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Four men fined for building cabin illegally

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Four men from the Fort Frances area have been convicted of constructing a cabin on Crown land without a work permit.

Don Roth, 46, of Fort Frances, Marvin Smith, 53, of Devlin, Gary Gushulak, 50, of Dryden, and Alan Eide, 47, of Fort Frances were each fined $1,500 plus a victim fine surcharge.

They also were ordered to remove the cabin from Crown land within 60 days.

During the trial, the defendants claimed they built the cabin--located near the Penassi River north of Fort Frances--for a friend. But court heard evidence the four were the main users of it.

They chose the location, and supplied most of the materials and labour, but did not apply for a work permit as required by the Public Lands Act.

By requiring people to get a permit in advance, the Ministry of Natural Resources ensures the proposed work does not conflict with environmental values, tourism, and other activities on Crown land.

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