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7 hours ago
Prairie Mountain Health region has moved back from the restrictive 'orange' pandemic level to 'yellow' - Sept 18/20
Prairie Mountain Health region had another low COVID-19 count on Thursday, just one new case. It's these recent low numbers in our region that have health officials lowering our risk level to the less restrictive 'yellow' starting today. Forget masks in grocery stores, the bigger issue is ever-increasing food prices. These stories and more in today's news update.
1 day ago
Masks, physical distancing, small gatherings flattening COVID-19 curve in Brandon region - Sept 17/20
A Brandon mom and the school division met about a supposed COVID-19 over-reaction by staff at a city school, three hurt after reported racing crash on Highway 2, CAA says many younger Canadians still driving high, police have made a huge dent in the illegal tobacco trade in Manitoba, and Air Canada offering unlimited domestic travel to get you travelling again. These stories and more in today's update.
2 days ago
A Brandon mom has hit social media with a warning about a city school's COVID-19 policy - Sept 16/20
Did George Fitton School in Brandon over-react to a student feeling sick from a nosebleed because of tough, new COVID-19 rules?Just one new case of COVID-19 was identified in Prairie Mountain Health region yesterday, 17 across Manitoba. These won't be your ordinary sea cans, Manitoba's PCL Construction will be repurposing shipping containers into outdoor visitation rooms for personal care homes. These stories and more in today's news update.
3 days ago
21 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba Monday, none in Prairie Mountain Health region - Sept 15/20
Remote learning coming for local immunocompromised students, health officials are changing reporting of COVID-19 cases in schools, the Manitoba government is spending $10 million on recycling initiatives, Canadian outdoor retailer Mountain Equipment Co-op has been sold, and the Weather Network predicts a nice Manitoba fall - no early blizzard. These stories and more in today's update.
4 days ago
No new COVID-19 cases in Prairie Mountain Health Region on Monday - Sept 14/20
Ecole New Era in Brandon got the COVID-19 deep-clean over the weekend after a coronavirus case last week, the province has extended its COVID-19 Back to Work Wage Subsidy program, the Manitoba government is spending $10 million on recycling and waste diversion initiatives during the pandemic, a 44-year-old Brandon woman faces charges in an alleged stabbing on Sunday afternoon, and it's a little hazy in Brandon as wildfire smoke from the U-S has drifted into the region.
Sep 11, 2020
Another 'low number day' on Thursday for new COVID-19 cases in Prairie Mountain Health - Sept 11/20
Manitoba health officer Dr. Brent Roussin has thoughts on COVID-19 case in a school and a COVID Halloween, two women charged in a racially-motivated stabbing in Brandon are out on bail, COVID relief measures for renters and students are ending September 30th, a Brandon driver, who hit and killed an elderly pedestrian last year, has been fined and received a driving ban, and a Manitoba motorcyclist was caught speeding at 230 KPH this week. These stories and more in today's update.
Sep 10, 2020
The first case of COVID-19 has turned up in a Manitoba school - Sept 10/20
More Manitoba parents are opting for home-schooling this year because of COVID-19, half-a-million Manitoba households to see an average of $812-dollars in tax savings this year, two more Manitobans receive hefty speeding fines, a Brandon man and woman face charges after traffic stop, Brandon police looking for suspects in a string of break-ins at business compounds, and a billboard campaign draws awareness to men's suicide prevention in Brandon. These stories and more in today's update.
Sep 9, 2020
Three people died Tuesday morning after a van and train collided near Strathclair, Manitoba - Sept 9/20
Three people died Tuesday morning after a van and train collided near Strathclair, Manitoba. It's all official now, the Brandon Wheat Kings have a new owner. Kelly McCrimmon has sold the team to the J&G Group of companies led by Jared Jacobsen. Since masks became mandatory in Prairie Mountain Health region two weeks ago, one full incubation period, we're down to zero new cases of COVID-19, These stories and more in today's news update.
Sep 8, 2020
Brandon students returned to school today amid new COVID-19 Health guidelines - Sept 8/20
15 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Monday in Manitoba, 6 in Prairie Mountain Health region, more details about the sale of the Brandon Wheat Kings coming soon, Brandon police arrested third suspect in a downtown stabbing last week, a petition asking the federal Liberals to dump its firearms ban gathers over 230,000 signatures, it appears we've been wasting more food since the pandemic began, the mullet is making a comeback in the UK. These stories and more in today's news update.
Sep 4, 2020
Brandon Police investigating possible hate crimes incident - Sept 4/20
The Brandon Wheat Kings reportedly have a new owner, two more people have died from COVID-19 in Manitoba, someone in Prairie Mountain Health region was fined for disobeying self-isolation rules, a coalition of parents and teachers want Manitoba to rework its COVID-19 back-to-school plan, the Labour Day long weekend is starting sunny - then cool and rainy, and entry fees have been waived at provincial parks this weekend. These stories and more in today's update.
