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Resolute rejects Repap mill offer

Resolute Forest Products has declined an offer from Repap to acquire the Fort Frances paper mill.

In a letter sent to Mayor June Caul earlier today, Resolute president and CEO Yves Laflamme said the bid from Repap “fell short on multiple fronts.”

“Over the past two months, Resolute made a number of accommodations to support Repap’s requests,” he wrote.

Rusnak decides not to run again

Local MP Don Rusnak has withdrawn his name as the Liberal candidate for Thunder Bay-Rainy River in the federal election set for this October.

In a statement released yesterday, Rusnak said he wants to spend more time with his young family.

Rusnak, who was elected handily in 2015, also said he is proud of what has been achieved in the region these past few years,.

Repap makes offer for Fort Frances mill

Sean Twomey, vice-president of Repap, announced Friday morning that Repap has made a formal offer to Resolute Forest Products to acquire the Fort Frances paper mill.

It will operate as Rainy River Packaging Inc. and when operational, the kraft mill and two paper machines will produce kraft paper to be used in packaging everything from cement bags to paper grocery bags.

N. Stars dump Lakers

Keighan Gerrie, Jacob Brown, and Kyle Auger combined for nine points to pace the league-leading Thunder Bay North Stars to a 9-1 romp over the visiting Fort Frances Lakers on Tuesday night.

Thunder Bay (47-4-1-1) roared out to a 3-0 lead in the first period on goals by Maxime Fortin, Jayden Mrakic, and Ben Erwin.

Miners hold off Lakers

Stratton Pickett scored once and added two assists to help the Red Lake Miners hold off a late surge by the visiting Fort Frances Lakers in a narrow 6-5 win on Tuesday night.

Brett Hahkala netted a hat trick for the fifth-place Lakers, but it wasn't enough as they suffered their 32nd regulation loss of the season (16-32-2-1).

Muskie spikers nab win

The Muskie senior girls' volleyball team rebounded in a big way this morning at the all-Ontarios in Ahmerstburg.

The black-and-gold opened Pool 'A' play yesterday morning with a pair of straight-sets losses to host General Amherst (5-25/15/25) and Corpus Christi (16-25/8-25).

Muskie skiers shine

Members of the Muskie Nordic ski team had their talents on full display at the OFSAA championships held Thursday and Friday in Duntroon.

Leading the way was Emma Toriseva, who nabbed a 12th-place finish out of 129 competitors in the high school junior girls' 3.5-km division with a time of 14:58.31.

It also was the best-ever individual finish for Fort High at the all-Ontarios.