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Man fined for bait violation

A Minnesota man has been fined for a bait violation.

William Nielsen of Sauk Rapids pleaded guilty and was fined $1,500 for illegally bringing live baitfish into Ontario.

Court heard that on April 6, 2018, Canada Border Services Agency officers at the Rainy River port of entry contacted Nielsen and conducted a secondary inspection of his vehicle.

Illegal dumping nets fine

A Manitoba resident has been fined $2,000 for illegal dumping on Ontario Crown land.

George Blair of Landmark pleaded guilty to unlawfully depositing a material, substance, or thing on Crown land.

He was fined $2,000 and received a probation order prohibiting him from camping on Ontario's Crown land for one year.

Fire hazard on the rise

Seven new fires were confirmed by yesterday afternoon in the Northwest Region.

Kenora Fire #68, located on an island in Shoal Lake, was a 0.1-hectare lightning start.

It was listed as “under observation” at last report.

Dryden Fire #19, meanwhile, located about 14 km east of the Red Lake Road and south of the CN Rail line, was listed as “being held” at 0.2 hectares.

Lightning sparks new fires

A dozen new fires were confirmed by yesterday afternoon in the Northwest Region.

These fires, 10 of which occurred in Sioux Lookout District and the other two in the districts of Red Lake and Nipigon, were a result of recent lightning that passed through the far north.

Meanwhile, one fire was confirmed after Saturday's report.