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'Miracle Treat Day' coming up Thursday

This Thursday (Aug. 9), residents are encouraged to continue the 16-year tradition of making miracles happen by visiting their local Dairy Queen to celebrate “Miracle Treat Day.”

Proceeds from every “Blizzard Treat” sold at the Dairy Queen here will be donated to The Children's Hospital of Manitoba, one of 14 Children's Miracle Network member hospitals across Canada.

Fire scene slows

Lower temperatures and precipitation have had a cooling effect on the regional forest fire situation.

There currently are 93 active fires in the region, 63 of which are listed as “under observation," nine as "under control," and seven as "being held.”

The other 14 are listed as “not under control.”

New Gold to expand underground

New Gold Inc. has recently hired a mining contractor to work on expanding their operations underground at the Rainy River Project, with the aim of increasing yields.

New Gold's technical services manager Darrol Van Deventer said the move underground was always part of New Gold's plan and the Rainy River Project should be seen as a combined open pit and underground operation.

Man busted for drunk driving

On Sunday at approximately 2:25 a.m., a member of the Fort Frances Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted a vehicle stop on King's Highway in Fort Frances.

The officer spoke with the driver, whom he determined was under the influence of alcohol. The driver was arrested and transported to the detachment, where he underwent more tests.

Lightning sparks more fires

It was another busy day for lightning fire starts as the Northwest Region recorded 16 new fires by the early yesterday evening.

Resources are strained as the fire load has increased to 111 active fires. Twenty-eight of those fires are “not under control," 10 are "being held," 10 are "under control," and 63 are "being observed.”