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— Photo Sam Odrowski

OPP Community Safety Officer, Yenta Davidson, rear, and volunteer, Sheri De Gagne, middle, took Crossroads School children from the OPP led youth empowerment program, Project Sunset, for a paddle around Labelle's Birch Point last Thursday. Project Sunset participants built their canoeing and camping skills while practicing water safety and drowning prevention.

Over 200 people marched across the International Bridge on a hot and sunny Saturday morning for Rainy River District and Koochiching County's inaugural “Passport to Pride" march. The march was led by high school students Raina Johnson and Macey McMillen, who carried the "Pride" banner. Starting in Smokey Bear Park in International Falls, the march was "the first 'Pride' march in the world (as far as we know) to cross an international border," taking the group to the Fort Frances Tourism Information Centre, the Civic Centre for the flag ceremony and finally to Rainy Lake Square and Fort Frances Museum for a "BBQueer.”

Borderland Pride's “Passport to Pride" stopped at the Fort Frances Civic Centre on Saturday for a flag ceremony and speeches from various Canadian dignitaries and special guests. During the inaugural "Pride Week” ceremony, Borderland Pride co-chair Doug Judson shared a few words with the hundreds of people that joined in the day's festivities. Borderland co-chair Peter Howie, left, was also in attendance for the ceremony as were many other community members, including TD branch manager Katie Trigg, Couchiching FN Chief Brian Perrault, Gilbert Smith, an elder from Naicatchewenin, and Caitlin Hartlen from 93.1 The Border.

— Photo Duane Hicks

Kings of None, including Tyler Gagne (lead guitar), Todd Wrolstad (drums), Dave Byrnes (vocals, rhythm guitar), and Ted DeBenetti (bass), rocked the Rainy Lake Square on Thursday evening—the third concert in this summer's Rainy Lake Series. The local band was joined on stage for several songs by guest stars Danette McIntyre and Piper Lidkea. The next concert in the series is Iskwé on Aug. 30, with the final concert being The Old Salts on Sept. 13. All concerts start at 6 p.m. and are free. Stay up-to-date on Rainy Lake Square happenings at www.rainylakesquare.ca

Even Bagacki, left, Solanah McDonald and Carter Payne were focused yesterday as they carved out their pieces to create an angel fish mosaic during a carpentry summer camp at Fort Frances High School. FFHS teacher and carpentry camp supervisor, Vince Gouin, said in only a couple of days the kids have learned to use tools and machines such as mitre saws, band saws and sanders.

Seven days of activities recognizing LGBTQ2 equality and inclusion in the Borderland region have come to a close. Organizers of the first-ever Pride festival for the Rainy River District and Koochiching County are calling public enthusiasm and participation in the events “unprecedented" and "inspiring”

It was another active day for forest fires out on the landscape in the Northwest Region. By early afternoon yesterday, there were 23 new fires in the Red Lake, Kenora and Sioux Lookout districts.

Red Lake fires 71, 73, 75, 76, 77, 78, 80, 81 and 82 were found in the early afternoon in the remote Woodland Caribou Provincial Park and Whiskeyjack Forest Areas. Among this group, the closest fire to the community of Red Lake is Red Lake fire 73 at 59 kilometres to the north west.