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Oak/Blueberry prescribed burns

The Oak/Blueberry prescribed burns are designed to improve oak and blueberry habitat by reducing competing vegetation and allowing oak trees and blueberry plants to thrive in the future. 

 April 29, 2016, Duluth – Warm and dry spring weather conditions are allowing the Superior National Forest to continue prescribed fire activities that will improve wildlife habitat, reduce hazardous fuels, and restore or maintain forest health in areas of the Forest. Fire crews are also prepared to respond to wildfires as conditions dry.

Fire crews focused efforts yesterday and will continue today on burning near Echo Lake and Lake Jeanette along the Echo Trail within the LaCroix Ranger District. The purpose of this management is to improve oak and blueberry habitat to benefit moose. The Forest is working to improve mast and berry production in these areas for the moose, a species whose numbers have declined across northern Minnesota in recent years. The oak and blueberry habitat is located on rock knobs and outcroppings where fuels are sparse and dry quickly after the snow melts or after rains 

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 Thunder Bay, Ontario, April 27, 2016 – On Sunday  May 1st, the city of Thunder Bay will join thousands of Canadians as they come together to hike in support of hospice palliative care. 2016 marks the fifth year that Hospice Northwest has hosted this unique national event, which has been raising funds for end-of-life care and grief support services for the past 14 years.   

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Holly Freill Receives Human Touch Award - Monday, April 25, 2016

Holly Freill Receives Human Touch Award #LSNhealth

Holly Freill 

Thunder Bay, ON  -----  April 25, 2016 ----- Holly Freill, Renal Dietitian with Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC), is the winner of a Human Touch Award. Freill was honoured at a ceremony in Toronto on Thursday April 21 for her exceptional commitment to patient care.

The Human Touch Awards are presented by Cancer Care Ontario and the Ontario Renal Network and showcase the incredible work taking place across the province each day by committed, dedicated and compassionate health care professionals and volunteers. Eight health care professionals and volunteers, including Freill, were recognized at the 10th annual Human Touch Awards. This marks the first Human Touch Award for the Northwest Regional Renal Program. 


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Fort Fest 2016 - Sunday, April 24, 2016

Fort Fest 2016  #LSNarts

Fort Fest 2016 

It’s back! Fort William Historical Park’s amphitheatre will rock once again as it hosts Fort Fest; a community music festival taking place July 15 & 16. Taking the stage will be The Cult, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Platinum Blonde, Sass Jordan, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, The Trews, 54-40, Helix, Doucette plus a variety of local talent. Tickets go on sale April 25, 2016 at 9:00am!  Two-day festival pass only $60 until July 14th.     

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Can-Am Police-Fire Games Volunteer Recruitment Drive - Saturday, April 23, 2016

Can-Am Police-Fire Games Volunteer Recruitment Drive #LSNsports

Police Fire Games

April 23, 2016 - In just over 90 days, Thunder Bay will be welcoming law enforcement, fire, emergency and protective services personnel from across North America to the 2016 Can-Am Police-Fire Games.  The Can-Am Games will take place July 16 to 24, 2016.

Organizers of the Games are looking to secure 500 volunteers for the event to assist with sporting events, venue set-up and take down, facilitating hospitality and transportation services, and many other tasks.
To date, around 200 volunteers have registered, both locally and from other communities, which is consistent with the Volunteer Committee’s expectations at this point.  

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Beaux Daddy's Chamber After Business - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Beaux Daddy's Chamber  After Business #LSNchamber

Beaux Daddy's After Business TB Chamber

 THUNDER BAY, ON  ---   Arpril 19, 2016  ---- On Wednesday April 20th, at the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce "After Business" event being hosted by Beaux Daddy's Canajun Grillhouse, you can catch James along with Calum Robertson on Lead Guitar and Tom Boshcoff on Stand-Up Bass from 5:00 to 7:00 pm... and perhaps a little later for those who stick around. 

