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This is a list of previously published articles that while they are not current news, they are still either newsworthy, exclusives or items of interest.

March 2017

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Managing Editor: Dan Guetre

News Writers: Marianne Curtis and Dan Guetre

Columnists: Lee Guetre, Peter Friesen, Larry Hurst, Anni Markmann, Peter Martins

Production and design: Dan Guetre, Myriam Dyck, and Monica Guetre

Advertising: Karen Jorgenson and Dan Guetre

CONTACT

Dan Guetre: Editor, publisher, owner

editor@dawsontrail.ca

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Marianne Curtis: journalist 

mariannecurtis@dawsontrail.ca

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Karen Jorgenson, Sales 

sales@dawsontrail.ca

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February 2017

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Managing Editor: Dan Guetre

News Writers: Marianne Curtis and Dan Guetre

Columnists: Lee Guetre, Peter Friesen, Larry Hurst, Anni Markmann, Peter Martins

Production and design: Dan Guetre, Myriam Dyck, and Monica Guetre

Advertising: Karen Jorgenson and Dan Guetre

CONTACT

Dan Guetre: Editor, publisher, owner

editor@dawsontrail.ca

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Marianne Curtis: journalist 

mariannecurtis@dawsontrail.ca

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Karen Jorgenson, Sales 

sales@dawsontrail.ca

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January 2017

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Managing Editor: Dan Guetre

News Writers: Marianne Curtis and Dan Guetre

Columnists: Lee Guetre, Peter Friesen, Larry Hurst, Anni Markmann, Peter Martins

Production and design: Dan Guetre, Myriam Dyck, and Monica Guetre

Advertising: Karen Jorgenson and Dan Guetre

CONTACT

Dan Guetre: Editor, publisher, owner

editor@dawsontrail.ca

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Marianne Curtis: journalist 

mariannecurtis@dawsontrail.ca

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Karen Jorgenson, Sales 

sales@dawsontrail.ca

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January 2016 – Celebrating 20 Years of Publishing!

