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July 2016 – Celebrating 20 years of Publishing

July 2016

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

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Dan Guetre: Editor, publisher, owner

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Marianne Curtis: journalist 

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June 2016 – Celebrating 20 years of Publishing!

may 2016

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 

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March 2016 – Celebrating 20 Years of Publishing!

March 2016

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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Register early for Christmas Hampers

By Marianne Curtis

Everyone knows that Christmas takes place December 25 but deadlines to obtain a Christmas hamper arrives earlier each year. In preparation for the upcoming holiday season, the Dawson Trail Dispatch has compiled this year’s hamper disbursement list a month earlier to ensure that no one is missed this year.

Almost every town or RuralMunicipality is doing what they can to help provide less fortunate families with the basic needs so children will not go hungry or without gifts this holiday season.

Donations of all kinds are still needed by all these organizations, with the need for volunteers to help with deliveries so please, give generously.

Anyone needing a hamper or knowing someone in need are encouraged to contact any of these organizations.

Vita: For the Vita area you can contact the RM of Stuartburn office for information at 425-3218.

   Grunthal: The GrunthalChurches, Credit Union, gas stations and Grunthal Grocery are accepting donations of foodstuffs and toys to provide their area residents from the community and area with hampers. Call 434-6793 for more information.

Lorette and Landmark: The Tache Hamper Committee is collecting goods for Tache residents. You can contact 878-3329 for information on how to give or provide the names of someone in need.

Niverville: Offers assistance to those in need from communities including Niverville, New Bothwell, Otterburne, St. Adolphe, Ste. Agathe, St. Pierre-Jolys and St. Malo. Call 388-4166 for more information.

Ste. Anne: Knights of Columbus in Ste. Anne provides hampers for families within the RM of Ste. Anne. You can contact the parish at 422-8823 for more information.

St. Adolphe and Iles des Chenes: The RM of Ritchot collects the names for people wanting a hamper while the food bank in Ile Des Chenes and the Salvation Army take care of the collections and delivery. Contact the RM office at 883-2293.

   Steinbach and Area: SouthEast Helping Hands in Steinbach delivers the most hampers in the region. You can call 326-2599 for more information or pick up a registration paper from the ClearspringMallInfoCenter, Helping Hands or AM 1250. A new online registration form has also been set up at steinbachcommunitychristmas.com.

Christmas hamper application goes online

The organizers of the south east Community Christmas Hamper drive have added a new feature to make it easier for people to request a hamper this coming holiday season.

Moni Loewen, with Community Christmas says the organization has added an online registration for families in need this year at steinbachcommunitychristmas.com.

“It’s quick and easy and saves our volunteers many hours,” explained Loewen.

Anyone who knows of a family struggling with health, finances or a death in the family is encouraged to log on and fill out a form online.

“We, as a caring community, can provide a little extra support at Christmas time,” Loewen added.

Registration deadline is November 30.

Anyone wishing to donate to the Community Christmas program can also contribute at the same site.

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Friesen free on bail

A RM of Springfield resident accused of killing a well-respected Ste. Anne area dad nearly three times his age has been freed from custody pending trial.

On August 21 Dillyn Carl Nodwell Friesen, 20 was released on a $10,000 bond and ordered to live under house arrest at his parents’ home in Anola until his manslaughter case is resolved.

Friesen stands accused of fatally assaulting 58 year old Lothar Krieg outside his home in the RM of Tache on July 7. He is presumed innocent until proven otherwise in a court of law.

RCMP initially charged Friesen with aggravated assault but upgraded the charge after Krieg died in hospital three days later.

While the Crown opposed his being set free judge Tracey Lord granted bail.  A court-ordered ban prohibits details from Friesen’s recent bail hearing from being published.

As part of his bail conditions, Friesen was ordered to undergo a substance-abuse assessment, abstain from all drugs or booze and not own or possess any weapons.

He is also banned from being out in public unless supervised by his parents or a sibling.

Krieg, a married father of two is being mourned by many as a hardworking and trustworthy man who loved his family and the great outdoors dearly.

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Tache approves rezoning in Landmark

The RM of Tache has reversed its earlier decision to rezone almost two dozen properties along Main Street in Landmark.

The properties in question were rezoned several months ago from residential to commercial, allegedly without the homeowners permission. In March, the RM of Tache council was confronted by over a dozen homeowners from after it was discovered their properties had been rezoned allegedly without their knowledge.

While the rezoning itself raised questions, residents are further outraged to discover the change may have compromised their homeowners insurance coverage.

