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Tips sought

The Rainy River District OPP is looking for assistance from the public.

On Aug. 10, officers at the Fort Frances detachment were advised of a series of break-and-enters that had occurred to residences in the Third Street East and Patcin Avenue areas during the early-morning hours.

Youngster struck by vehicle

On Friday, members of the Treaty #3 Police Service responded to a report of a four-year-old child having been struck by a vehicle while walking on the Shoal Lake #40 First Nation.

Paramedics and police officers attended the scene, and the child was taken to Lake of the Woods Hospital in Kenora with non-life threatening injuries.

Fire scene heating up

The forest fire situation has escalated throughout the Northwest Region, with upwards of 30 new fires in a day and many northern communities affected by smoke and fires in the surrounding areas.

Ontario has brought in aviation resources from the Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact and Quebec, as well as FireRangers from the Northeast Region in Ontario.

Calendar winners

Carla and Brian Harris, Shawn Holditch, and John Young of Fort Frances were among the $30 winners in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association cash calendar winners for the week of Aug. 6-12.

Joining them were Leo Goranson and Gerald Thurier (Atikokan), Suzanne Ostlund (Thunder Bay), and Gail Dann (Luc Du Bonnett, Man.).

Cash crops on rise here

Agriculture is on the rise here in Rainy River District, particularly for cash crops, according to data compiled by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs from the 2016 federal census.

Crop acres in soybeans and corn have shot up since the 2011 census while farm cash receipts have risen to $19.64 million from $16.78 million for the district.