Below is a collection of some of the most clicked-on stories on KenoraOnline and DrydenNow in the month of March 2022. 

OPP finds individual responsible for downtown fake video, no charges laid

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The Kenora Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)  found the person responsible for the fake video that circulated on social media in early January.

The video showed police in front of the Pet Valu and the Husky Gas Bar on Chipman Street, but in the background at least 10 gunshots were heard, which caused concern by residents. Read more. 

Ukrainian-born Kenora woman devastated seeing her country 'in pieces'

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Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, threatening the independence of 44 million residents. The United Nations said about 1.5 million refugees have fled the country, and as of March 6, thousands are believed to have been killed or injured through the conflict.

“I’m okay...as well as I can be,” said Kenora resident and proud former Ukrainian resident Lena, who asked Q104 to keep her last name private to help protect her family members still living in Ukraine.

“I have lots of anxiety. I’m scared and my anger is growing. I can’t understand how this is possible, to have war in the middle of Europe in the 21st century.” Read more

Red Lake’s Ukrainian dentist raises $55,000 for home country

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An incredible show of support in the Red Lake community led to over $55,000 in donations to support Ukraine’s military members and three Ukrainian charities.

Ukrainian-born Dr. Kostyantyn Bulavintsev with the Red Lake Dental Clinic, known locally as ‘Dr. Kosta’, and his wife worked to collect donations to support their home country in the fight against Russia’s illegal invasion, to help in any way they could. Read more 

Long-time educator recognized as Woman of Merit

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Women's Shelter, Saakaate House put out the call for nominations for their 2022 Woman of Merit Award and the winner was announced. 

Kenora's Tracey Benoit was recognized as the Woman of Merit after being nominated for her contributions within the education sector and community. Read more

Gateway Casinos: ‘We’ll see’ on Kenora project

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Gateway Casinos and Entertainment’s Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Rob Mitchell, said there are no plans to begin construction on the approved $21 million project at the former mill property on Ninth Street North in Kenora. Read more

Mandatory mask mandate ends after 586 days in NWO

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One year, seven months and nine days later, mask mandates in most indoor public settings ended in Ontario. Read more