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Some of the top High School Junior Rodeo athletes in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and North Dakota, will be in Gilbert Plains this weekend for the Intermountain High School Rodeo Association Junior Finals.

Courtney Roehl is the treasurer of the Gilbert Plains High School Rodeo Committee, and goes over some of the events that people will see during the three day competition.

"You will be able to watch everything from chute-dogging to barrel racing, pole bending, saddle steers, bronc riding, bull riding.  Basically everything you can see at a rodeo but with our up-and-coming kids."

Roehl says around 100 athletes will be taking part, adding there'll be a sizable economic impact to the Gilbert Plains area.

"We will have multiple families coming in, most of them will be arriving on Thursday night.  So we will definitely see some additional traffic in town and at our restaurants and gas stations.  It is a great event for our community to host."

This is the second year in a row that Gilbert Plains is hosting the High School Junior Finals.

The event is free to attend, and begins with a ceremony at 11 am on Friday, with rodeo performances set for Friday at noon, Saturday at 10 am and Sunday at 9 am.

It will take place at the Gilbert Plains rodeo grounds. 

A 29-year-old female from Dauphin has been charged with multiple offences after stealing a septic truck on Monday morning.

On Monday at about 9:20 a.m., Ste. Rose RCMP received a report that a female had stolen the truck from the Ebb and Flow First Nation and was last seen on Provincial Road 278. When officers saw the vehicle heading westbound on Highway 68 toward Ste. Rose, a traffic stop was initiated; however, the driver did not stop.

The truck was driving erratically and veered into the oncoming lane of traffic and several motorists were forced off the road. No collisions happened and no one was injured.

Once a spike belt was deployed, officers were able to stop the vehicle. The vehicle then went into the ditch and the female driver tried to flee on foot, but she was captured after a short foot pursuit. 

She has been charged with Theft of Motor Vehicle, Flight from Police, and Dangerous Driving. She has been released from custody and the septic truck was recovered by officials from the Ebb and Flow First Nation. 

Day passes for this year's edition of Rockin the Fields of Minnedosa go on sale as of Wednesday.

Tickets will be available online at , or by calling 1-888-330-8333.

This year's festival goes August 2nd to 4th.

The lineup is highlighted by Prism, Molly Hatchett and Kim Mitchell on the Friday, Econoline Crush and Theory of a Deadman on the Saturday, and the Trews, Colin James, and Amanda Marshall on the Sunday.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the festival. 

A provincial by-election will be held on June 18th in the Winnipeg riding of Tuxedo.

The seat is being vacated by former premier and PC Party leader Heather Stefanson, who announced that she was vacating the seat back on May 6th.

Stefanson won the seat in last October's election by about 300 votes, but announced her plans to step aside as party leader that same evening after the Tories lost power of the legislature to Wab Kinew's NDP. 

There are currently 34 New Democrats, 21 Progressive Conservatives, and one Liberal in the Manitoba legislature, along with the one vacant seat.

With the Manitoba Summer Games now less than 3 months away, organizers are hoping to paint the town in Games Gear leading up to the August 11th to 17th event.

This past Friday was the first Games Gear Friday in Dauphin, as businesses are encouraged to have their employees dress in gameswear on Fridays between now and the start of the event.

Host committee co-chair Carla Wolfenden says the next deadline to order games gear is May 27th, if you hope to have your gear by mid-June.

"We really encourage all businesses to order that stuff for their staff and maybe help them out or pay for it in full.  We just want to create that excitement around town and we thought that would be a great way to do it."

Wolfenden adds there is a great selection of clothing to choose from.

 "There is hoodies, crewnecks, t-shirts, golf shirts.  We are pretty sure there is something for everyone and at every price point.  And every item sold, it is a fundraiser so it does help our bottom line with every piece of merchandise that people buy."

A link to the games gear online store can be found on the 2024 Manitoba Games Host Society Facebook Page. 

Manitoba's new top cop says reducing violent crimes and property crimes are two major priorities for RCMP in Manitoba.

Assistant Commissioner Scott McMurchy says that is what they are hearing from Manitobans.

 "We hear that from citizens, from leaders in Manitoba, and working with our communities that the high rate of violent crime.  And I think that is really across the country and really across the world for that matter.  Violent crime is on the rise, as is property crime.  And everything is inter-connected, from violent property crime to drugs, organized crime, and other crimes of that nature."

