By Daniel Adam
Staff Writer
dadam@fortfrances.com

The Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) held its final media session of the summer last week, touching on multiple topics including monkeypox. There were no reported local cases at the time, said Dr. Kit Young Hoon, the NWHU’s medical officer of health. “Monkeypox spreads much less easily than COVID-19, and spreads […]

I can barely grasp it is the end of June. I planned to start cutting hay over the weekend, but the weather changed my mind on that. I would have had to bundle up cutting on Sunday because it certainly wasn’t a warm day. I think we are so thankful […]

Dear editor, I would like the opportunity to explain to the citizens of Fort Frances about the Canada Day Parade because I have been asked many times in the last month about parade details. The Fun In The Sun committee/Canada Day committee has NOT been responsible for the parade, only activities […]

By Allan Bradbury
Staff Writer
abradbury@fortfrances.com

In a media availability last week, members of the International Joint Commission (IJC) said given the sheer amount of rain and the natural geography of the area, little could have been done to avoid the current flooding. The IJC is a bi-national organization, comprised of regional experts, which co-operates to […]

By Ken Kellar
Staff writer
kkellar@fortfrances.com

Disaster relief has been made available to those in Fort Frances and the Rainy River District who have been fighting water since a string of spring storms contributed to record-high lake levels within the Rainy River and Lake of the Woods watersheds. While the province initially opened up the Disaster […]

Wondering what the truckloads of rock were for? A new berm has been constructed along the CN tracks at Point Park, to protect the infrastructure. The natural lake level is visible beyond it to the right. —Melvin Haukaas photo

The Rainy Lake Mermaid has been doing for a long swim this summer. Boaters have been careful to avoid the beloved landmark, with several buoys and markers popping up to help boaters navigate around her. Last night’s storm wasn’t enough to cause a dramatic rise in lake levels. They popped […]

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Rainy Lake has crested, and has begun to fall. According to H2O Power, the lake has fallen to 339.291 m from a peak of 339.304 m on June 10. Outflows now exceed inflows, with 1456.6 m3/s exiting the lake, and 1423.8 m3/s entering. Although it’s welcome news for the region, […]

The Fort Frances Mill demolition site hasn’t been spared the ravages of the rising Rainy Lake. The site has partially flooded, as crews continue their work. – Allan Bradbury photo

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The water level of Rainy Lake has largely stabilized, according to Environment Canada data. Rainy Lake is currently 339.307 metres, and has remained between 339.300 m and 339.310 m since June 7. According to the National Weather Service, out of Duluth, MN, the lake is expected to remain at current […]

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There is relief on the horizon for communities impacted by flooding int he Rainy River District; headwater levels are dropping, and rising levels are slowing considerably in Rainy Lake. According to the National weather Service, out of Duluth, MN, Rainy Lake can expect to see an additional rise of 2-6 […]

By Daniel Adam
Staff Writer
dadam@fortfrances.com

Fort Frances officials warn pedestrians stay away from restricted areas. Front Street from Armit to Crowe, and Mosher to Williams is closed to all forms of traffic — no driving, walking, biking, or kayaking. Emergency management specialist Patrick Briere says these closures are for safety’s sake. “There is a lot […]