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— Photo Jamie Mountain

Local youth hockey players are working to improve their skills this week at the Northwestern Hockey Camp Canada at the Memorial Sports Centre. Led by instructors Jamie Davis, Harry Mahood, and Austin Sutter, kids aged five-17 are engaging in the high-performance sessions each day this week through Friday. The program has been designed to reflect the progressive needs of developing players.

— Photo Sam Odrowski

David Morrison admired his tie-dyed creation as he unravelled the fabric to hang it on a clothesline to dry during Community Living's Open Air Art Studio at Point Park yesterday. A Shibori Dyeing craft took place, where people could tie-dye pillow cases, bandanas, white T-shirts, or whatever fabric they wished under the guidance of Community Living staff and summer students.

Thomas Gable, a doctoral student in the department of fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology at the University of Minnesota, gave a presentation to members of the Rainy Lake Conservancy during the group's annual general meeting yesterday afternoon at La Place Rendez-Vous. He shared information about his research that focuses on wolf prededation in the “Greater Voyageurs Ecosystem,” which includes Voyageurs National Park and some of the surrounding area. The main goal is to develop a greater understanding of the relationship of wolf prededation of beavers and how it affects beaver populations.

Kathi Lampi, left, and Ashley Sisco, M. Wu Dentistry staff members, stood outside Walmart here Saturday morning for a “Stuff the Bus" event, done in conjunction with Iron Range Bus Lines, as part of their annual "Backpacks for Kids" campaign. Those who participated purchased various school supply items such as crayons, pencils, notebooks, and backpacks to help "Stuff the Bus.” The public still can donate supplies or backpacks, as well as cash, until Aug. 25 at The Bargain Shop (360 Scott St.) or M. Wu Dentistry (1202 Colonization Rd. W.)

Dolores and David Beach installed a new brick in the Lions Park pathway around the fountain on Second Street East here during this year's “Dandy Lion Festival” held yesterday afternoon. Nineteen new bricks were placed during the annual event, which also included live music and a barbecue. Brick can be purchased for $100, which will go to the Fort Frances Lions Club, which currently is raising money to replace the swing set at the park. Those interested can contact club member Paul Patterson at 276-0131.

Seven new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by late yesterday afternoon.

Fort Frances Fire #50, located near West Jackfish Lake about 40 km northwest of town, was listed as “being held” at 0.2 hectares in size at last report.

Two of the fires were reported in Kenora District, including one near George Lake, about 20 km northwest of Kenora, that was listed as “not under control” at 0.4 ha in size at last report.

The town has done its annual stock-taking and will be selling off surplus materials, equipment, and vehicles.

All town departments recently were contacted to provide a list of redundant items to be included in the sale, resulting in various items being identified as surplus.