After a few days of severe thunderstorms and torrential rain, the Town of Minnedosa and RM of Minto-Odanah have declared states of emergencies.

Many residents are assessing the damage, with flooded basements, closed businesses, and washed-out roads.

As many as 84 Minnedosa residents chose to evacuate their homes because of the flooding.

On Wednesday afternoon, parts of Highway 10 passing through Minnedosa were closed because of floodwaters on the road, according to Manitoba Roads.

There have been limited reports of injuries, but one person was sent to hospital after a sump pump sparked and ignited a fire in a flooded basement.

The Dauphin Kinette Club wants the community to know they are still an active club.

Laura Milcharek is Vice President of the Dauphin Kinette Club, and says some people have been confused following the recent name change of the Kin Club of Dauphin.

The Dauphin Kin Club — formerly the Kinsmen Club of Dauphin — have changed their name and opened up membership to both men and women.

Milcharek wants people to know the Kinette Club still exists as a separate club, and continue with their work and fundraising in the community.

The Dauphin Kinette Club will be hosting a membership drive in the fall.

As we enter a new month, public health officials announced there were no new cases of COVID-19 identified in Manitoba on Wednesday.

The total number of confirmed and probable cases remains at 325.

In the latest stats provided by the province on Tuesday, June 30th, there were 18 active cases province-wide, and 300 people listed as recovered. The number of deaths in Manitoba due to COVID-19 is 7.

The province will update the online COVID-19 statistics on Thursday at 1 p.m.

The ongoing COVID situation has thrown a bit of a curveball at our regular Canada Day festivities — but there’s still plenty of fun to be had in the Parkland on July 1.

Dauphin Rail Museum
The Dauphin Rail Museum is celebrating its reopening with live music, food, and some good community fun. You can stop by for some burgers, hotdogs, Kubassa on a bun — and local singer/songwriter Ed Stozek will be providing the entertainment. 

This event runs from 11 a.m. — 3 p.m., at 101 1st Ave NW.

Classic Car Parade
If you have an appreciation for the beauty of a vintage set of wheels, you can check out the Classic Car Parade in Dauphin. The event starts with a meet and greet at 4 pm at the Dauphin Marketplace Mall, followed by a parade down Main Street.

Fire Works
The fireworks display in Laurier begins at dusk at the Laurier Campground. Everyone in attendance is asked to remain in their vehicles at all times, and must be parked 2 metres apart.

There will be Canada Day fireworks in Grandview at dusk in Wilson Park. Organizers are asking everyone to stay in their vehicles and only gather in small groups with social distancing measures in place.

Fireworks in Onanole will be done in a drive-in style at dusk near The Elk. Everyone must remain in the cars, parked 6 feet apart.

The usual fireworks display in Dauphin has been postponed this year, something organizers attribute to provincial restrictions surrounding COVID-19.

Lawrence Recreation Commission Canada Day Celebration 
Lawrence Recreation is inviting everyone to come celebrate Canada Day for a double drive-in movie night — featuring the Lion King and 21.  The price is $20 per vehicle, which includes popcorn. Please follow all public health guidelines outlined by the event organizers.

The event starts at 10 p.m. — Fireworks will be happening at intermission.

The COVID-19 testing sites in the Prairie Mountain Health region will be closed for Canada Day.

The sites in Dauphin, Swan River, and Brandon will reopen on Thursday, July 2nd with regular hours.

If you’re experiencing minor symptoms during the testing site closure, it’s recommended you stay home and self-isolate until the site reopens on Thursday.

If you’re having more serious symptoms, like shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, you're advised to go to the nearest Emergency Department.

Dauphin's site is located at the Community Health Services Building Parking Lot.  It's open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

A referral is no longer needed to go to any COVID-19 testing site.

12:30 a.m. update: The thunderstorm watches and warnings have ended throughout the Parkland.

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10:00 p.m. update: The thunderstorm warning in Wasagaming has ended.

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Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for some areas of the Parkland.

Conditions are favourable for the development of stong winds, large hail, and heavy downpours.

