For the first time in three years, the sights and sounds of the midway will be heard in Dauphin with the return of the 2022 Dauphin Fair, July 1 to 3.
The fair actually kicks off, June 30, with the 4-H beef steer and sheep classes at 1 p.m., followed by the 4-H beef steer and sheep sale at 6 p.m. in the Rotary Arena.
Friday’s festivities will begin bright and early with the light horse 4-H classes in the sand ring at 9 a.m.
The 4-H beef and sheep showmanship and heifer and sheep classes gets underway at 1 p.m. in the Rotary Arena and the draft horse team classes will hit the grass ring at 5 p.m.
Saturday’s livestock activities begin at 8:30 p.m. with the draft horse line classes in the grass ring at 8:30 p.m. The light horse show takes place in the sand ringstarting at 9 a.m. and going on all day.
The sheep jackpot show begins at 1 p.m. in the Rotary Arena, followed by the junior sheep showmanship at 1:30 p.m. The cattle jackpot show starts at 3 p.m., with the junior beef showmanship following half an hour later.
At 5 p.m., the grass ring will feature the draft horse hitch classes.
Sunday’s livestock activities starts at 9 a.m., with the light horses in the sand ring and lasting all day.
The cow dog trials will run Saturday at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and Sunday at 10 a.m., with the finals at 12:30 p.m.
The draft horse hitch classes end the weekend at 3 p.m.
The home living section will be open in the curling rink from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with the awards being presented, Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., in conjunction with the Dauphin Consumers Co-op cake party.
There will be a kids play zone in Credit Union Place each day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., as well as a small animal display.
A karaoke contest takes place in the curling rink, Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., with the finals taking place, Sunday at 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., while the Cameron Campbell Band will provide entertainment, Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Fair entertainment will include The Magic Bean Show at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., each day, a kids pedal tractor pull each day at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. between Credit Union Place and the Rotary Arena and an extreme dog stunt show at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., each day.
Sunday will also a car show from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. by the grandstands, with the always-popular demolition derby taking place at 6 p.m. There will also be a fireworks display at dusk on Friday.
The parade will take place, Saturday at 10 a.m.
It is a one-pay gate, with an admission fee of $15 for 13 and over, $5 for ages six to 12 and preschoolers free. A weekend pass is $35.
More than 60 golfers hit the links for the Gilbert Plains Men’s Open Golf Tournament, Saturday at the Gilbert Plains Country Club.
When all was said and done, Stacey Genaille walked away with the title after shooting a 68, three shots better than runner-up Chad Facey. A countback gave Scott McCallum third place in the championship flight with a 76.
Larry Nepinak won the first flight on a countback with an 81. Farron Genaille was second, two shots back and Jon Tomlinson was third with an 84.
Mitchell Rauliuk topped the third flight on a countback over Frank Douglas after they both finished with an 88. Walter Toderian was one shot back to take third place.
A countback was needed to determine the top three placings in the third flight. Merv Lynxleg claimed top spot with Joey Pasternak in second and Derrick Brucks in third. They all carded a 94.
Jim Todoruk won the fourth flight with a 101, while Fred Todoruk was second, one shot back. Fred Letain was third after shooting a 103.
Terry Murray won the closest-to-the-hole on number 4, while Larry Nepinak won on number 9, Larry Johnston won on number 14 and Dan McFarland was closest on number 17.
The next tournament at the GPCC is the senior scramble, July 11.
Four Parkland residents have been honoured with Assiniboine Community College’s Alumni Association awards.
Tere Stykalo received a Distinguished Alumni Award, presented annually to graduates of the college who have distinguished themselves in both their chosen profession and their community, while Jadelyn McKay, Kayla Gillis and Nicole Koroway were honoured with One To Watch Awards, which recognize someone who has made exceptional achievements and significant contributions to their profession and community since graduation.
The awards will be officially presented at an Advancement Dinner this fall.
Stykalo, CPA, CGA, is a partner with MNP in Dauphin. He received his Business Administration diploma with Assiniboine in 1991 before going on to attain his Certified General Accounting designation in 1998. He has been an active volunteer in the Parkland with a particular focus in the agriculture industry. Stykalo and his wife Tracy, along with their family, operate a farm near Dauphin. Most recently, Stykalo was awarded the 2020 Dauphin Agriculture Society Lifetime Membership Award.
