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Crappie time on Sabaskong Bay

With the ice-fishing season running full tilt, communities literally have popped up on area lakes—including the annual influx on Gordie’s Road at Sabaskong Bay (Lake of the Woods).

“Crappie fishing has been good for the guys that fish. Of course, last week we had the cold spell and they weren’t really biting,” said Phil Haggberg, co-owner of the Angler’s Pro Shop in Nestor Falls.

Board, elementary teachers set to start contract talks

With its members here working without a contract since September, the local Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario and Rainy River District School Board will begin negotiations early next month.

Local ETFO president Gary Gamsby said last week a proposal has been prepared but noted it won’t be submitted to the board until negotiations begin.

National cattle ID program underway

The National Cattle ID program started Jan. 1 to help further secure Canadian export markets both in finished beef and breeding stock.

A national program will allow the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to trace back reportable diseases if any show up in our livestock. This is a must to keep Canadian cattle maintaining their great reputation for high health.

2001 to be wrap-up year: Woods

More than about new beginnings, 2001 will be a year when district residents see several health care-related endeavours come to fruition, the CEO of Riverside Health Care Facilities Inc. said Tuesday.

“It’s been a successful year overall. We got underway on the Emo hospital, and with the dialysis unit,” Wayne Woods noted.

Student exchange a real family affair

This past white Christmas was particularly special for 16-year-old Thalita Ribeiro.

Back home in Brazil, Ribeiro saw snow every Christmas—but only on cards and decorated paper.

“It really snowed on Christmas day. I felt like I was on a Christmas card,” she said after spending her first Christmas in Canada. “The weather, I love it.”