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Broadband essential

Although it appears funding for two separate studies on the feasibility of delivering broadband access to rural municipalities and First Nations of Rainy River District won’t be forthcoming because of a push towards one regional effort, it is important that senior levels of governments understand the value of the Internet.

Christmas greetings

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people.

Perfect partners

One of the many impacts of the impending closure of three elementary schools here is the future of Fort Frances Nursery School, which currently is housed in Alexander MacKenzie, one of the schools on the chopping block.

Mermaid best choice

Although we’re decades behind the times, it appears Fort Frances finally is serious about erecting some type of statue along our waterfront as a tourist attraction.

Of course, a giant bass is an early favourite, given Rainy Lake’s reputation for having a world-class bass fishery and the fact the annual Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship in now the major event here each July.

No time to waver

Despite Iraq’s begrudging acceptance to allow UN weapons inspectors back into their country, and a promise to meet a Dec. 8 deadline to declare any weapons of mass destruction, the consensus is that a new war in the Persian Gulf is inevitable.

Perfect choice

Granted, we don’t know who all the nominees were, but it’s hard to imagine the selection committee could have picked a more fitting choice as the town’s “Citizen of the Year” than Lin and Jean Boileau.

Town council evidently agreed, approving the choice unanimously at last night’s meeting.

Lest we forget

Canadians once again will pause at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to solemnly remember those who have given their lives so that the rest of us can live in freedom.