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From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Dauphin's Rail Museum will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the first train's arrival through the city.

While the actual date of the train's entry is December 15th, 1896, Dauphin Rail is looking to take advantage of some nice September weather to celebrate.

President of the Museum, Jason Gilmore, outlines what is scheduled for the event,

"We are going to have live music; we are also going to have C&D snack shack right beside the building that offers food for purchase. We are going to have some giveaways, some birthday cake, and there's also items for purchase as well."

The Museum recommends you wear a mask while outside, but they understand that it is up to individual people's digression.

If you do go inside the Museum,  you will need to show proof of vaccination.

The Museum will be taking donations to help support future projects at this event.

Bring your lawn chairs, sit and relax while enjoying free entertainment, giveaways and more when Dauphin Rail celebrates 125 years.

Saskatchewan has been seeing an increase in COVID-19 numbers lately.

At the moment, the province has 4,734 active COVID-19 cases; compared to Manitoba, which has 499.

In the southeast part of Saskatchewan, they have 309 active cases. This area includes Yorkton, 174.3 km from Dauphin.

That’s only 190 fewer cases than our entire province.

Currently, 84.6 percent of eligible residents have one dose In Manitoba, and 79.9 percent have two doses.

While in Saskatchewan, 80 percent of people have one dose, and 71 percent have two doses.

Nobody was injured after a suspicious house fire in Swan River.

On Thursday afternoon, Swan River RCMP received a report of a fire.

When officers arrived on the scene, the house was fully engulfed in flames.

The investigation has determined that no one was inside the residence at the time of the fire.

The cause of the fire is suspicious.

Anyone with information can call the Swan River RCMP at 204-734-4686.

Designated front-line public servants in Manitoba who aren’t fully vaccinated will need to undergo regular rapid COVID-19 testing.

This new health order comes into effect on October 18th.

The province says this applies to:

  • health-care workers
  • school personnel
  • licensed child-care facility personnel
  • public servants who regularly have direct and ongoing or prolonged direct contact with vulnerable populations
  • child and family service personnel
  • funded agency personnel direct contact with vulnerable populations
  • home care workers
  • paramedics.

This builds on the rapid testing for employees in personal care homes that was launched in 2020, and the Fast Pass sites in the school system that was launched earlier this year.

The new public health order doesn’t apply to the private sector, not-for-profit sector or organizations that may choose to enact their own vaccination or testing requirements.

UPDATE-------The fire that wiped out a 47 unit condo in Brandon earlier this week was reportedly due to the careless disposal of smoking materials.

The estimated damages of the fire are coming in at roughly $11 million.

The fire broke out on Tuesday night, and fire crews were still putting out flames later Wednesday afternoon.

All 48 residents of the building were safely accounted for, police confirmed on Thursday.

Anyone attending any Dauphin Rec Services events or programs must now enter from the south entrance of the Parkland Recreation Complex.

The Dauphin Rec Services front desk has been temporarily relocated to the speedy glass ticket booth.

Proof of vaccination and ID must be shown at the front desk.

According to the provincial dashboard, there are 60 new cases of COVID-19 in the province.

Of the cases announced today, Manitoba reports 39 are from unvaccinated individuals, six from partially vaccinated and 15 fully vaccinated people. 

Public Health officials also report that of today’s cases:

  • Nine are in the Prairie Mountain Health region
  • Six  are in the Interlake-Eastern Health region
  • Five are in the Northern Health region
  • 24 in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region
  • 16 are in the Winnipeg Health region

Dauphin has nine active cases of COVID-19 in the city. 

The numbers of active cases in other Parkland health districts are:

Riding Mountain (0), Swan River (3), Duck Mountain (4), Porcupine Mountain (1), Agassiz Mountain (6), Asessippi (3), Little Saskatchewan (0), Whitemud (1). Brandon has 26 active cases.

In the Interlake, the Eriksdale/Ashern health district has three active cases. The Fisher/Peguis district has one active case.

The current five-day test positivity rate is two percent provincially. 3,535 laboratory tests were completed yesterday.

There are 499 active COVID-19 cases in the province.

34 Manitobans are hospitalized with active COVID-19.

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

79.1% of eligible residents in Dauphin are fully vaccinated. 

UPDATE-------42-year-old Jeananne Jubenville, originally from Dauphin, was sentenced to one year in jail yesterday.

In July of last year, Jubenville entered the bar at the Gilbert Plains Hotel, armed with a knife and demanded cash from the till, but the employee refused; Jubenville then left through the back entrance.

Once police arrived on the scene, bystanders pointed officers in the direction of Jubenville, who was found close by still in possession of the knife.

When she refused the officer's demands to drop her weapon, police were forced to use a taser to apprehend her.

 Jubenville was later taken to hospital with minor injuries before being released back into custody.

The governments of Manitoba and Canada are wrapping up Farm and Food Awareness Week on a positive note by providing $84 thousand to Ag in the Classroom Manitoba.

This funding will help Ag in the Classroom develop a Manitoba Seed Kit.

The Manitoba Seed Kit will help students learn about the top cereal, oil, specialty, and pulse crops grown in Manitoba.

Each kit will feature seed samples from 15 crops commonly grown in the province, and lesson plans for teachers of grades 3 to 6.

The kits will also include activities in other areas like math, social studies, health, and science.

There are several Prairie Mountain Health walk-in vaccine Clinics happening in the Parkland in the coming days.

Today, both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are being offered in the Dauphin Market Place Mall parking lot from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Also today, vaccines are being offered at the Life and Art Centre in Roblin, located at 106 3rd Ave. East, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The next vaccine walk-ins in Dauphin will take place on Monday, September 27th at the Ukrainian Orthodox Hall, located at 304 Whitmore Ave. East, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and at the United Church, located at 37 3rd Ave. Northwest, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Other vaccine walk-in clinics in the Parkland are:

Rossburn - Elementary School - 108 Victoria Ave.
Monday, September 27th (3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

Binscarth - School - 242 Russell St. 
Tuesday, September 28th (4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)

Swan River - Elbert Chartrand Friendship Center - 1413 Main St.
Tuesday, September 28th (4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) 

To view a list of vaccine clinics in the Prairie Mountain Health Region for next week, click here.

Culture Days returns to Dauphin today with some new, and returning activities. 

The month-long event raises the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.

Jean-Louis Guillas, Chairperson and Coordinator with Culture Days says there are more than a handful of events in Dauphin this year:

"Well, we have eight different events planned over the month. It starts September 24th and goes until October 24th."

Guilas added that there will be events all over the city, including something brand new:

"This Saturday, we have a new event, we're calling it 'Yardfest' and it's two separate backyard concerts starting at 5 p.m. with the Johnny Pacey Jazz Trio, and then at 6 p.m. a band called Whiskey Kiss will be playing in their backyard."

He also said that Yardfringe is back this year and he says that this year, it's the event that you can't miss:

"If you meet us at the Watson at one, we'll give you a map and show you the route map and you can just join us at the various locations throughout town. That event is not to be missed, it really is a lot of fun." 

Guilas is encouraging people of all ages to come out this weekend and have fun.