The Dauphin Fire Department was called to a house fire on Jackson Street this morning. When they got there, they were met by the tenant of the basement suite who reported she smelled smoke coming from the suite above.

When they entered the upper suite, they found a fire in the living room and the rest of the unit was filled with smoke. One crew had the fire under control, while another crew made sure no one else was in the building. While there were no occupants located, the firefighters found a pet that they were unable to resuscitate.

The fire was determined to be accidental and caused by an electric heater coming into contact with something combustible nearby. The fire spread very fast prior to being called in but it was contained to the upper suite. There are no injuries as a result of the fire and no estimates on damages at this time.

Public Health officials identified 3,265 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba today.

*Dauphin now has 26 active cases of COVID-19*

The test positivity rate has increased to 44.4% provincially.

The case breakdown for today's numbers are:

285 in the Prairie Mountain Health Region.

264 in the Interlake/Eastern Health Region.

170 are in the Northern Health Region.

378 are in the Southern Health Region.

2,168 are in the Winnipeg Health Region.

The numbers of active cases in other Prairie Mountain Health districts are:

Riding Mountain (14), Swan River (28), Duck Mountain (12), Porcupine Mountain (17), Agassiz Mountain (60), Asessippi (90), Little Saskatchewan (94), Whitemud (78). Brandon has 1,489 active cases.

In the Interlake, the Eriksdale/Ashern health district has 61 active cases. The Fisher/Peguis district has 128 active cases.

There are 24,595 active COVID-19 cases in the province.

257 Manitobans are hospitalized with active COVID-19.

33 Manitobans are in intensive care units with active COVID-19.

For more information check out the provincial dashboard here.

Earlier this evening the Dauphin Fire Department responded to alarms at the Dauphin Medical Clinic.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, they were met by staff who reported the smell of smoke.

DFD searched inside the building as well as inspected the roof-top ventilation units and ultimately found a unit heater in the suspended ceiling that had experienced an electrical short.

Damage was limited to the individual heater with no damage to the surrounding area.

City of Dauphin Mayor and Council are pleased to announce that Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation (MHRC) has approved the selection of three housing projects in Dauphin as recipients of MHRC’s Affordable Housing for Vulnerable Populations funding.

In 2021, Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation granted the City of Dauphin $714,600 to fund the development of affordable housing initiatives in our community.

After a rigorous process, the City selected the following organizations for the allocation of the funds:

  • Habitat for Humanity Dauphin Chapter – $50,000 towards the build of their second home
  • Dauphin Friendship Centre – $239,600 towards the construction of a new multi-unit dwelling for high-risk and emergent housing
  • Parkland Crossing – $425,000 towards the development of the first phase of a 24-unit low-income housing project

As per the funding requirements, all projects are due to be completed by March 31, 2023.

The municipality of Harrison Park's council has voted to start enforcing a zoning bylaw that will put an end to short-term rentals in the area. The bylaw was already in place in the municipality, located south of Riding Mountain National Park, but was not being enforced according to council members.

As CKDM reported in December, counselor Craig Atkinson was bringing the motion forward because the rentals had become disruptive in the otherwise quiet community. 

The bylaw states that short-term rentals are allowed if there is a resident living onsite, however many of the rental properties in the area do not have someone living there full time.

Atkinson is not looking to put the ban on all short-term rentals but believes having owners or operators of the rentals on the site will help cut down on issues raised by his constituents.

Public Health officials identified 2,548 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba today.

*Dauphin now has 25 active cases of COVID-19*

The test positivity rate has increased to 43.5% provincially.

The case breakdown for today's numbers are:

366 in the Prairie Mountain Health Region.

245 in the Interlake/Eastern Health Region.

157 are in the Northern Health Region.

277 are in the Southern Health Region.

1,503 are in the Winnipeg Health Region.

The numbers of active cases in other Prairie Mountain Health districts are:

Riding Mountain (9), Swan River (22), Duck Mountain (10), Porcupine Mountain (16), Agassiz Mountain (54), Asessippi (87), Little Saskatchewan (68), Whitemud (57). Brandon has 1,333 active cases.

In the Interlake, the Eriksdale/Ashern health district has 50 active cases. The Fisher/Peguis district has 96 active cases.

