"Project Beckon" has resulted in 20 men arrested and charged with Obtaining Sexual Services for Consideration.

A year-long joint police operation between Brandon Police and the Winnipeg City Police - Counter Exploitation unit led to the arrests this weekend, which included the seizure of 15 vehicles.

The goal of the project was to target the demand side of sexual exploitation and the safety of those who are exploited.

Although arresting 20 was a great start, Sergeant Kirby Sararas, Public Information Officer for Brandon Police Service, says this is just the start.

"It's kind of bitter-sweet. Yes, the project was successful because there were arrests, but it's really unfortunate that there is a need to make arrests," said Sararas. "We really want to make sure the people that are exploiting individuals know that this won't be tolerated. We're hoping people will think twice about doing this because they're going to get caught."

"This is an ongoing effort to put a stop to these people that are doing the exploiting," she added. "We need to put a stop to this at all costs."

14 of the men are from Brandon. The remaining six men are from Erickson, Virden, Souris, Shoal Lake, and Winnipeg.

Court dates for the men are scheduled for September in Brandon.

Canada's premier classic rock festival is just days away from starting.

Rockin' the Fields of Minnedosa starts on Friday with main stage performances beginning at 6:00 p.m., with Lee Aaron.

The event features April Wine, Platinum Blonde, Harlequin, 54-40, and so much more. You can find a full daily schedule at Rockin' the Fields.

"It's the second year in a row for me booking the bands and whatnot and it's taken a really good direction of classic acts," said Rob Waloschuk, Promoter. "The weather also looks fantastic."

Tom Cochrane & Red Rider will close out the main stage performances on Sunday night at 10:30 p.m. The festival comes to a close with Bed of Roses, at midnight on Sunday on the Heritage Coop Hilltop Stage.

"We're expecting a fantastic weekend with some great performances," said Waloschuk. "We believe there's something for just about anyone if you're into this kind of music. We hope you can join us."

Tickets are still available for the weekend. It's just $195 for a weekend pass. Day passes are also available for $95. 

Find out more ticket options and prices at Rockin' the Fields of Minnedosa 2019.

The early bird ticket deadline for Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival is today.

Weekend passes for this weekend’s festival are only $110 if you buy them today. Tickets will be available at the gate but they will be more expensive.

CNUF runs from this Friday, August 2nd to Sunday, August 4th with the opening ceremonies taking place Friday at 7:00 pm and the performances kick off at 8 pm.

This year’s performers include the Riding and Dancing Cossacks, Bratstva Studios, the Sawchuk Sisters, and Zirka.

Sunday will feature a Perogy Eating Contest and the Grandstand Show will feature a dance extravaganza with different regional dances.

Gates open at 1:00 on Thursday and 11:00 on Friday.

A missing person situation involving an elderly woman in Southeastern Manitoba has ended on a positive note, thanks in part to help from some Dauphin volunteers.

84-year-old Mary Byman had gone missing without a trace last Wednesday while berry picking close to her home in Menisino. 

While camping out after helping in the search, the Dauphin volunteers heard Byman cry out for help, and found her shortly after.

Details on what happened are currently being sorted out.

Later this week on Thursday, the Dauphin Street Fair is celebrating its 19th anniversary.

Stephen Chychota says there are some returning favourites to go along with some great new activities and more vendors than ever before.

Dauphin Neighbourhood Renewal will be having some great activities including a street hockey tournament.

Chychota says there’s a lot to think of when choosing his favourite part of the street fair.

“There are lots of elements that I would put in my favourite list. We shut down Main Street and get to have a party there. Yeah, ok maybe that’s my best feature of all. We’re actually shutting down the whole of downtown Dauphin and we’re having a bit of a party, so that’s pretty neat. Some close seconds are, we have a stage of entertainment all throughout the day so you get to see some really fun acts and the food vendors, I gotta give it to them because there are some delicious treats that they bring year after year and I can’t wait to try them again this year.”

If you’ve never been before, Chychota says they’re open all day, it’s free for everyone and there’s always something for the whole family.

The hunt for Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod has attracted international media attention particularly Australian media.

US correspondent for 9 News Australia, Alexis Daish gave CKDM's Isaac Wihak some insight into how the Australians are feeling.

“I think back home in Australia, initially, it was very shocking. People couldn’t believe a young Aussie man on an adventure with his American girlfriend could have something like this, so inherently random, happen to him when he’s road tripping through the northern Rockies. So I think that has really rattled people back home.”

She added that Canada is a hot tourist destination for Australians and doesn’t think the murders will scare off those tourists.

