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Bacteria detected in Crossroads water

Students at Crossroads School in Devlin, west of Fort Frances, have been told not to drink the school’s water after traces of bacteria were found.

A sample taken last Thursday (May 17) was found to contain several types of bacteria. The school was notified of the bacteria content at 3:30 p.m.—about 90 minutes before its annual family barbecue.

Barron tops speech contest

“What might have been?”

That’s the question Sturgeon Creek student David Barron pondered during the annual intermediate district speech contest last Tuesday at St. Michael’s School here.

And that question was answered in the form of a first-place trophy and a plaque for Barron, which is now on display at his school until next year’s competition.

Abitibi to mothball machine in Kenora

Abitibi-Consolidated Inc. announced yesterday it will cut production at its Kenora mill in June, eliminating 147 jobs and affecting 333 more—a huge blow for the town’s residents and economy.

“It’s an awful blow for the 150 that are going to be out of a job and the hundreds that won’t be working until fall,” noted Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield, who also works at the mill.

Historical centre lands major funding

The Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre will receive $750,000 in funding, Indian Affairs and Northern Development minister Robert Nault revealed Friday.

“This announcement highlights the [federal] government’s recognition of the important role tourism plays in generating economic development activity,” said Nault, who also is MP for Kenora-Rainy River.