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Beware of slush on lakes

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is advising the public to plan ahead when it comes to recreational snowmobiling. In the past few weeks there has been a surge in calls for help from stranded sledders on local lakes.

The substantial snowfall this winter has produced extreme slush conditions wreaking havoc on area lakes.

Fire victim identified

Members of the Kenora OPP, the Marine and Trails Unit (MTU), and the Forensic Identification Unit are investigating a fatal fire on Lake of the Woods.

On Monday, Feb. 18 around 1 p.m., the Kenora OPP was advised of a structure on fire on Kendal Inlet Road on Lake of the Woods.

OPP warning of slushy ice

Due to a high volume of snow, and changes in the temperature in Fort Frances and surrounding areas, there is a significant amount of slush and high snow drifts on Rainy Lake.

The OPP is advising the public to plan ahead when it comes to recreational snowmobiling.

In the past few weeks, there has been a surge in calls for help from stranded sledders on local lakes.

Builders Club back at Robert Moore

The student-run Builders Club has returned to Robert Moore School after a lengthy hiatus and is ready to make its community a better place.

“I am super glad and excited that we're back up and running because I really enjoy spending time with those children,” enthused Sarah Freeman-Kivimaki, who currently runs the Builders Club and had been involved for 12 years prior.

Several facing charges

Shortly before 3 a.m. on Feb. 24, members of the Rainy River District OPP were called to investigate a traffic complaint on Portage Avenue North.

As a result, a 20-year-old Fort Frances male was charged with operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol level over .08 mg and operating a vehicle while impaired.

He also was charged with resisting a police officer.

Unifor, Domtar reach deal in Ear Falls

Domtar and Unifor have negotiated $100,000 early-retirement packages, and up to $50,000 in moving allowances, for about two dozen woodlands employees near Ear Falls.

“EACOM's Ear Falls sawmill recently hired dozens of additional Unifor members for increased lumber production and saw log harvesting on the Trout Forest,” said Unifor Local 324 president George Smith.