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Atikokan flood relief gets boost

Flood relief efforts in Atikokan got a big financial shot-in-the-arm yesterday thanks to a $10,000 cheque from Videon and Cancom.

“It's really something,” enthused Moreen Cox, a flood disaster relief volunteer.

“This is the biggest donation by far," she noted. "There have been some astronomical amounts of financial loss for a town this size.”

Region’s tourism potential being tapped

Darryl Lewis, the person in charge of community planning for Duluth, Mn., spoke Friday at the “Northern Networks” trade conference here to explain his department’s outlook on tourism.

“We’re a crossroads," he noted of people travelling east and west and north and south en route to destinations. ”And we’re looking to attract them for one or two-night stays.

Dozens go for drive in country

About 100 people ventured into farm country Sunday afternoon, making many call the Rainy River Federation of Agriculture’s “Drive in the Country” farm tour a success.

Organizer Deb Cornell said attendance was up from last year’s tour and the feedback she’s been hearing has been very positive.

Area service board on fast track

Speed could be the essential for Rainy River District to have its own area services board (ASB)—and not be forced to join in with Kenora District.

Fort Frances Mayor Glenn Witherspoon said the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines wants no more than 10 ASBs across Northern Ontario. To help achieve that, he said it’s recommending the boards cover a population base of 30,000.