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New hardware store slated to open downtown

Providing convenience for the customer is the number-one reason behind Steve Lundon’s decision to open a second hardware store here April 13—this time on Scott Street.

Handy Pro Hardware, a separate franchise from Lundon’s Northern Do-it center store on Highway 11/71 just west of town, will be located in the former Gagne’s building adjacent to the Northwestern Health Unit.

Tech students revamp ‘super car’

Students enrolled in the Transportation Technology program at Fort High are putting the final “fuel efficient” touches to their super mileage vehicle in preparation for competition May 12 in Brainerd, Mn.

The competition, sponsored by the Minnesota Technical Education Authority, attracts SMV entries from schools across the U.S., including North Dakota, Minnesota, and Washington.

Kids in care on the rise

The number of children in foster care is climbing in Rainy River District, with 113 brought into care with Family and Children Services last year.

That’s up from 96 in 1996 and 59 in 1995.

And foster care co-ordinator Sandy Skirten is anticipating this year’s figures will be even higher—up between 150-200 children.

Funding model breeds mistrust

It’s still too early to tell what the full effect of the education funding model will be on local district school boards but some are hesitant that things will be as rosy as the Harris government says they will.

Education and Training minister Dave Johnson released the funding model last Wednesday while visiting Pineridge Secondary School in Pickering.

April cancer campaign a go

Volunteers across the country will canvass door-to-door all this month to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society’s annual spring campaign.

Here in Rainy River District, about 240 volunteers—some new, and some who have been doing it for 35 years—will be out in full force. Their goal? To reach every household.