The RM of Riding Mountain West has issued a fire ban effective as of 8:00 this morning.

For more questions call the RM at 204-564-2589.

 

There hasn’t been much rain across the Parkland this spring and that doesn’t look to be changing just yet.

The forecast right through the end of the week calls for sunny conditions with temperatures in the 20’s.

However, June is just a few days away and Doug Gillham, Meteorologist with the Weather Network says that could be a blessing for everyone who’s waiting for rain.

“June is the wettest month of the year across the region and we think that the much-needed rain will fall during the month,” added Gillham. “We do think that summer precipitation will be near or on the dry side of normal. There are some encouraging signs that once we get deeper into the first week of June that we will get some much-needed rain.”

“With that being said, it won’t be enough to make up for the deficit that we’ve been experiencing,” Gillham continued.

Looking ahead to the rest of summer, cooler temperatures could be on the way, but not for a while yet.

“We’re going to see some shots of cooler weather at times,” added Gillham. “The final summer temperatures should tip to the cool side in the Parkland and across Manitoba,”

“If you take this week, for example, the next couple of days are expected to be very warm before we get a patch of cool air for the next couple of days after that before the heat returns on Sunday.”

With all of the lakes around the Parkland, some people would think that would bring extra rain into the area. That after all is just a hope and is not really the case as Gillham says.

“Not really. I mean they can help a little bit on a localized scale, but they’re still not going to help a whole lot,” said Gillham. “Some of the bigger lakes can create boundaries that are triggers for scattered afternoon showers or thunderstorms, but they don’t generally bring widespread rain.”

The Red Shoe Crew Walk in support of the Ronald McDonald House is taking place this Sunday in Dauphin at Vermillion Park campground. With that, registration is now open to get in on the action.

"It's a signature fundraising event for Ronald McDonald House Charities Manitoba and it takes place all over the province," said Eden Ramsay, Development & Communications Officer with RMHC. 

The event on Sunday is a 3-kilometre family-friendly walk. The cost to take part is $25 for ages 13 and up while 12 & under are just $5. All of the proceeds support families that need to use the Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room.

"It's just a great community event to come out to," added Ramsay. "You get some exercise and you support families that need to stay close to their sick children."

Last year across Manitoba, more than $65,000 was raised.

Included in your registration fee is refreshments from McDonald's and Coca-Cola Canada as well as hamburgers and cheeseburgers. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. with the walk beginning 30 minutes later. Everything wraps up around 1:00 p.m.

You can head to Red Shoe Crew Walk to register today. 

The new Parkland Regional Library director has been chosen.

Alison Moss is from Dauphin and she’ll be learning from Jean Louis Guillas for the next month until he retires.

She hopes to learn the nitty-gritty, and how the library system works.

She adds that it’s a fantastic opportunity to work with the outgoing director.

She wants to continue with the current programs the library has to offer and is looking forward to joining the team.

At this point, she wants to stay the course and then figure out where ideas can land within the good things already happening at the library.

The Dauphin and District Community Foundation is hosting the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge.

The Challenge is open to youth looking to change their community. $15,000 is available for up to three youth-led projects.

The project has to respond to one central question: What is your boldest idea to respond to an urgent local need? (For example; Cultural Awareness and Appreciation, Sustainability, Reconciliation, Community engagement.)

By applying and bringing a project to life, youth will acquire valuable skills and experiences for the workforce later on.

The Community Challenge will be happening across the country thanks to participating community foundations.

To learn more about eligible projects and how to apply, click here

There is a fire ban for the Municipality of Roblin in effect as of 8:00 AM May 28, 2019

No burning of crops, grass, leaves, garbage or fireworks.  All permits are suspended or cancelled and no new permits will be issued until further notice.

Fires that are set in an outdoor fire pit or solid fuel burning appliance will be allowed in the evening/early morning between the hours of 8:00 PM and 8:00 AM.  Any fire that is set in a fire pit must be enclosed on all sides, covered with a non-combustible grate or mesh and located on a non-combustible base clear of overhangs.  Propane fire pits/barbecues are permitted.

Please call the Municipality of Roblin at 204-937-8333 extension 221 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

On Friday, RCMP, assisted by the Winnipeg Police Service Tactical Support Team, arrested 18-year-old Laurent Beaulieu at a residence in Winnipeg.

Beaulieu, from Portage La Prairie, is connected with the murder of a 22-year-old Langruth Man on May 20th. He has been charged with Second Degree Murder and is scheduled to appear in court today.

A 17-year-old woman, from Long Plain First Nation, was also arrested at the scene and has been charged with Accessory After the Fact to Murder and appeared in court yesterday.

RCMP continue to investigate. If you have any information in relation to this incident, please your local police, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.ca

While driving from Winnipegosis to Dauphin, Jake Penner and his son saw something out of the ordinary on the side of the road.

A bald eagle was sitting in the ditch and was trying to fly away. As Penner approached the bird, it didn’t take off which led Penner to suspect the bird was injured.

After a closer look, Penner noticed feathers missing from the bird’s right wing as well as a singed tail. Penner’s son then wrapped the bird up in his hoodie.

They immediately called the Dauphin Conservation Office who took the bird dubbed “Charlie” into custody. Conservation suspects Charlie flew into a transformer due to the nature of his injuries.

Charlie is in stable condition.

The Grandview Municipality is imposing a burn ban effective immediately.

No fires are allowed throughout the entire municipality; both rural and urban, until further notice

According to an agroclimate specialist from Canada's agriculture ministry, the extended dry weather trend on the Prairies could stick around for a while yet.

Trevor Hadwen says that typically, wet and dry cycles last for long periods of time, and the last three years have been extremely dry, beginning in 2017. He also says the fluctuations from wet to dry cycles sometimes go 10 years, and sometimes a little longer.

According to the Canadian Drought Monitor, a large portion of Southern Manitoba is in drought conditions of D0 (Abnormally dry) to D1 (Moderate drought). That includes Dauphin and most of the Parkland. There's an area from just north of Winnipegosis to Swan River that is experiencing D2, or "severe" drought conditions.

Although less common, Hadwen explained that Saskatchewan has even had extended drought conditions that lasted 25 to 30 years.

Prince Albert agrologist George Lewko says despite the arid conditions, modern farmers are much better equipped to handle droughts. Click here to view the latest map of drought conditions in Canada.

MPI recently launched a public awareness campaign to educate drivers about the dangers of drug-impaired driving.

According to a survey conducted by MPI, eight in 10 of the 1500 people who did the survey say it’s unacceptable to drive after consuming marijuana.

More in-depth data from the survey says 78 per cent of the Manitobans surveyed say it’s unacceptable to drive after consuming marijuana and 76 per cent say it’s likely for a driver to cause a collision when driving under the influence of marijuana.

5 per cent of Manitoba drivers admits to driving after consuming marijuana.

MPI says education and public awareness are critical in making all Manitobans aware of the potential dangers of drugs and driving.

The Traffic Injury Research Foundation states drivers who used cannabis are at 1.8 to 2.8 times more at risk of being involved in a fatal crash.