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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.

Crop trials highlighted at ag station

Although she had hoped for a better turnout at the Emo Agricultural Research Station open house last Tuesday evening (July 24), research technician Kim Jo Bliss still was happy to highlight several of the crop trials for the nearly two dozen people who did attend. Two of the crops she showed during the tour through the large fields were trials of switchgrass and hybrid poplar trees.

Hallam takes helm of DU

    Rick Hallam recently took over as chairman of the local Ducks Unlimited chapter from long-time head Barney Maher and now is trying to figure out his game plan for the group.    “Barney left me with some big shoes to fill and it’s not going to be easy,” said Hallam.

Fewer kids falling out of windows

 George Christopoulos fitted the spare room on the second storey of his home with a home-made, child-proof gate so his granddaughter could visit without him worrying about the three year-old falling out of a window.    As a retired window repairman, he knows how easy it is for inquisitive toddlers to tumble out of windows.    “You kidding?” he said. “From second storey? It’s three meters down.