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Literacy groups tackling stats

The Kenora-Rainy River District has found something it’s better than the national average on. But it’s not really something to be proud of.

According to the 1995 International Adult Literacy Survey, 28 percent of adults here have great difficulty reading. They have very few basic skills to work with text, and most are aware they have a problem.

Strike votes set on Bill 136

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union and Canadian Union of Public Employees over the next week will ask its locals in Rainy River District to do whatever it takes to stop the Harris government from passing Bill 136.

OPSEU will hold an information meeting and strike vote for its five locals in the district Monday at La Place Rendez-Vous starting at 7:30 p.m.

Terry Fox Run raises $9,500

It wasn’t the $10,000 goal he was aiming for but local organizer Steve Maki wasn’t complaining after the Terry Fox Run here raised more than $9,500 on Sunday.

About 120 people took part in the event, showing up early to register and eager to begin the run. Maki, a constable with the Fort Frances OPP, said he was quite pleased with the turnout.