More than $900,000 is budgeted for road reconstruction in the City of Dauphin this year.
$485,000 is set for 7th Avenue Northeast, $251,000 is for 2nd Avenue Northeast, and $170,000 is for 4th Avenue Northeast.
Mayor Eric Irwin says it was pretty easy to prioritize this year's road construction projects.
"They're all broken up now. People are driving on gravel. We want to put the asphalt down, so that was easy. The other project that's in that list is Veteran's Drive. It needs (to be) redone. We're going to redo it, but we're doing the storm drains this year first. We're doing some of that work to get ready for completely redoing the street next year."
The 2015 financial plan passed a reading by council on Monday and is expected to be approved again next Monday.
Pine Creek Fisher Handed Sentence For Spoiled Fish
A commercial fisher from Pine Creek First Nation is down four nets and will have to pay a fine after being sentenced under the federal Fisheries Act.
Jessie Lamirande pleaded guilty in Dauphin court yesterday to contravening regulation 36(1)(C) of the act: leaving decayed or decaying fish in any net or other fishing apparatus.
Court heard from the Crown attorney that Manitoba Conservation officers found the nets at South Camping Island on Lake Winnipegosis on January 27 and, after removing one initially, checked on the remaining nets again February 13.
Court heard the commercial nets had been unchecked for a significant time and $350 worth of fish was spoiled.
Defense lawyer Matthew Sinclair told court Lamirande was grieving at the time.
Lamirande was ordered to forfeit the nets and pay a fine of $350.
Thief Given 60 Day Sentence
A woman living in Ebb and Flow has been given a 60 day conditional sentence for stealing from two different businesses, one of them twice, for the same product.
Leona Lacquette pleaded guilty to one charge that included three thefts under $5,000 in Dauphin provincial court yesterday.
Court heard she had taken part in stealing bottles of whiskey from the Dauphin liquor store on June 21 last year.
Court also heard Lacquette helped steal a coffee maker from Neepawa's Tim Horton's on two separate occasions last year.
Eugene Moore, a co-accused in each of these cases, pleaded guilty to a total of seven different thefts under $5,000 in court yesterday. He will be sentenced at a later date.
Lacquette was given 60 days house arrest followed by one year of probation, and must pay restitution.
HERO Club Supports Mental Health Week
The Dauphin HERO Club is doing its share in support of this years Canadian Mental Health Week.
On-top of their weekly craft projects, the local mental health support organization will also be handing out pamphlets to educate people on the importance of mental health, as well as starting up their summer hot-dog cart.
Nancy Guley - president of the Dauphin HERO Club - says mental health week is an important tool to help reduce the negative stigma surrounding mental health in a community.
Guley says the HERO Club is also accepting donations for an upcoming garage sale, which is happening the Friday of the upcoming long-weekend.
People can also support the club by purchasing one of their client made bat-houses.
Change Is In The Winds...
Alberta politics begins a new era today as the New Democrats under leader Rachel Notley take over the government.
The NDP swept to a majority government in last night's election, taking 53 of Alberta's 87 ridings, including all 19 constituencies in Edmonton and made significant gains in Calgary and rural Alberta.
The Wildrose party took second place and will form the official Opposition, while Jim Prentice and his battered Tories had to settle for third and he announced his immediate resignation as party leader and will also quit as an MLA.
The Tories had been in power in Alberta since 1971.
Feds Temporarily Block Khadr's Bail
Omar Khadr will have to wait until Thursday to find out if Alberta's Court of Appeal will let him out on bail.
A lower court ruled last month the 28-year-old Canadian and former Guantanamo Bay inmate should be released on bail while he appeals war-crimes convictions in the US.
However, the federal government went to court yesterday to block that release, arguing Khadr must serve out his sentence or Canada risks harm to its international standing on prisoner transfers.
Khadr has been in custody for 13 years.