There are 21,277 active COVID-19 cases in the province.

222 Manitobans are hospitalized with active COVID-19.

32 Manitobans are in intensive care units with active COVID-19.

For more information check out the provincial dashboard here.

On Wednesday afternoon Ste Rose du Lac RCMP received a report of a missing 30-year-old male from McCreary who was last seen at 2:00 am leaving a residence in the Ochre River area and was believed to be returning to his home in McCreary.

Officers were advised that his vehicle had been found on Provincial Road 582, located west of the community of Makinak.

Officers, along with numerous volunteers, conducted a search of the area.

After a check of the vehicle and of nearby homes they did not locate him and continued the search until approximately 8:00 pm, when it was called off for safety reasons due to the extreme cold.

This morning, officers from Ste Rose du Lac, the RCMP Search and Rescue team, RCMP Police Dog Services and volunteers resumed the search and he was located deceased approximately a kilometre away from his vehicle.

Ste Rose du Lac RCMP continues to investigate.

The Dauphin Hospital Foundation has sent out its year in review and they want to thank everyone who supported the foundation over the past year.

The Foundation was over the moon in 2021 to accept an estate donation of $100,000 from Dauphin Resident Anne Stewart, who passed away earlier this year. Other large contributions last year came from the Dauphin Legion Poppy Fund for $8,600 and the Rorketon Drop-in Centre for $7,000.

It is due to donations like these that the foundation was able to purchase two large pieces of equipment for the Hospital totaling almost $61,000.

The foundation wants to recognize the unfortunate loss of two key supporters in 2021, Dr. Allen Lysack, and former City of Dauphin Board representative Mayor Allen Dowhan.

"Dauphin Regional Health Centre was always top of mind for them and they both worked in different, but important ways to ensure that DRHC was always striving to be the best it could be, we reflect fondly on the memories of their dedication and contributions," said Greg Thompson, Dauphin Hospital Foundation Chairperson.

The foundation will be meeting early in 2022 to review options for new equipment purchases, grants for health care workers to upgrade their skills, scholarships, and contribution funds.

In the early hours of December 31, 2021, The Pas RCMP received a report that a truck was stuck on Clearwater Lake.

The three males inside were heading out to do some ice fishing when their truck broke down which caused them to become stranded and ill-equipped for the plummeting temperatures. The temperature at the time with the wind chill was -38.

The exact location of the stranded fishermen was unknown at the time and it was determined that a search and rescue team – consisting of four RCMP officers, an off-duty paramedic, and a conservation officer – would attempt to locate the missing males, two 18-year-olds and one 19-year-old, from Steinbach.

After searching a large area of Clearwater Lake, they were located in the northwest corner and transported back to safety.

The three males as well as some of the searchers suffered minor injuries due to the extreme cold.

Public Health officials identified 1,790 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba today.

*Dauphin now has 24 active cases of COVID-19*

The test positivity rate has increased to 40.3% provincially.

The case breakdown for today's numbers are:

80 in the Prairie Mountain Health Region.

116 in the Interlake/Eastern Health Region.

84 are in the Northern Health Region.

190 are in the Southern Health Region.

1,320 are in the Winnipeg Health Region.

The numbers of active cases in other Prairie Mountain Health districts are:

Riding Mountain (9), Swan River (11), Duck Mountain (10), Porcupine Mountain (15), Agassiz Mountain (53), Asessippi (83), Little Saskatchewan (57), Whitemud (37). Brandon has 1,100 active cases.

In the Interlake, the Eriksdale/Ashern health district has 48 active cases. The Fisher/Peguis district has 83 active cases.

There are 18,844 active COVID-19 cases in the province.

211 Manitobans are hospitalized with active COVID-19.

29 Manitobans are in intensive care units with active COVID-19.

For more information check out the provincial dashboard here.

The Federal Government has announced that in January, they will be sending out 140 million rapid COVID tests to provinces on a per capita basis. They also announced that by the end of the month, there will be enough pediatric doses for all eligible Canadians.

These announcements came as part of a press conference today with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos. Trudeau said in the conference that there are enough doses in Canada for all eligible Canadians to receive their first, second, or third dose.