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A 70 year old Morson man faces several charges following a two-vehicle collision over the weekend in Lake of the Woods Township. The OPP says accident took place shortly after 3:00 Sunday afternoon on Highway 621 near Frenchman Rock Road. Police say the driver responsible for the collision seemed to be impaired and was...
Tim Davidson May 08, 2024
The town of Fort Frances is set to name a new Chief Administrative Officer. A special meeting is scheduled for tonight where council is expected to approve the hiring of Marcel Michaels. Michaels is currently the CAO of Consort, Alberta, a village of about 700, located east of Red Deer. Before that, he was mayor of Hin...
Randy Thoms May 08, 2024
More attention to the high rate of murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls. A Walking with Our Sisters event took place in Fort Frances on Tuesday. It attracted about 20 participants despite being impacted by the weather. The event is held to honour victims and their families. The walk started at the Sister Ken...
Randy Thoms May 08, 2024
The Kenora Thistles will once again play in the Manitoba U18 AAA hockey League next season. The league held it's Annual General Meeting last week and confirmed the Thistles will continue to play in the league. There was some question earlier this year about the future of the league and the potential of dropping teams l...
Tim Davidson May 07, 2024
The Northwestern Health Unit says there continues to be a higher number of reports of drug overdoses than usual. That despite a warning last month and it says the situation has not improved. Surveillance at the Emergency Room at Lake of the Woods District Hospital shows an increase in visits due to drug overdoses. Donn...
Tim Davidson May 06, 2024
A company from Emo is this year's first prize winner of the Pitch-it contest. Entrepreneur's from the Kenora and Rainy River Districts are invited to "pitch" their unique business ideas. Dan Agombar claimed the first prize of five thousand dollars for his idea of producing mulch. "Our biggest savings wil...
Tim Davidson May 06, 2024
More than sixty people took part in a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls walk to raise awareness of the issue. The walk was one of several activities held as part of a MMIWG summit. Participants gathered at the shore of the Rainy River for a ceremony before walking to Giishkaandago'ikwe Health Services Hig...
Randy Thoms May 03, 2024
May is Community Living Month., It draws awareness of the job performed by agencies that support people with an intellectual disability and their families. Ted Scholten, Chief Executive Officer of Community Living Fort Frances, says they assist over 80 people between La La Croix and Rainy River. "Many people get h...
Randy Thoms May 03, 2024
The town of Fort Frances has appointed an interim fire chief. Dave Robertson is filling the position that was being handled by Tyler Moffitt. Moffitt has not been on the job since January, and the town remains quiet about the reasons why. Robertson also runs a firefighter career development and training company.
Randy Thoms May 03, 2024
Minnesota is closing in on the 35th anniversary of a volunteer program for clearing litter and debris along highways and rest areas. With spring in full bloom, officials call on residents to maintain this service. In the early 1990s, Minnesota launched its Adopt a Highway initiative. Last year, roughly two thousand chu...
Randy Thoms May 02, 2024
A Fort Frances couple is the latest winner of Riverside Foundation for Health Care's 50/50 cash lottery. Karen and Richard Rob take home $10,368, with the same amount going to the Foundation. They have not indicated exactly what they will do with their winnings. The Robs have been dedicated supporters of the draws, pur...
Randy Thoms May 02, 2024
Grand Council Treaty #3 has released it's annual Pow Wow Trail for the spring and summer. Things get underway later this month with the first Pow Wow near Vermilion Bay. It's the 4th MacIntosh Pow Wow from May 24th to 26th. Beaver Brae, Fort Frances and Dryden High Schools will each hold their own Pow Wows this year. E...
Tim Davidson May 02, 2024
There is a lot of work going on to help market Fort Frances. The Fort Frances Municipal Accommodation Tax Committee has identified some of those objectives. The group is a committee of the Rainy River District Future Corporation and advises on how its share of taxes placed on motel and hotel room rentals should be used...
Randy Thoms May 01, 2024
Elementary students across the Rainy River District have put their Indigenous language skills to the test. Area school participated at the recent Gagwe-gikendamaawiziwin, hosted annually by Seven Generations Education Institute. Translated it means "trying to seek knowledge", or Quest for Knowledge. The event...
Randy Thoms May 01, 2024
Tim Hortons in Fort Frances is helping ensure healthcare remains close to home. The annual Tim Hortons Smile Cookie campaign launches this week. Proceeds from the sale of cookies sold at the Fort Frances store will go to Riverside Foundation for Health Care. "We are so excited for this inaugural partnership that h...
Randy Thoms May 01, 2024
The issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is being spotlighted in Fort Frances this week. Several agencies are teaming up for the first annual summit. It was kicked off with a ceremony at Giishkaandago'Ikwe Health Services (Formally known as Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services) on Wednesday morn...
Randy Thoms May 01, 2024
A COVID outbreak has been declared at Rainycrest Long Term Care in Fort Frances. Riverside Health Care says it is, so far isolated to the home's west wing. Restrictions on visitors, admissions, discharges and large group activities are now in place until further notice. Enhanced visitor restrictions allow for no more t...
Randy Thoms May 01, 2024
Impaired driving charges have been laid in connection with a motor vehicle collision near Atikokan. The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon on Highway 11, about 35 kilometres east of the community. OPP says it was during their investigation that identified the driver having consumed alcoholic beverages. A 25-year-o...
Randy Thoms Apr 29, 2024
The town of Atikokan has identified some savings in its budget for this year. It brings the possible tax increase to 3.8%. Treasurer Brandy Coulson says the savings were found without impacting the capital budget or reserves. "We didn't look at that at all. That is still the same as last time. What we cut were the...
Randy Thoms Apr 27, 2024
There could be some changes to the use of dressing and storage rooms at the Memorial Sports Centre. It comes with a plan to charge for the use of dedicated dressing rooms, office and storage space. Recreation Manager Nathan Young says all users will first be asked if they want to keep their existing space. "We wou...
Randy Thoms Apr 27, 2024
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