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A success story

The Rainy River District School Board deserves high marks for its concerted effort to improve local students’ results on the provincial Grade 10 literacy test, which saw the board jump from the lowest-ranked in Ontario to above the provincial average.

All in the space of a year.

It’s up to us

Despite mediocre results, at best, with a 49.52 percent return rate, town council on Monday night voted to stick with the mail-in ballot system for the next municipal election in November, 2003.

Now let’s see results

It’s been said before, but is worth repeating, that there’s no way Fort Frances and International Falls should have waited 100 years to become “sister cities.”

But now that it’s finally official after last Thursday afternoon’s signing ceremonies both here and across the river, there’s no time to waste in putting our renewed spirit of goodwill and co-operation to serious work.

Remembering

As the world marks the first anniversary of the horrific terrorist attacks on the United States last Sept. 11, most people will remember the utter disbelief they felt while scenes of the destruction and chaos in New York City, Washington, D.C., and a field in Pennsylvania unfolded on their TV screens.

It was surreal then—and remains so today.

Helping hands

It’s often difficult to truly grasp what benefits a local service club provides unless the result is standing before you in living colour.

Such was the case here Saturday night when first a young family from International Falls, and then a mother of four from Galveston, Texas, stood up to share their stories of how the Shrine Club helped them out in their time of need.

A delicate balance

If you spent a good part of June helplessly watching the rising lake flood your property, swamp your dock, or erode your shoreline, then chances are the International Joint Commission and its rule curves (last updated in 1999) were a convenient scapegoat.

Building on bass

Five Hundred Volunteers. That’s the number of registered volunteers at the 8th Annual Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship. The success of the tournament rests on the collective shoulders of that army of people who once again showed the hospitality and warmth of the Rainy River District.

What a show

It’s hard to believe that another year has passed—and the eighth-annual Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship is now upon us. Especially with memories of Steve and Kent Ballan’s dramatic victory over Doug and Zach McBride last July still so fresh in our minds.

It’s time to bid adieu

Anyone who has an infamous “junk drawer” in their kitchen, or closets that spill their contents every which way each time you dare to open the door, knows all too well how hard it is to get rid of things.

Still, the time always comes when you just have to take a deep breath and get rid of everything. And that now applies to old Fort Frances High School on First Street East.