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You know there's an election coming...Part II

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Anyone notice the full page ad the University of Winnipeg and President Lloyd Axworthy took out in this Saturday's Detour section, touting the flurry of recent senior appointments at the school?It was a big list, granted. Sixteen appointments to top jobs. But among them was Dan Hurley, Liberal candidate in Winnipeg Centre. He's the school's senior executive officer and advisor to the president. Big title, nice headshot and a mention of the fact that he was Stephane Dion's chief of staff when Dion was environment minister.Good little pre-writ plug on the paper's biggest circulation day.

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About Mary Agnes Welch

Mary Agnes Welch joined the Free Press in 2002, first covering city hall and then the Manitoba legislature before moving to her current post as public policy reporter. Before Winnipeg, she worked at the Windsor Star and the Odessa American, a small daily newspaper in West Texas. There, in addition to covering more than 20 counties, she took high school football scores from coaches all over West Texas by phone every Friday night.

Mary Agnes is a graduate of Columbia University’s journalism school. She has been part of two teams of reporters nominated for a Michener Award. In 2011, 2012 and 2013 she was nominated for a National Newspaper Award in the beat category.

She was a Southam journalism fellow at the University of Toronto’s Massey College in 2012-13, where she studied indigenous issues, urban planning and political science. She is also the former national president of the Canadian Association of Journalists and has served on several boards.

She once misspelled "Shih Tzu" in the paper and received 37 emails from angry dog-owners.

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