As a result the RM of Tache revisited their zoning plan and recently reversed their decision. A total of twenty-two properties have been rezoned from commercial to residential limited.

Resident Hetty Penner is pleased with the zoning change.

“This is more or less what we wanted,” stated Penner. “The RM of Tache should never have changed the zoning to begin with.”

Penner and Landmark resident David Sutherland are both instrumental in forcing the RM of Tache to deal with the situation. The pair separately approached the municipality in the spring after it was discovered the properties had been rezoned.

Sutherland says he is still concerned about the fact that residents were not properly notified about the changes in the first place but he is pleased the process has been reversed.

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Manslaughter charges laid in Tache death

 

A manslaughter charge has been laid against a Springfield man after a man died following a weekend assault outside his home in the RM of Tache.

Mounties were called to the resident located near Monominto Road in the RM of Tache on July 7 at around 11:45 pm. The victim 58 year old Lothar Krieg was transported to the Ste. Anne Hospital and then transferred to Winnipeg. Krieg died of his injuries three days later, RCMP confirmed.

RCMP had changed twenty-year old Dillyn Carl Nodwell Friesen from Anola with aggravated assault but that change has been upgraded to manslaughter.

Friends and coworkers remember Krieg as a kind, smiling man with a gentle heart. He very much enjoyed building, cooking, billiards, anything to do with the outdoors, especially camping and fishing.

Krieg leaves hind his wife Barbara and two daughters Elizabeth and Krista.

 

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Lightening strike home in Ile des Chenes

Fire crews from the RM of Ritchot, Tache and Town of Niverville all responded to a house fire north of Ile Des Chenes after lightening struck a house and set it on fire.

 

 

By Marianne Curtis

A sudden storm that blew into the Ile Des Chenes area during the morning of July 4 caused a little excitement north of town after a lightening strike set fire to a local residence.

Walter Van Gorp and his wife were on their deck enjoying a cup of coffee at about 9AM when the storm hit.

“We were sitting on the deck when we heard this deafening bang. I thought it hit one of the trees until I saw sparks falling off the roof onto the grass and my wife told me to call 911,” stated Van Gorp while he watched fire fighters sawing into his roof. “My wife couldn’t hear anything for awhile afterwards but otherwise we are okay.”

The retired dairy farmer marvelled how the lightening managed to hit the house considering the aesthetics the farm. The bungalow which is surrounded by over two dozen 25 foot high pines was one of the lowest points on the yard. Three silos adjacent to the old dairy barn which houses theWildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre were also unscathed.

Firefighters from the RM of Ritchot, Tache and Niverville rushed to the scene and extinguished the fire that was burning the roof of the house.

A damage estimate is not yet available.

 

 

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Councilor indemnities revealed

 

By Marianne Curtis

   In a few short weeks, voters will be going to the polls to elect new municipal representatives. Many perspective candidates have full times jobs and treat being a councilor as a part-time position or similar to volunteering on a committee.

   In some cases, councilors have quit their jobs and have dedicated much of their time to serving the ratepayers while collecting their indemnities and per diems which are paid out of taxpayer dollars.

   Earlier this year, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) released data on the salaries and per diems of municipal councillors, mayors and reeves province-wide.  

   “People often wonder what their local reeve or councillor actually makes,” said CTF Director Colin Craig. 

   Given the large number of municipalities and the diversity of communities in the region it is impossible to determine who deservers how much. However, with this data taxpayers can compare their community’s pay levels with other communities and draw their own conclusions.

   Normally councilors decide how much a year they will collect in indemnities for the year when drawing up their budgets. Expenses and extras are billed separately and added to that amount. For example, in the Village of St. Pierre, councilors can collect up to $180 per day for conducting municipal business.

   Doug Cavers, CAO for the RM of Hanover pointed out that in many causes reeves, specifically Stan Toews is working 70% full time equivalent for Hanover, and individual councilors range from 25% to 40% time.

   So how much does it pay to be a municipal councilor?

 

Municipalities

 

population

number of councilors (including reeve)  

indemnities

Hanover 11,871 7 $162,357.57
Tache 9,083 7 $196,563.65
Ritchot                           5,051 5 $143,674.36
Ste. Anne           4,509 7 $115,071.00
La Broquerie     3,659 7 $109,829.26
De Salaberry      3,349 7 $83,618.31
Piney 1,755 5 $36,318.75
Stuartburn 1,629 5 $46,230.00
Reynolds 1,410 8 $63,316.21
       
Cities and Towns      
Niverville 2,464 5 $52,734.60
Steinbach 11,066 8 $106,058.00
Ste. Anne     1,534 5 $40,700.00
St. Pierre   839 5 $41,104.21

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Tache says ditch could help Ste. Genevieve residents

By Marianne Curtis

   The RM of Tache is optimistic that a drainage project that has been out of the spotlight for a number of years could be the solution to flooding issues in parts of the municipality.

