Dauphin, Canada

The first ever wine draw in Gilbert Plains takes place this Wednesday.

Wine Time is hosted by HOPE and takes place at the Gilbert Plains Legion.

Brenda Boyd, the Vice President of HOPE invites everyone to bring a bottle of store bought wine and come out for a fun evening.

“We’re trying something new. We’re trying to get people out on a Wednesday night because I know everybody is getting tired of winter. Come out and support the community of Gilbert Plains because all of the money we raise with the HOPE group stays in Gilbert Plains.”

If you buy your wine at the Gilbert Plains Pharmacy, make sure to keep your receipt and you will be entered for another prize!

Losing trees has the City of Dauphin taking proactive steps to reduce the impact of invasive pests.

With the current threat of the Emerald Ash Borer in Winnipeg used as an example, City of Dauphin Assistant CAO, Sharla Griffiths says the city decided to take steps to reduce the risk of problems developing.

“One of the techniques used, not just to deter the Emerald Ash bore, but to mitigate any kind of problems with pests of disease it that we are planting many kinds of trees, so that if one particular species is a target of a pest or some kind of disease it does not wipe out an entire street or an entire area.”

The city is also looking to create an up-to-date tree inventory in hopes it will help protect from invasive species causing large issues.

The Dauphin Fire Department is conducting a live fire training scenario this morning between 8 and 12.

They are holding this exercise on the property behind Dauphin Speed n' Sport and Norwex, off Whitmore Avenue East.

Fire Chief Cam Abrey says people in the area might see smoke or flames.

The Dauphin Chamber of Commerce is holding their Chamber Appreciation Lunch tomorrow.

Stephen Chychota, Executive Director of the Chamber explains why they’re holding the event.

“This is one of our big award style events and were going to be handing out around 32 milestone achievement awards to our members. We just want to show appreciation to some other community groups and organizations that we partner with around the year.”

The event is from 11:45 to 1:00 at the Lions Den.

The Fort Dauphin Museum was recently selected for a Travel Manitoba contest.

Theresa Deyholos, Manager and curator for Fort Dauphin Museum explains the contest and what the local museum could win.

“If you go onto Travel Manitoba’s Facebook page, some selected museums were chosen for their Must See Um’s Madness competition. The competition launches March 12th and we’ll see the best of Manitoba’s small to medium museums going head to head for the grand prize, a promotional video courtesy of Travel Manitoba.”

Wasyl Negrych Pioneer Homestead in Gilbert Plains was also selected in the contest.

Ride sharing services could soon be coming to Dauphin.

With recent changes to provincial government legislation opening the door for companies, requests for information to city hall have already come in.

City of Dauphin Assistant CAO, Sharla Griffiths says city council is fully open to letting these services in.

“Several years ago we decided not to regulate taxi cabs, so taxi companies can operate within Dauphin without any rules imposed by the municipality. And council holds the same views for ride sharing or all-vehicles-for-hire companies. So it is a market people can enter into.”

Earlier this week Griffiths says she received a phone call inquiring about the rules and regulations in Dauphin.

Celebrate the cultures Dauphin has to offer next Saturday during Tapestry.

Tapestry is a celebration of diversity that embraced the colours, sights, and sounds of our community.

This year’s event features entertainment from Brandon Chinese Lion Dance Group and African music presented by Eric Coffie.

Susan Grandbois, the education coordinator at the Dauphin Friendship, encourages everyone to come out and experience the diverse cultures that are right here at home.

“You can come out and experience some of the food, some of the entertainment that’s going to happen from the different cultures. There will be a few displays up. And we have some local talent that will be performing.”

Tapestry is free to attend and takes place March 17th  from 1 to 3 at the 8th Avenue Hall.

Pam Little received a Women of Distinction Award for her dedication to her community. 

She was nominated in the category of ‘Healthy living wellness, and recreation’.

The McCreary resident was nominated by her friends for her dedication to her community,

She works hard organizing groups like the Dead Ox Trail Blazers and the McCreary Maple Syrup Festival.

Little received the award while attending the 31st Annual YWCA Women of Distinction gala last night in Brandon.

This weekend is the 10th Annual Vintage Sled Ride in Swan River.

The ride is $10 to enter for sleds made in 1995 or older with payouts to riders coming in first and second in the derby.

Les Rolsky, President of the Swan Valley Snowmobile Club explains the interest for the ride.

“We usually get anywhere from 60 to 70 sleds for our ride. Unfortunately last year we didn’t have enough snow. This year we’re hoping to reach 100 vintage sleds. We get a lot of people out from Dauphin with lots of nice vintage sleds and also from Saskatchewan. We’re growing every year and being a collector myself, it’s always nice to see and get lots of sleds out.”

The ride starts at the Swan Valley Museum, up to the Wellman Lake Shelter and back to the Museum.

To sign up or for more information on the ride, visit SVSAA.ca.

Mountain View School Division plans to tighten their budget while not significantly reducing services.

The division is dealing with declining enrolment and a decrease in provincial funding.

MVSD Superintendent CEO, Donna Davidson says this year the board had enough wiggle room to not require many cuts. 

 “We shouldn’t see too much change as a result of the budget reduction. We’ll see a slight change in internal supports or supports to classrooms. Not in the area of classrooms. We should see a very comparable student-teacher ratio across the division. We should see continued support around our five strategic goals which are literacy, numeracy, career education, mental health and safe and caring schools.” 

The division is looking at a special levy of 1.98 percent which means a reduction in the mill rate.

New hospital equipment is coming to the Dauphin Regional Hospital.

The donation allowed the DRHC to purchase equipment for their operating room and Cancer Care program.

The total contribution for the two upgrades was $9,100 and was made by the Dauphin Hospital Foundation.