Dauphin, Canada

Stopping for a break at a highway rest area may become more difficult.

The province is considering closing some of the highway rest stops in an effort to save money.

Pine Grove rest stop, along the TransCanada between Winnipeg and the Ontario border, is facing closure.

The provincial government feels that motorists would rather stop at a gas station to purchase goods and take a break.

A review of Pine Grove, is being conducted by the province, after receiving a petition to keep it open, however it was noted that the future of other rest stops will depend on how close they are to a private business.

A possible online threat forced Rossburn Collegiate to close yesterday.

A disturbing image was circulated on social media on Monday evening.

The photo showed a man with a weapon and he appeared to make a threat toward the school.

The RCMP is still investigating the incident.

The State of Emergency in the RM of Grahamdale continues.

CAT’s are creating fire guards and water bombers are drenching yards and fields around the RM located between Ashern and Mulvihill in the Interlake.

Highway 6 is closed between Highway 68, the Pinecone junction, and Ashern. Traffic is being rerouted to Ashern via 325 west.

At this time, two families have been evacuated and no structures have been affected.

If evacuations are necessary, a reception centre will be established at the Eriksdale Hall.

With the highway closing, the RM of West Interlake Ashern office is now the drop off location for any food donations.

Both Little Saskatchewan River and Lake of the Prairies Conservation Districts received 200 thousand dollars in funding from the provincial government.

Announced this morning, the funds will help the two districts improve and manage the many initiatives they take on to improve the health of the waterways in their regions.

The Little Saskatchewan River Conservation District is based in Oak River, North West of Brandon and the Lake of the Prairies Conservation District operates out of Inglis, located south of Roblin.

The RM of Grahamdale, located between Ashern and Mulvihill, has declared a state of emergency last night.

A forest fire has been burning just east of Highway 6 and causing some concern with unconfirmed reports indicating it was over 10 hectares and growing.

About 80 firefighters and four water bombers are out trying to extinguish and control the fire.

Some homes have been put on alert but none officially evacuated.

Residents will be asked to meet at the Eriksdale Hall if homes are evacuated.

A youth camp put on by the Parkland chapter of the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba is going ahead this year with a few changes.

Eleanor Snitka, Outreach Manager for the Parkland chapter, tells us what the changes are this year.

“We are going to lower the age. This year it’s going to from 10 to 14.  We want to work with that younger age group and do a few things different.  Instead of having a rock band camp, we’re going to do art, music and drama. To give kids who might be struggling with mood disorders or just struggling with being a kid, to give them that opportunity to find their voice and to be able to do it by doing some fun things.”

The camps will be broken down into two one week camps at $50 per camp.

A registration night will be held at the Dauphin Friendship Centre Youth and Family Building on May 30 at 6:30 in the evening.

A fire in Ochre River engulfed and destroyed a house in the community over the weekend.
 
"Just after 3 on Sunday morning, police were called to a structure fire in Ochre," said Rob Tuff, Dauphin RCMP Constable. "When they arrived on the scene, they determined that the homeowner and lone occupant was outside. The fire started in front of the home. Members of the Ochre River Fire Department and later the Dauphin Fire Department were called to extinguish the blaze."
 
"The fire is being investigated with help from the Office of the Fire Commissioner as well," he added. "A cause has not yet been determined."

No major injuries or fatalities were reported.

We'll have more details on this when they become available.

Approximately 500 people were evacuated last night from Sapotaweyak Cree Nation, located north east of Swan River.

A forest fire which is burning out of control has forced people to The Pas and Swan River.

Currently the evacuation was for the elderly, people with medical conditions or young children; however a full evacuation could be ordered if the fire gets any closer to homes or the air quality gets worse.

Three water bombers and a helicopter were called in yesterday to fight the fire.

We have no confirmation on the size of the fire or what started it, but we’ll keep you updated as more information comes in.

RCMP in Flin Flon responded to a fatal stabbing on Saturday morning.

They received a call about a disturbance at 6:00 in the morning on Bellevue Avenue.

Upon arrival, officers found two people stabbed during the course of an altercation.

A 23-year-old female from Flin Flon, was transported to the hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries.

The second victim, a 22-year-old female from Flin Flon, was also transported to hospital in stable condition.

Faith Linklater, 23, from Flin Flon, is charged with one count of second degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

She is to appear in Provincial Court in The Pas on Tuesday.

RCMP and the Major Crimes Unite and Forensic Identification Services are still investigating.

Gardening season is in full bloom, and so the West End Garden in Dauphin.

Alison Moss, Community Liaison for the Dauphin Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation, tells us about the project.

“We’re really excited about this project. We’ve seen it come a long way over the years. Currently there are 18 raised garden beds, located in the west end of Dauphin at 205 Railway Avenue.  So there are 18 raised garden beds and 6 were added a year or so ago.  The garden beds are a mix of public and private.  So gardeners can call in, and we have a lot of returning gardeners that take responsibility for a garden bed.  They plant what they wish and harvest what they wish.”

Currently all the garden beds are spoken for.

Some berry bushes and apple trees have been planted for the public to enjoy as well a kids’ friendly eat free box will be set up with garden fresh items like sugar snap peas and carrots.

Moss would like to see the Little Free Library, which was created last year, expand.

For more upcoming events at the West End Garden, check on our Coming Events page.

Grandview’s outdoor swimming pool is getting ready to make a big splash this season.

The pool is fully staffed and preparations are underway to get it open for the summer.

Jill Wiebe, Grandview Rec Director, tells us about swimming lesson registration coming up.

“We have swimming lesson registration coming up in Grandview. It’s happening in the arena lobby on May 23.  We will open the door at 5:30 p.m. and registration goes until 7:30.”

Wiebe asks parents to bring their child’s health card, payment for the lessons and know in advance which session they want their child in.

The Grandview Pool is also a chapter of Manitoba Swim Ability and will be offering sessions starting on July 26.

Those who are eligible to sign up for the Swim Ability program can sign up and pay $20 at the registration night.

Wiebe is still looking for volunteers to swim with kids for this program and if you are interested, you can contact her at 546-5260.

For a list of the swimming lessons sessions, prices of season passes and more information go to www.grandviewmanitoba.com.