Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Student enjoys India trip

Imagine living in Canada and having only ever visited the U.S., and then taking a trip to one of the poorest regions of India.
That is what Rainy River High School student Hunter Neilson did back in August.
Neilson was one of only 25 teens selected from across Canada to participate in the Potash Corp.’s Food Security Youth trip this summer.

Girls’ retreat a hit again

The “I Am Awesome! (And I Know It)” self-esteem retreat for young women was exactly that—awesome!
The second-annual event, held this past weekend at Sunny Cove here, saw 70 girls from across the region come together to nurture and develop self-esteem, build confidence, create friendships, and explore areas such as positive body image, peer pressure, media influences, and more.

Lightning sparks fire

There is one active fire in the Northwest Region.
Red Lake Fire #33, located near Sydney Lake, was “under control” at 0.1 hectares at last report.
This lightning-caused blaze, which was confirmed Saturday, initially received an air attack.
It now will be monitored until it is declared “out.”

Quiet on fire scene

No new forest fires were confirmed by yesterday afternoon and there currently are no active fires in the Northwest Region.
Kenora Fire #17, located on an island on Lake of the Woods, has been declared out at 0.1 hectares.
The fire hazard is “low” across the region.
A link to the Ontario Fire Danger Map, which is updated daily, can be found at

More test results released

The 2013-14 Education Quality and Accountability Office Grade 9 assessment of mathematics and the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test results have been released.
The Rainy River District School Board has reviewed these results as compared to the previous year, and as compared over the past five years.

Fort High cafeteria not operating

Fort High students have one less option for lunch this year because the cafeteria kitchen there is not running due to the lack of a cook.
Students either are bringing their own lunch or going out to one of the nearby fast-food restaurants.
For senior student Sierra Cousineau, this is the first year without a cafeteria at school.

Loss of resident judges not forgotten

As the Rainy River District Courthouse marked its 100th anniversary last week, the hardships brought on by the loss of the resident judges could not be forgotten.
The decision to relocate the resident judge for Rainy River District to a base in Kenora was made in June, 2012, increasing Kenora District’s number of resident judges from three to four while leaving Rainy River District with none.

‘Awesome’ retreat all set to go

This weekend, 70 girls from across the region will come together at Sunny Cove from the second-annual “I Am Awesome! (And I Know It!)” retreat for a “journey of the heart, body, mind, and spirit, providing that being uniquely you is the perfect you.”
While the inaugural event was for girls aged 10-14, the target age for this year’s event was expanded to 10-16.

Fire scene still quiet

No new forest fires were reported in the Northwest Region from Sept. 20-22 and there are no active fires at this time.
The forest fire hazard ranges from “low” in the southwest and central portions of the region to “moderate” in sectors of the south-central and most of the northern areas.
This mix of hazards is expected to continue through the week as sunny days are forecast.

Police solve break-ins

On Sept. 18, officers of the Rainy River District OPP were notified by three different business owners that someone had tried to break into their establishments by kicking in the rear doorways.
Police attended all the three businesses, located on the 200 and 300 blocks of Scott Street, and began their investigation by canvassing neighbouring businesses and respective video surveillance footage.

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