The warning is in effect for the following areas:

  • Mun. of Ethelbert incl. Garland
  • Wasagaming
  • Minnedosa-Riding Mountain Nat. Park
  • Swan River

More to come.

Manitoba’s southwest and western areas could get another 30 to 80 mm of rain in the next 24 hours, according to Manitoba Infrastructure’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre.

A flood warning and high water advisory remains in effect for southwest and western Manitoba.

The rainy weather system passing through Manitoba has caused water levels to rise in rivers and creeks.

Flooding of low-lying areas is expected for most portions of the Assiniboine River and its tributaries — but water is expected to remain below flood protection levels at most locations.

A shooting on Sandy Bay First Nation has led to the arrest of a 33-year old man.

On Monday, June 29 Manitoba First Nation Police Service (MFNPS) received a report that a man was shooting at another individual in the area.

An RCMP unit that was in the area responded, and located a man suffering from 2 gunshot wounds.

The victim was taken to a hospital and is in stable condition, and was able to alert police to the location of the suspect.

MFNPS found the suspect inside his home along with a woman, where they were both taken into custody.

The 33-year old male suspect from Sandy Bay First Nation is facing multiple charges including attempted murder with a firearm, discharge firearm with intent, and unauthorized procession of a firearm.

The woman was released with no charges.

The investigation continues.

Liquor Stores
Canada Day hours at the Liquor Mart in Dauphin are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Grocery Stores
Dauphin Co-op, No Frills, and Safeway in Dauphin are all closed for the Canada Day holiday.

The Dauphin Marketplace Mall
The Dauphin Marketplace Mall (and Walmart) will be closed.

The Post Office
Closed for Canada Day

City Hall
Dauphin City Hall will be closed for Canada Day

Dauphin Rec
All Dauphin Rec facilities are closed on Canada Day, except for the Vermillion Park Sportsplex.

Garbage & Recycle Pick-Up
Pick up of recycle and garbage in the City of Dauphin will be paused on Canada Day.
Collection resumes Thursday in the Day 3 area, and Friday in the Day 4 area.
The regular collection schedule goes back into effect next week.

The Dauphin Vet Clinic
The Dauphin Vet Clinic will be closed for Canada Day.

COVID Community Testing Sites
The thee COVID testing sites in the Prairie Mountain Health region — Dauphin, Swan River, Brandon — will be closed for Canada Day, but reopen Thursday with regular hours.

The impact of COVID-19 on this year’s budget may not be as bleak as previously forecasted.

In an announcement on Tuesday alongside Finance Minister Scott Fielding, Premier Brian Pallister says the deficit may actually end being about $2.9 billion for 2020-21. In March, the provincial government estimated the deficit for the current fiscal year could be as high as $5 billion.

The province also announced it will invest $2.1 billion to battle COVID-19 and help restart the economy.

Manitoba’s economy is expected to decline by approximately 5% this year, with an expected loss of revenues in the range of $1.5 billion.

Pallister and the Finance Minister stressed that Manitoba’s road to recovery will focus on continued investments in public health preparedness, as well as increased investment in jobs and growth.

At 1:25 p.m., Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Dauphin, Russell, Roblin, and Winnipegosis and some surrounding areas.

Conditions are favourable for the development of dangerous thunderstorms capable of producing damaging wind gusts, hail, and torrential rain.

The following areas are covered in the advisory:

  • Gilbert Plains Mun. incl. Ashville
  • Grandview Mun. incl. Valley River Res.
  • Mossey River Mun. incl. Winnipegosis and Fork River
  • Mun. of Ethelbert incl. Garland
  • Mun. of Roblin incl. Makaroff Shortdale and Bield
  • Mun. of Russell-Binscarth incl. Gambler Res.
  • R.M. of Dauphin incl. Sifton and Valley River
  • R.M. of Lakeshore incl. Ochre River and Makinak
  • R.M. of Lakeshore incl. Rorketon and Toutes Aides
  • R.M. of Riding Mountain West incl. Asessippi Prov. Park

The threat of severe weather will push eastward tonight as the low pressure system evolves.