Sunday, July 5, 2015


More fires in north

One new fire was confirmed by yesterday afternoon in the Northwest Region.
Nipigon Fire #38, located near Hutchins Lake, was reported as “being observed” at 117 hectares in size.
Seven fires were reported on July 1, including six in Sioux Lookout District and one in Red Lake District.
The majority of them also are listed as “being observed.”

Firearm seized here

A Missouri man faces several charges after Canada Border Services Agency officers found an undeclared firearm in his vehicle at the Fort Frances port of entry.
Charles Russell Phillips of Unionville sought entry to Canada to go to his cabin on June 24.
During a secondary examination, border services officers found a loaded .22 calibre revolver in the glove compartment of his truck.

Dryden mill lands funding

A $2-million investment was announced Monday to support Domtar Inc. in developing and commercializing new premium grades of pulp at its facility in Dryden.
As a result of this investment, Domtar will launch this first-of-its-kind, commercial-scale manufacturing facility for these new grades of northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) pulp.

Devlin couple wins big

Ron and Sandy Ogier of Devlin were the grand-prize winners of the $10,000 Canada Day Cash Lottery held by the Riverside Foundation for Health Care.
The $2,000 second prize went to Sarah Marusyk of Alberton while Nancy and Leonard Noonan of Fort Frances won the $1,000 third prize.
The winners of $500 each were Ed Halvorsen, Nancy Dittaro, Susan Carmody, and Judy and Roy Williamson.

Dragon boat festival a success

The fourth-annual Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival was held here Saturday.
The Rainy Lake Highlanders opened the event with a musical march, followed by Dave Miller singing the Canadian and U.S. national anthems.

Community Living celebrates 50 years here

The banquet hall at La Place Rendez-Vous was packed last Wednesday evening as people of all ages and walks of life came together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of Community Living Fort Frances and District.
Although the group has been incorporated for a half-century, it really has been providing services here for 56 years, noted executive director Alanna Barr.

Benefits of Noden Causeway lauded

The Noden Causeway officially opened on June 28, 1965—linking Fort Frances to Atikokan and opening up a new world of economic, tourism, social, and educational possibilities.
A half-century later, the monumental achievement is being recognized in an exhibit at the Fort Frances Museum.

More fires pop up

At the time of this report yesterday, six new fires had been confirmed in the Northwest Region.
These fires—located in the far north of the Nipigon and Sioux Lookout districts—range in size from 0.1 to 60 hectares.

One new fire reported

One new fire was confirmed in Kenora District as of yesterday, although more fire reports were being investigated.
Kenora Fire #31 is located in the Maynard Lake area, about 85 km northeast of Kenora.
It currently is listed as “being held” at 0.2 hectares in size.
FireRangers are facing a long hose run of about 760 metres to bring water to the fire.

Pow-wow postponed

Couchiching’s 22nd-annual traditional pow-wow, scheduled for this weekend, has been postponed.
“It is going to be rescheduled because we have had another death in the community,” a spokesperson at the band office noted.
It was the second death there this week.

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