The Manitoba Hydrologic Forecast Centre has released its March Flood Outlook, and lakes in the area are operating near normal levels right now.

Dauphin Lake is currently at 854.70 ft. which is slightly above normal for this time of year and sits at the top end of the operating range, well below the flood protection level. After spring runoff, the lake level is expected to rise above the operating range but will remain below the flood protection level.

Lake Winnipegosis is currently at 830.50 ft. which is 0.2 ft. above normal for this time of year. After spring runoff, the lake level is expected to be near normal levels.

Lake Manitoba is currently sitting at 811.6 ft, which is slightly below normal for this time of year, and within its operating range. After spring runoff, the lake level is expected to be within the operating range.

The full March 2023 Flood Outlook Report can be found on the province's website here.

Manitoba's minimum wage will be going up more than expected come October 1st.

In August 2022, the province announced three coming minimum wage increases, including one next Saturday, April 1st, to $14.15 an hour, and another on October 1st, 2023 to $15 an hour.

However, the government also introduced a new minimum wage calculation formula, that takes into account inflation. Thanks to this formula, the provincial minimum wage will now be increasing to $15.30 an hour on October 1st, 2023.

The provincial government also implemented a Small Business Minimum Wage Adjustment Program in October 2022, to help small businesses adjust to the change. The government says they've streamlined the application process for the program.

More information about that program can be found on the provincial government's website.

Dauphin and the surrounding area are about to see a big boost in funding from the Arts, Culture and Sports in Community (ACSC) fund, which invests $50 million dollars throughout the province. 

In a press release, it's stated that four local organizations are receiving funding:

  • The 2020 Dauphin Manitoba Summer Games Committee is receiving $250,000 for Athletics Facility Upgrades
  • Dauphin Countryfest is receiving $23,343 for Facility Washroom Repairs
  • Parkland regional library is receiving $25,000 for the Grandview Library Relocation
  • McCreary Minor Ball is receiving $25,000 for Ball Diamond Fencing

Dauphin MLA Brad Michaleski is excited to see how much these bolstering funds can do for the community.

“I’m so thrilled to see these funds going to some great local initiatives,” said MLA Michaleski. “These projects will foster creativity and innovation in local arts, culture and sports initiatives in Dauphin now and for generations to come.”

The ACSC program grants up to 50 percent of eligible expenses to a maximum of $5 million per project.

The ACSC fund looks to distribute $100 million dollars over three years to various organizations that meet their criteria in applications. Applicants were assessed on their financial planning, community impact and need, and relevance to the fund's goals.

There are still chances for local community organizations to apply.

Small Capital and Special Initiatives intake closes on April 17, Large Capital intake closes on April 24 and the next Community Celebrations intake closes on June 15.

If you think your organization or an organization you know may be eligible, please reach out to MLA Brad Michaleski at 204-701-0238 for more information.

More information on the Arts, Culture and Sport in Community fund can be found at

McGlare Campbell has been safely located. The RCMP thanks the public and the media for their assistance.


The Dauphin RCMP have issued a Missing Person Report for 15-year-old McGlare Campbell of Dauphin.

Campbell was last seen around 2:30 am on March 6th at his home in Dauphin.

He's described as 5'2", 125 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes, and was wearing grey sweatpants, a black jacket, and red shoes.

Anyone with information on Campbell's whereabouts should call Dauphin RCMP at 204-622-5020; Crime Stoppers, anonymously at 1-800-222-8477; or via a secure tip online at

CN Railway and Unifor, the Union representing around 3000 railway employees, have reached a tentative labour agreement, avoiding a possible strike.

Unifor Local 100 and Unifor Council 4000 are made up of mechanics, intermodal, and clerical workers, and the two groups have been working without a contract since the start of the new year.

The members voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action earlier this month if a new deal wasn't reached. Talks started back in October of last year, and the two sides have met on several occasions.

No details of the new deal will be released publically until ratification votes have taken place, which Unifor says will be held in the near future.

President and CEO of CN, Tracy Robinson, says in a statement on CN's website, that the company stays committed to improving working conditions.

"We are very pleased to have reached these tentative agreements. CN has always been committed to achieving negotiated settlements to improve the conditions of this important group of employees as we continue our essential work moving the North American economy. We look forward to future collaboration with Unifor."

After the strike action vote earlier this month, CN put out a statement saying they had contingency plans in place, to ensure that operations wouldn't be effected by a strike.

