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Free Press Head Start for May 15

What you need to know

  • Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stops a shot by Winnipeg Jets' Patrik Laine during first period in Winnipeg on Monday.

    Jets get knighted: The Vegas Golden Knights tied the Western Conference Final 1-1 with a win over the Jets in Winnipeg last night. Jets captain Blake Wheeler says three minutes of poor play cost the team. “They could have scored four goals in three minutes,” he says. Columnist Paul Wiecek says it’s difficult to overstate how big a win it was for the Knights.
  • Major marijuana grower: Grow Force Holdings Inc. will announce today it is setting up a marijuana cultivation business in a former meat-packing plant on Warman Road, the Free Press has learned. A spokesman said the announcement will include “significant jobs.” Martin Cash reports.

What’s happening today

  • Caddy Lake fire on Sunday.

    No rain: Today will be the 32nd consecutive day without measurable precipitation in Winnipeg, making it one of the five worst droughts the city has seen. “The current situation is bleak,” says senior climatologist Dave Phillips. “The prospects are for it to get worse.” Ryan Thorpe reports.
  • Talking change: Children’s Hospital will announce “change,” apparently involving cardiology, at a morning news conference. Provincial Health Minister will be among those at the announcement.
  • Road closure: Sherbrook Street is closed to traffic between Ross and Logan avenues this morning. The Winnipeg Police Service said shortly after 5:15 a.m. that officers have blocked off the area, but the WPS has yet to say why.

Your forecast

  • Weather: Today will be sunny with a high of 30 C, a mix of sun and cloud this morning and wind at 50 km/h gusting to 70 early this afternoon.

In case you missed it

  • Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen

    Wrong report: The wrong version of a health report, which included a recommendation the province set up a safe-injection site in Winnipeg, was given to journalists yesterday. The report’s lead author says he wasn’t asked to remove the recommendation. Jane Gerster reports.
  • Body identified: A Winnipeg woman confirmed the body pulled from the Red River on Saturday was that of her son. Brett Oryniak, 27, was in a boat with three other people when it capsized May 4 near the Chief Peguis Trail Bridge.

Trending now

  • Christopher Reeve, as Superman, and Margot Kidder, as Lois Lane, in the 1978 movie "Superman."

    Margot Kidder: The Canadian-born actress, who rose to fame playing Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve's Superman in the 1970s and '80s, died Monday at the age of 69.

On this date

  • On May 15, 1962: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen (CLC) planned to call 10,000 yard and employees of the CNR out on strike on June 4 to back its demands for higher wages. In Winnipeg, despite objections raised by some city councillors, a study of the city's trash disposal needs would proceed. U.S. president John F. Kennedy ordered additional U.S. troops into Thailand in case Communists in Laos pushed across the Thai border.

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