McKay is a two-time graduate of Assiniboine Community College, earning her Practical Nursing diploma in 2017 followed by her Applied Counselling Certificate in 2021. Through her position as wellness worker and assistant case manager for the Dibishkoo Nide Niniijaanis (Jordan’s Principle) program in Tootinaowaziibeeng, she aims to bring awareness of her culture and traditions to the children and families she works with.
Gillis put her natural insight into the agricultural industry to use in Assiniboine’s Agribusiness program. After graduating in 2008 she continued to increase her knowledge in ag. and finance and has achieved multiple post-graduate certifications that have helped her provide exceptional service to her clients as a Consultant with IG Wealth Management. She is highly dedicated to the Dauphin community and serves on many national and local boards.
Koroway is also a two-time graduate of Assiniboine Community College, earning her Comprehensive Health Care Aide certificate in 2011, followed by her Practical Nursing diploma in 2015. She has held numerous positions at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre, where she is currently a licensed practical nurse in the Operating Room unit.
A former Parkland Campus instructor was also recognized with an Excellence in Education Award.
Kent Wieb began his career as a Business Administration instructor at ACC in 2000 and recently retired after 21 years with the college. Wieb had a profound impact on many ACC graduates in the Parkland, both as an instructor and as a volunteer for the Students’ Association.
Habitat for Humanity Manitoba, Dauphin Chapter has officially started construction of its second home.
The kickoff to the project came at a fund-raising barbecue at Fusion Credt Union, last week.
“This committee has worked hard and stayed together through challenging times. I am proud of the hard work of each member of our group and we look forward to the successful completion of this build,” said Rodney Juba, chair of the Dauphin chapter.
Located on Seventh Avenue North East, the house will become the home of Chantel and her three children, ages 16, 12 and 10.
The barbecue included the presentation of support for the project from the Thomas Sill Foundation in the amount of $10,000 and the local Fusion Credit Union branch in the form of a cheque for $7,500, as well as the proceeds from the barbecue.
Those participating also had an opportunity to sign a 2x4 that will be placed in the home as a legacy of the community’s support.
Habitat Manitoba’s Dauphin Chapter is an organization that mobilizes volunteers and community partners, and work with people from all walks of life to build safe, decent, affordable housing for purchase by families living with low-income.
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing organization working in local communities in more than 70 countries around the world.
Police are seeking the public’s assistance following a theft at a historical sight northwest of Dauphin, last week.
On June 12, at approximately 9:05 a.m., Dauphin RCMP received a complaint of theft from the director of the Trembowla Cross of Freedom museum and church, which is located 20 kilometres northwest of Dauphin.
It was reported that sometime between May 29 and June 12, the bell tower was knocked over and the church bell was stolen.
This church bell is made of bronze and is a historical piece dating back to the 1890s.
There were seven memorial plaques, each of them made from bronze, erected in front of the buildings, that were also stolen.
Dauphin RCMP are asking anyone who may have information regarding this theft to contact the Dauphin Detachment at 204-622-5020, call Crime Stoppers anonymously toll-free at 1-800-222-8477, or submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.
RCMP continue to investigate.
Riding Mountain MLA Greg Nesbitt is Manitoba’s new Minister of Natural Resources and Northern Development.
Premier Heather Stefanson welcomed Nesbitt to the provincial cabinet at a swearing-in ceremony at the Manitoba Legislative Building, last week.
“I am excited to welcome Greg to our cabinet team,” Stefanson said. “Minister Nesbitt is long-time business owner and community leader and understands the importance rural economic development plays in building a strong and vibrant province. I am confident Minister Nesbitt will play an important role as we continue with our efforts for economic recovery and growth and building hope and opportunity for all Manitobans.”
The premier also noted Andrew Smith, MLA for Lagimodiere, will assume the role as Minister Responsible for the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation, while continuing as Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage and Minister Responsible for Travel Manitoba and the Manitoba Centennial Centre Corporation.
The appointments were necessary following the resignation of former minister Scott Fielding.
The premier thanked Fielding for his years of service as a cabinet minister and wished him well as he explores new opportunities in the private sector.
Dauphin and District Handivan has a new president following the organization’s annual general meeting, May 24.
Sharon Zeiler will fill the position following the retirement of Vern Richardson from the board. Returning to the executive are vice-president Marge Beyette and treasurer Lori Bremner.
