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Health unit excited to be administering HPV vaccinations

  The Northwestern Health Unit will be administering Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccinations to Grade 8 girls attending district schools this fall.    HPV—known to be sexually-transmitted—is a main cause of cervical cancer in women.    “This vaccination is important to the protection of our youth because through a few simple doses, we can help to prevent cervical cancer and that’s an exciting

West Nile Virus identified here

  The Northwestern Health Unit would like to advise the public that West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes have been identified from a trap in the Fort Frances area.    This is the first documented case of WNV-positive mosquitoes in a municipality within the Kenora and Rainy River districts in 2007.    There has been one laboratory confirmed case of West Nile virus infection in humans in the north

African priest delivers message of thanks

    Fr. Raphael Mponda delivered a message of thanks to members of St. John’s Anglican Church here last Thursday evening.    Through a special presentation entitled “Come to the Waters,” Fr. Mponda showed those on hand the blessings their monthly donations have brought to the people of Malawi in Africa.    “Thank you for the support you have provided to my home country.

New Brunswick 4-H club ‘had a blast’ here

 The second half of a 4-H exchange between 10 local members and those in New Brunswick was completed last week after the Maritime members wrapped up their week-long visit to Rainy River District.    The local members had been paired with their New Brunswick counterparts earlier this summer after they were accepted to take part in the Canadian exchange—a program organized through Canadian 4-H in

Kids learn about local fish species

    Children learned to identify different species of fish native to Northwestern Ontario during the annual “Family Fishing Weekend” earlier this summer at Blue Lake Provincial Park.    Dick deGroot, a Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer in Dryden District, presented the program to a group of about 25 children and 12 parents in early July.    In the first part of the program, the

MADD to bring its message to students

    Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will make special presentations at schools across the district this fall thanks to funding from the Rainy River Substance Abuse Prevention Team and Rainy River Valley Safety Coalition, in conjunction with the Ontario Chiefs of Police Association.    Each presentation will be geared to the age of the audience.    For instance, a multi-media assembly with

Final phase of bass study gets underway during FFCBC

    The fourth and final phase of the first research project of the Rainy Lake Fisheries Charity Trust got underway during the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship last week.    Part four of “Investigations in Applied Smallmouth Bass Biology in Northwestern Ontario” will include recompression, or “fizzing,” of barotrauma bass, then tracked with radio telemetry after their release into the wi

Crisis centre gets two percent budget increase

    The Atikokan Crisis Centre will get much-needed funding after the announcement last Thursday that the Ministry of Community and Social Services is increasing core funding for Violence Against Women service providers.    For the ACC, this will mean an annualized two percent budget increase (equalling $15,099), as well as a one-time funding enhancement in the amount of $4,530, ACC executive d

Benefit planned for family

    A benefit is being planned for the Rod and Nikki Sinninghe family of Rainy River to help with expenses connected to their newborn baby, Kenna, who hadmajor medical problems when she arrived June 30.    It all began when Nikki’s water broke unexpectedly on the night of June 29.