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10 crazy things pulled from Winnipeg's Assiniboine River

What kind of stuff do you think you'd find in the Assiniboine River? Get those answers here.
Some of the abandoned things pulled out of the river on Tuesday, include a keyboard, deck chair, and shopping carts. (Cuortest the Forks North Portage Partnership)

What kind of stuff do you think you'd find in the Assiniboine River?

Well, a crew went out and dragged the river's edges on Tuesday and came up with a cargo of crazy things — enough to fill two barges of sludgy stuff.

Crews with the Forks drag ashore heaps of garbage pulled from the river on Tuesday. (Courtesy the Forks North Portage Partnership)

And that's just from the short span between the Osborne Street bridge and The Forks.

"What surprises me the most is that we still have to do this. I mean it's 2013 and you know, we're still having to go up and clean up after people," said Paul Jordan, chief operating officer with the Forks-North Portage Partnership Corp.

"I'm not quite sure what the attraction is to throw garbage into the river."

The last time a clean up like that was done was in 2008. If the river levels are low enough to allow the Forks folks to do it, they'll try an annual clean up from now on, Jordan said.

As for this year, here's the list of the river roundup

  • Wigs
  • ​Piano
  • Roller skates
  • Bags of clothes
  • ​Keyboard
  • Couches
  • Chairs
  • Air conditioners
  • More than a dozen shopping carts
  • Ice skates​

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