RCMP in The Pas are searching for 22-year-old Jayden Mercredi. The details are below:

On March 8, 2023, at approximately 7:25 pm, The Pas RCMP received a report of a missing 22-year-old male from the community.

Jayden Mercredi, 22, last spoke to his family in January, 2023.

All attempts to locate Mercredi have turned up negative and police are concerned for his well-being.

Mercredi is described as 5’10” tall, 180 pounds with short black hair and brown eyes.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Jayden Mercredi, please call The Pas RCMP at 204-627-6204, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at

The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair is returning to the Keystone Centre in Brandon, from Monday to Saturday next week.

The fair is the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba's flagship event and features six days' worth of great activities. General Manager of Provincial Ex, Mark Humphries, says this year's event will feature past favourites and some new ones.

"We're offering a new food court this year, it's called the Royal Food Court, which will be in the Manitoba Room, which is a little different, it's new for us. Obviously most of the entertainment this year will be different from years gone by. We've got of course the standards there, everybody would like to see the canine display so Woof Jocks are back, and some of the real old favourites are there."

Humphries says ultimately, they're just excited to have everyone back for this year's event.

"Most of all we're looking forward to seeing smiles. This year our event slogan is 'Show Us Your Smiles.' We've had a couple of years with masks hiding all those beautiful shots of pearly whites, and kids grinning from ear to ear, so most of all we're looking forward to seeing everybody enjoy the show."

The full week's schedule can be found on Provincial Exhibitions website here.

The Brandon Police Service responded to a disturbance Friday night, that ended with officers being spit on and kicked.

While at the scene, police attempted to arrest a 26-year-old man who was resisting, spit at them, and threatened them. He was charged with assaulting an officer, uttering threats, and resisting arrest.

At the same incident, police found a 32-year-old male and a 29-year-old female breaking release orders. Both were under conditions to not contact each other, and the female also had conditions to not consume alcohol.

He was arrested and charged with breaking a release order, while she was arrested for breaching a release order and failure to comply with an undertaking. While being arrested, she kicked one of the officers in the upper body and was also charged with assaulting an officer.

A community meeting will be taking place at 7 pm tonight at the Arts-Forward Art and Cultural Center in Neepawa to have organizations come together and synchronize their event schedules.

It's a great way for local groups to network and organize together to have a full and comprehensive schedule for everything going on in the community.

If you're in Neepawa, you may have seen QR codes posted around, as well as on this article. The code, when scanned by any cellphone camera, will be a direct link to the calendar that you can access day or night.

Arts-Forward Administrator Yvonne Sisley hopes to have lots of people in attendance.

"We're looking forward to having as many people as possible. there are a lot of positives that we're looking forward to sharing with everyone. anybody is welcome. if anybody wants to come and find out what this is about, we'd like to open this up to anyone who wants to come!"

You can contact Yvonne to RSVP by calling 204 476 3232 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Jack Winters Trial Resumes in Dauphin today at 10 am and has moved to the courthouse.

The trial was in session for two weeks at the Parkland Rec Complex at the end of last October and will resume for four days this week. A verdict is anticipated later this week, but the trial could be extended if more time is needed.

Winters is facing a number of charges related to a fatal collision that took the life of four-year-old Quinn and six-year-old Oksana Dutchyshen in August 2019, in the RM of Dauphin. None of the charges have been proven in court at this time.

Winters Trial Day 1Family members of Oksana and Quinn Dutchyshen on day one of the trial, October 17th, 2022.

Planes and drones with specialized infrared cameras will be in the air over the next month as moose and elk numbers are going to be tallied. 

Aerial game surveys are planned in the Porcupine Mountains, Duck Mountains, Turtle Mountains, and Nopiming areas.  

Surveys will be conducted utilizing drones and fixed-wing aircraft equipped with infrared imaging and colour sensing cameras. A traditional method of helicopter survey is also being conducted in the Turtle Mountains to count elk and moose.

Natural Resources and Northern Development Minister Greg Nesbitt acknowledges how crucial well-monitored big game populations are.

"Big game are important to many Manitobans, whether for its natural value, as a source of food, cultural or traditional reasons or for wildlife viewing. With declining moose populations, it is important that we continue to survey and monitor big game populations to maintain a sustainable population for future generations of Manitoban’s and to maintain a heathy ecosystem."

The count began in late January but is heavily subject to weather conditions. This project will last until early April.