The Pas Minor Hockey product Connor Dewar has secured his financial future recently, resigning with the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild.
Wild General Manager Bill Guerin announced the club signed the forward to a two-year, one-way, $1.6 million contract ($800,000 average annual value) that runs through the 2023-24 season.
The 23-year-old Dewar picked up six points, including his first two NHL goals, to go along with 25 penalty minutes, 44 shots on goal, 48 hits and 22 blocked shots in 35 contests with Minnesota during the 2021-22 season.
The 5-foot-10, 176-pound skater made his NHL debut on Oct. 28, 2021 in Seattle, against the expansion Kraken.
He recorded his first career point (an assist) on Jan. 6 in Boston and registered his first goal, a game winner no-less.
Many of us take Canada Day for granted and really don’t give it much thought, but for the Patel family, this year’s national day is also the start of a new journey for their family as Canadian citizens. The Patels came to Canada looking for more opportunities and were sponsored by family friend, who was already residing in the community.
“We’re originally from India and we came to Canada in 2017,” said Hemangi Patel. “We’ve been here now for five years and just got our Canadian Citizenship on June 7. Our family came to Canada seeking a life with better opportunities and a brighter future.
“One of our family friends sponsored us to come to Canada. At the time, he lived here in The Pas and recommended the community to us. We stayed with him until we were able to find an apartment and find a job. Over time we fell in love with the people and community, which led us to staying here.”
Local organizers of the proposed Maamawi Park were joined by local dignitaries and supporters for the sod turning ceremony, June 23, at the Brewers diamond where Dauphin’s newest recreation park will be located.
The park, which will include a toboggan run as part of Phase 1, will eventually become an all-season facility that will be free to use for all residents.
The 2021-22 Manitoba Junior Hockey League season was a successful one for the Dauphin Kings, both on and off the ice.
The Kings, of course, won the Turnbull Trophy for the eighth time in team history and reached the semifinals of the Centennial Cup, held in Estevan, Sask.
Off the ice, the team cleared its debt and, as announced at its AGM, last Thursday, reported a profit of $237,754, giving the Kings net assets of $122,919, compared to a deficit of $114,835 a year ago.
The Kings reported revenues of $889,903 plus an additional $8,489 in government subsidies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
At $297,927, fund-raising was the largest contributor to the team’s revenues, with ticket sales coming in next at $238,415.
Attendance last season was 17,357 in the regular season, an average of 668. Attendance in the playoffs totaled 9,226, an average of 1,025.
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The DRCSS celebrated its Class of 2022, with its annual convocation, Saturday, which saw 106 students receiving their diplomas.
Sam Kopecky was this year’s valedictorian.
After opening his speech by thanking everyone for joining the graduating class in celebrating their accomplishments, Kopecky called Saturday’s convocation a day all students have been looking forward to.
“Today we are celebrating a new beginning. Today we are celebrating us,” he said. “In the past four years I’ve gained a lot of memories with all of you. Even through the rough times of COVID-19.”
Kopecky spoke about his favourite part of the curriculum when he entered the DRCSS in Grade 9, the vocational rotation.
“Others enjoyed different things in Grade 9, but I think what we have in common is that many friendships and memories were made within these walls,” he added.
Grade 10, he said, started out okay, but took an unexpected turn when with the school closing because of COVID.
“Life can be like that sometimes. You’re going along in one direction, minding your own business and then something happens to make you change direction. How you handle the unexpected is an important part of life,” he stated. “Grade 10 was cut short, but many good times were had. One of my favourite memories is when we almost blew up a battery on Mr. Cassavant’s lawnmower.”
Grade 11 did not start off that badly, Kopecky said, with classes only two days a week.
“But hey, at least we got to come to school,” he said, adding COVID restrictions made a lot of things more difficult. So many rules, so many masks, so much hand sanitizer. “As the year went on, I think we just tried to make the best of it. The best part for me had to be the Fridays I spent in automotive just working on little projects and breaking some bolts with a friend in engines class. Sorry, Mr. Fee,” Kopecky said.
Finally, there was Grade 12, which Kopecky said was the best year of high school.
“At least for me. The COVID restrictions came down and we were able to come to school every day. School seemed more normal. Countless memories were made both in class and out of it,” he said. “The road to get here has been filled with potholes. Some of those potholes have been small, but others have been life changing. As we go out into the world, we will experience more of life’s potholes. We can’t avoid them all.”
Kopecky concluded by thanking all the people who made the day possible and who made such an important impact on the students’ lives.
“We wouldn’t have gotten this far without our families, teachers and friends,” he said. “And always remember life’s a journey, watch out for potholes.”
Thanks to the generosity of local supporters, 42 students were recognized with over 100 scholarships totalling over $90,000.
A list of this year’s scholarship recipients will appear in the next edition of the Dauphin Herald.
Dauphin’s Countryfest’s return to the hill is only days away and, after a two year absence, festival president Ann Ransom could not be more excited.
