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Two Charged After Drugs, Weapons Seized from Virden Home

Two Charged After Drugs, Weapons Seized from Virden Home

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Two people from Virden have been charged after a drugs and weapons bust in the community. (RCMP HANDOUT)

Two people from Virden, Manitoba are in custody after a drugs and weapons bust in the community.

RCMP executed a search warrant on a residence on February 3, where they located cocaine, crack cocaine, psilocybin (mushrooms), marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a firearm, a knife, an undisclosed amount of cash and cell phones with SIM cards.

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Virden Comes Together to Help Stranded Motorists Caught in Storm

Virden Comes Together to Help Stranded Motorists Caught in Storm

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Highway 1 from the Saskatchewan border to Headingley, Manitoba was closed Tuesday overnight into Wednesday, stranded motorists near Virden. (CHRISD.CA)

Motorists who had been stranded on Highway 1 near Virden since Tuesday were looked after by emergency personnel over the last 24 hours.

RCMP say more than 200 drivers were stranded, including a long line of semis stretching several kilometres.

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Two Homes Destroyed by Explosion in Virden

Two Homes Destroyed by Explosion in Virden

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Firefighters work to contain a blaze in Virden, Manitoba on Friday, August 7, 2015. (HEATHER REIMER / CJ RADIO)
Virden Fire
A man is wheeled away on a stretcher from a fire in Virden on Friday morning. (HEATHER REIMER / CJ RADIO)

Firefighters are on the scene of a massive fire in Virden, Manitoba that has reportedly destroyed two homes.

Witnesses told CJ Radio they heard an explosion shortly after 9 a.m. on Friday and saw several firetrucks headed toward Thompson Place.

RCMP say a homeowner was pulled unconscious from the fire before he was taken to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

A firefighter was also taken for treatment, but there was no immediate word on the extent of his injuries.

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Ottawa, Province Funding New Wastewater Plant in Virden

Ottawa, Province Funding New Wastewater Plant in Virden

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Virden, Manitoba (MANITOBAOIL.CA)

The second phase of a wastewater treatment plant in Virden, Manitoba is going ahead after an $8 million funding commitment.

The new plant will improve the level of wastewater effluent prior to being discharged into Gopher Creek. The province says it will protect and enhance the local community, as well as those located downstream. It will also allow Virden to meet provincial wastewater treatment standards and the federal wastewater systems effluent regulations.

“Our region clearly has strong potential for both economic growth and population growth,” said Virden Mayor Jeff McConnell. “This growth requires robust community infrastructure to service the residents and businesses.”

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Virden Under Boil Water Advisory

The town of Virden is under a boil water advisory after a major water main break in the community Tuesday night.

“The leak that caused the dramatic drop in water reserves and pressure has been located,” Mayor Jeff McConnell said on Facebook. “It will take time to have the reservoir and pressure build back up. It will also take time before the boil water notice will be removed.”

Residents are advised to boil water for at least one minute for drinking and ice making, preparing beverages (including baby formula), brushing their teeth and preparing food, including washing fruits and vegetables.

Virden’s four schools are closed today as a result until the break can be fixed.

Floyd Buhler to Carry Liberal Flag in Arthur-Virden

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Arthur-Virden Liberal candidate Floyd Buhler and family. (HANDOUT)

The Liberals have nominated Floyd Buhler as their candidate in the Arthur-Virden byelection later this month.

The Kenton, Manitoba resident is currently a safety advisor with the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association.

“Arthur-Virden is a constituency full of possibilities and potential where the people of the region are hard-working, innovative and resourceful,” Buhler said in a release.

Buhler is married with two children and sees the need for more development in his region to create a sustainable economy for the next generation, he said.

The byelection to replace former MLA Larry Maguire is scheduled for January 28. A byelection in Morris to replace former MLA Mavis Taillieu will be held the same day.

Highways Icy-Covered, Slippery in Western Manitoba

RCMP Crest LogoDrivers in Western Manitoba are being urged to be extra cautious on the roads today, as RCMP report ice-covered and slippery conditions.

Two minor collisions occurred in the Virden area on Friday with the first appearance of winter-like driving in the province.

The RCMP is advising motorists to adjust their driving for the weather conditions by reducing their speed and increasing their distance between other vehicles. Emergency response times may also be delayed given the road conditions.

To check the highways before venturing out, visit MB511.ca.

Environment Canada is calling for periods of light snow in Winnipeg this afternoon and into Saturday.

Man Killed in Snowmobile Crash Near Virden

RCMP Crest LogoA 50-year-old man from the RM of Wallace was killed Monday after a two-vehicle snowmobile crash west of Virden.

RCMP say the crash happened just after 2 p.m. adjacent to the Trans-Canada Highway.

According to police, a male snowmobiler had become stuck when another was hit by an oncoming snowmobile while attempting to help.

The injured man was taken to hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

No other injuries were reported and police continue to investigate.

Virden Hardware Store Fire Was Arson: RCMP

A fire that destroyed a hardware store in Virden last Saturday has been contributed to arson.

The fire broke out just after 3:30 a.m. and also damaged a four-unit residence behind the business as well as a building beside the store.

Damage estimates are expected to be in excess of $2.5 million.

No one was injured in the fire and police continue to investigate.

— Staff

Virden Oil Capitals — MJHL’s Newest Team

Virden Oil Capitals — MJHL’s Newest Team

Virden Oil Capitals jersey design (@MIKELAMBONAIR / TWITTER)

Virden’s new Manitoba Junior Hockey League team will be known as the Virden Oil Capitals.

Town Mayor Jeff McConnell tweeted the name Wednesday.

The name replaces the Winnipeg Saints, which had its franchise moved to Virden recently. The Oil Capitals will play in the 2012-13 MJHL season.

The Oil Capitals will start their season ticket drive on May 25 and hope to sell 500 tickets. The drive will coincide with spring camp.