The Moon Lake Trail in Riding Mountain National Park is closed until further notice because of a bear encounter.

The Moon Lake Campground will stay open.

Due to the importance of visitor safety to Parks Canada, they are asking visitors to be vigilant, walk in groups, make plenty of noise, and carry bear spray when out on the trails.

They add campers should continue to practice safe camping practices, obey all camping regulations and keep food and garbage secure at all times.

Last night, at around 6:45, Brandon police responded to a suspected stabbing.

At the scene, police located an unresponsive 15-year-old male.

Officers performed CPR on the male until the Fire Department arrived, and transported the male to hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Police arrested another 15-year-old in relation to the stabbing.

The two males knew each other, and police believe the motivation for the stabbing was personal.

The suspect was lodged at Brandon Correctional Centre and will appear in court this afternoon on a charge of 1st-degree murder.

A post mortem on the victim will be conducted today as well.

Yesterday morning residents of a home turned on their furnace for the first time to take the chill off their home when smoke started erupting from the furnace.

The Dauphin Fire Department responded and made sure there wasn’t a fire.

Fire Chief Cam Abrey says they contacted the owners to have everything serviced.

He says with winter approaching, now is a good time to make sure your furnace works, adding that it’s best to get a qualified service technician to check over your furnace instead of doing it yourself.

Abrey says it's fine to change the filter yourself and test carbon monoxide alarms.

The Grandview Healthcare Solutions Group held a provincial election forum last night at the Grandview Kinsmen Community Centre.

The three Dauphin MLA candidates were once again the centre of attention as they answered questions from the public.

Healthcare and rural economic development were the main focuses of the night.

While the candidates took a somewhat calm approach to the forum in Dauphin on Monday, this forum took a bit of an aggressive turn with candidates firing shots back and forth.

NDP candidate Darcy Scheller, PC candidate Brad Michaleski, and Liberal candidate Cathy Scofield-Singh all thought the night went well and enjoyed the opportunity to address more rural concerns

The Manitoba provincial election is on September 10th.

 

Advance voting for the Manitoba provincial election starts today.

There are 18 candidates for the 5 ridings in the area. The ridings include Agassiz, Dauphin, Interlake-Gimli, Riding Mountain, and Swan River. The candidates are as follows:

Dauphin:

Brad Michaleski for the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba

Darcy Scheller for the Manitoba NDP

Cathy Scofield- Singh for the Manitoba Liberal Party

Swan River:

David Teffaine for the Manitoba Liberal Party

Shelley Wiggins for the Manitoba NDP

Rick Wowchuk for the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba

Agassiz:

Hector Swanson for the Manitoba Liberal Party

Kelly Lagaspi for the Manitoba NDP

Eileen Clarke for the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba

Liz Clayton for the Green Party of Manitoba

Riding Mountain

Jordan Fleury for the Manitoba Liberal Party

Wayne Chacun for the Manitoba NDP

Greg Nesbitt for the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba

Mary Lowe for the Manitoba Green Party

Interlake-Gimli

Mary Lou Bourgeois for the Manitoba Liberal Party

Sarah Pinsent for the Manitoba NDP

Derek Johnson for the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba

Dwight Harfield for the Manitoba Green Party

 

Advance voting runs from August 29th to September 5th 8 am to 8 pm Monday through Saturday and Sunday noon to 6 pm.

Some advance voting stations, like the Dauphin Returning Office, will open tomorrow and stay open for the entire advance voting period. While others will only be open on certain days at certain times.

Voting is also available at the Dauphin Marketplace Mall.

For a full list of where and when advance voting stations are open, go to the Elections Manitoba website.

Two arrests from separate incidents were made on the Birdtail Sioux First Nation in the past week.

The first incident was on Wednesday, August 21st just before 7 in the morning. 

Manitoba First Nations Police were called to a residence due to a disturbance. When they arrived, police saw several people outside the residence with two females involved in a fight. The fight was stopped and the crowd dispersed because of the officers.  

Police learned from the homeowner that a suspect had entered the residence and produced a sawed-off .22 calibre rifle and a knife. The homeowner managed to disarm the suspect and it was at this time the suspect fled the scene.

Police attended the residence and seized the weapons. Police then located the suspect at his residence where he was arrested. 36-year-old Ashley Murray Bunn faces several firearms and weapons charges.

 

The second incident was on Sunday, August 25th, just after 6 pm.

MFNPS members were called to a residence on the Birdtail Sioux First Nation in response to a domestic disturbance.

Police knocked on the door multiple times before the female homeowner and victim unlocked the door. Police entered the residence and found her suffering from serious facial injuries.

The victim indicated to Police that she was assaulted and held there against her will throughout the day by her boyfriend who was inside a bedroom in the residence.

Police located the 31-year-old man from Regina, Saskatchewan and arrested him. He was charged with assault with a weapon, overcome resistance, and uttering threats to kill.

A Brandon man is facing numerous drug and weapons-related charges after Brandon police raided a home on Monday.

According to police, the raid was part of an investigation into suspected drug trafficking.

Officers found over five grams of methamphetamine, as well as packaging material. They also seized weapons including a stun gun, multiple knives, machetes, and pellet and BB guns.

Brandon Bust 2

The 36-year-old man had a court order to not possess any weapons.

He was arrested and will face charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking meth, possession of the proceeds of crime, possessing prohibited weapons, possessing dangerous weapons and breach of recognizance.

Brandon Taser

Tonight in Grandview there’s another forum for the Dauphin MLA candidates.

It’ll be at the Kinsmen Hall starting at 7 pm.

The forum will be a debate-style discussion.

They ask that all questions be submitted in writing before the event.

The questions will be reviewed by the moderators, who will then decide what order the chosen questions will be asked in.

If you have a question you’d like to see answered send the question to Sue Stirling at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

All three candidates will be in attendance.

The provincial election is on September 10th.

The Dauphin Co-op and its employees, represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 832, agreed to a new collective agreement.

The employees voted in favour of the offer on Sunday night, stopping a possible strike. The new four-year agreement replaces the previous agreement that expired in June of 2018. The new agreement provides a number of improvements, including annual wage increases that will be paid retroactively for current employees.

Co-op General Manager Lorne Eifert says he is pleased to come to an agreement with UFCW that is fair to employees and allows the Co-op to continue to provide service and value to its members and communities in the long term.

The Manitoba- Minnesota power transmission line project has started ahead of schedule.

Ottawa approved the $453-million project in June, barring that Manitoba Hydro could meet certain conditions.

Bruce Owen, with Hydro, says that the conditions relating to Indigenous communities and groups impacted by the project have been met.

He says the Crown corporation got the approval for early construction last week.

Owen adds that the concrete foundations are already under construction and ground clearing is to begin next month.

The hydro line is set to be up and running next summer.

The Dauphin and District Chamber of Commerce held an election forum last night at the Dauphin Multi-Purpose Senior Centre.

The night gave Dauphin MLA candidates the chance to address the issues and concerns of their constituents.

PC candidate Brad Michaleski, NDP candidate Darcy Scheller and Liberal candidate Cathy Scofield- Singh answered a barrage of questions from the public in attendance and from each other.

While the candidates had their obvious differences in opinions, there were some topics on which their opinions were the same.

They took similar stances on the exploration of the medical benefits of cannabis, the need for accessibility for seniors and people living with disabilities, and the need for support systems for those living in poverty.

Executive Director of the Chamber, Stephen Chychota, was impressed with the turnout and quality of questions submitted by the public.

For those people who missed last night's forum, a full video of the forum can be found on the Dauphin and District Chamber of Commerce's Facebook page.

The Manitoba provincial election is set for September 10th.