Today (November 13) is the day that local country music fans have been anxiously waiting for.

Countryfest general Manager Kamryn Winters says tickets for their 2024 show go on sale to the general public as of 10 am this morning.

With the likes of Alabama, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Jodee Messia returning to the festival, Winters is excited for the 2024 show. 

"We are encouraging people to come back to the festival - bring your kids, your parents, and your grandparents.  It is going to be exciting.  We are focusing a lot of this year on the experiences at the festival. So in the next couple of months, we are going to announce new things coming to Countryfest, including different sanctioned events and special events."

"you can get your tickets by going to, by calling us at 1-800-361-7300, or by visiting us at the Countryfest office.  You can come by and say hi and purchase your tickets."

the 35th edition of Dauphin's Countryfest goes from June 28th to 30th at the Selo Ukraina site. 

The Dauphin and District Community Foundation will be one of the benefactors of a new initiative by Tim Horton's Restaurants. 

For over 25 years, Tim Hortons has become synonymous with its annual Smile Cookie campaign. This year, they are expanding the program with their first-ever Holiday Smile Cookie campaign.

Starting today until November 19, 100 per cent of proceeds from each Holiday Smile Cookie sold will be donated to local charities and community groups.

Here in Dauphin, proceeds from the Holiday Smile Cookie Campaign at the local Tim Horton's restaurant will be divided between the Dauphin and District Community Foundation, and Tim Horton's Foundation Camps. 

The campaign was created to give Tim Horton’s guests an opportunity to give back this holiday season and help to continue making a difference in their communities.

Thursday night was a busy one for Dauphin RCMP as they dealt with three separate impaired driving events.

The first occurred at around 11:20 pm when police pulled over a truck driving erratically in a commercial parking lot on Main Street South.  The roadside breath sample taken from the 49-year-old male driver from Winnipeg produced a "warning" rating, which resulted in his licence being suspended for 72 hours and his vehicle being impounded for three days.  He also received a ticket for driving carelessly.

About 45 minutes later, another truck was pulled over, this time with a 39-year-old male from Dauphin behind the wheel.  That driver failed his breathalyzer test, which resulted in his licence being suspended for 90 days and his vehicle being impounded for 30 days.

Then at 12:45 AM that evening, a Ford Focus was pulled over on 1st Avenue SW.  Police found that the vehicle was unregistered with an incorrect licence plate, while the driver, a 37-year-old man from the Skownan First Nation, was driving without a valid licence.  A breath test conducted on the driver also produced a "Warning" result.  He was given a 15-day driving prohibition, was issued several tickets under the Highway Traffic Act, and had his car impounded for three days. 

Dauphin RCMP reminds the public to plan ahead and consider different options rather than driving after consuming alcohol. 

Several Businesses will be adjusting their hours for Remembrance Day today: 

Co-op Food Store

Saturday, November 11th - Open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Co-op Main Street Gas Bar

Saturday, November 11th - Open from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Co-op Mountain Road Gas Bar

Saturday, November 11th - Open from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Dauphin Liquor Mart

Saturday, November 11th - Open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. sunday

Fusion Credit Union

Saturday, November 11th - Closed

The Dauphin Marketplace Mall

Saturday, November 11th - Open from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Saturday, November 11th - Open from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Saturday, November 11th - Open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

No Frills

Saturday, November 11th - Open from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

City of Dauphin

Saturday, November 11th - Closed

Dauphin Rec Services

Saturday, November 11th - Open for the Remembrance Day Service, All Facilities Closed.

Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy

Saturday, November 11th - Open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. , and 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. sunday

Super Thrifty Pharmacy

Saturday, November 11th - Open  12 p.m. and 4 a.m.

Call 204-638-3702 between those times for assistance.

Dauphin Vet Clinic

Saturday, November 11th - Closed
When the clinic is closed, a vet is on call for emergencies at 204-638-3208.

Canada Post

Saturday, November 11th - Closed

A landmark event for the Gambler First Nation is allowing them to pay it forward.

The Gambler First Nation has recently voted in favor of an individual agreement on First Nations Land Claim Payout, yielding roughly 77 million dollars to its members.

Gambler's Chief David LeDoux is aiming to use one million dollars of that to fund the search for murdered and missing indigenous women.

The John James Tanner Legacy Foundation will be the name of Chief LeDoux's new project, and in a press release, he's proud to have lots of support in setting this up.

“This is an important new response to the growing need for assistance among the families affected by the disappearance or murder of our relatives across Canada,” stated Chief Ledoux. “I am pleased to be joined by Grand Chief Daniels, and other leaders, as we take the initiative in providing the necessary support, particularly for the children affected by the numerous tragedies involving our peoples.”

