On March 4, Rainy River District OPP officers were advised of a phone scam trying to deceive a local resident of cash in support of an initiative targeting bullying.
The scam involved a male calling a Fort Frances residence and asking them to make a donation in the amount of $100, $200, or $300.
The resident did not donate and called police.
Sara Mainville has been elected the new chief of Couchiching First Nation.
Yesterday’s band election also saw Ron Archie and Bill Perrault newly-elected as councillors.
Re-elected councillors included Ed Yerxa, Dave Bruyere, Lucille “Bugsy” Morrisseau, and Christine Jourdain.
A total of seven candidates were running for chief, with 29 vying for the six seats on council.
While some people might be headed to a tropical destination for March Break, others will remain in Fort Frances.
But plenty of activities are planned to keep youngsters busy throughout the week.
The Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre has organized a “March Break Extravaganza,” with a different activity scheduled for each day.
There were more winners in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association’s weekly cash calendar draw.
Winning $100 for Feb. 28 and March 1 were Richard Ladouceur (Timmins) and Doug Belanger (Thunder Bay).
Ontario is creating 46 new jobs while improving infrastructure on Highway 11 east of Fort Frances.
The Seven-Mile Bridge is being replaced to improve travel and safety for families and businesses while strengthening tourism and the economy in the north.
The Sharp Group has been awarded the $4.6-million contract.
Work will begin this spring, with completion scheduled for the fall.
Rianna Roach and Mikaelah Yerxa are becoming leaders within their school community after having attended an indigenous youth leadership gathering last month.
“I really felt empowered,” said Roach, noting the pair took part in a variety of cultural presentations and workshops at the First Nation, Métis and Inuit Student Winter and Leadership Program in Parry Sound, Ont.
The four local First Nations which are plaintiffs in the “two-chain” case are disappointed with the decision announced Feb. 19 and will be appealing the ruling by Justice J.S. Fregeau.
The local Salvation Army will be celebrating its 100th anniversary next month and they are inviting the community to join in the festivities.
“The Salvation Army started in Fort Frances 100 years ago and in recognition of 100 years of services here, we are having a concert and worship service to commemorate that milestone,” noted Lt. Dennis Maybury.
It might have felt like minus-40 C outside but that didn’t stop people from enjoying fun-filled activities and entertainment during the 32nd-annual Nestor Falls Winter Carnival over the weekend.
“I think it went very well,” enthused Howard Dodd, a member of the Nestor Falls recreation committee which stages the annual event.
“The dance has a really good crowd,” he noted.
Donald Young School will receive the Rainy River District School Board’s “Recognition of Excellence” for its strength-based approach at the board’s regular meeting there tonight.
“A strength-based approach is a unique perspective for working with people to build resiliency,” noted a report to the board.
“In education, it is about seeing students as possibilities, not problems.