   Last month, the Dawson Trail Dispatch reported that residents in the Ste. Genevieve area have been overwhelmed by water over the past few months. Residents claim the flooding is being caused by area peat moss plants and an alleged dike breach in May. Then the problem was made worse by heavy rains over the past few months.

   Carmen Allard spoke on behalf of almost two dozen frustrated St. Genevieve residents.

   “The overland flooding has been getting worse every year since the soil companies started their digging on Municipal road 50,” stated Allard. “Some people have had water in their basements this year that have never had before the rain and dike breach in May. Some have even said they didn’t get this much overland flooding during the flood in 97.”

   Mayor William Danychuk says that he empathizes with residents and is optimistic that council will find an acceptable solution to the problem.

   “Council is aware that there is a problem and we are taking the appropriate measures,” stated Danylchuk.

    One of the solutions being considered is revisiting a project initiated a decade ago. In 2000, the municipality’s of Tache, Ste. Anne and Springfield came together to consider the construction of a new diversion that would divert water away from farmland and into the Red River Floodway.

   The original proposal consisted of utilizing the existing ditch in the RM of Tache along the Trans Canada highway starting at the #12 highway on the north side until about 1 ½ miles from Deacons Corner. From there it would have swung north into the RM of Springfield for 1 ½ miles then traveled straight west to the floodway. The project was tabled after all parties agreed to the project except for Springfield.

   “They (Springfield council) opposed it at first but they are on board now,” Danylchuk noted. “This project could proceed once funds are available.”

   La Verendrye MLA Ron Lemieux produced a letter dated back in 2000 which tells the RM of Tache that the province was prepared to provide financing if council got support from its neighbours.

   “We made the commitment that we would have funding for the project,” Lemieux added. “The municipalities need to come together and make it happen.”

   In the meantime, the RM of Tache has acknowledged that summer rains have changed water volume and flow patters in the area and it has caused damage to municipal infrastructure.

   Council passed a resolution requesting that the Seine Rat River Conservation District initiate water retention projects upstream of this area to alleviate the additional pressure from changes to the upstream drainage. They have also asked the public works department to do survey the area to determine what other options the municipality has to alleviate the flooding problem.

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Opinion – Where’s Our Fire Truck?

through the looking glass

By Marianne Curtis

Around the end of April, I was driving to Landmark to pick up my husband from work when I spotted a stream of black smoke rising to the sky. As I got closer I could see burst of orange in the distance and I knew that I was heading towards something that was more intense then a small grass fire.

When I arrived at the scene, I could quickly see that a number of barns had burned to the ground, a third was about to go and a number of Holsteins were frantically searching for a place to go. On the yard, I could see a number of RM of Tache fire trucks, with fire fighters desperately donning their gear.

Soon the Ste. Genevieve department joined the Lorette and Landmark crews and the RM of Ritchot truck arrived shortly afterwards. What caught my interest, other then the fact that I was watching a farmers livelihood go up in smoke, was the water supply.

Here was one of the biggest fires that I have seen in the municipality and the fire crews were relying on tankers from Landmark, Ste. Genevieve and the RM of Ritchot for their water supply.  Where was the truck from Lorette?

I have sat and listened to the debate at the municipal level. Should we buy a truck this year, or should we wait until the next? Each year, this most necessary piece of fire fighting equipment has been pushed back on the five year plan for another year.

As an RM of Tache resident and taxpayer, I find it very disheartening to know that in the event of a fire, we may have to wait for the truck from Ste. Genevieve or even from the RM of Ritchot, to arrive. This could mean at least a 30-minute wait – if not longer – depending on how long it takes for the firefighters to be dispatched and then collect at the halls. By then, my house and everyone else’s homes could be pretty much beyond repair.

My point is this – a few years ago the RM of Tache spent a few hundred thousand on a municipal shop building – which is now half empty because they are selling off their graders. Would they have not been better off keeping that building at a reasonable size and invested the money in a new truck?

I am sorry, but I have no faith in a fire truck that I followed to a grass fire near Ste. Genevieve last summer, that did not go any faster then 80 kilometers an hour AND was leaking water all the way. I think that the RM of Tache needs to re-priorise their five year plan, scrape paving the municipality and spend that money wisely – we may not need fire protection every day – but when we do, we expect it to be able to deliver.

 

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