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Dauphin, Russell, Roblin, Winnipegosis and many Parkland areas are under a Severe thunder storm Watch.

Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.

An area of thunderstorms has developed over southeastern Saskatchewan and southwestern Manitoba, some of which may become severe.

These thunderstorms will push east through the afternoon and evening.

The main threats will be strong winds, large hail and heavy rain, with the possibility of an isolated tornado.

Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year.

Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!

 

Parkland Chamber of Commerce members received an email earlier this week, inviting them to sign up for a new online resource. 

Executive Director Stephen Chychota says Parkland Chamber members are among the first being given access to bizzz.ca.

"We are well established nationally so that helps, but this one in particular was through relationships that we have built over the years with folks that have been on the board with the Manitoba chamber and have worked with the Winnipeg chamber."

Chychota says the nationwide online directory which allows businesses to share testimonials, other websites, pictures, and social media channels. 

The resource is free for Parkland Chamber members. 

Several provincial park campgrounds in the Parkland and surrounding area are open today just in time for the long weekend.

Among them are Rainbow Beach, Manipogo, Lundar Beach, and campgrounds within Duck Mountain Provincial Park.

Reservations for campsites, cabins, and group-use areas can be made online at www.manitobaparks.com , or by calling 1-888-482-2267.

You are also encouraged to purchase and print your provincial park vehicle permit before you head out. 

You can get those online www.manitobalicensing.ca

An open house at the Ukrainian Heritage Village Museum is set for this Sunday. 

The museum, located on the Selo Ukraina site south of Dauphin, includes numerous restored buildings such as pioneer log homes, a church, a school, a community hall, and a shoe shop. 

Selo Ukraina board chair Jim Perchaluk says they continue to add on to the site.

"It has been growing for the past 25-35 years and more recently we have added a general store and a blacksmith shop.  And later this summer we plan to open a teacherage that belongs with the school."

There are also several agricultural buildings and pieces of machinery on site, and Perchaluk says plans are in the works to build an agricultural display on the site. 

"We are always looking to improve our museum.  We looked around and we had some older antique equipment, and looking at the rich agricultural history of Dauphin, which grew around the agricultural industry, and we realized that we do not have a permanent display.  So we certainly want to address that shortly."

The open house goes from 1-4 on Sunday and will include free hot dogs and refreshments, along with entertainment and tours of the museum. 

The city says it has moved its spring cleanup operations into the day three waste collection area of the city. 

With crews making only one pass across the entire city, residents are reminded to have their larger yard waste ready in neat piles as close to their back lane as possible, or near the boulevard in front of your home if you do not have a back lane. 

As we continue to highlight the Parkland Ukrainian Family Fund, the children of these families also had a role in creating a new dynamic in schools.

Superintendent Stephen Jaddock, who also worked at every Family Fund event he could, was proud to have over 50 new students welcomed into the area.

Students came to Smith Jackson, DRCSS, and Mackenzie Middle School in Dauphin, but many also came to communities like Gilbert Plains and Roblin.

Jaddock worked with students and parents alike to help translate and teach English to the incoming Ukrainians.

He also recognized the massive support of the Family Fund and everyone that contributed.

"Thank you, Дякую, it has been very helpful. It has accomplished a need in the community. We're just so very thankful for those individuals that were volunteering money, their time, and their efforts to see this come to fruition. A sincere thank you to everyone that was involved."

So thank you Parkland Ukrainian Family Fund and everyone who contributed.

Together, this community made a difference in the lives of hundreds of people seeking refuge.

The Parkland Ukrainian Family Fund has been a driving force of positivity in this community, and a great example of what a community can do with a driven and focused goal.

The Fund may be slowing down for now, but the memory of this incredible feat of collaboration will be remembered forever by the many lives it's touched.

Thanks again to everyone involved with the Parkland Ukrainian Family Fund.

The grounds behind the Rotary Arena were packed over the lunch hour for this year's Graduation Powwow!

Carole Shankaruk, Indigenous Education Coordinator for the MVSD estimates 2000 plus people attended, including many pillars of the Community.

"The big thing this year is we had all our chiefs here, and that is historical. We had the Grand Chief, we had the Assembly of Manitoba Chief, we've never seen that at our powwows before, we had the opportunity for all of them to speak.

Shankaruk sends her thanks out to one Chief in particular who offered a rallying call for this event.

"Cheif Derek Nepinak sent a message to communities that 'we're coming here today with goodwill and in a good way' and that's what we're seeing here today"

The massive event had all the Chiefs in attendance acknowledging the students, and the elders that came out to support them.

As well, a ceremony was held for Elder Bev Harvey, who was tragically lost last year.

The noon hour did bring some rain with it, but the party moved indoors at the Rotary Arena and continued with an afternoon of music and dancing

Events like these act as a symbol of what communities can do when they come together in support.

With how much bigger this year was than last, next year is expecting an even bigger celebration!

The city has announced that it has now moved its spring cleanup operations into the Day 2 waste collection area of Dauphin.

Residents are reminded to place their larger yard waste items in neat piles as close to the back lane of their property as possible for collection. 

If you do not have a back lane, then you should place your piles neatly as close to the boulevard in front of your home. 

Spring cleanup began this past Monday and is expected to take about three weeks to complete, as crews will be making only one pass through the entire city.

The city also announced that the latest shipment of their green yard waste bins has arrived.

Residents who signed up recently for one should have it delivered to their property soon.

If you do not have a green yard waste bin you are encouraged to contact city hall to arrange to get one. 

A long-standing Local internet provider has recently traded hands.

Rionet, a Dauphin-based, company was recently acquired by Westman communications Group.

For the past 15 years, Rionet's Goal was to improve rural internet services and connectivity.

Westman has echoed these goals, stating this acquisition will allow for a greater expansion of fiber and wireless networks across the Parkland region.

According to the press release, fiber-optic builds are planned for Dauphin Beach and the adjacent communities.

Rionet Owner Jarett Robak is looking forward to how Westman uses and grows the infrastructure he's built.

"We are very excited that WCG, a cooperative company with a strong community focus, will continue to advance these services" 

Robak offered a thanks to the many customers that support Rionet over the past decade-and-a-half.

That's a whole lot of burgers!

The McDonalds restaurants in Dauphin and Swan River have announced that they raised $24,721 through their McHappy Day promotion on May 8th.

25 per cent of those proceeds will be going to Ronald McDonald House in Winnipeg, while 75 per cent of the Dauphin sales alone will be given to the Michif Children's Place here in Dauphin.  

A formal cheque presentation is being planned for next week. 

 
No one was injured, but a home was lost on Thursday morning.
 
Just before 5:00 on Thursday morning, the Dauphin Fire Department responded to a structure fire south of the City. When they arrived on the scene, the home was fully engulfed in flames. Everyone in the home was able to safely get out, but the home and all contents were completely lost.
 
Officers from the Ochre River Fire Department also provided an additional truck to assist with the water supply as the DFD was outside the hydrant system in the RM of Dauphin.
 
The fire is being deemed accidental electrical.