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A Look At The Year Past

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Like all years, 2021 had its share of ups and downs. And while daily life was dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, all the usual good and bad news associated with a normal year, went on behind the scenes.
Here is a quick recap of 2021 in Dauphin.

January

The Parkland welcomed its first baby of the New Year, Jan. 3. Naylah Houle arrived at 4:50 a.m., weighing in at six pounds, four ounces.

Dauphin Regional Health Centre carefully began increasing surgical capacity, performing procedures postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Less than a week later the facility was placed in Code Red (critical) on the province’s COVID response system to deal with an outbreak on the medicine ward.

Electric vehicle owners became able to charge their rides in a hurry with the opening of a Level 3 Electric Vehicle Charger in the city hall parking lot.

Limited changes to public health orders came into effect in an effort to balance protection of the health care system, while gradually restoring services and activities. With the changes, Manitobans were able to get a haircut, buy a change of clothes and get together in small numbers.

Prairie Mountain Health COVID Focus Immunization Teams along with nurses from the personal care homes began immunizing personal care home residents within the health region. The target was to provide all PCH residents with the first dose of their Moderna COVID vaccine before the end of January

February

The Crisis Prevention Task Force officially took possession of the Dauphin First United Church and began organizing the space. Utilizing a federal Reaching Homelessness grant of $250,000 the task force purchased the property for $215,000.

A parade of family, friends and firetrucks celebrated Florence McKinnon on the occasion of her 101st birthday.

The community mourned the loss of a health care pioneer and strong community supporter when Dr. Allan Lysack died, Feb. 3, at the age of 87.

Mountain View School Division was pleasantly surprised by the provincial government’s funding announcement for 2021-22, an increase of $20.8 million, or 1.56 per cent, for a total of $1.35 billion, the highest in Manitoba’s history.

March

Dauphin RCMP received a report of an assault in progress on 5th Ave. NE in Dauphin. When officers arrived, it was found that the assault had concluded, but one round from a firearm had been fired through the front window of a residence.

Area fire departments benefited through one-time Fire Protection Grants. Riding Mountain Mutual Aid District received funds to purchase a skid steer for use at the fire training grounds at Lt. Col. W.G. (Billy) Barker, V.C. Airport, while Sifton Fire Department was able to purchase a side-by-side and foam skid unit.

The City of Dauphin hired a new director of Public Works and Operations. Mike VanAlstyne filled the position left vacant with the retirement of Bill Brenner earlier in the year.

Thanks to a sizeable surplus in City operations, Dauphin homeowners heard they would be seeing some relief on the property tax bills over the next two years.

The City was sitting on a $936,873 surplus supported by more than $501,000 in Federal Restart grant dollars.

Dauphin and District Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards event and annual general meeting.

The City of Dauphin brought a planning process, which began the previous winter, to fruition with the release of the City’s first formal strategic plan. The plan was released in the form of a video and accompanying slide presentation on the city’s website and social media channel.

April

Dauphin’s Toni Koshowski was one of 16 recipients of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award, valued at $28,000. The money went into her university account and will be split up over a few years.

The City of Dauphin was one of 10 municipalities to share in a total of $12 million in grant funding to address the housing needs through affordable housing initiatives.

Six-year-old Jaycee Berezowski saved her mother Jenine’s life by calling 911 after complications from dental surgery resulted in Jenine suddenly being not able to breathe and feeling nauseated. Jaycee later received a lifesaving award for her actions.

Captain Darren Killen and lieutenant Conrad Demeria were named Dauphin Fire Department deputy-chiefs with the transition of Dave Clark to the role of training officer and safety officer.

The City of Dauphin and the Dauphin and District Allied Arts Council formalized their working relationship through the formation of a liaison committee to ensure the best possible future for the Watson Art Centre.

Rossell Leclaire’s Grade 1 class at Ecole Macneill received a special visit from three members of the Winnipeg Jets. Nikolaj Ehlers and prospects Ville Heinola and Joona Luoto appeared via Zoom to read to the students and answer questions.

May

The City of Dauphin released its budget, including a mill rate reduction from the previous year’s 18.908 to 18.039, a reduction of 4.6 per cent, with no program cuts and maintaining the same level of infrastructure spending.

Countryfest Community Cinema marked 10 years in business with a campaign to secure its future. The board of the not-for-profit cinema developed a corporate sponsorship and public membership campaign designed to get some much needed operating capital in the bank.

Dauphin schools transitioned to remote learning for a two-week period after Mountain View School Division received the direction from Public Health officials.

Between 100 to 150 Skownan residents were evacuated to Dauphin because of smoke from a fire covering 22,702 hectares between Lake Winnipegosis and Waterhen Lake.

For the full year in review rundown, check this week's Dauphin Herald!