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Nash Dolyny prepares to take a shot at the McIrvine outdoor rink. During the stay-at-home order, the province is encouraging people to still get outside for exercise, but it will look a little different. Outdoor gatherings are limited household members, or to five people from differing households, with masks encouraged when social distancing can't be maintained. The province is allowing ski and snowshoe trails, and outdoor rinks to remain open for use during the state of emergency.

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MPP Greg Rickford attends a funding announcement late last year. The province has cre- ated a number of business supports available to small business, to help offset the costs of doing business during COVID. All of these supports are available on the Ontario website, or contact Rickford’s office to see what programs your business could benefit from.

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Weighing six pounds and measuring 19 inches, La Verendrye General Hospital’s first baby of 2021 arrived at 6:39pm on January 2nd, 2021.

Proud parents Tyler and Sharon Yatchuk greeted baby Landyn Michael Daniel Yatchuk 5 weeks ahead of schedule.

“He surprised us by coming to join momma for her 30th birthday on January 3rd.” the new parents stated. “He’s making improvements daily, and we hope to bring him home soon to meet his big brother Greyson.”

The Riverside team congratulates the family and welcomes our newest resident to the district.

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Crappies are widely available across Sunset Country but they can be easily exploited under the ice so keep those hot spots to yourself.

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The River Rink is in full swing in Rainy River, as a COVID-friendly way to pass the time outdoors. Rainy River Rec has been hosting scrimmage hockey, and the community has pitched in to keep the rink in good repair. Residents have also been keeping busy by ice fishing, sledding, walking the trails, and if you're lucky, you might even spot Jack Elliott out biking. Share with other readers what you're doing to stay busy and safe during COVID! Take a picture and sent it to us at

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Following yesterday's announcement by the Town of Fort Frances that the Christmas tree drop off organized by the Fort Frances Fire Brigade would have to be cancelled, a business owner in town has stepped up to offer a safe way to get rid of your flammable tree.


The Northwestern Health Unit has declared an outbreak at the Pathways Atelier Day Care in Fort Frances, located in St Mary School, and has issued a closure order. The facility has been closed. An outbreak in a day care is declared when there is one or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 associated with the facility. NWHU is working with the day care operator to minimize the impact of the outbreak.