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Charred ruins

Only charred remains were left of this house on Boucher Road in Watten Township, near Nickel Lake, after it was struck by lighting around noon Friday. The Watten volunteer fire department battled the blaze, with assistance from the Couchiching Fire Department under a mutual need request.

Moffat Money

Michelle Allan, left, and Sheila McMahon, with the United Native Friendship Centre, accepted $8,000 from Mayor Roy Avis at last night’s council meeting—their share of the $54,000 in grant money the town got from the Moffat Family Fund this year.

Wet start

It was a wet start for anglers competing in the annual “Castin’ for Cash” fishing tournament on Lake Despair this morning. The two-day event wraps up tomorrow, with the final weigh-in starting at 3:30 p.m.

Casting off

“Getting Hooked” fishing show anglers Aaron Shirley, front, and Barry Pringle casted off the boat launch at the Noden Causeway before departing for a day of filming on Rainy Lake Monday.

Happy trails

Sheldon Kelly was all smiles as he trotted around on a horse during the Town of Fort Frances’ summer day camp at Joyce Young’s farm in Devlin yesterday. A group of nine children went up to the farm and participated in relay races while riding the horses.

Splash Party

Rylee Redford was part of the small but enthusiastic group of parents and children who attended the Emo Spray Park committee's Canada Day “Splash Party” at the Lions Park there. The goal for next year is to make July 1, 2009 the grand opening of the new spray park.

Reading program

Michaela Putzer rolled the die and moved her piece forward on the board game to complete her 13th book report in the “Laugh out Loud @ the Library Reading Program.” The program will run from June 30-Aug. 22 and children ages 3 and up can sign up now for for a chance to read books and win prizes.