Snow or extreme cold has been the trend for the past several weeks and it is set to continue.

An extreme cold warning has once again been put into effect as of Monday morning.

A bitterly cold Arctic airmass has settled over the region. This air mass in combination with 15-20 km/h winds will produce extreme wind chill values near -40 this morning with only slight improvement expected during the daytime hours. The extreme cold will continue into Tuesday morning, where temperatures will begin to moderate substantially.

Extreme cold puts everyone at risk. Cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill. If it's too cold for you to stay outside, it's too cold for your pet to stay outside.

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A Canada-wide arrest warrant has been issued for a 52-year-old man, who’s been charged with one count of abduction in contravention of custody or parenting order.

Michael Gordon Jackson is described as weighing about 250 pounds, with blue eyes and dark brown hair, and typically wears glasses.

Investigators believe individuals may be aiding or assisting Jackson in evading police and remind the public this activity may result in criminal code charges.

The Saskatchewan RCMP says he doesn’t have a known vehicle, he resides in the Carievale, Saskatchewan area and may have connections to the communities of Dilke, Oxbow, Alameda, and Regina in Saskatchewan as well as Lamont, Alberta. However, he may be in other communities or in Manitoba.

It’s believed his daughter, 7-year-old Sarah Jackson, is with him. She is described as being Filipino/Caucasian, 4 feet 2 inches tall, 76 pounds with long, waist-length brown hair that is all one length with no bangs, has brown/hazel-coloured eyes and last had teal-coloured eyeglasses.

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In a news release, police say at this time, the criteria hasn’t been met for an Amber Alert, though continue to “assess the circumstances and information related to this file on an ongoing basis and as new information is reported to the police.”

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is urged to contact the Saskatchewan RCMP at 310-RCMP (7267) or (306) 780-5563, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip here.

With plastic pollution continuing to be a growing global issue the Dauphin Co-op is committed to making a difference.

For the Co-op reducing plastic waste is a priority which is why they announced yesterday that beginning Tuesday, February 1 the Dauphin Co-op Food Store will eliminate single-use plastic bags in order to help to preserve the environment for future generations, one bag at a time.

Shoppers are being reminded to bring their reusable bags each time they visit but they do have a variety of reusable bags available for purchase including new, value-priced reusable bags which are 3 for $1 with other sustainable options including paper bags and totes available.

For more information about Dauphin Co-op visit their website here.

Public Health officials identified 827 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba today.

*Dauphin now has 141 active cases of COVID-19*

The test positivity rate has gone up slightly to 32.4% provincially.

The case breakdown for today's numbers are:

133 in the Prairie Mountain Health Region.

57 in the Interlake/Eastern Health Region.

124 are in the Northern Health Region.

69 are in the Southern Health Region.

444 are in the Winnipeg Health Region.

The numbers of active cases in other Prairie Mountain Health districts are:

Riding Mountain (60), Swan River (70), Duck Mountain (62), Porcupine Mountain (124), Agassiz Mountain (190), Asessippi (237), Little Saskatchewan (184), Whitemud (260). Brandon has 1,838 active cases.

In the Interlake, the Eriksdale/Ashern health district has 101 active cases. The Fisher/Peguis district has 318 active cases.

There are 36,575 active COVID-19 cases in the province.

586 Manitobans are hospitalized with active COVID-19.

44 Manitobans are in intensive care units with active COVID-19.

For more information check out the provincial dashboard here.

The Dauphin RCMP had a busy year in 2021.

In the City of Dauphin, there were 4,811 calls reported, and they actioned 4,598 of those calls. There were 114 traffic collisions reported, 571 traffic offences, and 70 impaired operation offences for drugs or alcohol.

The top five complaints they received were;

  1. Mischief - 399
  2. Mental Health Act calls - 266
  3. Suspicious Person, Vehicle, or Property - 232
  4. Common Assault - 171
  5. Disturbing the Peace - 168

In the Parkland Rural area, there were 1,802 calls reported, and they actioned 1,737 of those calls. There were 67 traffic collisions reported, 322 traffic offences, and 54 impaired operation offences for drugs or alcohol.

