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This pair of Sandhill cranes has been nesting in the same area for years. With spring, our local wildlife is returning home. If you're out for a walk, take a camera, set it to high resolution, and see if you can capture some of our local beauty. Send it to us, for a chance to have it printed in a future edition! Send your photos to tips@fortfrances.com.

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United Church minister Schalk Naude made a phyical distance-safe pull of the winning ticket for the Fort Frances Kiwanis Club “Trip of the Month" draw for April at International Travel yesterday morning. Shane and Debbie Svoboda were the winners of the April draw, a trip to Cayo Coco, Cuba, valued at $4,000. In light of most international travel being restricted down to due concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, winners of the "Trip of the Month” draw are reminded they have a year to redeem their winning ticket. Next month's draw will be for a trip to Nashville ($4,000).

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The Cox kids have mastered social distancing. Arthur, Annabelle, Edward Cox enjoyed some ice fishing on Saturday. If you have pictures of your family self-isolating and socially distancing, send them in, to be featured in upcoming

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So many bears have been appearing in the Township of Emo, kids are encouraged to go out and hunt them! The Township has organized a Spring Bear Hunt, where residents set bears around their properties, and families out for walks count to see how many they can find. The event comes with prizes and has been a hit for all ages.

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The return of spring is bringing back some local wildlife, including this little groundhog, spotted outside of town. Ducks, geese, gulls, swans and songbirds have also made their return. If you see some local wildlife, take a picture and send it in to us! We may print it in a future edition. Turn your camera or phone on to high resolution, take a photo, and e-mail it to tips@fortfrances.com

(ORILLIA, ON) - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) encourages businesses and individuals to voluntarily comply with the short-term restrictions introduced by the federal and provincial governments to combat the spread of COVID-19.

While education, awareness and compliance are preferred options, officers will apply discretion to lay charges under the provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA)

Enforcement actions can include offences relating to:

Two new travel-related cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Northwestern region, according to the NWHU. The cases are both travel-related, and reside in Red Lake.

“We have done a thorough follow-up with the cases, and anyone affected has been contacted and are in quarantine," said a Twitter post from the NWHU. "Please assume COVID-19 is in your community.”