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District sits bone-dry

A severe lack of rain over most of the district for much of this summer has area farmers looking for water—both for their crops and for themselves.

Drought-like conditions have dried much of the countryside up like a bone, and rural residents are starting to feel its effects.

Area tourist lodge gets new owners, name

Running a tourist lodge is no longer just a dream for long-time area residents Bill Godin and Nellie Halvorsen, the new owners and operators of “Lake Despair Lodge” at the end of Highway 613 north of Devlin.

Formerly known as “Wickstrom’s Canadian Lodge,” a familiar area landmark for more than 40 years, it was re-opened by the couple last month after a year’s closure and neglect.

‘Pigging’ out in Mine Centre

In the Philippines, they’re called “lechon." Hawaiians call them "luaow.” But here in Canada, people have a much simpler name for them.

Pig roast.

And none of this cutting the porkers up so they’re small enough to fit in the oven. No, a true pig roast involves the whole pig—either on a spit or buried in hot coals.

Fire ban could be expanded

A decision on whether to expand the restricted fire zone to the rest of the West Fire Region will be made sometime today, along with how long the ban will remain in effect.

A restricted fire zone has been in effect for a large area east of Highway 502 to Lake Nipigon and north to the CN rail line since last Friday.

Six vying for fair queen crown

Renée Desbiens (Daw), Miss J.A. Electric, is 17 years old and entering grade 12 at Fort Frances High School. She plans on being a registered nurse.

Living in Emo with her parents and brother, Ryan, she is bilingual in French and English, which will be handy in years to come. Her hobbies include camping, fishing, rollerblading, music, reading and just being with friends.