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DARE program to expand here

While the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program has been taught in grade six classrooms across the district for several years, it soon will be extended to include 10th-graders.

Groups such as the OPP, the School Violence Prevention Team, and the district Substance Abuse Program have worked at making the program a reality here.

O’Leary retiring as district principal

After 33 years with the Rainy River District School Board, Jerry O’Leary is calling it quits.

At 53, O’Leary is using the “85 factor” (age plus experience) to retire and pursue other interests.

Always busy, O’Leary currently is the principal at three schools—the Sturgeon Creek School in Barwick, Sturgeon Creek Alternative Program in Stratton, and Nestor Falls School.

West end to get 911 in December

Residents in the west end of Rainy River District will not be dialing 9-1-1 until December.

While all the municipalities have spent the money to have every road mapped and building numbered last year, Bell Canada is not prepared to have the service up-and-running until the end of the year.

Disease not expected to affect local elk

A district couple who raise elk near Devlin aren’t worried about a disease that has forced roughly 1,500 animals to be put down in Saskatchewan since December.

“There are no threats to our elk that have been identified,” Deb Cornell said Monday in response to the recent outbreak of chronic wasting disease (CWD) out west, the equivalent of mad cow disease.