Year in review: July 2021

Below is a collection of some of the most clicked stories on KenoraOnline and DrydenNow as of July 2021.

Over 100 people gathered in Kenora to pay tribute to the lives lost in residential schools and the survivors. The group started the morning under the Whitecap Lodge in Kenora and walked to the Cecilia Jeffrey Residential School site on Airport Road … Read More.

Gabe Mastromatteo. Photo courtesy of Swimming Canada.

This is the moment Gabe Mastromatteo and Northwestern Ontario have been waiting for since joining the Canadian Olympic swim team last month. Mastromatteo is set to hit the water tomorrow and start his Olympic round tomorrow morning at 6:25 am CDT competing in the men’s 100m breaststroke as an individual. Mastromatteo will be in the third round and is assigned to lane 3 … Read More.

Gabe Mastromatteo of Kenora is on his way to the medal round in the men’s 4x100m medley relay. Gabe and his team finished 8th overall in their last swimming event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with a time of 3:32:37 … Read More.

Kenora AirportCourtesy of Kenora Airport.

The City of Kenora has declared a state of emergency for the purpose of housing forest fire evacuees. The state of emergency allows the City of Kenora to obtain funds for the evacuation and to make emergency decisions … Read more.

Kenora 51, northwest of Kenora in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park, has been remapped to an area of ​​31,673 hectares, or 316.73 km². Read more.

red skyPhoto courtesy of Amanda Sainnawap – Former Chief of the Pikangikum First Nation.

Extreme forest fires in the Red Lake area have put the municipality on high alert as the Red Lake 77 and 16 fires progress near the community. The municipality and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry continue to closely monitor forest fire conditions … Read More.

A Deer Lake First Nation evacuee who was evacuated to Dryden on their way to Thunder Bay publicly accused the Comfort Inn Dryden of increasing their room rates as a result of the evacuation. Read more.

The Lake of the Woods Control Board (LWCB) says this has been the driest year for the Lake of the Woods sub-basin since 1961, according to its records. According to Environment Canada’s historical records, between January 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021, 152.8 mm of precipitation fell in the Kenora area … Read more.

Smoking in Kenora

Numerous large forest fires in Northwestern Ontario have rolled smoke across Kenora today causing low visibility and intense smoke odors throughout. Kenora Fire confirmed today that the smoke is not from fires near Kenora. The smoke was blown out by the forest fires at Red Lake 61, 15, 77 and Kenora 51. Read more.

BomberPhoto courtesy of Brandy Parnell.

High temperatures, little precipitation and numerous thunderstorms have caused numerous large forest fires in northwestern Ontario. The extreme fire risk and the increase in forest fires prompted the ministry to issue an emergency zones order in northwestern Ontario. This decree has the effect of allowing the ministry to take special measures to ensure the safety of persons and the protection of essential goods … Read more.

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Kenora Ontario Provincial Police are investigating a suspicious death on Mikado Avenue in Kenora. The OPP said at around 3 p.m. on Friday, July 30, officers were called to a residence on Mikado Avenue where a deceased person was found … Read More.

Dr Steven ViherjokiDr Steven Viherjoki

Dr. Steven Viherjoki of Dryden was recognized for his hard work and dedication to the community by being this year’s recipient of the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (CRPS) Rural Service Award … Read More.

Sun and lake

Kenora broke a one-year-old heat record on Saturday, according to historical weather data provided by Environment Canada. The previous July 3 record was 32.3 ° C, set in 2020 … Read more.

Australian FF in KenoraPhoto courtesy of NWAC National Council for Fire and Emergency Services in Australia and New Zealand. Twitter page.

About 20 Australian wildland firefighters will travel to northwestern Ontario to help fight several large wildfires in the region. “Australian wildfire staff have arrived in Ontario and will begin supporting Ontario with an Incident Management Team, which is a group of specialists who manage and attend to a wildfire,” said Johnathan Scott, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Fire Information Officer … Read more.

Encourage WinnerPhoto courtesy of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG).

Timothy Skead of Kenora is richer by $ 100,000 after a lottery windfall. Skead tied the last six of seven numbers AGAIN in the May 21, 2021 Lotto Max draw to win $ 100,000 … Read More.

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After nearly 12 years, the Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation is bidding farewell to its Executive Director. Jess Rheault took office in November 2009, overseeing fundraising, event planning, budget management, accounting, public relations, proposals, donor management and liaison between hospital staff and the hospital staff. LWDHF staff and board … Read more.

PeachJay Samsal and Troy Noram won the 2021 Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship and the $ 10,000 that goes with it. Photo courtesy of Jason Cain.

Jay Samsal and Troy Norman won the Canadian Bass Championship from Fort Frances and broke a 23-year record in the process. The Fort Frances and Kenora team staged a 62.10 lb fish tournament, breaking the previous tournament record of 58.62 lb … Read More.

DogLast night, the mayor and council cut the ribbon for the city’s first off-leash dog park behind the A&W ball fields.

Last night, the mayor and council cut the ribbon for the city’s first off-leash dog park behind the A&W ball fields. This new addition in Kenora comes from the need for dog owners to have an off-leash park. in the city … Read more.

Photo courtesy of Wabaseemoong Last Friday, the Independent Wabaseemong First Nation hosted a groundbreaking ceremony in their community for their Green Living for Tiny Homes project. The ceremony was to officially start the construction of the first of the 6 small houses. Photo courtesy of the Independent Nations of Wabaseemoong Facebook page.

Last Friday, the Independent Wabaseemong First Nation hosted a groundbreaking ceremony in their community for their Green Living for Tiny Homes project. The ceremony was to officially start the construction of the first of the 6 small houses. During the ceremony, community elders blessed the area by placing tobacco in the ground alongside Wabaseemong leader Waylon Scott and entrepreneur Mike Neniska and songs were also performed. A minute of silence was observed in memory of mass graves discovered in residential schools across Canada … Read More.