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Obby Khan celebrates after winning the close race. (John Woods/Winnipeg Free Press)

Khan’s Path: Progressive Conservative candidate Obby Khan was declared the winner of the Fort Whyte by-election to replace former prime minister Brian Pallister late Tuesday night. Khan barely beat another former Bombers player, Willard Reaves, in what had been seen as a safe Conservative seat. Reporting by Carol Sanders. Read more


what’s going on today

Bill Mosienko after scoring the fastest hat trick in NHL history against the New York Rangers on March 23, 1952.

70 years since the feat of scoring: It’s been 70 years since Winnipegger Bill Mosienko set an NHL record by scoring three goals for Chicago in just 21 seconds. Jason Bell has a story on the anniversary of the achievement. Read more

Caucus may have questions: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh could face questions about his deal to support the minority Liberal government for the next three years when his party’s caucus holds its weekly meeting. The Canadian Press reports. Read more

Anti-Racism Series: A series of presentations aimed at helping Winnipeggers understand and challenge forms of racism continues. Reports by Joyanne Pursaga. Read more

The curling continues: Canada will face Sweden for a forfeit victory over Scotland at the World Women’s Curling Championship in Prince George, BC. Canada, led by Kerri Einarson’s Gimli team, beat Japan on Tuesday and are 4-2 in the tournament. Read more


An alley in Crescentwood is cleared of snow on Tuesday. (John Woods/Winnipeg Free Press)

Your predictions for the day: A mix of sun and cloud this morning and sunny this afternoon, with highs of 2°C, wind chill as low as -7 this morning and winds from the north at 15 kph increasing to 20 kph pm and gusting to 40 later this morning. Spring officially started on Sunday, but crews were still working to clear the back lanes on Tuesday. reports Cody Sellar. Read more

In case you missed it

Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck covers a loose puck. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press)

Win by shutout: The Winnipeg Jets are three points behind the Dallas Stars, the team currently in the final Western Conference playoff spot, after shutting out the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night. The Stars, who played two games less than the Jets, trailed the Edmonton Oilers with less than 5:30 in the third period but won in regulation. Reporting by Mike McIntyre. Read more

Tornado rips: At least one person has died after a tornado ripped through parts of New Orleans and its suburbs on Tuesday night. The Associated Press reports. Read more

DUI Challenge Rejected: A constitutional challenge to Criminal Code provisions that allow police to demand roadside breath samples in all circumstances – believed to be the first of its kind in Manitoba – has been dismissed. Reports by Erik Pindera. Read more

In search of a stable funding model: Maggie Macintosh reports how superintendents and stakeholders submitted recommendations on how the province should revise its funding formula for schools. Read more

To this date

March 23, 1943: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that British and American forces were each pushing the German Africa Corps in a pincer movement around the Mareth Line that threatened to cut off the latter’s retreat. Reports that Adolf Hitler had already written off Tunisia as a loss reached Madrid. Lieutenant General. AGL McNaughton, commander of the Canadian Army in Britain, said after the forces carried out maneuvers and other exercises that the troops were fit and ready for action.
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