Although the annual cross-border tug-of-war had to be cancelled this year due to the high water levels and strong current on the upper Rainy River, the idea hasn’t gone unnoticed by those in Washington, says Canada’s ambassador to the United States.
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Homes and businesses have managed to stay afloat despite the still-rising waters and strong winds.
But Couchiching FN Chief Sara Mainville isn’t letting her guard down.
“We are pretty confident that we aren’t going to sustain any more losses than we have already,” she noted Monday evening.
“We are at the point now where it is kind of a relief.
A club with a long history in Fort Frances has opened its doors once more after disbanding 15 year ago.
This time, however, Toastmasters will be meeting weekly in the basement of the United Native Friendship Centre on Portage Avenue–a location they acquired earlier this month.
The Ice For Kids Arena was abuzz with excitement and camera flashes last Thursday night as 178 graduates of Fort Frances High School gathered sporting purple caps and gowns.
Although there was a spirited air about graduation, an underlying sentiment was noted by many as the students said farewell to classmates and prepared to take their first step into the unknown.
Fort High graduates Brett Mann, left, Tyler Mosbeck, Nolan Vold, and Aaron McDowall posed for countless photos with family and friends after last night’s convocation exercises at the Ice For Kids Arena. Ontario Secondary School Diplomas were presented to the graduates, who then enjoyed the annual “chem-free” grad party next door in the ’52 Canadians Arena.
A procession through the Townshend Theatre here last Tuesday served as the final stretch for 23 graduates of the local Confederation College campus.
Parents, teachers, scholars, and professionals gathered to witness the students cross the stage to celebrate the completion of their academic programs.
According to aboriginal belief, the power of the world works in circles.
Although that symbol always has carried meaning for Shawn Johnston and his mother, Lila Bruyere, it recently became a fitting analogy for the graduates who are circling back after years of battling addiction.
For more than 100 years, Girl Guides of Canada has been preparing young women to meet challenges head-on by teaching them resourcefulness and leadership skills.
Since first joining as a Brownie years ago, Fort Frances resident Marnie Cumming has watched the organization evolve to fit the needs of girls from generation to generation.
It was inevitable that three of the four candidates vying to capture the Kenora-Rainy River riding would not see the outcome they were hoping for in last Thursday’s provincial election, which saw incumbent NDP MPP Sarah Campbell re-elected handily.
Torrential rainfall last week has Rainy Lake at its highest level since 1950 and the Rainy River higher than it’s ever been in the past 85 years, leaving district residents and businesses dealing with rising shorelines, washed away docks, and flooded basements.
But facing the crisis has been made a little less painful due to some municipal assistance.