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Rusnak decides not to run again

Local MP Don Rusnak has withdrawn his name as the Liberal candidate for Thunder Bay-Rainy River in the federal election set for this October.

In a statement released yesterday, Rusnak said he wants to spend more time with his young family.

Rusnak, who was elected handily in 2015, also said he is proud of what has been achieved in the region these past few years,.

Repap makes offer for Fort Frances mill

Sean Twomey, vice-president of Repap, announced this morning that his company has made a formal offer to Resolute Forest Products to acquire the Fort Frances paper mill.

It will operate as Rainy River Packaging Inc. and when operational, the kraft mill and two paper machines will produce kraft paper to be used in packaging everything from cement bags to paper grocery bags.

NDP urging action

NDP Northern Development critic Michael Mantha is urging the Ford government to act now in Fort Frances.

Mantha said the Ford Conservatives must ensure that mills and forestry operations have the wood they need to operate and support the hundreds of direct and indirect jobs that depend on them.

N. Stars dump Lakers

Keighan Gerrie, Jacob Brown, and Kyle Auger combined for nine points to pace the league-leading Thunder Bay North Stars to a 9-1 romp over the visiting Fort Frances Lakers on Tuesday night.

Thunder Bay (47-4-1-1) roared out to a 3-0 lead in the first period on goals by Maxime Fortin, Jayden Mrakic, and Ben Erwin.