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Five new fires sparked

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

Sioux Lookout Fire #22, located in the far north near Windigo Lake, was listed as “being observed” at 30 hectares in size.

Sioux Lookout Fire #23, burning near Opakopa Lake, 20 km southwest of Weagamow Lake First Nation, was listed as “not under control” at 40 ha at last report.

Charge laid in stabbing here

Just after midnight on June 11, members of the Rainy River District OPP were dispatched to a report of an altercation on Third Street East in Fort Frances.

Two male parties received minor injuries as a result of the incident.

As a result of the police investigation, a 21-year-old Fort Frances man is facing a charge of assault with a weapon.

Charged upped to murder

On Feb. 26, 2018, shortly after 8 a.m., members of the Kenora OPP responded to a report of a sudden death at a residence on the 800 block of Railway Street in Kenora.

The female victim, identified as 77-year-old Brenda Richardson of Fort Frances, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Trenton Richardson, 26, a former Kenora resident, was charged with assault causing bodily harm.

Driver facing charges

On June 11 around 5 a.m., members of the Rainy River District OPP received a call of a stolen vehicle in the Town of Fort Frances.

Officers commenced an investigation and located a vehicle matching the description of the stolen vehicle at the intersection of Central Avenue and Third Street West.

Fake jewellery being sold

The Kenora OPP has been made aware of fraud regarding fake gold jewellery being sold in the Kenora area.

Police have been told that individuals driving a small grey hatchback have approached Kenora residents trying to sell fake gold jewellery that is stamped “18K” with a story that they are trying to get back to Montreal.

Fire hazard on the rise

Despite an escalating forest fire hazard in the Northwest Region, no new fires were reported by yesterday afternoon.

A late fire start on the evening of June 18 was found near the far north community of Webequie.

Nipigon Fire #12, which escaped a trench at the community's dump site, was listed as “being held” at 0.1 hectares in size at last report.

Modern pow-wow keeps tradition alive

The “pow-wow trail” has been a very popular summer event for many people—and for a very long time.

Almost every weekend, from the beginning of June until the end of August, a pow-wow can be found within the district, with colourful and intricate regalia, drummers that instantly catch your attention, and very generous feasts.

But what is a pow-wow and why are they held?