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Wasylycia-Leis running

SHE'S in.

Former NDP MP and provincial cabinet minister Judy Wasylycia-Leis will run for mayor of Winnipeg this October, it was announced Sunday.

She will make the formal announcement Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at Wightman Green at the corner of Ness Avenue and Linwood Street.

Wasylycia-Leis lost to current Mayor Sam Katz in 2011. Katz has not yet said whether he will seek reelection.

Other registered candidates for mayor are Coun. Paula Havixbeck, lawyer and former councillor Gord Steeves, lawyer Brian Bowman, university administrator Robert-Falcon Ouellette, funeral home operator Mike Vogiatzakis and exotic dancer booking agent Michel Fillion.

Arrest in rural homicide

RCMP have made an arrest in the homicide of a 96-year-old man in MacGregor.

Jason Conway, 21, of MacGregor, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Niels "Arne" Nielsen, who was reported dead last month.

Conway will make his first court appearance in Portage la Prairie provincial court today.

There is no word on how Nielsen died.

Nielsen was found at his home around 5 p.m. on May 25. Police haven't said how they learned of the death or what they found at the scene.

Described by neighbours as a "lovely old gentleman," Nielsen lived in a small house on the corner of Talbot Steet East, just across the back lane from the school. He would often be seen either at the laundromat or grocery store or working outside in his yard.

Longtime residents of the community, located about 130 kilometres west of Winnipeg, told the Free Press last week they knew little about the victim.

But according to town councillor Herb Seaver, a friendly "hello" was the length of most conversations. Seaver said Nielsen had only moved to MacGregor in the last "six or seven" years. Locals say Nielsen may have originally been from the area of Sidney, a hamlet on the Trans-Canada Highway between Austin and Carberry.

"I know it sounds odd for a small town, but not many people knew much about him," Seaver said. "He's just an older gentleman who never bothered anybody. Something's not right. He was the kind of man who everybody thinks he's you're grandpa. That's how nice he was."

However, since he arrived in town with no known family in the area -- and mostly kept to himself -- details on whom Nielson may have known or associated with are slim to none.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information on Nielsen's death is asked to contact the Portage la Prairie RCMP at 204-857-4445 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or text "TIPMAN" plus your message to CRIMES (274637).

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 2, 2014 A5

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