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Fire ban lifted in area

Just in time for the Labour Day long weekend, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has lifted the Restricted Fire Zone that had been in place in parts of the Northwest Region.

The municipal fire bans for the Town of Fort Frances, as well as the townships of Alberton, La Vallee, Emo, and Chapple, also have been lifted.

Family health team welcomes new nurse practitioner

New changes have come to the Fort Frances Family Health Team (FHT), bringing more access for local and surrounding residents at a time that is seeing a shortage of doctors and overall health support.

FHT executive director Gerri Yerxa is very excited as the clinic has just announced a new website, as well as the hiring of a third nurse practitioner.

Watten fish fry receives record-breaking support

The Watten Volunteer Fire Department's annual fish fry returned to Sunny Cove Camp on Friday to raise money for a good cause.

Number are up this year and better than ever before with roughly 540 people coming out to enjoy a fish dinner.

Roughly $7,000 was raised at the event and the proceeds will be used to cover the overhead expenses of the fire department.

Human remains ID'd

Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) located human remains in the Dryden area.

The Office of the Chief Coroner has been engaged and a post mortem examination began in Toronto last week.

The remains have been positively identified as Henry Stone-Arnold, 28 years-old, of Dryden who had been reported missing earlier this month.

Tips sought on fire starters

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is seeking the public's help in identifying the individuals responsible for starting a forest fire on an island in Lake of the Woods.

The fire was 0.1 hectares in size when discovered on the afternoon of Saturday, Aug. 4 on a small island northeast of Mather Island.