Over the long weekend and with school starting up shortly there could be an increase in cyclist activity.

Key points to remember for drivers are motorists should leave about a metre between themselves and a cyclist, and take an extra look to make sure there isn’t a cyclist in your blind spot.

Smiley adds cyclists have to follow the rules of the road, be visible, ride defensively, and use hand signals.

According to the RCMP, if a cyclist runs a red light or doesn’t stop at a stop sign, they could receive a fine of 203 dollars.

On average in Manitoba, there are 300 incidents between motorists and cyclists with 4 cyclists killed, yearly.

The 27th Annual Ashern Rodeo is happening this weekend just 1.5 miles south of Ashern.

Festivities kick off tonight with the Street Dance and fireworks. Saturday’s events feature a pancake breakfast and, of course, the rodeo, with a social to follow. Sunday’s events feature the rodeo finals and Threshermans’s reunion.

The beer gardens and grandstand are both covered, so the event will go rain or shine.

Weekend passes cost $15, day passes are $10 and kids under 6 get in free,

For more information, check out the Ashern Rodeo on Facebook.

Starting tonight and going all weekend long is the Dark Sky Weekend at Riding Mountain National Park.

This is the second Dark Sky Weekend and Visitor Experience Manager, Richard Dupuis, says they’re trying to make it an annual event.

New this year, is a photography workshop and yoga at night.

Making a return are the night hikes, day time activities for the kids, and the chance to learn about Anishinabe perspectives of the night sky.

RMNP does the Dark Sky Weekend to celebrate the night sky and how great the view is from the park.

For the full schedule click here.

On August 27th, 2019, Manitoba First Nations Police members attended to a disturbance on Highway 45.

Once on scene, officers learned that 17-year-old Leona Rayleen Edith Mecas ran away from home after an altercation with her parents.

After patrols in the immediate area, officers could not locate Leona.

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Leona Rayleen Edith Mecas, who goes by the nickname “Weebs”. She is described as Indigenous, 5’3, 147 lbs, with long black hair. There was no clothing description given.

Police are concerned for Leona’s well-being and are asking anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Leona Mecas to call the Waywayseecappo Detachment at 204-859-5070.

Manitoba residents will be able to vote in the provincial election in just over a week.

Leifa Misko, the chairperson for the Mountain View School Division board, says some of the issues they’d like addressed in this next election include the set of robust needs students have, that need to be addressed to transition from school to employment.

Misko also identified the need for trades training promotion and the need for partnerships to share costs and provide better education.

Misko says over the past few years the school division has been able to meet with the two MLA’s that are within the MVSD Region and hopes that whoever is the elected MLA will continue to have communication with the school division.

Misko expects the elected government to consult and cooperate with the school division before making any changes.

12 rural municipalities have declared a state of agricultural disaster in Manitoba after a hot and dry summer has left beef producers struggling to find enough feed to feed their herds.

Arnthor Jonasson, the reeve of the RM of West Interlake and Mike Brown, a councillor for the RM of Alonsa both say that the time for the government to come in and help producers is now, adding that by the time the election is done, it may be too late.

The affected RMs are Alonsa, Armstrong, Bifrost-Riverton, Coldwell, Ethelbert, Fisher, Grahamdale, Lakeshore, McCreary, Ste. Rose, West Interlake, and Woodlands.

Hay yields in the province have been far below average this summer, adding on to the impact producers are feeling after a streak of dry years.

Early in the summer, the provincial government announced it would allow livestock producers to cut hay and let their herds graze on Crown lands.Jonasson and Brown said that producers are trying to get the attention of both the federal and provincial governments to provide financial assistance through the AgriRecovery Program.

The program framework would allow for immediate feed and freight assistance and some compensation for the drilling of wells for the hauling of water to livestock.

Due to the shortage of feed, many producers are faced with the choice of whether or not to liquidate portions of their herds, if not their entire herds.

Both Keystone Agriculture Producers and Manitoba Beef Producers have urged farmers across the province to list any available hay, straw, and alternative feeds for use to help the producers struggling to feed their herds.

The looming provincial and federal elections have some producers worried that government intervention could be delayed, but Jonasson and Brown are hoping action will be taken in the next few days.

Dustin Racette has been arrested after two weeks of searching.

Around 11:40 in the evening on August 14th, Dustin Racette was being treated at the Dauphin hospital before assaulting and running from corrections officers.

Racette is charged with escaping lawful custody, assault with a weapon, and assault a police officer with a weapon.

Unconfirmed reports say he was arrested at Bacon Ridge, which is just south of Ebb and Flow.

The Moon Lake Trail in Riding Mountain National Park is closed until further notice because of a bear encounter.

The Moon Lake Campground will stay open.

Due to the importance of visitor safety to Parks Canada, they are asking visitors to be vigilant, walk in groups, make plenty of noise, and carry bear spray when out on the trails.

They add campers should continue to practice safe camping practices, obey all camping regulations and keep food and garbage secure at all times.

Last night, at around 6:45, Brandon police responded to a suspected stabbing.

At the scene, police located an unresponsive 15-year-old male.

Officers performed CPR on the male until the Fire Department arrived, and transported the male to hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Police arrested another 15-year-old in relation to the stabbing.

The two males knew each other, and police believe the motivation for the stabbing was personal.

The suspect was lodged at Brandon Correctional Centre and will appear in court this afternoon on a charge of 1st-degree murder.

A post mortem on the victim will be conducted today as well.

Yesterday morning residents of a home turned on their furnace for the first time to take the chill off their home when smoke started erupting from the furnace.

The Dauphin Fire Department responded and made sure there wasn’t a fire.

Fire Chief Cam Abrey says they contacted the owners to have everything serviced.

He says with winter approaching, now is a good time to make sure your furnace works, adding that it’s best to get a qualified service technician to check over your furnace instead of doing it yourself.

Abrey says it's fine to change the filter yourself and test carbon monoxide alarms.

The Grandview Healthcare Solutions Group held a provincial election forum last night at the Grandview Kinsmen Community Centre.

The three Dauphin MLA candidates were once again the centre of attention as they answered questions from the public.

Healthcare and rural economic development were the main focuses of the night.

While the candidates took a somewhat calm approach to the forum in Dauphin on Monday, this forum took a bit of an aggressive turn with candidates firing shots back and forth.

NDP candidate Darcy Scheller, PC candidate Brad Michaleski, and Liberal candidate Cathy Scofield-Singh all thought the night went well and enjoyed the opportunity to address more rural concerns

The Manitoba provincial election is on September 10th.