Brian Werbiski of Rorketon poses with some sizeable vegetables that sprang from his garden this year.
Both the beet and the red potato pictured here weighed in at five pounds each and were representative of the bounty he will enjoy this fall and winter.
A full slate of candidates turned out to address a large crowd of voters at the Parkland Chamber of Commerce candidates’ forum for the City of Dauphin at the Watson Arts Centre, Sept. 28.
The evening began with councillor hopefuls introducing themselves and answering questions gathered from the public on issues such as crime, small business, infrastructure, homelessness, growth, post-secondary education and more.
The second half of the evening featured mayoralty candidates David Bosiak and Kerri Riehl facing questions from the public and each other.
The forum was live streamed on the chamber’s Facebook page and is available for viewing by those who were unable to attend.
The chamber is also hosting a forum for Rural Municipality of Dauphin candidates tonight (Oct. 4) at the Aspen Lodge in the Parkland Recreation Complex.
Dauphin City Hall has some improved curb appeal thanks to the installation of new flag poles which, for the first time, allows the city to fly the flags of the Manitoba Métis Federation and the Treaty 2 Territory Government.
The flags were raised at a special ceremony last week which, Dauphin mayor Christian Laughland said, is an example of the municipality’s desire to operate in partnership with Indigenous governments in the area.
Referring to a proclamation passed by city council at its regular meeting, Sept. 26, Laughland said, “the City of Dauphin and its employees will be observing the national date of Truth and Reconciliation previously known as the orange shirt day to provide time to reflect on the legacy of residential school system and its impact on Indigenous communities and will be flying its flags at half mast.”
For Francis Chartrand of the Northwest Métis Council, the flying of the MMF flag is a continuation of the support city council has shown as her organization increases its footprint in the community.
It speaks to the co-operation between communities and shows a willingness to work together.
“Thank you very much for everything you did for the last four years and we hope to see you around the table in the future,” Chartrand said, drawing attention to the support shown by former mayors Eric Irwin and Allen Dowhan. “I want to do a shout out to them and thank them for everything we did together.”
Representing the Government of Treaty 2 Territory, Scott Lynxleg said flying the flags is an indication of how the relationship between the City and Indigenous groups has improved in the 17 years he has lived in the community.
And he believes it will continue to improve in the future.
“If you have respect for yourself and for others. We are all the same,” Lynxleg said.
In answer to a request from the City of Dauphin’s Protective Services Committee, a new, high-resolution surveillance system has been installed at the D-Town Plaza Skatepark.
“The skate park cameras have been on the radar for a long time and now they have finally come to fruition,” said mayor Christian Laughland, adding the 4k camera provides views with a quality image, “People can go to the City of Dauphin website and view it there. It uploads a new picture every 60 seconds which is great.”
The system, Laughland said, will also allow the city to provide high-resolution video footage to the RCMP at their request.
“But it’s not just for crime, it’s a tourism thing, too,” Laughland said,
“There’s lots of places where you can go online and look and see a webcam and you can see what the weather is like. You can see how the community looks and stuff like that. So I mean I think it goes beyond crime.”
However, crime is one of the major focusses of the camera and Laughland encourages anyone who sees suspicious activity while viewing the pictures to contact Dauphin RCMP at 204-622-5020 for non emergencies and 911 or 204-622-5050 in an emergency situation.
Laughland added if the camera proves a successful as it first appears to be, there is a possibility to expand locations.
“It’s up in the air right now, but this has gotten a lot of good reactions by the public when the City posted about it on Facebook recently. A lot of people were fans of it, so that’s good to see,” he said. “We can’t go out putting cameras everywhere, but maybe some hot spots. It’s possible down the road for sure.”
Anyone wanting to check out the live conditions of the D-Town Plaza Skatepark can visit dauphin.ca/p/dauphin-skatepark.
Less than ideal weather may have delayed the start of the construction season for the City of Dauphin, but everything is on track to complete the 2022 capital plan.
The budget included provisions for reconstruction of Crocus Bay and a section of 10th Avenue Southwest from Main Street to First Street. Resurfacing projects include Elm Street from Poplar Avenue to Oak Avenue and Tulip Crescent. Milling and overlaying was also planned for a section of Second Street Northeast from First Avenue to Fourth Avenue.
Finally, construction of a back lane in the west end between King Street and West Street will be completed at a cost of $23,000.
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Three young intrepid wanderers plot their next move as they attempt to find their way through a maze cut into a corn field north of Dauphin over the weekend.
Kaiden, Adalyn and Scarlett Jolicoeur joined their parents at Secord’s Corn Maze and Market Garden for a fun afternoon of fun, hiking, finding hidden treasures in the corn and learning about wildlife which can be found in the area.
To avoid over crowding and make the maze experience more fun for everyone, participation is by appointment only.
Appointments can be made by calling or texting to 204-647-2656.
The Dauphin Derailleurs Cycle Club (DDCC) is capitalizing on some recent donations to move forward its goal of providing healthy opportunities in the community that focus on physical activity and mental well-being.
DDCC’s Bike Hub Project has launched thanks to a $5,000 grant from Prairie Mountain Health’s Healthy Together Now program and matching donations from Johnston and Company, Accent Chartered Professional Accountants and the Dauphin Veterinary Clinic.
“Our request for that funding was to establish a bike program for people that may not have access to bikes,” DDCC chair Brenda Gregory said, adding the $20,000 was used to purchase 12 fat bikes and 12 helmets as the foundation of the project.
The plan is to make the bikes available to the community to learn about cycling and experience area trails, guided rides and workshops.
