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The 4th Annual Pack The Pumper/Cram the Cruiser Challenge returns to the city of dauphin ,and it kicked off this weekend with a chat on the CKDM morning Show.

Constable Marc-eric LeRoux and Fire Chief Cameron Abery joined Alec Woolston to lay out the details.

The two local teams are collecting as much non-perishable food as they can fit in their respective vehicles, all of which will be donated to the local food bank.

Running from December 1st to December 7th, you can stop by either the local RCMP detachment or the local Fire Station to get your food donations in.

Both teams are also offering pick up services for donations for those who can't make it out.

If you want to donated to the Fire Station, you can contact them at 204-622-3100 and to donate to the RCMP, they'll have the Cruiser parked near local grocery stores all weekend.

Both vehicles will be found at the Dauphin Kings game this tuesday.

Join us at the south entrance to Credit Union Place on Tuesday December 05 as the #MJHL Dauphin Kings host the Virden...

Posted by Dauphin Fire Department on Thursday, November 30, 2023
At the end of the day, both teams are here for the same goal. 
Both teams want to make sure that every family in Duaphin has a bountiful meal this holiday season.

Supporting local Businesses builds the local economy, the local community, and a lot of character.

Dauphin's Economic development Manger Martijn Van Luijn gives us some insight on how Putting your money where your house is does exactly that.

"We all know that shopping local is good because it creates job and its good for teh economy, but it's also creates character. you support our culture and who we are as people. Dauphin has a lot of unique stores that people go to. whether its for makers, or people that have had a mom and pop shop for a very very long time.  its the make up of our community, it makes us who we are."

Supporting these unique local businesses allows them to continue provide the goods and services you could only find here in the city of Dauphin.

Several recent traffic stops in Dauphin has led to multiple arrests and the seizure of drugs and weapons.

On the 17th, shortly after 4:30pm, RCMP stopped  two people on 9th ave south east, and both occupants were involved in a previous theft.

A search found weapons, 90 grams of cocaine, meth, prescriptions, ammo and more. 

Dillion Lebel, 26 and Lorne McKinnon, 55, were arrested on 3 accounts each Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking x3 and Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose.

Lebel also recieved extra charges of Weapons Possession Contrary to Order and Operation of a Motor Vehicle while Prohibited

Another Stop on the 28th at 1:15am on 1st avenue had more arrests when drug paraphernalia was seen in plain site.

A search found weapons, cash, prescriptions, meth and Cocaine. 2 of the 5 people in the vehicle were arrested.

Sean Bouchie, 42, and Chantelle Ferland, 36, were charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for Dangerous Purpose and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime.

Third, the next day, at 2:15 am, RCMP stopped another vehicle on Main street south, and the driver was suspended from driving.

A search found a loaded firearm, other weapons, cash, and 62 grams of cocaine.

Diondre Nicholson, 18, has been charged with over 10 offences including Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm and Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking. He was also charged for several offences under the Highway Traffic Act.

Sergeant Scott Linklater, Acting Detachment Commander of the Parkland area notes that “These are examples of some of the great police work being done in the Dauphin area" and that “Our officers work hard on a daily basis to make our communities safer and will continue to focus on getting drugs, guns and weapons off our streets.”.

The Dauphin Neighborhood Renewal Corporation is looking to fill some vacancies on their Board of directors.

They're looking of individuals that are wanting to make a positive impact on their community.

The DNRC is always looking to combat the issues of homelessness and poverty by being a community pillar that anyone in need can lean on.

To learn more about the organization, to tour the space, or to apply, call 204-701 -110 or visit their website at

Posted by Dauphin Neighbourhood Renewal on Monday, November 27, 2023

As the city and surrounding municipality continues to grow, so does the need for more updated fire fighting equipment. 

With that in mind, Dauphin Fire Chief Cam Abrey says they have started the process of purchasing a new pumper truck for the department. 

"What we are buying is referred to as a top mount enclosed pumper, so it has enclosed seating for all of the firefighters, and will carry 1,000 gallons of water as well as a sufficient pump on it."

Abrey says it will be approximately 2 years before the truck arrives in the city.

"This is not something that you can just go to a dealership and pick out a truck on the lot.  These manufacturers design a truck around your needs.  So they consider the size of our municipality, the types of fires that we go to, the types of motor vehicle incidents that we go to, they also look at the water storage on the truck, the size of the pump, how many personnel can the truck carry and what other equipment it may need."

Fort Garry Fire Trucks will custom make the truck at a cost of just over $830,000, including GST.

That was the lowest of three tenders received, and Abrey says the price to have one of these pumper trucks built has gone up significantly in recent years.

