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District catches eye of business

Scalacs Inc. is interested in setting up a plant to recycle small wire from the North American mid-west, and Rainy River District has caught their eye.

Company reps toured district communities last week, said Geoff Gillon, community investment manager at the Rainy River Future Development Corp.

Rescue mission saves eagle

An bald eaglet is less endangered this week after surviving a harrowing fall from its nest late last month.

A Jackfish Lake cottage owner awoke early June 25 to find the eaglet fell onto his porch. The nest, which also housed another eaglet, was in a white pine above the porch.

Group ‘growing’ new relationships

It was meeting of east and west, north and south as dignitaries from the local rural community met with a busload of people taking the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program.

The Rainy River District was the halfway point in the program’s two week North American study tour, which focused specifically at the Canadian/American relations of the midwest.

Residential taxes to jump this year

Fort Frances homeowners will see their municipal tax bill go up 10.5 percent on average this year while commercial ratepayers see theirs drop by 3.7 percent.

Before some 20 commercial ratepayers on hand for Monday night’s meeting, Fort Frances councillors voted unanimously to have the commercial ratio rest at one to 3.09 for 1998, down from the one to 3.19 ratio.

Local entrepreneur lands major manufacturing contract

Local entrepreneur Mark Faragher has good reason to smile these days after landing a major business deal with Ticom Corporation of Detroit, Mich. as the Canadian manufacturer and distributor of their fiberglass truck toppers.

The vehicle accessory, dubbed a “top-up topper” is made of double-shelled fibreglass with a foam core used to cover the box of a pick-up truck.

Association for Community Living expands with consignment store

In an effort to offer their clients more “on-the-job” opportunities, the Fort Frances District Association for Community Living has taken on a retail venture.

“The Treasure Chest,” which opened its doors at 220 Scott St. on Monday, is a consignment outlet which offers quality used items (i.e. clothing, furniture and household appliances) on consignment or donated from the public.