Last night in Brandon, Brandon Fire and Emergency Services asked the Brandon Police to assist them with a suspected overdose.

Two adults were found unresponsive by a third adult in a residential bathroom.

Both individuals were transported to the hospital with one remaining in ICU. The other adult was treated medically but didn't need the ICU.

The police learned the individuals purchased two substances, one described as purple heroin and the other as methamphetamine.

Both substances were consumed throughout the evening.

Initial testing of the substances they had consumed revealed a mix of fentanyl, butyrylfentanyl, carfentanil and methamphetamine.

It isn’t clear at this stage of the investigation which of the purchased drugs contained any fentanyl, or if they both contained some.

Purple heroin discovered in other jurisdictions has been found to contain a combination of heroin mixed with fentanyl, carfentanil and other opioids.

Brandon Police are continuing the investigation.

A livestock tour for producers around the province will take place next week.

The tour that takes place on July 31st and August 1st is designed to showcase different ideas and strategies to help producers increase profits and manage the workloads associated with today’s livestock operations.

Producers have the opportunity to learn from other producers who have adopted new concepts to suit their operations.

Registration is only $30 a day, and that includes lunch, refreshments, and all reference materials.

Payment will be made “at the gate” but producers wishing to attend must Pre- Register.

Tour stops include the Brandon area, Brookdale, Melita, Lyleton, Pipestone, Hamiota, and Virden.

For more information on the Manitoba Livestock Producer Tour or to pre-register call 204-622-2007 or go to the Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association website.

A disgraced Manitoba politician who was kicked out of the governing PC Caucus says he is running for re-election as an Independent Candidate.

Cliff Graydon said once before that he would retire from politics after being booted from the backbenches over inappropriate remarks made to female legislative staff members and an alleged groping that Graydon denies happened.

Graydon says that voters in his constituency of Emerson have asked him to run again for the September 10th provincial election

Graydon was ousted from the PC’s last fall after reports that he had invited two women to sit on his lap on two separate occasions and invited one to lick food off his face.

The politician acknowledged at the time that his sense of humour was outdated and that he had made inappropriate remarks, but claimed he never sexually harassed anyone and has no recollection of asking anyone to lick his face.

Graydon also denied an accusation from a Tory volunteer that he groped and propositioned her at a social function at a Winnipeg bar in 2017.

No charges were ever filed against Graydon and the allegations have not been tested in court.

Graydon, who is in his 70’s, has also dealt with health issues including a suspected gall bladder attack. He has since said that his health has improved and wants to run again to address his constituents’ concerns over asylum-seekers crossing the border.

Mazergroup in Dauphin is getting set to host their Grand Opening tomorrow morning.

The day starts with donuts and coffee at 10:00 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. The ribbon-cutting will take place at 12:30 and there will be free draws throughout the day.

"We're really looking forward to seeing everyone there," said Candace Bowles, Marketing Manager at Mazergroup. "The main reason for this is to meet people in the community. We want people to see our building, it really is beautiful."

There will also be specials with product specialists on hand. Al Gaines will broadcast live from 10-1. 

"Right now we're working out of an 18,000 SF building in Dauphin, plus we have a 7200 SF heating building, it's just been another way to give back to our customers," concluded Bowles.

If you haven't been before, the location is at 531 Buchanon Avenue.

The federal government released an initial list of designated regions in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Quebec where livestock tax deferral has been authorized for 2019 due to extreme weather conditions.

Preliminary analysis shows that livestock producers in Western Canada and Quebec are experiencing forage shortages due to drought conditions.

The livestock tax deferral provision allows producers in drought, flood, or excess moisture conditions to defer a portion of their 2019 sale proceeds of breeding livestock until 2020 to help replenish the herd. The cost of replacing animals in 2020 will offset the deferred income, reducing the tax burden of the original sale.

Regions that meet the criteria for the tax deferral have forage shortfalls of 50 percent or more. Eligible regions are identified based on weather and climate data.

Eligibility for the tax deferral is limited to producers located in the designated areas. Producers in those regions can request the tax deferral when filing their 2019 income tax returns.

Full a full list of designated regions in Manitoba click here.

Canada's National Ukrainian Festival is set for next weekend just outside of Dauphin.

The festival runs from August 2-4 and it's sure to be another great event. Tickets are on sale right now and it's just $110 for a weekend pass.

"We're really excited. Every year we feel it's a new thing and we think it's even better and stronger this year," said Samantha Schiefke, CAO.

The Opening Ceremonies take place on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. The performances hit the stage right at 8:00 p.m.

