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Town to own wood yard

Town council last night passed a bylaw to enter into an agreement with Resolute FP Canada Inc. to purchase the Shevlin wood yard and the former nurses' station on Mowat Avenue for a nominal fee.

“Negotiations have been ongoing for months, and I must say Resolute has been very accommodating,” Mayor Roy Avis said.

Fire risk 'extreme'

Four new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by early yesterday evening.

One was located in Kenora District, near Cedar Lake and Camp Robinson, about 50 km northwest of Dryden.

It was listed as “not under control” at 0.5 hectares in size at last report.

The other fires were located in Thunder Bay District and Sioux Lookout District (two).

Outbreak at Rainycrest

Riverside Health Care, in conjunction with the Northwestern Health Unit, has declared a gastroenteritis outbreak at Rainycrest Long-Term Care Home.

All admissions, transfers, discharges, and social activities have been cancelled until further notice.

As well, visitors are restricted to family members and caregivers only.

R.I.D.E. check leads to charge

Shortly after 9 a.m., yesterday, members of the Rainy River District OPP were conducting a Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E.) check.

Officers engaged a male and conducted an investigation at the roadside.

As a result of this investigation, a 46-year-old Atikokan man was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level over .08 mg.

Town to sell surplus items

The town has done its annual stock-taking and will be selling off surplus materials, equipment, and vehicles.

All town departments recently were contacted to provide a list of redundant items to be included in the sale, resulting in various items being identified as surplus.

Fire hazard on rebound

With a warming trend over the next week, the fire hazard slowly starting to rebound in the Northwest Region as fuels on the surface become more receptive to burning.

With the rise in temperatures, there is high likelihood we will see more lightning fires starting to occur.

Man charged in spraying

On July 24 around 10:55 p.m., members of the Rainy River District OPP were called to a disturbance at a gas station on King's Highway in Fort Frances.

Officers attended the area immediately and learned the suspect had fled the scene.

Members commenced an investigation and learned that three individuals had been sprayed by the suspect with a noxious substance.