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Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior Fund Raising Dinne - Monday, April 18, 2016

Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior Fund Raising Dinner #LSNoutdoors

CLLS Fund Raising Dinner

 Lee Radzak is a modern day lighthouse keeper as he is the Historic Site Manager for Split Rock Lighthouse and he will be the guest speaker for an upcoming dinner and dance hosted by the Thunder Bay, Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior group (CLLS).

Lighthouses embody the history and spirit of our region.  Now you can be part of preserving these guardians of our marine culture and maintaining them for future generations by attending the upcoming fundraising dinner. 

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TBSO ANNOUNCES OUTSTANDING 2016/17 SEASON! - Sunday, April 10, 2016


TBSO 2016 - 17 Season

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---   April 10, 2016 ----–  The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (TBSO) is proud to announce the 2016/17 season led by Music Director Arthur Post. Subscriptions are now available at the Community Auditorium Box Office, offering substantial savings over single ticket prices.


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Road Hockey Pandora Intercity Join Staal Open - Saturday, April 9, 2016

Road Hockey Pandora Intercity Join Staal Open  #LSNsports

Staal Open Road Hockey

 THUNDER BAY, ON ----  April 9, 2016 ---– Two teams will face off in Thunder Bay, at the first ever Pandora Intercity Summer Classic, a new road hockey event at the 2016 Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel.

The Pandora Intercity Summer Classic is anticipated to be quite the spectacle, featuring a showdown between the Staal brothers, present and former NHL players, Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada players and the media including local and TSN personalities. The historic event 

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Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN)

 THUNDER BAY, ON ---  April 5, 2016 ---  Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) has launched an emergency relief fund to assist Pikangikum First Nation following a tragic house fire that claimed nine lives in the remote community last week.

“Chief and Council have been overwhelmed with generous offers of support, and while these kind offers are greatly appreciated they are often difficult for the community to coordinate,” said Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler. “To simplify things we have established the Pikangikum Emergency Relief Fund to accept monetary donations, 100 per cent of which will be provided to the community to help meet their needs. 

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Thunder Bay Arts & Heritage Awards - Friday, April 1, 2016

Thunder Bay Arts & Heritage Awards #LSNarts

Thunder Bay Arts & Heritage Awards

 THUNDER BAY, ON ----   April 1, 2016 – The achievements and contributions of local artists, cultural professionals, organizations and businesses were celebrated at the City of Thunder Bay’s annual Arts & Heritage Awards, presented by the Walleye, on Thursday evening at the Finnish Labour Temple.

This year’s nominees represent a wide spectrum of Thunder Bay’s cultural sector from individual artists, theater, film, music and historians to cultural business, educators, and supporters.  

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Be careful if you find a Discard Needle - Thursday, March 31, 2016

Be careful if you find a Discard Needle #LSNhealth

Needles Litter

 March 31, 2016 –- THUNDER BAY, ON   -----  The arrival of spring and warmer temperatures uncover large amounts of litter on city streets and parks, and the Thunder Bay Drug Strategy is reminding residents to take care if they find a discarded needle.

Disposing of needles is not a core function of the Thunder Bay Police, 

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TB Chamber Business Awards Nominations - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

TB Chamber Business Awards Nominations #LSNeconomy

2015 Chamber Award Winners

 THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  March 29, 2016  --- In a media release Nancy Milani, Events Manager stated the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Annual Business  Awards  of Excellence are taking place Saturday, April 9th 6pm at the Victoria Inn and Conference Centre.
The evening begins with a Champagne Reception followed by a four course dinner and presentation of 16 different awards.


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AV Terrace Bay Receives First Delivery of Wood Fibre From Mkwa Timber LP - Sunday, March 27, 2016

AV Terrace Bay Receives First Delivery of Wood Fibre From Mkwa Timber LP #LSNeconomy


 Terrace Bay, ON - March 27th, 2016 - AV Terrace Bay receives the first delivery of wood fibre from Mkwa Timber LP. This shipment comes following the February announcement of the agreement between Mkwa Timber LP and AVTB.

