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.

The Boil Water Advisory for the Lawrence Community Centre in Rorketon has been lifted.

The RM of Lakeshore had been working to correct issues with the water supply at the Lawrence Community Hall.

 

The Independent Investigation Unit’s investigation into injuries sustained by a woman while in the custody of Dauphin RCMP has finished.

The incident occurred on November 27th, 2018 when RCMP officers arrested a woman in Pine River for breach of peace.

During the transport to, and at the Dauphin detachment the woman was aggressive, spat at officers and tried to kick them.

One of the officers, because of her resistance, swept the woman’s leg from under her to take her to the ground and complete the search of her.

The woman complained of a sore knee immediately after landing.

After being taken to the hospital it was determined the fall broke her left fibula.

During interviews by the investigators, the woman acknowledged she ingested drugs and alcohol prior to the incident with the police.

Three witness officers and two civilians provided information as well.

The IIU was shown a cell block video that contradicted information provided by the woman.

The video showed the officer didn’t use unreasonable or excessive force in his dealings with her.

The IIU concluded charges won’t be laid to the subject officer.

The governments of Canada and Manitoba announced today that they are investing $300,000 in Assiniboine Community College to support a new Food Processing Centre for Animal Proteins (FPC) as part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

The new facility will be located at the college’s Brandon campus and will host an 11-month long Food Processing certificate program. Future use of the facility will lend itself to industry training and applied research.

Maple Leaf Foods, Hylife, Manitoba Pork, UFCW Local 832 have all contributed funding as well as the Brandon Hog and Livestock Show to amass a total of $640,000 towards the construction of the facility.