Public Health officials identified 582 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba today.

*Dauphin now has 147 active cases of COVID-19*

The test positivity rate has gone down slightly to 30.6% provincially.

The case breakdown for today's numbers are:

53 in the Prairie Mountain Health Region.

97 in the Interlake/Eastern Health Region.

81 are in the Northern Health Region.

51 are in the Southern Health Region.

300 are in the Winnipeg Health Region.

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

Riding Mountain (70), Swan River (81), Duck Mountain (59), Porcupine Mountain (130), Agassiz Mountain (179), Asessippi (241), Little Saskatchewan (156), Whitemud (266). Brandon has 1,427 active cases.

In the Interlake, the Eriksdale/Ashern health district has 91 active cases. The Fisher/Peguis district has 295 active cases.

There are 28,951 active COVID-19 cases in the province.

594 Manitobans are hospitalized with active COVID-19.

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

For more information check out the provincial dashboard here.

Last Friday the Sandy Bay Detachment of the Manitoba First Nations Police Service responded to reports of a male being shot at Main Road and Ridge Road on the Sandy Bay First Nation.

Upon arrival, Police and EMS found a male with a gunshot wound and he was taken to hospital in stable condition where he went into surgery.

While investigating the police found out the male had been sprayed with bear mace before being shot after an altercation and a suspect was identified who is believed to be known to the victim.

After a search for the suspect, the MFNPS issued a warrant on Monday for 23-year-old Ethan Markus Beaulieu who is facing several charges including:

  • Discharging a firearm with intent
  • Assault with a weapon
  • Possession of a firearm contrary to an order
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm knowingly
  • 2 counts of Fail to comply with conditions of a release

Beaulieu is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. It is believed that he has several tattoos on his face including the number 39.

If you have any information on his whereabouts, please contact MFNPS Sandy Bay Detachment at (204) 843-7700, MFNP TIPS Line at 1-833-978-0048 or Crimestoppers at 1(800) 222-8477 (TIPS).

Last Thursday the Manitoba First Nations Police Service received reports of a missing person from Waywayseecappo First Nation.

30-year-old William Ernest Shingoose Jr. has not been seen or spoken to since January 17 and his family are concerned for his safety.

William is described as approximately 5’3” with black hair and brown eyes and weighs approximately 200 lbs. He has a scar on his nose and has multiple tattoos such as Lazy Bones and Zoey on his left hand and King of Hearts on his right hand.

He was last seen wearing a red champion windbreaker-type jacket, red t-shirt, red sweatpants, puma high tops and a black and red Jordan baseball cap. 

If you have any information on his whereabouts, please contact MFNPS Waywayseecappo Dispatch at (204) 859-5070, Waywayseecappo Detachment (204) 859-5071, the MFNPS TIPS Line at 1-833-978-0048 or Crimestoppers at 1(800) 222-8477 (TIPS).

A small part of Main Street in Dauphin leading up to the intersection just after A&W and KFC is closed due to a water main break.

No word on when it will re-open; however, you can expect to detour in the area.

An unprecedented situation is unfolding right now in Canadian cattle country, where industry groups say a widespread feed shortage has escalated into a crisis situation.

Last summer's extreme drought in western Canada left domestic supplies of hay and other feed grains at low levels, so many cattle producers have had to resort to importing large quantities of corn from the U-S to feed their animals through the winter.

But the extreme cold, COVID-19-related labour challenges and other supply chain issues have disrupted rail transport and delayed feed shipments.

Carson Callum is the general manager with Manitoba Beef Producers and he says it is a tough time for many farmers.

"I know we were in a feed shortage back in the summer but we got a little bit of a reprieve in the fall so farmers could stock up," said Callum. "But now we're facing the same issue and it's certainly becoming a problem, especially here in the west."

Several large feedlot operators expect to run out of animal feed "within days.''

