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Dragon boat festival set to go

The seventh-annual International Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival is set to hit the water here on Saturday at the Sorting Gap Marina.

Unlike previous years, a new twist will have the boats being launched from both Fort Frances and International Falls.

Each side also will stage their own festival, with the money raised to go to charities in their respective communities.

Drive safe this weekend: OPP

With the Canada Day holiday approaching and summer upon us, the Rainy River District OPP wants to remind motorists to take care and use caution when travelling on roadways and highways.

OPP officers will be conducting R.I.D.E. and seatbelt spot checks to ensure strict compliance when it comes to impaired driving and seatbelt usage.

Lightning sparks fires

On the hunt for new lightning-caused fires, OMNR detection aircraft had spotted five new blazes in the Northwest Region by late yesterday afternoon.

Forest fuels have proven receptive to at least a few of the roughly 44,000 lightning strikes to occur in the region over the past five days.

Sioux Lookout Fire #28 was spotted about 80 km southwest of Pickle Lake.