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Branches to be chipped

If you put out branches for last week’s “Fight the Blight” pickup, and they haven’t been chipped up and taken away yet, don’t worry—the Fort Frances Power Corp. will get to them this week.

The FFPC experienced a breakdown with its wood chipper last week, putting them a few days behind on branch disposal.

Canadians ousted

There was no room for error and the Carleton Place Canadians suffered for it.

The Canadians, captained by Fort Frances native Jordan Larson, had a mighty task in front of them yesterday if they hoped to make it to the playoff round at the RBC Cup in Lloydminster.

Trio of new fires reported

Three new fires were confirmed yesterday in the Northwest Region.

Fort Frances Fire #5 was reported as “being held” at 0.9 hectares in size.

The human-caused blaze is located just west of Sakwite Lake.

Kenora Fire #30, meanwhile, is a .01-ha blaze currently listed as “not under control”

Thunder Bay Fire #17, a human-caused blaze, is now “out” at 0.5 ha.

Fire ban remains in effect

Campers take note: you won’t be lighting any campfires over the Victoria Day long weekend.

The Restricted Fire Zone remains in effect, with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry planning to review it again next week.

Campers still can use a portable gas or propane stove for cooking and warmth.

Muskie girls earn bye to final

The Muskie girls’ soccer team moved one big step closer to a third-straight NorWOSSA title, then stubbed its toe.

Fort High blanked the Kenora Broncos 5-0 and the host Dryden Eagles 4-0 last Wednesday to improve to 4-0 and lock up first place.

That means a bye to the NorWOSSA final May 25 in Dryden against the semi-final winner between the Eagles and Broncos.

Fire hazard to rise

The forest fire hazard in the Northwest Region currently is “moderate,” but it is expected to rise throughout the week.

One new fire was reported in the region by yesterday evening.

Red Lake Fire #7—a human-caused blaze—is now “out” at 0.1 hectares in size.

Meanwhile, there were two active fires in the region as of press time today.

Teachers set next strike date

Local high school teachers have set this Thursday (May 19) as the date for their next one-day strike.

It will be the fourth in as many weeks since teachers escalated strike action in their contract dispute with the Rainy River District School Board.

As such, the board has cancelled all instructional programs for Grades 9-12 this Thursday.

Mushroom harvest

Perry Nastiuk showed off a bag full of yellow, black, and sponge morel mushrooms he picked recently within town limits. Nastiuk collected 13 pounds of the popular fungi last year and is aiming to double that amount this season.