Daish is in Gillam and says the RCMP really have deployed a lot of resources such as tactical officers, dogs, and drones.

“But also had the tactical assault vehicle that has come from Saskatchewan to help assist. But yesterday, that vehicle got packed up and returned back to Saskatchewan. Which does beg the question whether their feelings about the two of them being here are now weakening a little bit. We heard from police yesterday and they said that even though the last confirmed sighting of the pair is here in Gillam, they are now exploring the possibility that they have managed to skip town.”

Daish has been in Canada for 8 days and says the length of her stay will depend on the momentum of the manhunt.

The board that decides on speed limits across the province was dissolved in the spring.

That means municipalities have control over their speed limits.

Deputy City Manager, Renee St. Goddard says the city is changing the speed limit of one road. The section of Triangle Road that has a speed limit of 70 km/hr will be changed to 50 on September 1st.

She says they don’t have any other concerns with speed limits but if you do,

“They should come into city hall and voice their concerns. We’ll take a look at it or discuss the issue with them and go from there.”

The 3-month search for Robert Fleury is over. Fleury was last seen as the driver of a vehicle involved in a pedestrian hit and run earlier this year on the Waywayseecappo First Nation.

On April 24th a 24-year-old female was struck by the vehicle in question which immediately fled the scene. The victim was transported by ambulance to hospital and has since been released.

33-year-old Robert Fleury from Gambler First Nation was located by Brandon Police on July 23rd and arrested on outstanding warrants.

Fleury faces the following charges:

-Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle Causing Bodily Harm

-Failure to Stop after Accident Resulting in Bodily Harm

-Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle

-Assault with a Weapon

-Failure to Provide the Necessaries

-Uttering Threats against a person (x3)

-Failure to Comply with Probation Order

Fleury has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in Brandon Provincial Court.

Around 140 people from the Marcel Colomb First Nation have been evacuated to a hotel in Thompson.

The evacuation is needed because of wildfires burning in the area.

The Canadian Red Cross is providing lodging, food and other necessary support for members of the community.

At 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, the Canadian Red Cross was activated by the federal government to support the evacuation of the community.

Buses were provided for those who required transportation to Thompson, others drove.

It isn’t known how long the evacuees will be out of their community.

Since Red Cross disaster assistance to First Nations is supported by the federal government, the expenses for the response are covered.

Today is one for the history books for Steiner Plumbing & Heating in Dauphin. They are set to celebrate their 40th Anniversary.

Al Gaines will be there until 11 to celebrate the occasion. Carla Wolfenden is the Co-owner of Steiner Plumbing and Heating and she's excited about the day.

"This day is really meaningful to us because my parents ran it for 38 of the 40 years and they put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into it," said Wolfenden. "They grew the business and customer base that we benefit from today. It's really nice to keep the family business going in this community."

They will also be having a Customer Appreciation BBQ from 11-1. All proceeds will go towards the Habitat for Humanity Dauphin Chapter.

"We would love if you came out to help Habitat for Humanity and we're also going to have some great prizes," added Wolfenden.

They have also launched a brand new website. You can check it out at Steiner Plumbing & Heating.

With 39 years now in the past, Carla and the whole crew are looking forward to the future.

"We really want to thank everyone for all of their support over the years," she concluded.

The province of Manitoba announced today it will be granting $32,500 to the Swan River Historical Museum for their train project.

The funding is a result of a successful application to the Building Sustainable Communities program.

The train at the museum is a 1/8th scale replica of a working railroad that visitors will be able to ride around the heritage village. The locomotive and a few cars were on display Thursday with sample rides for the people at the press conference.

When complete the first loop will be over 3000 feet long. A level crossing will be installed across the museum access road and a train station will be built as well. The hope for the train station is that it will double as a photo location for weddings in the Swan Valley.

“We’re gonna drive you through history on the train.” said the Fundraising Chairperson for the museum Bill Gade. “It’ll get a lot more people to the museum, even today we had some people out at the announcement that live here, they’ve been here for years, but they haven’t been to the museum in 20 years, some of them. And this was something exciting enough to get them to come back and take another look.”

Swan Valley Chamber of Commerce President Jonny Wintoniw said that the town will benefit from this train. “Restaurants will see more visitors, hotels will see more overnight stays and our retailers can see increased traffic as visitors make Swan River a destination for their vacation- from seeing Magnet Hill to visiting our lakes and soon, riding our very own passenger train at the museum.”

Phase One of the train project is now fully funded. The grand opening of Phase One is expected during Manitoba’s 150th Birthday celebrations in 2020.

Phase Two of the train project is proposed for next fall and will include a winter celebration component.