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Public board sees mixed EQAO results

The Rainy River District School Board said it is committed to keep working at improving local student achievement after seeing some grade three and six scores drop below—and some rise above—provincial standards.

The announcement came Tuesday with the board’s release of the results of testing done by the Education Quality and Accountability Office back in May.

Emo, Rainy River hospitals get new nurse managers

Following the retirement of Norma Elliott, Riverside Health Care Facilities Inc. has hired two new nurse managers for the Emo and Rainy River Health Centres.

Tammy McNally took over the reins at the Rainy River hospital earlier this month while Edith Bodnar of Alberton will be in charge at Emo once renovations are complete and its doors open again in January.

Elk restoration program hoping for early Christmas present

The Northwestern Ontario Elk Restoration Committee is hoping for an early Christmas present this year with the release of 50 more elk here from Elk Island National Park in Alberta.

NOERC co-chair Mike Solomon is hopeful the call will come in soon with word the elk are ready for transportation to the area around Cameron Lake between Nestor Falls and Sioux Narrows.

Couple defy odds with straw home

He can huff, he can puff, but he won’t blow this house down.

Sitting along Highway 611 North in Miscampbell is the home of Ken and Amy Boles—a home they’ve painstakingly built with bales of straw.

With a low budget but a knack for construction, Ken Boles began building their home a couple of years ago despite all the skeptics shaking their heads.

Alberton voters reject new hall

The referendum in Alberton on Monday, while not binding, clearly showed a lack of enthusiasm for building a new community centre there.

In response to the question, “Are you in favour of the construction of a new community hall in the Township of Alberton,” some 217 voted no while just 37 were in favour.