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‘Canoe for Cancer’ social to help new chemotherapy room

Organizers of the “Canoe for Cancer” social next Wednesday at the Fort Frances Curling Club plan to donate the proceeds towards the purchase of furniture for a new chemotherapy room at La Verendrye hospital.

The room, to be built when the emergency ward there is renovated, will be used strictly for cancer patients who need a place to rest during their treatments.

Belorussian children to be reunited with host families

Six children from Belarus should be in for an exciting six-week vacation next month when then are reunited with the host families that took them in last summer.

With the youngsters slated to return July 6, the four host families—Cathy Zin and Terry Wilcott, Albert and Linda Beller, David and Heidi Ivall, and Tony and Ivan Gill—are busy preparing for their guests.

Shock, surprise over Miclash loss

To say Liberals in the new Kenora-Rainy River riding were expecting a closer race between NDP leader Howard Hampton and Liberal incumbent Frank Miclash would be an understatement.

Miclash himself admitted he was feeling “comfortable” going into the election—especially since the latest poll done by Oracle/MCTV showed him with a four percent lead over Hampton.

‘Howie’ makes it four in a row

A subdued NDP leader Howard Hampton called his victory “bittersweet” after he handily won the new amalgamated Kenora-Rainy River riding last Thursday but watched as his party only won nine seats across the province.

The Tories under Mike Harris won a second majority government with 59 seats while the Liberals captured 35 to form the official Opposition.

Artist revisits ‘Muskie’ mural

Former Fort Frances native Tom Beechinor paid a nostalgic visit to the Portage Avenue entrance at Fort Frances High School earlier this week to reflect on the “Muskie” mural he painted on the wall there more than 30 years ago.

The mural will be one of several archives left behind when the building closes as a school next month.

Fort High salutes academic excellence

Students and parents packed into the J.A. Mathieu Auditorium on Monday night to watch almost 200 students receive awards for excelling in the academic, executive, athletic, and musical fields.

Despite the high heat in the jam-packed gym, no one seemed to mind as teachers and staff recalled stories of the past school year before thanking the students that make their jobs worthwhile.