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Paddler's plaque taken from park

THE plaque honouring the late Don Starkell and his famous Paddle to the Amazon has been stolen from its East Kildonan location.

According to residents in the area, the plaque, which is located in East Kildonan Park at the corner of Kildonan Drive and Bronx Place, has been missing since Monday. One person said it appears the plaque was chiselled at and then pried away from its stone base.

The commemoration recognizes the start of the canoe journey made by Starkell and his sons, Dana and Jeff, from the Red River in Winnipeg to the Amazon in Brazil on June 1, 1980. The trip covered 19,620 kilometres and lasted two years.

It's not the first time the Starkell plaque has been vandalized. Residents report the monument was splattered with house paint a few years ago.

If you have any information on the missing plaque, call the City of Winnipeg's 311 line.

Man dead in single-vehicle crash

A man from West St. Paul was killed early Friday morning when he lost control while driving on Highway 8 and his pickup rolled and ended up on its side, Selkirk RCMP say.

The man, 40, was heading south on the highway at about 1:30 a.m. when the incident occurred.

His name wasn't been released. The investigation continues with the assistance of an RCMP traffic analyst. Alcohol is not considered a contributing factor in the crash. The man was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, RCMP said.

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 22, 2013 A19

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