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Free Press Head Start for May 6

what’s happening today

A graduate student tries to extract ribonucleic acid (RNA) from wastewater samples to test for COVID-19 fragments. (Patrick Orsagos/The Associated Press files)

Wastewater dates: The federal government is scheduled to release updated data from COVID-19 testing on wastewater from cities across Canada, including Winnipeg. Katie May reports on how another wave of COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care homes is pointing to widespread community transmission. Read More

Second-round series: The Winnipeg Ice host the Moose Jaw Warriors to open their second-round Western Hockey League playoff series tonight. Game 2 is Saturday night at Wayne Fleming Arena. Mike Sawatzky reports. Read More

Federal funding announcement: Mental Health and Addictions Minister Carolyn Bennett will make a funding announcement “supporting mental health promotion across Canada” at a news conference in Winnipeg this afternoon.

Addictions art: An exhibition of visual art, poetry, short stories and films inspired by addiction and made by students at Argyle Alternative High School will be displayed at the Manitoba legislature. Last year, the province proclaimed this date Child and Youth Mental Health Day.

Moose in playoffs: The Manitoba Moose open their first-round, best-of-three American Hockey League playoff series against the Milwaukee Admirals on the road tonight. Game 2 is Saturday evening, also in Milwaukee. Read More


flooding and weather

Peguis First Nation’s search-and-rescue vehicle heads out to help amid the flooding. (David Lipnowski/The Canadian Press Files)

Projected peaks downgraded: Rain forecast for this weekend is not expected to impact water levels. Chris Kitching and Dylan Robertson report. Read More

Your daytime forecast: Mainly sunny with a mix of sun and cloud starting in the mid-afternoon, a high of 20 C, and wind from the south at 15 km/h increasing to 30 km/h and gusting to 50 beginning later this morning.

What’s happening this weekend

Goldeyes manager Rick Forney at the first day of training camp on Thursday. (Mikaela MacKenzie/Winnipeg Free Press)

Baseball Begins: The Winnipeg Goldeyes will play their first home game in Winnipeg since before the COVID-19 pandemic started when they open their pre-season on Saturday afternoon. The Goldeyes play again on Sunday afternoon. Taylor Allen reports. Read More

country-concert: Chris Stapleton is playing at Canada Life Center on Saturday night after a five-year absence from a Winnipeg stage. The Free Press will have a review online this weekend and in Monday’s paper.

Value home opener: The Valor FC home opener vs. Halifax is scheduled for Saturday afternoon. Valor was set to play their first home game last weekend, but the match was postponed because of COVID-19 cases. Read More

In case you missed it

Searchers scour fields near Pipeline Rd. in Winnipeg looking for the body of Claudette Osborne in 2008. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Unsolved, unresolved: Police continue to search for the body of Eduardo Balaquit after Kyle Pietz was convicted this week of killing him. Balaquit’s disappearance is one of many cases that continue to haunt investigators. Kevin Rollason reports. Read More

Councillor’s campaign: Coun. Scott Gillingham kicked off his mayoral campaign in St. James on Thursday. Katlyn Streilein reports. Read More

On this date

On May 6, 1989: The Winnipeg Free Press reported the Conference Board of Canada said federal finance minister Michael Wilson’s new tax-laden budget would hinder economic growth in the current year and cost 97,000 jobs in 1990. Northwestern Ontario was hit hard by a spring snowstorm, causing many traffic accidents in Dryden and Thunder Bay. Up to 400 veterans were living in squalor on Main Street in Winnipeg, a Free Press investigative series found. Read More

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