Lavonne Tyschinski joins the board as a new director serving with continuing directors Jamie Graham, Jaime MacMillan, Kianna Assman and Marion Muir.
Municipal representatives are Reeve Ron Ryz from the Rural Municipality of Dauphin and councillor Rodney Juba from the City of Dauphin.
The board took the opportunity to thank Richardson for his years of service and the leadership he provided during COVID-19 and the challenges the pandemic presented.
Richardson has offered his experience on an as-needed basis for future challenges.
The board looks forward to continuing to provide transportation services to the community and in the surrounding areas.
A man is in custody following two fires in Camperville recently.
On May 21, at approximately 2:45 a.m., Winnipegosis RCMP responded to a report of a house fire on Spruce Bluff Road, in the community.
Upon arrival, officers found the home was fully engulfed with flames and the fire department was on scene attempting to extinguish the blaze.
There was no one inside the residence at the time and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
At approximately 3:50 a.m., the investigation led officers to check a residence on Gospel Bay, in Camperville.
When officers arrived they found the front porch on fire. The officers woke up the occupants of the home and assisted with extinguishing the fire.
No one was injured.
Officers identified a suspect in the second fire, and a 37-year-old man was arrested a short distance from the scene.
Matthew Flamand of Camperville was charged with one count of arson with disregard for human life. He was remanded in custody.
Winnipegosis RCMP, along with the Office of the Fire Commissioner, continue to investigate.
A Dauphin woman is in custody following a recent traffic stop, which resulted in the seizure of a firearm and a quantity of drugs.
Britanny Bungay, 34, is facing charges of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm and ammunition in a vehicle, possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition without a licence, possession of a weapon obtained by crime, possession of a firearm with a tampered serial number and possession of methamphetamine.
On May 26, at approximately 7 p.m., West District Crime Reduction Enforcement Support Team (CREST), conducted a traffic stop on Hwy. 10, in the RM of Dauphin.
During the stop the officer noticed a firearm on the floor of the vehicle and the driver and passenger were arrested.
The driver, Bungay, had an outstanding warrant for possession for the purpose of trafficking and was found to be in possession of approximately seven grams of methamphetamine.
The passenger, a 27-year-old female from Dauphin, is facing charges of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm and ammunition in a vehicle, possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition without a licence and possession of a weapon obtained by crime.
She was released with an upcoming court date.
CREST, along with Dauphin RCMP, continues to investigate.
With the warmer weather upon us, many Manitobans are eager to get outside and enjoy the outdoors which may include riding off-road vehicles (ORVs).
Manitoba RCMP want to remind operators of the laws of ORVs to ensure a safe ride.
Most of the laws around ORVs fall under the Off Road Vehicles Act. Here are some general rules to keep in mind when riding an ORV:
• Anyone under the age of 14 must have direct supervision of a parent or legal guardian who is a minimum of 18 years of age. Youth over the age of 14 can ride without parental supervision, but cannot cross a roadway until they obtain a valid driver’s licence.
• All ORV operators and riders must wear properly fastened safety helmets unless the vehicle is equipped with rollover protection and the occupants are wearing securely fastened seat belts.
• ORVs are not to be operated on roadways, shoulders, medians of divided roadways or sidewalks.
• ORVs are permitted to be in the ditch, provided travel is in the same direction as vehicle traffic, the ORV is to the right of the roadway and the shoulder, and the ORV is being operated in an area where ORV use is permitted. Always remember to be on the lookout for hazards in the ditch, such as culverts, driveway approaches, and road signs.
• No riding on privately owned or leased land without permission.
• No riding within 30 metres of a dwelling that is not yours between midnight and 7 a.m.
• No riding within 30 metres of a playground or area set aside for recreation that is not fully fenced.
• No riding in a careless manner.
• No riding without reasonable consideration for other people and property.
• When conditions are dry, use caution as sparks from an ORV can ignite grass and branches, starting a fire.
• Be aware of local bylaws in the area you are riding.
• Impaired driving laws apply to all motorized vehicles. Only operate an ORV when sober and alert.
In 2021, RCMP in Manitoba responded to eight fatal collisions involving ORVs and 58 collisions where serious injury occurred. Contributing factors in these collisions included speed, no helmet and impaired driving.
Knowledge and safety are key, so make sure you are aware of the rules in place in the area where you are riding.
Be safe and enjoy the ride.