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Kate Fenske is in the business of boosting much-maligned Winnipeg neighbourhood

AV Kitching 8 minute read 1:00 PM CST

Kate Fenske can rewire a light fixture, build a deck and construct wooden stairs from scratch.

What she cannot do is cook.

And yet here she is, standing in a commercial kitchen, tearing up a baguette into bite-size pieces for a bread salad that will accompany today’s meal: roast chicken and broccoli with cheese sauce, Fenske’s go-to comfort food.

“I don’t cook, can’t cook and would rather fix things. He’s better at this and I’m better at that, and we play to our strengths,” she says as the “he” in question, partner Liam Martin, takes on the bulk of the work.

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Fire breaks out in Burrows Avenue duplex

Sunday, 4:38 PM CST

A fire broke out in a duplex in the 1000 block of Burrows Avenue Sunday morning.

At 5:56 a.m., the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded and located the fire coming from the furnace room of the duplex. The fire was tackled and extinguished.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was deemed accidental and related to a gas furnace.

The Emergency Social Services (ESS) team helped residents find temporary housing.

Bombers re-sign Darby

Sunday, 2:49 PM CST

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed American defensive back Alden Darby Jr. to a one-year contract extension.

The 30-year-old native of Long Beach, Calif., was due to become a free agent on Feb. 14.

The Arizona State product for what will be his third stint with the Blue Bombers.

Darby Jr. is a veteran of 66 regular-season games in the CFL, including 43 with the Toronto Argonauts, 10 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and 13 with the Blue Bombers.

Bombers renew receiver Nic Demski’s contract for three years

Sunday, 2:28 PM CST

WINNIPEG —  The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have extended receiver Nic Demski's contract for three years, according to a press release Sunday. This year marks Demski's fifth season with the Blue Bombers.

Born and bred in Winnipeg, Demski first signed with Winnipeg as a free agent in 2018 and is coming off a 2022 season in which he set career bests despite missing five games.

In his four seasons with the Blue Bombers, Demski has 215 receptions for 2,523 yards and 20 touchdowns, while adding 633 yards and four more scores along the ground.

Three charged after assault on Main Street

Saturday, 4:46 PM CST

Three Winnipeggers have been charged after a man was assaulted Friday night.

Winnipeg police were called to the 600 block of Main St. just before 11 p.m. and found the 57 year old suffering from stabbing-related injuries.

Police say the man was confronted, seriously assaulted and then robbed. He was taken to hospital in unstable condition and later was upgraded to stable condition.

Three 20-year-old male suspects were taken into custody in the 500 block of Main St. A knife was seized and some of the victim's property was recovered.

The suspects are facing assault charges. The Major Crimes Unit continues to investigate.

Crews respond to fire on Libra Street

Saturday, 3:37 PM CST

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service was called to the 0-100 block of Libra St. Saturday morning following reports of a fire in a home.

When crews arrived shortly before noon, the fire had been extinguished. Paramedics treated one patient who was transported to hospital in stable condition and firefighters checked the home to ensure it was safe.

The fire is believed to have been accidental and related to cooking. No damage estimates are available.

 

Development promises vibrancy, renewal

Joshua Frey-Sam 5 minute read Preview

Development promises vibrancy, renewal

Joshua Frey-Sam 5 minute read 10:01 AM CST

It’s been a long time since the lot at 198 Sherbrook St. has seen any sort of sustained development.

The last project that brought some hope to the property was a community garden, which fell flat after a short time. It has remained virtually barren since that failed attempt.

Granola Heights is aimed at bucking that trend.

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A rendering of Granola Heights at 198 Sherbrook. The development will feature 3,000 square-feet of commercial space in addition to housing.

Up close look at monster trucks revs up fans

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Up close look at monster trucks revs up fans

Tyler Searle 3 minute read Yesterday at 8:04 PM CST

Fans at Canada Life Centre were treated to an afternoon of high-octane fun Saturday, as they gathered to watch the Ram Motorsports Spectacular.

“Is there anything like a monster truck engine to get the blood going?” the event’s MC asked the crowd, before introducing the trucks and their drivers, which included the likes of Spitfire, Rockstar and the California Kid.

“These are the big toys with the big noise,” he said, promising “one heck of a show.”

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MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Driver Jason Court gets Roughneck roaring during the wheelie competition.

Chair helps students turn Bs to As with ZZZZs

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Chair helps students turn Bs to As with ZZZZs

Michele McDougall 3 minute read Yesterday at 6:00 AM CST

BRANDON — Students and staff can rest easy knowing there is a dedicated spot for naps on the Brandon University campus.

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Anugo Okudo, Vice President Engagement for the Brandon University Students’ Union, unveils the EnergyPod on Thursday. (Tim Smith / The Brandon Sun)

Big Blue sign slotback Demski, DB Darby Jr.

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Big Blue sign slotback Demski, DB Darby Jr.

Staff 2 minute read 5:45 PM CST

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced the signing of two key contributors, slotback Nic Demski and defensive back Alden Darby Jr.

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MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES

Bomber slotback Nic Demski signed a three-year extension as he enters his fifth season with the football club.

Lawrence Toet joins the federal race for Portage-Lisgar

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Lawrence Toet joins the federal race for Portage-Lisgar

3 minute read 10:59 AM CST

Lawrence Toet is seeking the federal Conservative nomination for the Portage-Lisgar riding vacated by former Member of Parliament Candice Bergen.

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MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES

Lawrence Toet announced his intention to seek the federal nomination during a campaign kickoff event in Winkler Saturday.

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A Guiding light for generations of Winnipeg girls

Jen Zoratti 6 minute read Preview

A Guiding light for generations of Winnipeg girls

Jen Zoratti 6 minute read Yesterday at 6:00 AM CST

Those who knew and loved the feisty, big-hearted Dorothy Thom — and there were a great many who did — would have known her better as Dot. Or Dodo. Or, later, when her trio of beloved granddaughters were born, Bubbie.

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Dorothy Thom (top left) and daughter Sharon (bottom centre). (Supplied)

Hope and worry: finally in queue for lung transplant

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Hope and worry: finally in queue for lung transplant

John Longhurst 5 minute read Yesterday at 2:00 AM CST

‘A race against time.”

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JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Rick Schmidt is now in the second-last stage of his transplant journey as he waits for a donor lung to become available.

List of Grammy winners in top categories

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List of Grammy winners in top categories

The Associated Press 3 minute read 3:17 PM CST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Winners Sunday in the top categories at the 65th Grammy Awards:

— Best R&B Song: “CUFF IT,” Beyoncé

— Best country album: “A Beautiful Time,” Willie Nelson

— Best pop vocal album: “Harry’s House,” Harry Styles.

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Randy Rainbow presents an award on stage at the 65th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

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