This inaugural delivery of wood fibre is the first shipment since Biigtigong Nishnaabeg (formerly Pic River First Nation) took possession of its new Ponsee harvesting equipment in January. Both parties are excited about the potential harvest capacity and the growing relationship between Mkwa Timber and AVTB. Mkwa Timber has become a significant fibre supplier and its wood fibre is part of AV Terrace Bay’s committed Crown fibre supply from the Pic River Forest, which is being sustainably managed by the Nawiinginokiima Forest Management Corporation.

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Soo Locks open for 2016 season - Saturday, March 26, 2016

Soo Locks open for 2016 season #LSNshipping

Samuel Risley Canadian Ice Breaker

 Washington, D.C. (March 26, 2016) – The Canadian Ice Breaker Samuel Risley, breaking ice in Thunder Bay harbour, Friday. At 12:01 a.m. Friday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officially opened the Soo Locks for the start of the 2016 shipping season. The locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan are among 16 locks that form the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway navigation system which extends from Duluth, Minnesota, and Thunder Bay, Ontario  to the Atlantic Ocean. Together these 16 locks lift or lower ships 600 feet – the height of a 60 story building. 

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EcoSuperior online Rain Barrel Auction - Thursday, March 24, 2016

EcoSuperior online Rain Barrel Auction #LSNoutdoors

Eco Superior Rain Barrels

 Thunder Bay, ON ----  March 23, 2016   – Skyscapes and scenes from outer space are among this year’s themes for Thunder Bay's  EcoSuperior’s annual Painted Rain Barrel Auction, which launched online this week.
Prospective buyers can now bid on painted rain barrels that have been completed so far: The online auction runs until March 31. Then the top bids will be carried over to the main event, the silent auction at the Spring Home & Garden Show from April 1-3 at the Sports Dome. 

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Shipping Season underway Port of Duluth-Superior - Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Shipping Season underway  Port of Duluth-Superior #LSNshipping

Edwin H. Gott

 Duluth, Minn., USA (March 22, 2016 ----Shortly after4 a.m. Tuesday, , the Edwin H. Gott, is  moved from its winter berth at the Clure Public Marine Terminal – first to fuel, then to depart mid-morning beneath Duluth’s famed Aerial Bridge en route to the CN Dock in Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. Shortly thereafter, another ship in the Great Lakes Fleet, the Philip R. Clark, also will fuel and head to Two Harbors.  Both vessels, with deliveries to make to steel mills on the Lower Lakes, will proceed across Lake Superior toward Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., to ‘line up’ in a downbound queue to await the opening of the Soo Locks at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, March 25.  [Note: The Welland Canal opened at 8 a.m. today; the Montreal/Lake Ontario section of the St. Lawrence Seaway opens Wednesday. 

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2016 Mille Lacs regulations designed to keep walleye fishing open - Monday, March 21, 2016

2016 Mille Lacs regulations designed to keep walleye fishing open  #LSNoutdoors

 2016 Mille Lacs regulations designed to keep walleye fishing open

 ST PAUL, MINNESOTA ---  March 21, 2016  -- Regulations designed to protect the fish needed to rebuild Mille Lacs Lake’s walleye population will require that walleye anglers use only artificial bait and immediately release all walleye when Minnesota’s 2016 fishing season opens Saturday, May 14.

“A catch-and-release walleye season allows us to protect future spawners yet acknowledges the desire that fishing remain open,” said Don Pereira, fisheries chief for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Not allowing harvest is a difficult decision but it provides our best option.” 

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Seaway Opens Two Weeks Earlier - Monday, March 21, 2016

Seaway Opens Two Weeks Earlier #LSNshipping

CSL Thunder Bay Welland

 Washington, DC (March 21, 2016) – The U.S. and Canadian Seaway  Corporations marked the opening of the Seaway’s 58th navigation season today, with the transit of Canada Steamship Lines’ Thunder Bay through Lock 3 on the Welland Canal.  The ship, carrying a load of road salt, will be replenishing stocks depleted by ice storms which repeatedly struck Eastern Canada over the winter.  

