of the building.

The building’s sprinkler system was activated in the area but because of a shelving unit installed above the workshop bench, it was unable to suppress the fire on its own.

Everyone was evacuated safely by the time the department arrived. 

Members of the Fire Department stayed until around 1:30 pm helping the various stores with ventilation to remove the remaining smoke and with moving stock and removing water in order to protect inventory.

The cause of the fire is deemed accidental and there aren’t any estimates on damages at this point.

Most of the businesses have reopened. 

 

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The Dauphin Fire Department dealt with a fire in the Dauphin Market Place Mall.

Reports say shortly after 12 pm a fire started in the maintenance room.

The mall was full of smoke and we’re told everyone inside was evacuated safely.

The fire trucks left the mall around 1:30.

Brandon Police have asked for the public’s help in locating a missing youth.  

14-year-old Josh Beaulieu has been missing since December 24th.

Josh is described as Aboriginal, 5-foot-6, 115 lbs and has a fair complexion, with straight short brown hair, and brown eyes. 
 
Anyone with information of Josh's whereabouts can call the Brandon Police Service's office at 204-729-2345.

To kick off the New Year, the upcoming Chamber Lunch series features three different presentations.

Stephen Chycota says this is a lunch you should not miss.

The first is by Carissa Caruk-Ganczar on the pilot Dauphin and Area Business Incubator followed by Clayton Swanton giving an update about the newly developed mountain bike trails up by the Selo sight and the 2020 Manitoba Summer Games.

The lunch will wrap up with a presentation by Mary and Alison from Dauphin Neighbourhood Renewal about the ins and outs of the Unity Project. 

Tickets are still available for the lunch that takes place on Tuesday from 11:45 to 1 pm at the Parkland Rec Centre.