The Dauphin and District Chamber of Commerce celebrated their 118th anniversary today.

Stephen Chychota, Executive Director with the Chamber of Commerce says although this year's celebration looked a little different, they were still able to hand out their outstanding member awards.

“Everything kind of lined up really nice today where we’ve had those plaques sitting around for a little bit. Usually what happens on a normal year is we have a nice big awards lunch in March, but COVID hit, so we couldn’t end up doing that this year. We’re dropping a few of them off today and tying them in with the gift card program that we’ve been putting on for the last few months.”

Chychota adds that over the last year the pandemic has had a big impact on the way they operate, but that they look forward to continuing their support for local businesses in the Parkland.

The Dauphin Chamber was federally registered back in 1903.

The Manitoba government is directing $20 million towards provincial parks through their new Provincial Parks Endowment Fund.

A worker with Manitoba Conservation and climate says that it’s too early to tell how much each individual park will be getting, but that it’s much needed and very exciting.

Some of the projects that this fund will support include:
• campground enhancements
• development and maintenance of trails and boardwalks
• interpretive infrastructure to support programming
• improvements to amphitheatres, shelters, playground equipment, docks and launches
• park road maintenance
• habitat restoration and enhancement
• historical assets and cultural sites
• infrastructure to support programming
• machinery and operational equipment
• municipal servicing infrastructure

The fund, which is managed by the Winnipeg Foundation, is expected to generate around $1 million for parks annually.

The city of Dauphin has announced that recycling pick-up in parts of the day 3 area has been delayed.

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If your recycling bin has not been picked up, Ottenbreit Sanitization services ask that you leave your bin out for collection.

Anyone with questions can contact Ottenbreit Sanitization Services at 1-204-783-6995.

Public health officials announced 261 new cases of COVID-19 and one death Thursday.

The death was a man in his 70s from the Northern Health region, linked to the Russell Health Centre.

The Outbreak at the Dauphin Personal Care home has been declared over, and Dauphin has one new case for a total of four active cases.

There have been a total of 36,890 cases and a total of 962 deaths in the province.

Today’s new COVID-19 cases are in the following health regions
• 25 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region 
• 36 cases in the Northern health region  
• 10 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region
• 31 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region
• 159 cases in the Winnipeg health region

There are 901 variant of concern cases in the province.

Prairie Mountain Health has 52 variant cases, 44 are the B.1.1.7., one is the B.1.3.5.1., and seven are unspecified.

There are 1,682 active cases and 34,246 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19.

There are 76 people in hospital with active COVID-19 and 69 people in hospital who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 145 hospitalizations.

There are 21 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 and 14 people who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 35 ICU patients.

According to the province’s data, there are active cases of COVID-19 in the following Parkland health districts: Swan River (2), Porcupine Mountain (43), Dauphin (4), Riding Mountain (0), Duck Mountain (2), Agassiz Mountain (7), Asessippi (2), Little Saskatchewan (1), Whitemud (6). Brandon has 21 active cases.

In the Interlake, the Eriksdale/Ashern health district has one active case of COVID-19. The Fisher/Peguis health district has six active cases.

Today marks the 51st celebration of Earth day – a day where millions of people around the world reflect on our relationship with the planet.

Earthday.org says this year’s theme is ‘Restore Our Earth’, focusing on new technologies that can help restore the world’s ecosystems.

Virginia Cail, Co-chair of Citizens’ Climate Lobby Dauphin Chapter shares some of the things you can do to celebrate this year.

“We can use less energy ourselves, put the temperature down in our house, share transportation when you can, some of those practical things. Whatever things nurture you, whatever ways you feel cared for, do that for the earth because we’re all part of the same organism.”

This year, residents in Roblin and Alonsa are encouraged to celebrate through community clean-ups on Saturday, April 24th. More information can be found here.

Dry conditions have some Manitoba producers concerned that the province might be in for another 2019 season — when low yields sent hay prices soaring.

Pam Iwanchysko, livestock specialist with Agriculture Manitoba says that in 2019, because of the dryer conditions over the last several years, people used up the reserves that they had in previous years.

“We were in somewhat of a crisis in terms of low supplies of feed for winter feeding, so guys were scrambling to find hay across the province and across Canada.”

Pam says that this year the Parkland is one of the more lucky areas in the province when it comes to moisture.

“We have had around 60 per cent of normal precipitation to date…whereas southwest and central areas of Manitoba are under 30 per cent of normal precipitation, so certainly we are in a better situation than they are.” She adds, “at the moment I would suggest we probably have adequate moisture to get things going.”

