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Engagement lunches working to improve lines of communication

Donald Young School in Emo has been working to increase the lines of communication between teachers and parents through its monthly “Rainy River First Nation Parent Engagement Lunches.”

In the three years the program has existed, it has grown from one or two parents participating to 16 at the most recent lunch in April.

Trio of new fires reported

Three new forest fires were reported in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon.

Red Lake Fire #22 is located near the community of Pikangikum.

The 0.5-hectare blaze was reported in the early afternoon and listed as “not under control” at last report.

Fort Frances Fire #5, another afternoon start, was four hectares in size near Silvertip Lake.

Rash of new fires

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

These were located in the Kenora, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay, Red Lake, and Nipigon districts.

Of note, Red Lake Fire #20, located near Pikangikum First Nation, was listed as “not under control” at five hectares.

The remaining ones either were “out," "under control," or being "held.”

Trio of drivers charged

On Sunday around 4:20 a.m., a Rainy River District OPP officer was patrolling on King's Highway in Fort Frances when he observed erratic driving.

A traffic stop was initiated by the officer, who determined the driver had been consuming alcohol.

The driver was arrested and transported to the detachment for further tests.

Three nabbed in drug bust

Three Kenora men face numerous drug- and Criminal Code-related offences following arrests there on Monday.

An investigation was conducted by the OPP and the Treaty #3 Police Service that focused on methamphetamine trafficking in and around the Kenora area.

It concluded with the arrest of three individuals.