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— Photo Jamie Mountain

Merrick Cheetham and William Richards served up hotdogs to hungry patrons during the Muskie football team's fundraising barbecue held Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in front of Safeway. Members of the black-and-gold also were selling discount cards to those interested, with the cost for those again being $20 each.

— Photo Jamie Mountain

Fort Frances Lakers' defenceman Presten Bobyk tried his best to box out Red Lake Miners' forward Aiden Gleisner from in front of goalie Matt Booth during the second period of his squad's 3-2 overtime win in SIJHL pre-season action Friday night at the Ice For Kids Arena. The Lakers will kick off the regular season this Friday against the back-to-back champion GM Ice Dogs at 7:30 p.m. in Dryden.

— Photo Jamie Mountain

Getting up the ice quickly, and showing what you could do offensively, were just some of the things the new wave of Muskie boys' hockey hopefuls were doing Monday afternoon during the first tryout session at the Ice For Kids Arena. The tryouts continue today before wrapping up with a final session tomorrow from 3:45-5:15 p.m. The Muskie girls' tryouts then are slated for next week, with sessions running Sept. 24-27 at the same time as the boys' ones. Registration will take place at the arena prior to Monday's tryout session.

— Photo Jamie Mountain

The next wave of Muskie boys' hockey hopefuls took to the ice yesterday afternoon for the first tryout session at the Ice For Kids Arena. Each player participated in various drills in hopes of impressing head coach Jordan Sinclair and the rest of the staff. The tryouts continue today through Thursday from 3:45-5:15 p.m. The Muskie girls' tryouts then are slated for next week, with sessions running Sept. 24-27 at the same time as the boys' ones. Registration will take place at the arena prior to Monday's tryout session.

— Photo Duane Hicks

Wayne Skirten dropped off some used batteries Saturday morning during the Hazardous and Special Waste Day at the Public Works yard here. The event, which gives residents the chance to properly dispose of hazardous waste, was even more popular than last year, drawing 297 vehicles throughout the day—with some starting to line up as early as 8 a.m.

On Sept. 12 around 11:50 p.m., a member of the Rainy River OPP conducted a vehicle stop in the Town of Rainy River.

Through conversation with the driver, the officer determined he had alcohol in his body.

The driver was arrested and transported to the Rainy River OPP detachment, where he underwent further testing.

A 61-year-old Rainy River man subsequently was charged with impaired driving and driving with a blood alcohol level over .08 mg

One new fire was confirmed in the Northwest Region by mid-afternoon yesterday.

Sioux Lookout Fire #167 was located on an island in Abram Lake, about five km southwest of the town of Sioux Lookout.

The 0.1-hectare blaze was listed as “not under control” at last report.

There currently are 23 active fires in the region, including one listed as “not under control," one as "under control," and 21 fires as "under observation.”

Five fires were declared “out.”