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Chimney Swifts return expected in few weeks

In a few weeks from now, Chimney Swifts will be returning to Manitoba for the summer and specifically to Portage la Prairie where they nest and raise their young. They migrate north from their winter grounds in the Upper Amazon basin. These small agile birds are mostly unseen and unheard except around dusk when they gather to roost in the chimneys.

City drops mill rate

City council gave first reading Monday night to a tax levy bylaw to set mill rate and taxation levels that would see its mill rate drop.If passed, the new bylaw would see the owner of a $100,000 property pay $16 less. The tax levy bylaw is where the city’s operating budget and capital plan is outlined. On Jan. 11, the city adopted its 2016 budget.

No permit and no regional representation

As of 10:15 a.m., April 27, Manitoba Conservation had not issued a license for the city’s 2016 pesticide control program scheduled to begin May 1.Manitoba Conservation confirms it has received a number of complaints/concerns about the program.

Pedestrian struck on highway

Herald Leader An argument between two men on the shoulder of Hwy.1, resulted in one of them being hit by an eastbound car necessiting an airlift to Winnipeg. As of 8:30 a.m., the male is listed as being in stable condition with injuries to his head and leg, reports Portage la Prairie R.C.M.P. Community Liaison Officer Cst. Sean O'Keefe.

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Police blotter

The following is a summary of police activity in the Central Plains Area (Portage la Prairie, Treherne, Amaranth and the surrounding Rural Municipalities).

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