“It is just wonderful. We’re a little rusty, but it is so good. Being a community person in the City of Dauphin and working in the Parkland here for so many years, I just can’t wait to see that new money flowing in to give a boost to these poor businesses that COVID has just been so hard on,” she said.
In the past Countryfest has kicked off with a Thursday night party open to everyone. This year things will be a bit different.
“It’s a smaller Thursday kickoff,” Ransom said, adding the evening will be for those who have rolled their tickets over while the festival has been cancelled the last two years. “Just because we wanted to show our appreciation to those folks that knew that we were going to be struggling without having our big revenue, being the festival, for two years. It’s been a bit of a struggle and thankfully those people recognized it and said ‘hey we believe in you. We’re going to keep our funds in there.’ And really, we wouldn’t be where we are without those folks. So we just wanted to do a bit of an appreciation just to say thank you, you’re keeping us running.”
The festival hits full stride Friday with a Canada Day celebration “like no other,” Ransom said.
“We’re finally getting together and I just can’t wait to feel that energy off the amphitheater. People coming together, having a good time, singing along and just getting together with our friends. I’m already getting goosebumps,” she said.
Don Amero gets things started on the Club Regent Casino and Event Centre Main Stage at 3:30 p.m., followed by Jess Moskaluke at 5 p.m.
Washboard Union gets the evening celebration going, hitting the stage at 7 p.m., followed by Terri Clark at 8:30 p.m. Paul Brandt takes over the show at 10 p.m. to round out Friday’s entertainment.
“It’s just going to be a fantastic, nice way to kick things off,” Ransom said.
Saturday’s main stage entertainment gets underway at 2 p.m. with Nate Haller, followed by Jade Eagleson at 3:30 p.m. and The Reklaws at 5 p.m.
Chad Brownlee kicks off the evening at 7 p.m. followed by Dean Brody at 8:30 p.m., with Dallas Smith taking to the stage at 10 p.m. to round out the day.
On Sunday the main stage gets underway at 1 p.m. with Madeline Merlo. Tyler Joe Miller takes over at 2:30 p.m., followed by Doc Walker at 4 p.m.
Michelle Wright opens the evening show at 6:30 p.m., followed by Hunter Brothers at 8 p.m.
Johnny Reid closes out the weekend with a 9:30 p.m. start.
As always there will be lots to do away from the main stage with a full lineup of entertainment set for the Bell MTS Stage and Credit Union Corral Stage. And a full range of food vendors will carry on the Countryfest tradition of offering a wide array of culinary delights.
Ransom said basically all of the pieces are in place for the weekend, although additional volunteers would not be turned away.
“We’re still looking for volunteers here and there. But thankfully people have really come out. I understand it’s been two years that people haven’t really gotten together and I get that there might be some hesitancy in that. But we put a call out there for volunteers and, Dauphin being Dauphin, they have come out and supported us,” she said.
“It’s nice to see people coming back and wanting to volunteer. They understand how important Countryfest is to the community and it’s so great to see people coming out and just going ‘yep, we’ve got to make this happen.’ It just feels like a great big team effort.”
Ransom added there are still some tickets available for the festival, both day tickets and weekend passes, although she thinks that might change quickly.
“Tickets are going to be a hot commodity, especially when people start seeing what the weather’s like and once folks are starting to post on social media,” she said. “I think we’re going to see people going, ‘you know what, let’s maybe take a day from the lake and go and visit friends that might be up there’.”
Either way, Countryfest is back and that means big things for small groups and organizations fund-raising for their year’s activities or local businesses recovering from the effects of the COVID pandemic.
“So businesses out there in Dauphin just a heads up that we’re basically causing a population boom for the city,” Ransom said, adding the festival will provide exposure to other attractions in the area such as the Northgate Trails. “It’s always just nice to see that injection into fund-raising that’s not out of everybody’s pocket here in the city, but that’s new funding coming in. That’s always a nice little boost to all our great non-profits we’ve got in the Parkland.”
Logan Hamilton looks down on his 6’3” tall older brother Lucas standing in front of a 50-foot-tall tree that fell in their yard in the Foxwarren area on the night of June 19th. This 100-year-old tree was one of countless trees that fell in the yard. As the Hamilton’s lost most of their shingles, Erin says it was raining in their bedrooms, kitchen and stairwell. And a tree went through the back window of her vehicle. Fortunately, all the Hamilton’s and their beloved animals were safe in the basement and emerged unscathed.
-photo by Erin Hamilton
The Parkway Co-op held its annual general meeting via Zoom – and at under a half an hour in length it zoomed right along – Wednesday, with 14 people participating on line. The co-op had another good year, realizing record sales of $61 million and achieving $22 million in member equity.
The Parkway also paid off its loan to build the Roblin Food Store, more than four years ahead of schedule.
When it comes to Indigenous arts and handiwork, local Métis Elder Yvette Bouvier has spent a good portion of her life dedicated to her passion for it.
There weren’t a lot of resources available to learn from when she began so Bouvier developed techniques on her own.