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The call is going out to Dauphin residents interested in being involved in the 2024 Manitoba Summer Games. 

Games co-chair Clayton Swanton says they are ready to hit the ground running with recruitment efforts for volunteers.

"We want people to let us know that they are willing and able to help us out that week.  And leading up to it, even if they are not around that week, they can still reach out.  There is stuff leading up to the games that we can use help with."

The 2024 Manitoba Summer Games takes place August 11th to 17th in Dauphin.

Games coordinator Bryan Mintenko says they need around 1,000 volunteers to help successfully stage the games.

"We have a very strong group of committee chairs already, about 70 or 80 volunteers that are doing the planning stages of the games.  But what we really need are people at each venue and at each event during games time, so that is about a thousand people."   

You can register as a volunteer at the signup booth at City Hall, as well as through a link on the province's Summer Games website. 

Games officials will also be at several events over the next few months to sign up prospective volunteers.

Dauphin RCMP, Fire, and EMS were called to a multi-vehicle crash on Main Street on Monday

Eyewitnesses say the accident, which happened just before noon, involved two vehicles and took place at the corner of Main Street and 8th Avenue South. 

One of the vehicles ended up on the curb and took out the corner of the fencing at Smith Jackson School. 

No word yet on if there were any injuries. 

A man charged after a pursuit late last year through Riding Mountain National Park has been sentenced. 

31-year-old Dakota Tripp pled guilty in Brandon court late last week to a count of possession for the purpose of trafficking and was sentenced to two years in jail.

On December 4th, Dauphin RCMP tried pulling over a vehicle on Mai Street.

The vehicle refused to stop though, and eventually took police on a chase through Riding Mountain National Park, with the pursuit eventually ending after the vehicle hit a spike belt south of Onanole. 

An update is expected Monday afternoon from RCMP, concerning the deaths of five people from the Carman area. 

The five people who died include three children and two women.

The investigation began around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday when officers responded to a report of a hit and run on Highway 3 near Carman.

When Mounties got to the scene, they found a woman’s body in a nearby ditch.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Then at around 10 a.m., RCMP received a call about a car on fire on Highway 248 in the R.M. of Cartier.

While officers were on the way, a witness pulled three young children from the burning car. All three children were declared dead at the scene.

The suspect was taken into custody at the scene of the car fire.

Officers continued to investigate, which led them to a home in Carman, where they found the body of another woman.

The suspect, who is a 29-year-old man, is in custody and there is no risk to the public. No charges have been laid.

The suspect and victims were all known to each other.

All five deaths are considered suspicious.

Fortunately, nobody was home at the time as a fire ripped through a home in South East Dauphin on Thursday night. 

Dauphin Fire Department were called to the scene around 9:30 that evening and were eventually able to put out the blaze.

The home's occupant had left earlier that evening. 

Nobody was injured, and damage amounts are not known at this time.

RCMP are investigating the cause of the fire, which is unknown at this time. 

A 42-year-old man from Dauphin has been charged with several offences after he was stopped in Dauphin over the weekend.

On Saturday just after midnight, Sean Stacey Bouchie was stopped on Main Street North while driving a black Jeep Cherokee. Sean refused to take a roadside breath test and he was placed under arrest. A search of the vehicle led to officers finding and seizing a loaded sawed-off shotgun and a small amount of cocaine. Sean was also found to be suspended from driving.

He now faces several charges including Possession of a Prohibited Firearm, Possession of a Firearm while Prohibited, Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, Refusal of a Breath Demand and Drive while Disqualified.

Sean will appear in Dauphin Provincial Court on Monday. 

A recall has been made on a handful of products after a deadly listeria outbreak in the US.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued this recall on President's Choice Mexican-style Street Corn pre-packed Salads that have been found to contained listeria contamination in the cheese it used.

The salad kits are available across Canada and the United States, and the recall was first issued stateside on Monday this week.

The products affected will have a best-before date up to and including February 19th.

So far, the Listeriosis cases have only been reported in the states, but the recall is being made out of an abundance of caution.

Listeria is a bacteria that can result in listeriosis, which can manifest as fever, muscle aches, nausea, tiredness, vomiting, and diarrhea, according to the FDA. More serious symptoms can include convulsions, confusion, and loss of balance.

according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, this is a Class 1 recall, meaning it has a high risk of serious health outcomes if consumed.

The 2024 crown lands auction is to be put on hold as the province is seeking a thorough review of the program.

The Agricultural Crownlands Program has seen many changes over the past 5 years, and Ag Minister Ron Kostyshyn plans to thoroughly examine it before going forward.

Minister Kostyshyn is looking to meet with both producers and organizations to learn the issues that matter at all levels of the cattle industry, saying "We want to do it right".

Notably, this will not impact short-term one-year agreements, and the Minister added that vacant crown land will be open for grazing as it has been in previous poor hay years.

While a timeline has yet to be confirmed for this review, a year of review could lead to more clarity and a more satisfying conclusion for all involved.

The newly hired Games Co-ordinator for the 2024 Manitoba Summer Games is no stranger to Dauphin.

Bryan Mintenko arrived in Dauphin back in November and has already fallen in love with the city.

"Usually I have traveled here for Countryfest and other events in the past.  I love the Northgate trails system - I am an avid mountain biker, hiker, and trail runner so I love the trail system that they have here now.  And I know that they have a very strong volunteer base from organizing the Ukrainian Festival and Countryfest and hosting provincials and other that"

Mintenko brings a wealth of experience to the position.

"I organized the 55+ Games in 2018 while I was the Recreation director in Glenboro.  I worked for Manitoba Soccer for many years which involved organizing provincials and nationals, and became involved with the Manitoba Games at that time as well.  And then most recently I traveled to Northern Alberta and I was involved with the 2022 Arctic Winter Games that was held in Fort McMurray."

One of Mintenko's key responsibilities right now is starting the process of recruiting the roughly 1,000 volunteers needed to stage the games, which go from August 11th to 17th in Dauphin. 

Manitoba has the lowest unemployment rate among all Canadian provinces.

The latest numbers from Statistics Canada show our province's jobless rate was at four per cent in January, after closing off 2023 at 4.2 per cent. 

The national jobless rate ticked lower to 5.7 per cent in January as the economy added 37 thousand positions.

While the job gains were concentrated in part-time work, the total increase beat forecasters' expectations, suggesting the Bank of Canada isn't facing pressure to cut rates right

Jeremy Gingras is slated to return to Swan River Court on February 21st.

The 37-year-old Swan River native faces several charges related to a pair of incidents at the same home in late September.

Just before midnight on September 24th, RCMP in Swan River said a man broke into a home, assaulted a man, and then stole a cell phone and bicycle.

The next morning, the same suspect broke into that same home, smashing items, and stealing a hammer before leaving.

The suspect then allegedly went to a Main Street business, where he is said to have smashed two parked vehicles, and windows of the business, with flying glass injuring a female employee.