Sep 3, 2020
12 new COVID-19 cases reported in Manitoba Wednesday - Sept 3/20
There were a total of 12 new COVID-19 cases reported in Manitoba Wednesday. The number of workers testing positive for COVID-19 at personal care homes in Manitoba continues to rise. To try and ease our anxiety about back-to-school next week, the province has put out an information package it hopes will answer your questions. These stories and more in today's news update.
Sep 2, 2020
18 new COVID-19 cases in Manitoba Tuesday - 7 in Prairie Mountain Health region - Sept 2/20
Two more possible coronavirus exposures in Brandon, and two more people positive at BRHC, a couple more City of Brandon employees have tested positive for COVID-19, everyone on a Manitoba school bus must now mask-up, a new detention facility in Brandon police headquarters takes a step forward, Rivers dam is to be inspected in a couple of weeks, and did two airline pilots in the U-S actually see a guy in a jet pack at 3,000 feet? These stories and more in today's update.
Sep 1, 2020
28 new COVID-19 cases were identified in Manitoba yesterday, 13 in Prairie Mountain Health region - Sept 1/20
28 new COVID-19 cases were identified in Manitoba yesterday, 13 in Prairie Mountain Health region. A worker at Fairview Personal Care Home in Brandon is self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19. The province has reintroduced a travel ban to northern Manitoba, this in response to the increase in COVID-19 cases in the south. These stories and more in today's news update.
Aug 31, 2020
90 new COVID-19 cases in Manitoba over the weekend - 43 in Prairie Mountain Health - August 31/20
Grim Acres Scare Away Cancer attraction near Brandon cancelled because of COVID-19, The union for Manitoba school bus drivers has a number of concerns as we close in on back-to-school, The Pallister government's COVID-19 economic recovery ad campaign is being updated, and despite how tough it's been lately, a new poll has found COVID-19 is uniting Canadians. These stories and more in today's update.
Aug 28, 2020
There won't be any big changes to what Brandon School Division has planned for back-to-school next month - Aug 28/20
There won't be any big changes to what Brandon School Division has planned for back-to-school next month. A small group of concerned parents and teachers rallied in Brandon Thursday to push for more safety measures as kids get ready to resume classes. Another big question going into the new school year is how busing will work. These stories and more in today's news update.
Aug 27, 2020
An employee at Rideau Park personal care home in Brandon has tested posted for COVID-19 - August 27/20.
Two Brandon Safeway workers have tested positive for the virus, Sand Hills Casino near Carberry says a government mix-up cost them business, a group of parents and teachers wants tighter health restrictions at Brandon School Division, the province is doubling supports for business under its COVID-19 Wage Subsidy program, and a Manitoba man is challenging provincial pot laws in court - these stories and more in today's update.
Aug 26, 2020
A woman in her 90's has become Manitoba's 13th COVID-19-related death - August 26/20
Brandon School Division Superintendent Marc Casavant to clarify the restriction situation Thursday afternoon, After earlier confusion: Landmark Cinemas and Sandhills Casino can remain open under tighter restrictions, More Canadians want a car and COVID's a big reason why, Tim Hortons Camp Day raises nearly $11-million, and if you saw a tornado near Shoal Lake last Friday send your pics to Environment Canada - and don't forget us at Q Country/Star FM. These stories and more in today's update.
Aug 25, 2020
Another 49 new COVID-19 cases were identified in Manitoba on Monday, 35 in Prairie Mountain Health region - Aug 25/20
Another 49 new COVID-19 cases were identified in Manitoba on Monday, 35 in Prairie Mountain Health region. We're living in the age of the mask as face coverings have become mandatory in Brandon. There's a renewed call from workers at Maple Leaf Foods in Brandon to shutdown the plant to get a handle on a COVID-19 outbreak. These stories and more in today's news update.
Aug 24, 2020
72 new COVID-19 cases in Manitoba on Sunday - 45 in Prairie Mountain Health region - August 24/20
Increased restrictions begin August 24th in Brandon and Prairie Mountain Health region, Health officials say implementing another round of travel restrictions for northern Manitoba is not off the table, A 27-year-old man from Rivers was arrested after high-speed chases with two police departments, Brandon Police arrested a 25-year-old man in connection with two sexual assaults on Saturday, and Erin O'Toole becomes the federal Conservatives new leader. These stories and more in today's news update.
Aug 21, 2020
Rising COVID-19 cases in Brandon means more restrictions on the way - August 21/20
Brandon School Division has a plan if the 'orange' restricted level continues into the start of the school year, a report says Simplot in Portage la Prairie has two workers who've tested positive for COVID-19, Ottawa has released details about the switch from CERB to EI, a man has been arrested in a Dauphin murder, and Dozer the giant Manitoba steer has died. These stories and more in today's update.
Aug 20, 2020
A new colour-coded pandemic response system was unveiled by the government Wednesday - Aug 20/20
A new colour-coded pandemic response system was unveiled by the government Wednesday. A man in his 60's from the Southern Health region has become the 12th person to die of COVID-19 in Manitoba. The province has made masks mandatory for students and staff in Grades 4 to 12 in classes where physical distancing cannot be maintained. These stories and more in today's news update.