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The mysteries of the missing "dream bike" and "Skittles" have both been solved.
Keith Dyck got his "dream bike" back Thursday.
The custom-crafted bicycle that took Dyck three years to create and cost him about $4,000 was returned by Steven Unruh, the man who said he found it over the weekend in a ditch off Highway 44.
Unrah, 18, contacted Dyck hours after the Free Press published the story about the bike being stolen Saturday morning from the Folk Fest campsite where Dyck was sleeping in a tent.
Dyck agreed to meet Unruh at the Esso service station on Highway 44 near the junction of Highway 59 where the unique bike was returned just before 5 p.m.
Dyck gave Unruh $200 in rolled coins as a reward. He thanked the Free Press for the recovery.
Meanwhile, three giant "Skittles" have been recovered by Winnipeg police two days after they were stolen from the Nature Playground at Assiniboine Park.
The colourful balls, made of recycled rubber, are climbing obstacles for children. The balls were anchored to the ground along a path in the children's play area, which is filled with unique items and structures to encourage kids to run, jump, swing and climb.
The balls, called "Skittles" by staff as they look like giant versions of the Skittles candy, weigh about 150 kilograms each.
Laura Cabak, Assiniboine Park Conservancy brand and communications manager, said it's not known where the balls had been since park staff discovered they were missing on Tuesday morning.
"We feel a combination of surprise and excitement. We're happy to have them back," Cabak said.
The three balls are part of a collection of 14 which are located in various locations the park.
"Due to the overwhelming attention this got, support from both the media and the public, we were alerted by a tip to both us and the Winnipeg police last night. The police were able to retrieve the 'Skittles' and they returned them to us last night."
Cabak said the balls appear to be in good condition and will be re-installed in the Nature Playground as soon as possible.
"We would like to thank the media and the public for their support and are happy to have the 'Skittles' back where they belong," she said.
"The response on Facebook was also really good. People love this playground and were really disappointed that the balls were gone. But the good news is they're back."
The playground is not open after dark and is surrounded by a fence with a gate that is locked at dusk, which begs the question: who took the "Skittles'"and how were they able to get three extremely heavy objects out of the area?
The theft of the colourful balls is currently under investigation by police.