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Increased enrolment lands grant boost

An increase in enrolment likely will mean the Northwest Catholic District School Board ends up with a budget surplus, the board announced at its regular meeting here Saturday morning.

According to a report of revised estimates for the 2000-01 school year from Controller of Finance Chris Howarth, the board is expected to clear an extra $265,446 in Ministry of Education grant money.

Pharmasave moving to new location

With the Red Apple store here closing at month’s end, Pharmasave owner Kim Metke has got his sights set on moving across the block into the larger location in March.

“We’ve been looking at a bigger area for a while,” Metke said yesterday. “But in the last year, it’s become a greater priority after Janey Sisco came over and set up the camera area.

New dance club starting up in spring

When Attila Ambrus came through Fort Frances last May, he saw an opportunity.

Managing a band that played a gig at the Rainy Lake Hotel, Ambrus woke up to look across Scott Street and see a future in something many residents may have long forgotten—the old Royal Theatre.

But movies aren’t what’s on the Vancouver man’s mind.

McBride, Belluz to lead school board

Gord McBride and Dan Belluz were elected the new chair and vice-chair, respectively, of the Rainy River District School Board during its first meeting of the new term here last night.

“I’ll try to do the job to the best of my abilities,” said McBride, who has served as chair twice previously during his long tenure as a trustee on the board.

Section of bridge still closed

More problems have hit the controversial international bridge linking Fort Frances and International Falls after a truck heading into the U.S. used the wrong lane Friday morning and may have caused structural damage.

The lane along the west side of the bridge, designed for lighter vehicles like cars, remains closed after the truck drove onto it and bent it out of shape.

Bridge committee seeking support

The local Citizens for a New Bridge Committee is saying “no” to plans to build a new Canada Customs and Immigration facility here.

And the group is calling for supporters to attend a public meeting next Monday (Dec. 11) at 7 p.m. at the Civic Centre, where plans for the proposed Customs facility will be presented.