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Fire officials urge everyone to butt out inside
The extremely dry conditions helped to fuel two fires in the county over the weekend and fire officials are urging everyone to keep their butts inside their vehicles. Last Friday afternoon 15 acres of land were burned along Range Road 15-0 near Cassils Road and on Sunday an area of grass was lost in a ditch on the west side of Highway 36 south of Rainier. County fire chief Keith Martin said the Rainier fire destroyed an area of grass about 300 feet. “The fire cause is undetermined officially, most likely though, someone was discarding smoker’s material,” he said. Brooks deputy fire chief Stewart Luchies said while the cause of the fire along Range Road 15-0 is also difficult to determine, he found many cigarette butts and other smoker’s materials along the edge of the burn.
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Latrace breaks Games long jump record
Duchess native Sandra Latrace has reason to be smiling following her record setting gold medal performance at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg. She broke the Canada Summer Games long jump record of 6.05m by leaping a distance of 6.19m (20.31 feet) on her sixth and final jump of the event. Before her jump, a competitor from Quebec was first to break the record with a jump of 6.10m.
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Northwest Territories trip was memorable for 4-H ambassador
Patricia’s Odessa Kopp is a perfect example of one who has taken advantage of what 4-H has to offer youth. The teenager barely returned home from a nine-day trip to northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories and was off to Battle Lake for another 4-H activity. Following this, she will attend a club week event. “This has been my favorite summer ever. I have done so much 4-H stuff,” she said. Kopp said it has been crazy all the different things she has had an opportunity to do.
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Kids books needed 

Fildebrandt will not seek leadership for United Conservative Party 

County department heads, council begin budget meetings 

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