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Managing Editor: Dan Guetre

News Writers: Marianne Curtis and Dan Guetre

Columnists: Lee Guetre, Peter Friesen, Anni Markmann, Peter Martins

Production and design: Dan Guetre, Myriam Dyck, and Monica Guetre

Advertising: Karen Jorgenson and Dan Guetre

CONTACT

Dan Guetre: Editor, publisher, owner

editor@dawsontrail.ca

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Marianne Curtis: journalist 

mariannecurtis@dawsontrail.ca

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Karen Jorgenson, Sales 

sales@dawsontrail.ca

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September 2014

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Managing Editor: Dan Guetre

News Writers: Marianne Curtis and Dan Guetre

Columnists: Lee Guetre, Peter Friesen, Anni Markmann, Peter Martins

Production and design: Dan Guetre, Myriam Dyck, Monica Guetre and Wilma Priebe

Advertising: Karen Jorgenson and Dan Guetre

CONTACT

Dan Guetre: Editor, publisher, owner

editor@dawsontrail.ca

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Marianne Curtis: journalist 

mariannecurtis@dawsontrail.ca

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Karen Jorgenson, Sales 

sales@dawsontrail.ca

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August 2014

August 2014


Managing Editor: Dan Guetre

News Writers: Marianne Curtis and Dan Guetre

Columnists: Lee Guetre, Peter Friesen, Anni Markmann, Peter Martins

Production and design: Dan Guetre, Myriam Dyck, Monica Guetre and Wilma Priebe

Advertising: Karen Jorgenson and Dan Guetre

CONTACT

Dan Guetre: Editor, publisher, owner

editor@dawsontrail.ca

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Marianne Curtis: journalist 

mariannecurtis@dawsontrail.ca

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Karen Jorgenson, Sales 

sales@dawsontrail.ca

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March 2014

March 2014

Managing Editor: Dan Guetre

News Writers: Marianne Curtis and Dan Guetre

Columnists: Lee Guetre, Peter Friesen, Anni Markmann, Peter Martins

Production and design: Dan Guetre, Myriam Dyck, Monica Guetre and Wilma Priebe

Advertising: Karen Jorgenson and Dan Guetre

CONTACT

Dan Guetre: Editor, publisher, owner

editor@dawsontrail.ca

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Marianne Curtis: journalist 

mariannecurtis@dawsontrail.ca

***

Karen Jorgenson, Sales 

sales@dawsontrail.ca

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December 2013

dec 2013

Managing Editor: Dan Guetre

News Writers: Marianne Curtis and Dan Guetre

Columnists: Lee Guetre, Peter Friesen, Anni Markmann, Peter Martins

Production and design: Dan Guetre, Myriam Dyck, Monica Guetre and Wilma Priebe

Advertising: Karen Jorgenson and Dan Guetre

CONTACT

Dan Guetre: Editor, publisher, owner

editor@dawsontrail.ca

***

Marianne Curtis: journalist 

mariannecurtis@dawsontrail.ca

***

Karen Jorgenson, Sales 

sales@dawsontrail.ca

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October 2013

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Managing Editor: Dan Guetre

News Writers: Marianne Curtis and Dan Guetre

Columnists: Lee Guetre, Peter Friesen, Anni Markmann, Peter Martins

Production and design: Dan Guetre, Myriam Dyck, Monica Guetre and Wilma Priebe

Advertising: Karen Jorgenson and Dan Guetre

CONTACT

Dan Guetre: Editor, publisher, owner

editor@dawsontrail.ca

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Marianne Curtis: journalist 

mariannecurtis@dawsontrail.ca

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Karen Jorgenson, Sales 

sales@dawsontrail.ca

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Rescued loon gets second chance at life

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Found hobbling along Dawson Road in Lorette, this loon – nicknamed Dawson – had little chance of survival.

By Marianne Curtis

    On September 12, a lone loon was spotted on the ground by local residents behind the RM of Tache office in Lorette. After numerous unsuccessful attempts at corner the bird, the group of good intentioned residents eventually managed to capture it further west near the Dawson Trail Motor Inn.

   “We’ve been trying to catch him for the past hour already,” stated one of the rescuers. “We don’t know what to do with it – we tried some places but because it’s not an endangered species no one will help.”

   At this point, the bird was exhausted, its feet were bleeding and it appeared unable to fly. Unsure of what to do next, the group put the bird in the ditch, prepared to let nature take its course. However, fate intervened when I happened upon the scene and remembered a place called the Manitoba Wildlife Rehabilitation Organization.

   The Manitoba Wildlife Rehabilitation Organization was founded in 1984 and a few years ago the centre adopted the name of Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre – around the same time as the facility relocated to Ile Des Chenes.

   Reesa Atnikov, Centre Supervisor for Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre was on hand when I delivered the injured bird – nicknamed “Dawson” – to the facility. I quickly learned was while finding a loon in Lorette was an oddity, the bird could have crash landed on the street thinking it was landing in water.

   “Loons sometimes land on a highway, thinking it is a river – unfortunately they are unable to take off again unless they are in water, which is why this loon could not fly away,” explained Atnikov. After being admitted into the Centre, wild animals are subjected to an exam and given whatever treatment required before it is released back into the wild.

   “We admit over 1700 animals per year and accept all native Manitoban bird and reptile species as well as most mammals,” explained Atnikov. “We rely on private donations and memberships as well as some corporate sponsors.”

    Throughout most of the year the facility employs only one full time person on staff and relies heavily on volunteers to help.

   “The centre also has an education program that allows us to visit many schools and events throughout the year with one or more of our seven non-releasable Raptors teaching them about Manitoba’s wildlife and how best we can coexist,” Atnikov continued.

   So what happened to the loon? Well, when I contacted the Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre the next day, I was told that while the bird suffered injuries to its feet similar to having toenails clipped too short, it had no other injuries. Atnikov had already released it.

   “We took him to the Red River – when we let him go, he called once and then dove under the surface and was gone,” Atnikov stated. “This was another successful rescue and release.”

    For more information on the facility or to volunteer visit at www.wildlifehaven,ca

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Twenty-four hours later, thanks to the Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre, Dawson was declared healthy and returned to the wild.

 

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Southeast boasts perfect groundwater, says study

On behalf of the Southeast Regional Groundwater Management Plan Dave Young from Prawda is putting the finishing touches on a report to the Minister of Conservation that will help establish a water management plan for the southeast.

By Marianne Curtis

   After a three year investigation, a committee has discovered that despite ongoing concerns over the years, the groundwater in southern Manitoba is “perfect”.

   Dave Young is an independent consultant and the RM of Reynolds representative on the Southeast Regional Groundwater Management Plan committee. He has been charged with the task to taking information collected after a three year investigation and creating a water management plan for the area.

   The information was collected with the participation of about eighty representatives from municipalities and various stakeholders. Young says that the study period is complete and it is time to compile his report. Once the plan is completed it will go to the Minister of Conservation for consideration and approval. 

   “The most important thing we discovered was that it is all good news – there is a lot of ground water in southern Manitoba and it is not being overused, or polluted. It’s in good shape,” stated Young. “We learned a great deal about water in the area but the pleasant surprise is that despite speculation there were no major problems.”