The top five complaints they received were;

  1. Mischief - 109
  2. Suspicious Person, Vehicle, or Property - 70
  3. Mental Health Act calls - 57
  4. Common Assault - 46
  5. False Alarms - 45

Last week the Dauphin RCMP responded to a call of a man in a house with a knife, but he fled on foot before police got there. They found 30-year-old Kyle Sutherland nearby, and when they approached him, he pulled out the knife. The confrontation ended with Sutherland being tased and safely arrested.

Sutherland made his second court appearance in Dauphin yesterday, where he admitted to the charges and was sentenced to six months in jail, with a ten-year weapons ban.

Some students and staff at the DRCSS have had to make a last-minute move as the first week of in-person learning in 2022 nears an end.

An air handling unit in the northeast corner of the classroom wing at the Dauphin high school broke down last week while kids were still learning remotely. As a result, staff and students have been moved out of the area while the unit is replaced. 

The school is working with an HVAC company to get replacement parts but the repair could take six to eight weeks. MVSD has said they expect that all of the air handling units in the school will be replaced by the summer of 2023. 

The Parkland Chamber of Commerce has started accepting nominations for their annual awards. The deadline to submit a nomination is February 11th. Any business or business person in the Parkland can be nominated for the awards, they don't have to be a part of the chamber.

There are five awards being given out this year;

  1. Business Person of the Year
  2. Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  3. Community Appreciation Individual
  4. Community Appreciation Group
  5. Outstanding Business

You can nominate someone for the awards here.

UPDATE: According to the Portage la Prairie RCMP, Coltyn Gretsinger has been safely located.

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The Portage la Prairie RCMP got a report just after 9 am today, that 14-year-old Coltyn Gretsinger was missing.

This morning around 2 am, Coltyn left a house on Highway 26 near High Bluff in a vehicle. The vehicle was found abandoned in a ditch, about 3 km from the house. Items belonging to Coltyn were found near the vehicle.

Coltyn is 5’5” with a slender build, short black hair, and brown eyes. It is believed he is wearing a black winter coat with fur around the hood.

If you have any information please call Portage la Prairie RCMP at 204-857-8767, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or report it securely here.

Public Health officials identified 851 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba today.

*Dauphin now has 129 active cases of COVID-19*

The test positivity rate has gone up slightly to 33.2% provincially.

The case breakdown for today's numbers are:

96 in the Prairie Mountain Health Region.

141 in the Interlake/Eastern Health Region.

137 are in the Northern Health Region.

74 are in the Southern Health Region.

403 are in the Winnipeg Health Region.

The numbers of active cases in other Prairie Mountain Health districts are:

Riding Mountain (57), Swan River (70), Duck Mountain (59), Porcupine Mountain (119), Agassiz Mountain (177), Asessippi (239), Little Saskatchewan (178), Whitemud (244). Brandon has 1,786 active cases.

In the Interlake, the Eriksdale/Ashern health district has 96 active cases. The Fisher/Peguis district has 318 active cases.

There are 35,742 active COVID-19 cases in the province.

586 Manitobans are hospitalized with active COVID-19.

44 Manitobans are in intensive care units with active COVID-19.

For more information check out the provincial dashboard here.

UPDATE: The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Minnesota has released a statement saying that a 47-year-old man from Florida has been charged with human smuggling in connection with the incident.

Steve Shand was arrested on Wednesday by U.S. Border Patrol when they stopped a 15 person van that Shand was driving. Inside the van were two passengers who did not have documentation.

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The Manitoba RCMP is investigating after finding four bodies near the Canada U.S. border yesterday after information sent to them by their counterparts in the U.S.

The info from US Customs and Border Protection was sent to the RCMP after they had arrested a group of people that crossed from Canada into the US near Emerson. While the individuals were being questioned they found items on them for an infant but they did not have an infant with them.

The RCMP were alerted that there were possibly more people trying to cross the border in the area but were not found at the time so the Mounties began patrols of the areas in and around the border.

After a search the RCMP were able to locate 4 bodies in the area with them being identified as:

  • An adult male
  • An adult female
  • An infant
  • A male believed to be in his mid-teens

The victims were located within 40 feet of the US border and within the early parts of the investigation, it’s believed that they all died due to the exposure to the extreme cold but work will continue to identify who the victims are and confirm their cause of death.

The RCMP continued their search in order to make sure there were no other victims with none having been found to date.

The RCMP along with US Customs and Border Protection and the US Department of Homeland Security continue their investigations and we’ll have more as it comes available.