Although the Parkland is doing better than other parts of the province, Pam suggests we will see ramifications based on other areas of the province and western Canada.

“What we’ve seen in the past is where producers will draw upon others who have had adequate to normal precipitation and good yields. It certainly is a vicious cycle and the supply and demand are what drives the prices.”

Information and tips regarding good management practices can be found here.

Sunrise Credit Union held their Annual General Meeting last night, where they discussed their progress over the last year.

CEO of Sunrise Credit Union, Tim Klassen says their merge with Minnedosa helped increase their growth, and that their total assets for the year were just over 1.6 billion.

Klassen adds that last year, the Credit Union was proud to provide the Assiniboine Community College with their largest donation in history.

“We were very proud to be able to give $1 million to the Assiniboine Community College (ACC) and their innovation centre, and the work that’ll do for Agriculture and sustainability. It was the largest donation in history of the ACC and certainly for Sunrise Credit Union. We’re excited about the impact that will have in rural Manitoba and the communities that we live in.”

In the future, Sunrise Credit Union plans to expand online and digital banking options for members.

Fusion Credit Union held their Annual General meeting last night.

It was announced that last year, the Credit Union provided over $250,000 in sponsorships, donations, and scholarships to 18 communities, and was able to circulate $2.2 million back to its members through patronage cash payouts as well as other dividends.

CEO of Fusion Credit Union, Darwin Johns says members can expect to see a portion of patronage allocations in their accounts this week.

“One thing we did share last night was the board declaring $550,000 in patronage allocations to our members, so that will be distributed to your surplus share accounts this week. The board also approved payout surplus shares in cash to our members aged 65 and older, to members holding over $15,000 in their surplus shares and members under the age of 19.”

Going forward, Johns says Fusion will be focussing on the rollout of enhanced digital services for their members.

Dauphin RCMP is seeking information after a suspicious fire in Gilbert Plains. 

Yesterday, shortly after 1 a.m. Dauphin RCMP received a report of a structure fire at an abandoned building on Main Street in Gilbert Plains.

After the fire was extinguished, officers were advised that the fire may have been an act of arson. 

No injuries were reported.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dauphin RCMP at 204-622-5050 or call crime stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

Public health officials announced 164 new cases of COVID-19 and one death today, a man in his 50s from the Northern Health region.

There have been a total of 36,632 cases and a total of 961 deaths in the province.

Dauphin now has 3 active cases.

Today’s new COVID-19 cases are in the following health regions
• 15 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region 
• 30 cases in the Northern health region  
• 19 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region
• 24 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region
• 76 cases in the Winnipeg health region

There are 774 variant of concern cases in the province.

Prairie Mountain Health still has 36 variant cases, 30 are the B.1.1.7., one is the B.1.3.5.1., and 5 are unspecified.

There are 1,833 active cases and 33,838 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19.

There are 72 people in hospital with active COVID-19 and 65 people in hospital who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 137 hospitalizations.

There are 18 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 and 16 people who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 34 ICU patients.

*Provincial data has been updated to represent the correct case numbers in the following health regions:

According to the province’s data, there are active cases of COVID-19 in the following Parkland health districts: Swan River (2), Porcupine Mountain (62), Dauphin (3), Riding Mountain (1), Duck Mountain (3), Agassiz Mountain (1), Asessippi (3), Little Saskatchewan (2), Whitemud (6). Brandon has 21 active cases.

In the Interlake, the Eriksdale/Ashern health district has one active case of COVID-19. The Fisher/Peguis health district has five active cases.

The Manitoba government has expanded the list of who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

All front-line police officers and firefighters in the province are now eligible for the vaccine. Appointments are available for booking by calling 1-844-626-8222.

Eligibility to be immunized at a supersite or pop-up clinic has been expanded to include Manitobans aged 50 and older and First Nations people aged 30 and older.

Eligibility for the AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine includes all individuals aged 40 and over.  

Front-line workers in high-risk communities will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines this week.

Starting Friday, April 23rd Manitobans in high-risk communities can receive a vaccine if they work:

  • At a school
  • At a child-care or daycare provider
  • At a food processing facility
  • At a grocery store, convenience store, or retail gas location
  • As a public health inspector, health officer, or workplace safety officer
  • Anywhere that serves food and beverage, including food banks and soup kitchens

The province has yet to decide which communities will be determined as high-risk. Details are expected to be released on Friday.