   Young explained that over the years there have been a lot of alarms raised about the ground water due to many wells being found to be contaminated. The report revealed that while there has been well contamination, it has come from surface water going into the wells, not through the ground water system.

   “Surface water travels quicker and a well can be contaminated when water levels are high,” explained Young. “However, groundwater travels at a much slower pace so it takes a year to travel one meter and by that time the contaminants break down and are filtered away.” 

   Young noted that the report also showed that there is little risk of intensive livestock operations affecting ground water.

   “Based on our findings, I am satisfied that livestock operations are not contaminating the groundwater,” added Young. “Yes some lagoons may leak a little but very few will leave any trace after about three weeks.”

   While the vast majority of the region has no ground water problems, one major issue did come to light.

   In the RM of Ritchot, the community of Ile Des Chenes has suffered from the affects of groundwater contamination. It was discovered during the study, that the community’s well water system was destroyed because of improper well digging.

   About fifty years ago, well diggers dug too deep and infiltrated the salt water level of the water system. Once salt water enters the water system nothing can be done to correct the problem and the water is unusable. Subsequent leaching forced the municipality to construct a water distribution system with water piped in from the New Bothwell area to ensure that Ile Des Chenes continued to have a safe water supply.

   Once the Minister of Conservation approves the report, it will be used as a set of rules and guidelines that will continue to protect the groundwater system in the region.

 ~as published in the May 2010 Dawson Trail Dispatch

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New campground promises low-energy relaxation

By Marianne Curtis

   A few miles east of Richer a very unique resort and campground will be open to the public within the next month. EcoVillage Resort & Campground is located east of Richer abide eighty acres of forest along Highway #1.

   Despite being located in an area that features about eight other campgrounds, owner Tony Gibson is confident that his resort will do well because it is unique to the region and even the province.

   “After calling around to every recreation park within an hour of Winnipeg we discovered that each one has a waiting list,” added Gibson. “There is a huge demand here.”

   What makes the facility unique to the province is that it offers modern amenities including fully serviced and wireless internet all powered by wind power provided by a 100 foot windmill.

   “Our resort and campground is powered by renewable energy technologies,” stated Gibson. “My background is engineering and so many companies say that they are green and environmentally conscious but I know that at least 90% aren’t in the slightest – I want to educate people and try to do things that way.”

   As part of the education process, next year Gibson is constructing several straw buildings, including the management office and interpretive center.

   “I have taken on the responsibility of teaching people that they can live on renewable energy,” added Gibson. “I want to build the first zero-energy house in Manitoba here.”

   Since November, $1 million has been invested into the property in preparation for the business.  At the beginning of June, first twenty full serviced sites will be ready for occupation. By July, the lake and beach are expected to be complete and at the end of the summer the communal BBQ and pavilion area for families, hot-tub and theater should be in full operation.

   Gibson anticipates that the entire project will take three years to complete. When done the Eco-Village Resort and Campground will feature 200 large seasonal campground lots, lakefront cabin rentals, very large beach area for kids and adults, an Interpretive Center, hot tub, greenhouses, community gardens and more.

   Eco-Village Resort and Campground is owned and operated by Gibson and his wife Mandy, along with several shareholders.

~as published in the May 2010 Dawson Trail Dispatch

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Hello world!

Welcome to the “Dawson Trail Dispatch” on WordPress. I created this page to give online readers a chance to see some of the top stories of the month as we do not have an official website.

The Dawson Trail Dispatch is a locally owned and operated business. It is owned by Dan Guetre from One One Consultants. We are currently in our 14th year of publication and I am in my 13th year as the head writer. This is not our only paper. One One Consultants also owns AgriPost, which is an agriculture newspaper that is mailed to farmers throughout the bottom half of Manitoba. Cruising for Deals is similar to Autotrader. All three publications are free of charge and available in hundreds of businesses in southern Manitoba.

My intent is to use this page as a way to get big stories out to the community, and meet immediate needs IE: fundraisers that may be taking place between printings. I will also be creating “listings for upcoming events, and notices for different organizations. One of my personal favorites is the Steinbach Humane Society so I plan on helping them by posting adorable pets looks for new homes. These are just examples.

Unfortunately due to the volume of content we publish per issue I will be choosing only the top stories of the month unless someone asks for something specific.

Feel free to invite your friends that might find this site interesting. If you have a news tip or upcoming event, please message me personally.

Thank you for making us one of your online connections for local news.

Marianne Curtis
Journalist for Dawson Trail Dispatch

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