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PC leader visits here

Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown is touring Northwestern Ontario as part of the official opposition’s northern caucus retreat.

His tour began this morning with a meeting with the owner of Odena Foods in Kakabeka Falls to discuss the impact of skyrocketing hydro rates.

Two new fires locally

Two new fires were reported yesterday in the Northwest Region—both in Fort Frances District.

Fort Frances Fire #17, located at Little Turtle Lake, was listed as “being held” at 0.5 hectares in size.

Fort Frances Fire #16, located near Sturgeon Lake, has since been declared “out” at 0.1 ha.

Outage rescheduled

Hydro One customers throughout Rainy River District, excluding Fort Frances, are slated to be without power next Wednesday (Aug. 24).

The planned maintenance outage is scheduled from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., affecting 3,955 customers.

Originally scheduled for this past Wednesday, crews were needed elsewhere, which caused the outage to be rescheduled.

Squads lose openers

It was bad news times two for the pair of Rainy River District teams competing at the North American Fastpitch Association World Series yesterday in North Mankato, Mn.

The Northern Ontario Selects fell 8-7 in eight innings to Len’s Automotive (St. Paul, Mn.) in their first-round game in the winners’ bracket of the ‘A’ Division.

Teams vying for title

Rainy River District will have three teams in action at the 2016 North American Fastpitch Association World Series in North Mankato, Mn., which starts today.

The Northern Ontario Selects will take on Len’s Automotive at 2:30 p.m. in a first-round game in the ‘A’ winners’ bracket.

’Canes force second game for title

The ball left Stacy Patey’s bat bound for a place far, far away.

Now the Fort Frances Her-icanes get to try and win their first-ever Rainy River District Women’s Fastball League crown on home turf.

Patey’s second-inning inside-the-park grand slam broke a 3-3 tie and propelled the top-seeded ’Canes to a 9-6 win over the host Red Gut Babes last night.

Henry earns finale berth

Local resident Joshua Henry has earned a spot in the final of “Canada’s Greatest Explorer,” where he’ll have the chance to compete for the title along with the $25,000 prize.

In the penultimate episode, which is available to view online on the Woods Canada Facebook page, the three remaining competitors were tasked with a photography challenge in the Canadian Rockies.

Fire chief sought

The Town of Fort Frances has begun its search for a new fire chief/community emergency management co-ordinator.

Frank Sheppard has been fire chief here since 2011, first serving as acting chief on an interim basis after former chief Gerry Armstrong retired in late 2010.

Ice cream sundaes

Emo Fair Queen contestant Taylor McQuaker helped hand out ice cream sundaes to resident at Rainycrest here yesterday during a visit by the four contestants and the 2015 royalty. Those vying for the crown this year also include Meagan Anderson, Harleigh Brow-Rose, and Janissa Judson.

Fresh veggies

Folks lined up to get the latest batch of fresh produce yesterday morning at Gerber’s Mini Mart. The booth, which is set up in the parking lot of Canadian Tire here, is a popular summer draw.