McMurchy adds he wants to help their officers focus on intelligence-led investigations and opportunities to combat these issues collaboratively at the same time.

He also says collaborating with other agencies is another important priority for him.

"Both government and non-government agencies, in terms of upstream supports that are needed in our rural communities and indigenous communities, in terms of mental health services, addiction treatment services and addressing those root causes and issues there will help us support those communities." 

McMurchy says the goal of this is to keep people out of the criminal justice system as best as they can.

The newly renovated Cancer Care Unit at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre is now home to a pair of special chairs, thanks to a contribution from the Dauphin Hospital Foundation.

The Inverness chairs, which come with side tables, are said to be very comfortable according to patients, who also appreciate the ability to have items held on the side tables while they are receiving treatment.

The combined cost for the two chairs was 16-thousand dollars.

Prairie Mountain Health and the Dauphin Regional Health Centre thank the Dauphin Hospital Foundation for the donation. 

RCMP in Ste Rose has arrested a man wanted on several outstanding warrants. 

On May 12th, Mounties received details about the location of a suspect wanted on several serious charges. 

After containing a home on the Ebb & Flow First Nation, police secured a search warrant for the home. 

With the assistance of Marook the Police Dog, police searched the home and located a suspect that was attempting to hide.

The suspect refused to listen to police and after a brief altercation was taken into custody.

After being treated in hospital for injuries, the suspect was released back into police custody.

Besides the warrants he was already facing, 39-year-old Manuel Houle also now faces one count of resisting arrest. 

New court dates have been set in a couple of cases in the Parkland.

One of two people who admitted to an armed robbery outside of a business in Swan River last February will return to court July 5th.

21-year-old Jefferson Cook remains in custody until that date.

And a man arrested in connection with a fatal single vehicle rollover in April of last year near Duck Bay will be back in court July 23rd.

38-year-old Katlin Lamirande of the Pine Creek First Nation has been charged with Careless Driving Causing Death.

The Selo Ukraina historical site opened this weekend for the summer season, and the Open House event on Sunday brought some exciting news.

Fund Raising efforts are now in the works for an Indoor Agricultural Display as Jim Perchaluk, president of the Ukrainian Folk Arts Centre & Museum details:

"The Ukrainian Heritage Village Museum is primarily focused on the agricultural lifestyles of Ukrainian pioneers coming into Canada. To showcase that, we want to construct a building that would house and protect the farming equipment and machinery that we have in our community right now." 

According to Perchaluk, $11,000 donated was already gone toward this project. $1000 from the Ukrainian Orthodox Young Men's group, and $10,000 from a local equipment dealer.

"We're very pleased to announce that Don Tarrant, manager over at Reit Syd Equipment, has donated $10,000 to get us started in the fundraising aspect for this agricultural exhibit at our site."

Untitled_design_-_2024-05-19T155821.215.jpgJim Perchaluk & Don Tarrant at the Cheque Presentation at the Selo Site.

This project will require more than just money to make it happen, and Jim noted the old equipment often seen in our local parades would be the perfect addition to such a museum.

If you have a piece of history stashed away on your farm, Contact Jim at 204 638 4374 for details on how you can preserve it at this new addition to the Historic Site.

Be sure to visit Selo Ukraina this summer! They're open from May long weekend to September long weekend, Wednesday through Sunday.

The host committee for the 2024 Manitoba Summer Games will be a sponsorship drive in the coming weeks to collect more support for the August 11th to 17th event in Dauphin. 

Games co-chair Carla Wolfenden says the Dauphin business community has been extremely supportive.

"We still have some announcements to make, they are going to start coming out soon.  We are still continuing with our drive as we are still far from what we would like to do but we have really just started.  So businesses can expect to hear from us in the next couple weeks."

Host committee member Taylor Cooley says sponsors get to be a part of the excitement and community spirit that the games bring.

"At each sponsorship level, you will get a window decal to display and to show your pride.  You will also get an invitation to our opening and closing ceremonies.  And then for our higher level sponsors, you will get an invite to a special reception, as well as the exciting opportunity to hand out medals to those winning athletes in the games."

Businesses interested in becoming a sponsor can reach out to Games Coordinator Bryan Mintenko at City Hall or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.