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Fire ban in effect

As dry conditions prevail and more fires are reported each day, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry declared a Restricted Fire Zone for Northwestern Ontario on Saturday morning to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires.

The RFZ will remain in effect until conditions improve.

Bujold stays alive

Aaron Bujold can’t afford any more mistakes—and played like it earlier today.

The Muskies’ lone representative at the OFSAA badminton championships in North Bay eliminated Aaron Trowhill of the Woodstock Red Devils in the first round of ‘C’ Flight action this morning.

Bujold then took on Augusta Li of the Sinclair Celtics (Whitby) this afternoon in the ‘C’ quarter-finals.

Hockey playoff wrap

Jordan Larson and the Carleton Place Canadians control their own destiny.

The CCHL champion Canadians are tied for first with QJHL champion College Francais de Longeuil after Day 2 of the Fred Page Cup Eastern Canada Junior ‘A’ hockey championship in Woodstock, N.B.

Ex-local needs votes

Joshua Henry believes he’s “Canada’s Greatest Explorer”—he just needs the votes to prove it.

The Fort Frances native is among 25 Canadians competing in an online vote for the chance to prove their outdoor skills.

Henry, a self-described “outdoor adventure guy” who currently works as a professional guide, submitted a video to enter the competition.

Pair runs in half-marathon

Father-son runners Lorne and Rick Ricard hit the streets at the Winnipeg Police Service half-marathon on Sunday.

The elder Ricard showed he still can run at a solid pace—clocking in at 1:36.38 over the 21-km course to place second in the male age 60-65 category.

He was 73rd overall out of 1,290 runners.

“That’s a pretty good time for me,” Ricard noted.

Faragher with Gulls

Ryan Faragher is back in the AHL after being called up by the San Diego Gulls late last Friday.

The 23-year-old Fort Frances-based goalie had just finished getting shelled for three goals on six shots before being pulled just 3:23 into Game 1 of the Utah Grizzlies’ 6-4 loss to the host Fort Wayne Komets in the second round of the ECHL playoffs.

Muskie soccer squads sweep pair

Once they shook off the rust, it was all systems go.

The Muskie girls’ and boys’ soccer teams opened the NorWOSSA regular season here yesterday with a pair of wins apiece achieved in similar fashion.

The girls needed a goal in the 70th minute from Maggie Jean to edge the Dryden Eagles 2-1 in their first game of the day.

Bujold opens OFSAA play

Aaron Bujold will rejoin his Muskie boys’ soccer teammates next week.

He has a little “birdie” business to attend to first.

Bujold opened play this morning in the senior boys’ singles division at the OFSAA badminton championships in North Bay.

Area players help squads win

When the cards were on the table, Brayton Levesque came up aces.

The Fort Frances goalie backstopped the Windigo Ice Hawks to a 5-4 victory over the Nipigon Caribou in a shootout to capture first place in the Atom division of the 28th-annual All-Native Goodwill Hockey Tournament in Thunder Bay on Sunday.