Callum did offer some positivity; however, as all the snow we have received should be very beneficial for farmers ahead of the growing season. He says as long as it's slow snowmelt and the ground can absorb as much moisture as possible, we should be in a good spot. He just hopes the extreme cold can stay away so the feed situation can improve.

"With all this snow, another challenge is having to clear all the snow and making sure the animals have bedding," said Callum. "From a long-term perspective, all this snow will help and I'm happy to see it. With that said, producers are still dealing with these challenges whether it be dealing with the cold or their feed sources."

Manitoba will no longer be contact tracing for COVID-19 in childcare facilities. Dr. Brent Roussin, the Chief Public Health Officer of Manitoba says single case and contact management is not effective because the Omicron variant is so infectious and the incubation period is too short.

Manitoba made a similar move in schools a few weeks ago. Children and staff exposed to a case will be allowed to continue to attend as long as they have no symptoms.

UPDATE: Ocean Stevenson has been found safe and sound. The Yorkton RCMP would like to thank the public for their help.

Yesterday Yorkton RCMP received reports of a missing 22-year-old female.

Ocean Stevenson was last seen on Saturday January 22 in Yorkton and is described as approximately 5’8” and 180 lbs with medium-length brown hair and brown eyes.

She also has a nose piercing and a triangle tattoo on her finger. She was last seen wearing black sweatpants, a green jacket with fur on the hood and had a duffle bag with her.

The RCMP says Ocean has connections to the Saskatoon, Regina and Cote First Nation areas.

If anyone has information on Ocean's whereabouts, contact the Yorkton RCMP at 306-786-2400 or by calling Crime Stoppers anonymously by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submitting a tip online here.

Public Health officials identified 637 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba today.

*Dauphin now has 164 active cases of COVID-19*

The test positivity rate has gone down slightly to 32.4% provincially.

The case breakdown for today's numbers are:

110 in the Prairie Mountain Health Region.

47 in the Interlake/Eastern Health Region.

106 are in the Northern Health Region.

71 are in the Southern Health Region.

303 are in the Winnipeg Health Region.

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

Riding Mountain (78), Swan River (84), Duck Mountain (66), Porcupine Mountain (137), Agassiz Mountain (215), Asessippi (290), Little Saskatchewan (193), Whitemud (284). Brandon has 1,990 active cases.

In the Interlake, the Eriksdale/Ashern health district has 116 active cases. The Fisher/Peguis district has 356 active cases.

There are 39,933 active COVID-19 cases in the province.

655 Manitobans are hospitalized with active COVID-19.

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

For more information check out the provincial dashboard here.

Dauphin RCMP received a missing person report for Luc Desruisseaux on January 23rd. The 71-year-old from Fork River Manitoba was last seen in October 2021. His family says it's not unusual for him to be out of touch for periods of time, but nobody can reach him and he has not returned to his home since he was last seen.

Desruisseaux was driving a red extended cab Ford F-250 with lots of rust around the rear wheel wells. He has family in the Edmonton, Alberta area and friends in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region of Quebec.

Desruisseaux is described as Caucasian, 5’8” tall, 215 pounds, with brown eyes and long brown hair.

If you have information, please call Dauphin RCMP at 204-622-5020, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online here.

A decrease in the primary gas rate for Manitobans has been approved by the Public Utilities Board and will come into effect next week. The change is expected to cut the typical residential customers bill down by 14.2 percent, which amounts to about $121 a year

The gas rates will be reviewed again on May first of this year according to the Public Utilities Board.

Manitoba Ag Days are now planning towards 2023.

On Tuesday, the show announced it would be cancelled this year because of restrictions put in place and the unknown of when those restrictions would be lessened. 

"It's just one of those things that we don't know what the future holds," said Kristen Phillips, Ag Days GM. "There is no handbook when it comes to the re-opening plan and such. We didn't want to but we had to make this decision."

They worked with the Keystone Centre to try and find an alternate date in February or March but were unable to find one that would work to host their traditional three-day show.

Next year's show will take place from January 17 to 19 at the Keystone Centre in Brandon.