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Badgers do live in area: biologist

Josh Sayers, the biologist who has been studying badgers in this area since early spring, gave a preliminary report of his findings at a meeting of the Rainy River District Stewardship last Thursday evening.

During the meeting, held at the MNRF fire headquarters here, Sayers told the group it's too early to tell the status of badgers here, but he can say for sure that they are here.

Cash calendar winners

There were more winners in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association's weekly cash calendar draw.

Winning $30 for Sept. 10-16 were Allan LaRocque (Stratton), Peter Tiboni Sr. (Sleeman), Jim and Louise Cote (Vassar, Man.), Jeff Matthews (Fort Frances), Roxanne Gushulak (Atikokan), Edith Bodnar (Fort Frances), and Kim White (Atikokan).

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On Sept. 1, an agency of the Government of Canada directed nearly $100 million to support local television news in Canada.

Suddenly, more local television reporters are working stories on more broadcasts across Canada.

But why just television? Why not newspapers or digital-only publications? It's the reporting of news that's important, not the platform on which it resides.

More pasta chefs needed

The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce is looking for more chefs to participate in “Pasta Palooza,” which is scheduled to take place next Wednesday (Sept. 27) upstairs at the Memorial Sports Centre.

Four teams have been confirmed for the event, with a possible fifth one pending, Chamber executive director Jennifer Soderholm said yesterday.

Terry Fox Run here raises $7,200

A blustery day couldn't extinguish the flame of hope yesterday as 62 participants came out to take part in this year's Terry Fox Run along the La Verendrye Parkway.

While organizers still are crunching the numbers, they estimate the annual fundraiser brought in about $7,200.

These numbers were up from last year, when 57 people raised $6,200.

Rain drops fire hazard

Rain is in the forecast and is expected to reduce the forest fire hazard to “low” heading into the weekend.

But until the rain crosses the region, there still were “high” fire hazards forecast for the northern sectors.

No new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region yesterday.

To report a forest fire, call 310-FIRE (3473).

Tickets for gala likely to go fast

The Riverside Foundation for Health Care's special events committee is excited to announce that tickets now are on sale for its upcoming fall gala.

This magical event, entitled “Making Magic for District Health Care,” will take place Saturday, Oct. 14 at La Place Rendez-Vous.

A total of 180 tickets are available at $55 each. Tables of eight or 10 also are available.

Champs start off strong

In case anyone needed to be reminded who runs the show at the moment in the Fort Frances Women's Volleyball League, the message was reiterated emphatically last night.

How I Set Your Mother kicked off defence of its league title by earning the maximum six points on the opening night of the regular season.