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‘Lock It or Lose It’

OPP summer students Mitch Cain and Jenna Nowak put a “Lock It or Lose It” decal on an unlocked car parked along the riverfront this morning while out on bicycle patrol. The pair, as well as Cody Van Drunen and Dayton Brown, are working with the police under the OPP’s “Summer Experience Program.”

Winning catch

August Collinson triumphantly lifted up one of the lunker bass she caught Saturday on the final day of the eighth-annual “Castin’ for Cash” tournament hosted by Lake Despair Lodge. She and partner Jeff Gustafson took home the $5,000 top prize with a two-day weight of 29.03 pounds.

Brigade arrival

Canoes from the David Thompson Brigade made a grand arrival at Old Fort William Historical Park on Saturday to the rousing cheers from a very large crowd. After bringing their canoes ashore, members reminisced about the 63-day trip from Rocky Mountain House, Alta., with many commenting on the warm reception they received in the communities of Rainy River District.

Getting ready

Work on the CT Scanner room at La Verendrye Hospital here is continuing in preparation for the new equipment, which is scheduled to be delivered July 23. Patti Johnson, manager of diagnostic imaging for Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc., pointed out the “footprint” of where the Toshiba Aquilion 64-slice CT scanner will go. It will be operational Aug. 5.

Charred ruins

Only charred remains were left of this house on Boucher Road in Watten Township, near Nickel Lake, after it was struck by lighting around noon Friday. The Watten volunteer fire department battled the blaze, with assistance from the Couchiching Fire Department under a mutual need request.

Moffat Money

Michelle Allan, left, and Sheila McMahon, with the United Native Friendship Centre, accepted $8,000 from Mayor Roy Avis at last night’s council meeting—their share of the $54,000 in grant money the town got from the Moffat Family Fund this year.

Wet start

It was a wet start for anglers competing in the annual “Castin’ for Cash” fishing tournament on Lake Despair this morning. The two-day event wraps up tomorrow, with the final weigh-in starting at 3:30 p.m.