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For the past few weeks a work crew has been hard at it building an outdoor patio outside our office window at the legislative building.

Work will continue until it gets cold to pick up again in the spring. It should be ready to use next summer.

The idea is to accomplish three things: Improve drainage on the south east corner; have a secure area for people to lock their bikes and three and perhaps most important; PAARTAY!

The seasonal patio will have special interlocking pads so any water (spillage?) is absorbed into the ground and no one slips.

It’ll be used for special functions if someone wants to haul out the BBQ and for anyone else who just wants to chill in the shade of the building and under the cedar trees.

There was nothing here before except for mud and scraggly bush.

The work to install the patio involves no structural changes to the building.

To christen it early; here’s Kim Mitchell:

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About Larry Kusch and Bruce Owen

Larry Kusch has been a journalist for 30 years, the last 20 with the Winnipeg Free Press. His is one of the newspaper's two legislative bureau reporters.

Raised on a Saskatchewan farm, he received an honours journalism degree from Carleton University in 1975.

At the Free Press, Larry has also worked as a general assignment reporter, business reporter, copy editor and assistant city editor.

Bruce Owen joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 1990 after four years working in other media.

He's worked in a number of positions at the Freep, including pet columnist, assistant city editor and police reporter. Right now he takes up space at the Manitoba legislature.

Bruce is one of five reporters who won a National Newspaper Award for the paper’s coverage of the 1997 Flood of the Century. He's also the recipient of the 1996 Volunteer Centre of Winnipeg Media Golden Hand Award and the 1995 Canadian Federation of Humane Societies Media Commendation Award.

In a past life Bruce worked at YMCA-YWCA Camp Stephens. He has a blog where he and others write about camp and the people who worked and played there.

You can also find Bruce on Twitter where he posts and retweets all sorts of stuff.

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