Grand Chief Daniels will serve as Treasurer for the new foundation. He will be joined by Grand Chief Cathy Merrick from the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC), Assembly of First Nations Manitoba Regional Chief Cindy Woodhouse, Ray Anne Gray, and Kellie LeDoux. The newly assembled Board of Directors will oversee the foundation's establishment and operations.

Another donation will be made towards this project from a local potash mine PADCOM, which is a partner with Chief LeDoux, and the Gambler First Nation.

It will match the Chief's generous donation, making a total of 2 million dollars for the new Legacy Foundation. 

The Land Claim Payments are being handed out today, and the announcement for the John James Tanner Legacy Foundation will happen between 3 and 5 pm today with Premier Wab Kinew in attendance. 

Dauphin will once again play host to Remembrance Day ceremonies on Saturday.

The ceremony at Credit Union Place will start at 10:45 am, with things moving to the Cenotaph at 12 noon.

Norma Johnson with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch number 20 in Dauphin encourages you to arrive early for the ceremony at Credit Union Place.

"We encourage people to come and be seated by 10:30.  There usually is plenty of seating but we have been getting a very good turnout of people of all ages, which is very nice."

Johnson encourages everyone to come out and participate,.

 "It is a time for us to stop and remember all that have served, and especially the people that have made the ultimate sacrifice to allow us to live in a free country.  I do not think we appreciate the freedom that we have."

Ceremonies are also being held in several other Parkland communities.

Check the Community Calendar on to see when and where the ceremony closest to you is taking place. 

The manager of the Dauphin Co-op Main Street Gas Bar has received some national recognition. 

Canada Convenience Store News has named Kelly Moroz one of its 2023 Future Leaders in Convenience and Car Wash. 

The awards are presented to individuals under the age of 40 who demonstrate a commitment to a career in convenience/gas/car wash stations and show leadership, innovation, and initiative in their daily work. 

Moroz became manager of the Main Street Co-op Gas Bar at the age of 24. 

In 2021, she was awarded a Women in Leadership award. 

A Swan River man facing a number of charges in relation to incidents from late September in that community will return to court in the new year.

Just before midnight on September 24th, Mounties say a man broke into a home, assaulted a man, and stole a cellphone and bicycle, before fleeing the scene.

The next morning, the same suspect broke into that same home, smashing items, and stealing a hammer before leaving, and going to a Main Street business, where he allegedly smashed two parked vehicles, and windows of the business, with flying glass injuring a female employee.

37-year-old Jeremy Gingras faces a total of 10 charges, including two counts each of break and enter and uttering threats, three counts of mischief, and one count each of assault, theft, and theft of a bicycle. 

He is scheduled to be back in Dauphin court on January

Amaranth RCMP has taken a Winnipeg man into custody after the police dog service was called in to track down a suspect hiding in a wooded area.

Around 12:35 pm on Wednesday, Mounties were notified about an Off-Road Vehicle - which had earlier been stolen from the Sandy Bay First Nation area -  going in and out of yards on Road 50 West in the RM of Westlake-Gladstone.

The ORV eventually broke down, leading to two suspects escaping into a wooded area North of Road 50 West and Road 92 North. 

A female suspect eventually came out of the wooded area and was arrested, but Jolt the Police Service Dog was sent in with his handler to locate and apprehend a male suspect. 

32-year-old Blake Beaulieu has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, mischief, and two counts of resisting or obstructing a peace officer. 

He was already wanted on warrants for a number of offenses, including two assaults and robbery with other offensive weapons. 

Beaulieu remains in custody, but no details of a court appearance were released.

No word on if any charges were laid against the female suspect. 

Brian Schoonbaert has announced his plans to retire as CEO of Prairie Mountain Health. 

Schoonbaert has held the CEO position since 2021.

He has spent over 35 years in the health field, including time as the CEO of Brandin Regional Health Authority, and Vice President, Finance, Capital, Support Services, and Chief Operating Officer of Brandon Regional Health Centre. 

In a news release, PMH Board of Directors chair Lon Cullen said Schoonbaert’s commitment to providing quality health care and supporting all PMH staff, physicians, and volunteers was always been evident.

A recruitment process for a new CEO is now underway

Schoonbaert's final day at PMH will be April 5th, 2024. 

A drug bust in the RM of Dauphin from 2021 was back in a Winnipeg court this week. 

32-year-old Winnipeg native Jory Rowe faces a charge of possession for the purpose of trafficking and has had hit matters put over until November 14th. 

In March of 2021, Mounties pulled over a vehicle on Highway 5, about ten kilometres west of Ochre River, and after the driver refused to give a breath sample, he was arrested.

A search of the vehicle led to the seizure of a large variety of cannabis products, about 195 grams of cocaine, cash, and an open bottle of liquor.