Some of this year's performers include the Bratstva Studios, Marina Krut, Aurasia, Budmo, Zirka, Sawchuk Sisters, and the Riding & Dancing Cossacks. You can check out a full list of performers at Canada's National Ukrainian Festival.

On Sunday at 5:00 p.m., there will be a Perogy Eating Contest at the 730CKDM Cossack Tavern Arena. The first person to eat 24 is named the Ukrainian of the Year. You can still enter the contest by heading to the CNUF office before Friday.

You can also sign up at the festival information booth until August 3. The cost is $15, but hurry, the contest is limited to 15 people.

"That's going to be a blast, we can't wait to see how it all unfolds," added Schiefke. 

Shuttle wristbands are also on sale right now. You can get a weekend one for just $15. That allows you unlimited ride between Dauphin and the hill. If you don't buy a wristband, it's $5 per ride.

Several heat warnings are in effect for Northern Manitoba.

The warnings are in place for Flin Flon, Cranberry Portage, Snow Lake, Lynn Lake, Leaf Rapids, Pukatawagan, Norway House, Cross Lake, Wabowden, The Pas, Wanless, Westray, Clearwater Lake Provincial Park, Thompson, Nelson House, and Split Lake.

The temperatures in the listed areas are expected to reach at least 29 degrees Celsius with overnight lows near 16 degrees Celsius for the next three days.

Thursday will likely bring relief as showers and cooler air out of the north move over the area.

Here are some tips to stay safe:

Watch for the effects of heat illness, including swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions.

Drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool place.

Check on older family, friends, and neighbours. Make sure they are cool and drinking water.

Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.

Outdoor workers should take regularly scheduled breaks in a cool place.

Heat warnings are issued when very high temperature or humidity conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

Thompson RCMP are looking for a man accused of setting fire to a business last week.

The business on Selkirk Avenue was completely engulfed in flames early Thursday morning.

Police have determined that the suspect filled up a water bottle with gasoline, then proceeded to walk to the nearby building to start it on fire.

The footage from the gas station has been released. Now Police are asking for the publics assistance in finding the suspect.

He is believed to have suffered severe burns to his hands.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6909.

National Drowning Prevention Week is a week to highlight the dangers of drowning and water-related injuries and to draw attention to how to be safe when around the water so every trip is a round trip.

Christopher Love, with the Life Saving Society, says this week’s theme is backyard pools.

In Manitoba, statistically speaking, backyard pools isn’t an area that sees a high amount of drownings, but Love says we still need to talk about it to stop tragedies from happening.

Some tips to stay safe in a backyard pool are, know how to swim, don’t swim alone, supervise children, and kids under the age of 6 need to be within arm’s reach.

During the summer it’s always great to be at the lake and out boating, in addition to the backyard pool safety tips, Love says to wear your life jacket and stay sober.

In Manitoba, 86 per cent of boating deaths involved not wearing life jackets, and 58 per cent of boating deaths were intoxicated at the time of the incident.

The province averages around 22 drowning deaths per year.

The Dauphin Friendship Centre will be hosting Dauphin's Got Talent on Wednesday.

The event will feature several local artists that will show off their stuff. 

4:30 is when the event starts and it runs until 7:00 p.m. You can get a hot dog for just $2 and jumbo freezies will be on sale for just $1. They will also be handing out free watermelon.

"Everyone should definitely come out to enjoy this great entertainment at no charge," said Lindsay Sanderson, Program Coordinator at the Friendship Centre. "It's going to be in the open air, so I encourage everyone to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets."

There will be singing, dancing, instrumental performances and more. Already confirmed is Edward Klyne, Terra Matthews and more. Even if you haven't registered to perform, you will have the opportunity. On top of the scheduled performances, the mic will be open to anyone near the end of the event.

If you would like to perform, you're asked to call Lindsay at 638-5707 before Wednesday.

"Anyone is welcome to show off their talent," said Sanderson. "I encourage those wanting to perform, without a doubt give me a call."

The location is at 210 1st Avenue NE at the Friendship Centre's greenspace.

Saturday morning around 9:40, Ste. Rose RCMP received a report of a missing 60-year-old man.

He had been camping at the Vakker Beach Campground on Lake Manitoba.

He was last seen in the evening on July 19th fishing in his boat out on the lake.

He didn’t return to his campsite and in the morning, local campers began a search for him out on the water.

RCMP Search and Rescue responded and determined the boater may have drifted across Lake Manitoba into the Ashern, Lundar area.

Manitoba Sustainable Development and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) assisted the RCMP in coordinating a land and air search.

Around 3 pm the JRCC found the boater through the air search and got him to the shore, where the RCMP’s search personnel met him.

The boater was in good spirits and didn’t sustain any injuries.