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La Vallee picnic set

Once again, the Township of La Vallee will host its annual community picnic on Sunday, July 15 starting at 3 p.m.

I thought I would give an early head's up as I know the summer gets busy.

This is a fun-filled day if great food and games. All that you need to bring is a lawn chair.

If Mother Nature does not co-operate, another date will be set.

Cash calendar winners

There were more winners in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association's weekly cash calendar draw.

Winning $30 for June 3-9 were Carole and Randy Wilde (Fort Frances), Darlene and Ken Desjardins (Fort Frances), Amil Alexiuk Jr. (Atikokan), Kent and Donna Kowalski (Devlin), Evan Collins (Atikokan), Lil Medwechuk (Rainy River), and Cathy Maydo (Thunder Bay).

Two new fires

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

Kenora Fire #58 was caused by lightning in the southwest corner of Whitefish Bay on Lake of the Woods.

At 0.3 hectares in size, it was listed as “not under control” at last report.

Kenora Fire #57, meanwhile, was a short-lived fire start near Red Deer Lake.

Outage planned in district

Nearly 4,000 Hydro One customers living west of Fort Frances will experience a scheduled power outage (July 4th).

Power will be out from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for customers living in communities and First Nations from Alberton to Rainy River, according to Hydro One.

The purpose of the interruption is so Hydro One can install new equipment.

Murder charge in death

A 24-year-old male was arrested yesterday and charged with first-degree murder following the death of a 15-year-old female.

Darrell Tuesday, from Mishkosiminiziibiing (Big Grassy River First Nation), has been remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear in court in Fort Frances on June 25.

Four fires in region

One new fire was confirmed in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon.

Red Lake Fire #39, a 0.2-hectare blaze located about nine km southeast of Pikangikum, was listed as “not under control” at last report.

Several lightning-caused fires also emerged during the evening hours of Saturday in the far north of Sioux Lookout District.