"The last pumper that we purchased was in 2012 and that truck had a purchase price of approximately $380,000.  So in a twelve year period, you can see that the price of a truck has more than doubled."

Once it arrives, Abrey feels the truck will be able to service the needs of Dauphin and the surroundng municipality for the next 20-25 years. 

Manitoba's finance minister says the N-D-P government's planned fuel tax holiday will apply to everyone who fills up at gas stations.

Adrien Sala was responding to Tory concerns that the temporary suspension of the 14-cent-a-litre fuel tax won't include snowmobiles, boats, or A-T-Vs.

He says no one will crack down on off-road enthusiasts for using the fuel discount, as long as they fill up at a gas station.

If his bill is passed, it would suspend the fuel tax starting on January 1st for at least six months from farm trucks, firefighting equipment, and vehicles used on roadways

Another week means yet another court appearance for a Winnipeg man charged in connection to a drug bust in the RM of Dauphin, and another holdover in his proceedings. 

In March of 2021, Mounties pulled over a vehicle on Highway 5, about ten kilometres west of Ochre River.

The driver was arrested after refusing to give a breath sample, and a search of the vehicle led to the seizure of a large variety of cannabis products, about 195 grams of cocaine, cash, and an open bottle of liquor.

32-year-old Jory Rowe appeared in a Winnipeg courtroom and had his proceedings held over once again for another week until December 5th. 

Prairie Mountain Health is looking for volunteers to help with their Community Volunteer Income Tax Program.

The program is a free service that helps low-income individuals with simple tax situations complete their income tax returns. 

Volunteers need to be in good standing with the CRA for their own personal taxes and should have basic tax knowledge and experience in completing simple tax returns, as well as being able to commit a few hours a week throughout March and April.

You must also be a valid Canadian citizen 18 years of age or older, and have a valid SIN number and access to a secure computer and the internet.

Volunteers are needed in communities such as Roblin, Ste Rose, Neepawa, and Minnedosa. 

To volunteer or seek more info, you are asked to call 204- 578-4812

The Giant Novelty Cheque made the hand off today at our local Tim Hortons, giving nearly 13 thousand to the Dauphin And District community foundation is thrilled to give it back.

Darren Eddie is excited to see what this money can do for the community.

"Darren Eddie from The DDCF is ready to fund a lot of projects with this money. it builds our ability, and you can watch the new rainbow grow on our new sign and let get the numbers up there so we can support even more."

Local Tim Hortons Franchisee Greg Chrisanti is happy to give back as well.

"I can't take credit for it. It the team, it's the community coming in. Everyone who came in and picked up a cookie is making it happen."

Selling the second most cookies in the province is no small feat, but location manager Suzzy Ahuday is ready to do it all again for the next cookie campaign.

"It's a really really huge thing for us, and of course for Dauphin and the community. It's a good cause, and hopefully we'll get the number one next year when we do this fundraiser."

Over 17 thousand cookies flew out of the store and just a weeks time.

And who knows, maybe next time Dauphin will take sweet victory for the number one cookie sales in Canada.

The annual Ethelbert Country Christmas Celebration goes on this Saturday.

Organizing committee member Angie Seminuk says it is the second year for the event. 

"There are three volunteers in total.  Two of us started it last year, and we now have another one helping us.  It is our second year.  The first year we had a phenomenal turnout because it was after COVID and the community came together very well, and we are expecting the same thing this year."

Seminuk says they have a full day of activities planned.

"We are going to have our Christmas Market during the day from 9 until 5.  We have 15 home-based vendors, and we are also going to have a 50/50 and a raffle.  it will be held at the Drop-In Centre with all of the proceeds going to the Ethelbert School Breakfast program.  And then we will have our parade of lights beginning at 5 pm, which will go through downtown.  And after the parade, everyone can meet Santa at the Drop-In Centre for their treat bags as well as sugar cookies and hot chocolate."

The day will wrap up with an evening bake sale starting at 6 pm, and chip bingo starting at 7, both at the Ethelbert Parish Hall and both sponsored by the local Ukrainian Dance group.

Anyone wanting to enter a float can do so before Friday by caallng Angie at 204-572-6209. 

The province has introduced an amendment to the Employment Standards Code and Interpretation Act that would establish September 30th as a provincial holiday for National Truth and Reconciliation Day.

The day is currently recognized as a national holiday, but approval of this amendment would allow schools and businesses that are not federally regulated to also have the day off. 

In making the announcement, Premier Wab Kinew says legislating that day as a general holiday would create space for all Manitobans to come together in observation, reflection, and commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools. 

The province says the proposed legislation was developed following significant consultations with indigenous leaders, residential school survivors, and key stakeholders throughout the province.