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Most welcomed

All eyes certainly are focused on the upcoming provincial election, with the campaign expected to get underway officially in the coming days leading up to the June 7 vote.

Staying 'strong'

Barely two weeks after a horrific bus crash on a highway in northern Saskatchewan claimed 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos Junior 'A' hockey team, Canadians are in mourning again after a lunatic in a van mowed down innocent pedestrians walking along Yonge Street in Toronto on a beautiful Monday afternoon.

Take your bows

The Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts will put the wraps on its 78th year this Friday with the final performances in the Piano Division. The annual “Highlights Concert,” featuring the best of the best, then will follow on Tuesday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre, at which time the various awards—including the prestigious Rose Bowls—are presented.

Tough lesson

The lead-up to June's provincial election took another twist with word that local resident Matt Soprovich, who announced in March he was seeking the NDP nomination for Kenora-Rainy River riding, was disqualified from running by party brass in Toronto.

Real quandry

When money is tight, the last thing you want to do is waste any. With that in mind, town council made the right decision Monday to scratch the resurfacing of several north-end roads from this year's capital budget.

Watch them roar

I watched David Letterman interview Malala Yousafzai on Sunday evening and was mesmerized at this Pakistani activist who is the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Prize.

Malala had been attacked and managed to survive a gunshot to her face as she advocated for women and children to be educated in her native Swat Valley in the Khyber region of northwest Pakistan.

Welcome curlers

For the second time in 12 months, Fort Frances once again is hosting a provincial high school showdown—this time welcoming 34 rinks, including two others from right here in Rainy River District, for the OFSAA boys' and girls' curling championships.

Action got underway early this morning at the Fort Frances Curling Club, with pool play continuing through Friday afternoon.

Wishful thinking?

Has the populist wave that swept Donald Trump into the White House in the November, 2016 U.S. presidential election now pushed north of the border?

That's the conclusion many are drawing after Doug Ford was elected as the new leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives—a decision that only was confirmed Sunday evening when runner-up Christine Elliott finally conceded defeat.

Valued program

At a time when more and more kids are spending their time in front of computer and TV screens, a decades old program in the district not only continues to thrive but is growing.

Great reminder

Despite the time difference between here and Pyeongchang that often meant late nights or very early mornings, Canadians from coast to coast to coast were glued to their TV sets for more than two weeks watching with pride as our athletes delivered the country's best-ever medal showing at the Winter Olympics.