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Tournament angler thrown from boat

    An angler competing in the “Castin’ for Cash” bass tournament was sent to La Verendrye Hospital here this morning after being ejected from his boat while fishing on Lake Despair.    The fisherman, Trevor Zimack of Thunder Bay, reportedly was thrown from his boat when it caught a wave the wrong way.    “When I got back in [from the lake], he had already gone to town,” said tournament organiz

Sneaky babies learn to lie before they learn to talk: study

 Babies aren’t as innocent as they look, according to new research out of the United Kingdom.    Sweet little infants actually learn to deceive before they can talk, says University of Portsmouth psychology department head Vasudevi Reddy in a study that challenges traditional notions of innocence while confirming many parents’ suspicions about their sneaky babies.    Most psychologists have bel

Health travel grant increased

 Northern Ontario residents who must travel more than 100 km for medical treatment will get some additional financial help, Premier Dalton McGuinty announced yesterday.    Starting immediately, the province is increasing the mileage rate from 34.25 cents to 41 cents per kilometre, less a 100-km deductible.    The government also will add an overnight accommodation allowance of up to $100 for ea

Two Riverside directors bid farewell

 Cecil Ogden and Emily Watson said good-bye to the Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc.’s board of directors on Thursday night during its annual meeting in Emo after completing three three-year terms on the board.    “It’s been a really great nine years,” noted Watson, adding it’s fitting for the pair to finish up their service in Emo because that’s where they were elected nine years ago.    

A hand up!

    How do you ensure the dollars you donate to foreign aid make it to the desperately needy?    Is it wasted on fundraising and bureaucracy, or skimmed off by a myriad of fingers along the way before it makes it to that struggling soul staring at you from the TV commercial?    Undoubtedly there are con artists out there, but there also are very real needs.    One way to be sure that donation y

Most anglers obeying rules

    Ninety-six percent of anglers stopped on local highways during two enforcement blitzes conducted June 22–23 were obeying the rules.    Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officers from the Dryden and Red Lake districts, together with OPP officers, conducted checks for both angling and motor vehicle offences on Highway 502, south of Dryden, and Highway 105, south of Red Lake.    The C

‘Best Start’ moves into next phase

 Ontario’s “Best Start” program, whose aim is to support children and families in the early years of development from birth to Grade 1, is moving into the second phase here in Rainy River District.    “Phase one was the expansion of child care within the district,” noted Kim Gardiman, children’s services manager for the Rainy River District Social Services Board.    Back in 2005, local service

Crow tests positive for west Nile

The Northwestern Health Unit would like to advise the public that a dead crow collected in Sioux Lookout has been confirmed positive for the West Nile virus. The Northwestern Health Unit was advised Monday by the Canadian Co-Operative Wildlife Health Centre in Guelph that a dead crow submitted by the Sioux Lookout office was confirmed positive for the West Nile virus.