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The new Souris Swinging Bridge will have a 'soft' opening today, followed by its official grand opening on Aug. 17. With a span of 184 metres, it will reclaim the title of longest swinging bridge in Canada.

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The new Souris Swinging Bridge will have a 'soft' opening today, followed by its official grand opening on Aug. 17. With a span of 184 metres, it will reclaim the title of longest swinging bridge in Canada.

Souris span ready to swing

SOURIS Mayor Darryl Jackson said last month he hoped to have the rebuilt Souris Swinging Bridge open for the August long weekend.

And despite a few delays, the famous landmark will indeed have a "soft" opening starting today.

Jackson said the area's tourism industry has taken a serious beating as a result of the construction, and with no bridge, people driving down the Trans-Canada Highway simply drove past, instead of coming into town.

The new $4-million bridge is higher off the river and has beefed-up support structures.

The official grand opening is reportedly Aug. 17, but the bridge will open today to make sure all the bugs have been worked out.

The new bridge is a replacement for one with a 177-metre span, which had to be cut free during Souris River flooding in 2011.

The town was afraid the waters would rip the anchors out of the ground on either side, taking an earth dike with it.

The new bridge will span 184 metres, reclaiming its former title as the longest swinging bridge in Canada, and reach new heights in hopes that it will be able to withstand the threat of a future flood.

Run for Mums on schedule

A Winnipeg couple is so touched by the recent deaths of Lisa Gibson and her two children they're organizing a fundraising run at Kildonan Park.

Brenda and Eddie Marion-Gerula will host a family run/walk, called Run for Mums, on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m.

It's a fundraiser for the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba and a way to raise awareness of postpartum depression.

Gibson's body was located in the Red River last Saturday, three days after her children, Anna, 2 and Nicholas, three months, were found unresponsive in the bathtub of the family's Westwood home.

She was reported to be suffering from a postpartum mental illness and had been seeking help.

The Run for Mums will be sponsored by the Running Room. The entry fee will be $20 a person and children under the age of 12 are free. Each runner/walker gets to pick how many laps they want to do around the park, with a maximum of 10.

More information on the event is available on Facebook.

ATV crash kills man, 46

A fatal off-road vehicle collision on Little Saskatchewan First Nation has claimed the life of a 46-year-old man.

According to Gypsumville RCMP, the Polaris ATV left the roadway and collided with a utility pole just before 7 a.m. Friday.

The 46-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. A 24-year-old male passenger was treated for unspecified injuries.

RCMP did not release the name of either the deceased or passenger.

Neither rider was wearing a helmet. Speed and alcohol are considered factors.

Police raid finds child porn

A 51-year-old Winnipeg man is facing child-pornography charges after police raided his home.

Members of the Winnipeg Police Service, the Internet child exploitation unit and the technology crimes unit executed a search warrant of the residence on the 400 block of Bannatyne Avenue Thursday, police said in a release.

Police said they were acting on a tip from the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre, which had launched an investigation "involving child abuse images," the release said.

Electronic items were seized and the man turned himself in to police.

The man, whose name police did not release, is facing charges that include importing/distributing child pornography, possessing child pornography and accessing child pornography. He has been released and will appear in court at an unspecified later date.

A forensic investigation is ongoing, police said.

-- staff / Brandon Sun

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 3, 2013 A10

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