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White bald eagle, northern cardinals, thrill local birders in northwestern Ontario

A Thunder Bay-based biologist with a passion for birds says the fall of 2020 has brought a bumper crop of unique sightings.

Kenora based brewery aging beer under Lake of the Woods ice

The Lake of the Woods Brewing Company has taken the term having a cold one to another level.

Sioux Narrows-based outfitter collecting winter clothes for needy people in Kenora

An outfitting business in Sioux Narrows, Ont. has put the call out to anyone with winter items that they don't need. Crawford's Camp is asking people to donate boots, gloves, jackets and any other extra - warm items they have been storing and not using.

Love for mules at the heart of new northwestern Ontario business

A new business hopes to introduce more people in northwestern Ontario to mules, a truly remarkable animal.

Lakehead Region Conservation Authority having a good summer

After a rough patch that's included vandalism, theft and even natural disaster, the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority has been getting some good news lately.

Fish kill in Greenstone, Ont. raises concerns

A significant fish kill in the Greenstone area of northwestern Ontario has left many lakes and rivers in the area fouled by rotten carcasses, and residents concerned. Some of the lakes where dead fish have been noticed include popular destinations like Kenogamisis, Chipman and Long Lake.

Invasive spiny water flea the focus of Quetico-based study

A tiny invasive species called the spiny water flea will be the focus of a three year study in Quetico Provincial Park.

Thunder Bay mother, daughter stuck in Botswana due to COVID -19 travel complications

A woman from Thunder Bay, Ont., says she and her nine-year-old daughter have been unable to leave Botswana and return to Canada because due of travel complications created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Frontline couple from Thunder Bay, Ont., reunites with 20-month-old daughter

Concern over possible contact with COVID-19 led the Armstrongs to pass their 18-month-old daughter, named Harper, to Tom's parents for care. Last week, after nearly two-and-a-half months apart, the Armstrongs were reunited with Harper.

Lake Superior, family and loss: 24 Leeches film 'packs a punch'

A Michigan based film maker has released a short film that is both a celebration of Lake Superior's Slate Islands, and a memorial to his son. Aaron Peterson shot the film 24 Leeches in 2018, and had his eight-year-old son Josiah narrate it. The film chronicles a 10-day family canoe trip around the Slate Islands, on Lake Superior, and focuses on Josiah and his younger sister experiencing the beauty and ruggedness of the area.

Finnish culture, happiness to be featured via virtual 'Rent a Finn' program

Finland is considered the happiest place in the world by the United Nations, and has received that designation for 3 years running. That happy track record has lead a Finnish travel organization, to launch a virtual campaign called "Rent a Finn." Every week, the program will feature a person showcasing a Finnish way of life, while hopefully spreading some happiness in the process.

First a fire, then a break-in: Underground Gym drop-in centre for kids in Thunder Bay dealt another blow

The Underground Gym, in Thunder Bay, Ont. has been dealt another blow. Gym founder Peter Panetta said the gym was broken into some time this week. Panetta said although the gym was closed, there was a large amount of boxing and musical equipment stored there, as well as other items.

St. John Ambulance, in Thunder Bay, offers online first aid course during pandemic

St. John Ambulance in Thunder Bay, Ont., is offering a free first aid awareness course on its website until May 31.

Northern Ontario outfitters get marketing help via virtual meet and greets with potential clients

A southern Ontario man is trying to help tourist outfitters in the northern part of the province by hosting a weekly virtual “meet and greet” via Zoom.

Frontline couple in Thunder Bay, Ont., gives toddler daughter to grandparents during pandemic

For people who work on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic, this is an especially scary time.

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