The fourth-annual Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival was held here Saturday.
The Rainy Lake Highlanders opened the event with a musical march, followed by Dave Miller singing the Canadian and U.S. national anthems.
The banquet hall at La Place Rendez-Vous was packed last Wednesday evening as people of all ages and walks of life came together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of Community Living Fort Frances and District.
Although the group has been incorporated for a half-century, it really has been providing services here for 56 years, noted executive director Alanna Barr.
The Noden Causeway officially opened on June 28, 1965—linking Fort Frances to Atikokan and opening up a new world of economic, tourism, social, and educational possibilities.
A half-century later, the monumental achievement is being recognized in an exhibit at the Fort Frances Museum.
At the time of this report yesterday, six new fires had been confirmed in the Northwest Region.
These fires—located in the far north of the Nipigon and Sioux Lookout districts—range in size from 0.1 to 60 hectares.
One new fire was confirmed in Kenora District as of yesterday, although more fire reports were being investigated.
Kenora Fire #31 is located in the Maynard Lake area, about 85 km northeast of Kenora.
It currently is listed as “being held” at 0.2 hectares in size.
FireRangers are facing a long hose run of about 760 metres to bring water to the fire.
Couchiching’s 22nd-annual traditional pow-wow, scheduled for this weekend, has been postponed.
“It is going to be rescheduled because we have had another death in the community,” a spokesperson at the band office noted.
It was the second death there this week.
By this time next year, guests may be settling into rooms at a new hotel located along Rainy River.
Three new fires were confirmed by yesterday afternoon in the Northwest Region—and more reports were coming in.
The new fires were in Woodland Caribou Park in Red Lake District.
There currently are 16 active fires in the region.
Most of these are “being monitored,” and those fires with FireRanger crews are reporting good progress.
About 600 Fort Frances Power Corp. customers in the east end of town experienced a brief power interruption yesterday afternoon when a switch failed on a pole near Rose Manor.
The outage occurred at 3:55 p.m. and lasted for less than 10 minutes for most customers.
The exception were residents of Rose and Green Manors, who didn’t have power restored until 6:38 p.m.
Robert Moore School students will be involved—in a small way—in the upcoming Pan Am Games (July 10-26) and Parapan Am Game (Aug. 7-15) being held in Toronto.
Some 100 students, including some Grade 1, 3, 4, 6, and 7 classes, were able to send their well wishes to Canadian athletes.