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Tragic lesson

The contrails from the fiery demise of space shuttle Columbia in the clear blue sky over Texas on Saturday morning had barely faded away when the chorus began of the need to keep the space program going despite the tragedy.

Centennial gift

Fur is what brought the first voyageurs to this area some 300 years ago, but it was the lure of the forest—and the seemingly boundless timber resources—that laid the foundation for this town to be officially born in 1903.

Raise a stink

There have been a deluge of letters to the editor of late over Dr. Pete Sarsfield’s ongoing efforts to ban smoking in all enclosed public places as well as whether Wal-Mart will proceed with building a store here.

But where’s the outcry over an equally serious, if not moreso, problem facing Fort Frances residents. Namely, that we’re being ripped off by our own provincial government.

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.