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Ontario’s Debt Balloon - Saturday, March 19, 2016

Ontario’s Debt Balloon

Ontario’s Debt Balloon

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ---    March 19, 2016  ---  The Ontario government’s net debt has expanded from 28% of the provincial economy in 2008/09 to an expected 40% in 2014/15. This represents an increase of over $117 billion or $7,800 more debt per On-tarian. The debt-to-GDP ratio is now much higher than during the fiscally challenging decade of the 1990s, when it peaked at 32%. The growth in debt since the recession is due mainly to exceptionally high spending rather than weakness in revenues. By 2010/11, revenues were back above their pre-recession level but the gap between spending and revenues had grown enormously.  

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White-nose syndrome can kill bats, confirmed in Minnesota - Saturday, March 19, 2016

White-nose syndrome can kill bats, confirmed in Minnesota #LSNoutdoors


White-nose syndrome Bat

 ST Paul, Minnesota --- March 19, 2016  ---  White-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease that is harmful and usually fatal to hibernating bats, has been confirmed at Lake Vermilion - Soudan Underground Mine State Park in northeastern Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Starting in late January, several hundred bats have been found dead near the main entrance to the mine. Subsequent testing of bats sent on Feb. 12 to the USGS National Wildlife Health Center confirmed the bats were infected by WNS.  

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 THUNDER BAY, ON  ----  March 17, 2016  ---  In a landmark report released today, the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has outlined an opportunity to bring real and meaningful change to Ontario’s health care system. The report, Transformation through Value and Innovation: Revitalizing Health Care in Ontario, coincides with new survey data showing that the province is ready for health care modernization and service delivery reform. According to a poll released within the report, 77 percent of Ontarians are concerned about the sustainability of their health care system, and 80 percent agree with the statement that “Ontario’s health care system will need to undergo broad reform in order to meet the challenges of changing demographics”. 

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Barb Barkman (Sachigo FN), mother of 3 students attending DFC, Adam Beardy
(former DFC Student from Sachigo FN) Robert Barkman (Sachigo FN),
NAN Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox, Darlene Barkman (Sachigo FN),
and Natasha Chapman (Fort Severn First Nation, former DFC Student)

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----   March 10, 2016  --- Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox welcomed to Thunder Bay, walkers from the Sachigo Lake First Nation on the completion of 'Journey of New Beginnings lll', a 1,000-kilometre journey to raise funds for the proposed Dennis Franklin Cromarty Living Centre in Thunder Bay.


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Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerces

 THUNDER BAY, ON  ----  March 8, 2016  ----–  Last night, City Council ratified the 2016 Budget resulting in a 4.04% increase in the tax levy as well as increases in numerous user fees for business and residents.

“The reduction of the tax levy increase from the starting point of 5.77% shows that the business community’s concerns about rising costs were heard by Council,” says Charla Robinson, President of the Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber is pleased that Council was able to bring the final tax levy increase down to 4.04%, representing a 2.10% increase for existing taxpayers.” 

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Car Raffle Continues Critical Support of Cardiac Care - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Car Raffle Continues Critical Support of Cardiac Care #LSNhealth

Car Raffle Continues Critical Support of Cardiac Care
Ryan Witiluk, General Manager, Balmoral Park Acura, presents the keys of a
brand new 2016 Acura ILX to the Grand Prize winner of the 2016
Save a Heart Car Raffle, Robert Gashinski. Gashinski was
beyond thrilled by the win and emotionally shared that his ticket purchases
and win were dedicated to the memory of his mother who passed away from a heart attack.

Thunder Bay, ON --- March 8, 2016  ----Today, the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation celebrated the winners of its sixth annual Save a Heart Car Raffle.

The grand prize winner, Robert Gashinski, drove away in his new 2016 Acura ILX, generously donated outright by Balmoral Park Acura, allowing more funds to go directly to cardiac care. “Excellent cardiac care is a must have in this community,” said Ryan Witiluk, General Manager, Balmoral Park Acura. “We are so proud to stand behind this raffle to ensure people who need life-saving cardiac care have it and have it here.”  

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