The bikes will also be used by youth that would like to be part of the Kids of Mud program, but do not have access to, or the means to purchase a bike on their own.
“We’re going to stick with the primary objectives of still ensuring that people who may not have access to bikes will have access to them,” Gregory said, adding it is intended that the Bike Hub program will run year round and give people the opportunity to try biking in all types of climates. “So there’ll be two components to the program. It will be for people that want to rent them up at Northgate trails and it will be for people who may not have the ability to get up to Northgate, but want to either learn how to ride a bike or ride a bike in town. So we would give access to groups that are maybe a little more marginalized and don’t have the funds. So we would balance that between rentals and free programming.”
The vision of the DDCC is to facilitate a positive and inclusive cycling culture that promotes a lifestyle of wellness and a connection to nature. The Bike Hub is the perfect vehicle to promote that, Gregory said, adding biking is a life skill and sport that can be used for fun, transportation and employment.
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With the registration period now closed the Oct. 26 municipal and school board election is coming into focus.
And when it comes to the City of Dauphin council race that means a crowded ballot.
Last week, prior to the end of the nomination period, 16 candidates had registered their intention to seek a council seat, senior election official Kirk Dawson said, adding candidates still have a limited amount of time to drop out of the race.
Currently the six council seats are being contested by Jason Alf, Randy Daley, Steve Sobering, Sharon Riehl, Carter Taylor-Luke, Ted Rea, Michael Winter, Joseph Houston, Kathy Bellemare, Rodney Juba, Patti Eilers, Devin Shtykalo, Christian Laughland, Bev Sarkonak, Ken Tarrant and Tamara Michelle.
The mayor’s race will officially feature two candidates in David Bosiak and Kerri Riehl,
Over in the Rural Municipality of Dauphin the reeve’s chair is being sought by two candidates in Ernie Sirski and Tom Gibbs.
RM voters will have some choices to make when it comes to filling the council table with Todd Boguski, David Johnson, John Bremner, Ken Shewchuk, Midge Sametz, Ken Plustwa, Ron Ryz, Jarri Thompson and Wilf Katchurowski all seeking a seat.
In terms of the race for school board trustees, only one candidate had returned their nomination papers as of last week, Floyd Martens in Ward 1 Roblin.
The Ukrainian Heritage Village Museum at Selo Ukraina will soon have a new addition as the Ukrainian Folk Arts Centre and Museum has plans to move the Sandringham teacherage from its present location in the RM of Dauphin to the heritage village.
Selo president Jim Perchaluk said a foundation has been constructed for the building and he expects the move to take place sometime around the end of the month.
The teacherage was constructed around 1903 and was in use until 1964 when rural schools began closing their doors throughout Manitoba.
The Sandringham school itself was moved to Fort Dauphin Museum in 1980.
The local Rotary Club is drawing on its long history of organizing popular and profitable community events to roll out a fresh offering for area residents.
The inaugural Dauphin Rotary Oktoberfest makes its debut, Oct. 22, running from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Aspen Lodge and the Curlers Lounge in the Parkland Recreation Complex.
The evening has two distinct elements to it, Rotary president Christine Harapiak said.
“We’re featuring Manitoba craft beers, so there’ll be different vendors. It will just be beer brewed in Manitoba, because we think there’s a lot of exciting work happening and that people should have a chance to experience the different types of beer,” Harapiak said, adding a $45 ticket to the event will get you in the door and provide you a flight of four craft beers.
The second element centres on what the club is calling the Parkland Sausage Wars. The fun blind taste test involves sampling the wares of area sausage makers and voting for your favourite.
For the modest investment of $5, those participating will get a sample of sausage from one of four booths fashioned after German kingdoms. Each additional investment of $5 is rewarded with another sausage sample and another ballot, Harapiak said.
“We’ll crown a champion at the end of the night. The winner will be revealed as to which vendor the crowd’s favourite sausage came from. So we hope it’s a little bit of fun,” she said. “We will reveal all the vendors at the end of the night. We won’t say who was second, third or fourth. We’ll say the champion and then we’ll make sure that everybody knows where the different sausages came from, so they can go in and buy some for themselves.”
There will be plenty of other activities going on throughout the night to keep people busy such as an auction of interesting item donated by local businesses and an array of German-themed snacks donated by Dauphin Co-op, which is a major sponsor of the event.
“And you’ll get a souvenir Rotary Oktoberfest 2022 taster glass,” Harapiak added. “Our hope is that people will come back every year and they’ll have a whole selection of taster glasses at home to continue the fun of beer tasting.”
Harapiak said the idea for the evening came from club member Howard Wirch as local Rotarians were brainstorming something to replace the Rotary wine tasting which was no longer being supported by the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation.
“We like to think our signature events were fun. We had Lobsterfest and wine tasting and those were great events for the community to get together and they’ve sort of fallen off over the last couple years with COVID,” Harapiak said. “So we’re excited to have something like this come up.”
Proceeds from the event will be used to support Rotary activities in the area. Harapiak said while Rotary is known for its strong support of local and international projects, the club is building towards a special anniversary.
What we’re working towards in rotary is thinking about 2024 and our 100th anniversary as a service Club in the city of Dauphin, Harapiak said.
“So some of the funds raised from this will go towards projects celebrating that. We’re kind of consulting with the community right now about what some of the needs are before we decide exactly where our next projects are going to be.”
Tickets for Rotary Oktoberfest 2022 are available from the Dauphin Liquor Mart or from any Dauphin Rotary Club member.