With the approach of fall, area residents can probably expect to see bears nosing around their backyards. But just how many bruins pay a visit depends largely on the precautions taken by homeowners. An increase in bear sightings have been reported in the McIrvine Road and Eighth Street areas of […]

The Boreal West Round Table will hear public presentations on the future of natural resources and resource management on Crown lands Sept. 11 from 7-9 p.m. at the Fort Frances Legion. With eight meetings and a “bombardment of paper” under his belt, round table member Jack Hedman admitted the group […]

Most trustees on the local public school board said they don’t plan to seek re-election in November. Out of the 14 trustees on the board, only one person was thinking of running again while another was undecided. The other 12 had answers which ranged from “not likely” to a very […]

If you have a child in grades one to eight, they’ll now need a B-minus to pass this year. It’s part of Ontario’s new curriculum, which demands higher standards from its students for them to graduate. Guidelines for Math and Language were released in June. Curriculum outlines for Science and […]

Weechi-it-te-win Family Services Inc. marked its 10th anniversary yesterday with an open house, celebrating its success as a native child welfare agency despite a continuing struggle to keep up with funding cuts. Held at the Nanicost grounds, the open house included traditional drumming ceremonies and a barbecue, as well as […]

It’s a tale that closely resembles the one about the country mouse and the city mouse. But this one was real-life. Local 4-H members Stacey Angus, 16, and Simone LeBlanc, 18, took part in “Today’s Leaders, Tomorrow’s Issues,” a workshop Aug. 23-25 at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto for […]

Tours of the new oriented strand board mill proved to be the most popular part of Voyageur Panel’s grand-opening celebrations held yesterday in Barwick. By the end of the day, well over 500 people had their chance to see how OSB was made. In fact, about an hour into the […]

Emo and area residents will have the chance to receive local dental care again next month–something they haven’t had access to since Dr. James Singer left town three months ago. Fort Frances dentists Dr. Brent Danylchuk and Dr. Mike Gerstner, co-owners of the Fort Frances Dental Centre, have decided to […]

There’s some good news for district beef farmers–prices are up. And unless there’s a huge jump in the number of cattle introduced to the market, prices are expected to stay put. For a while, anyway. “We’re anticipating a good fall,” said Bill Black with Canfax, the marketing arm of the […]

River District Municipal Association members have more questions than answers about the $218 per household cost municipalities are going to be billed for policing starting Jan. 1. Now the RRDMA executive is hoping an OPP rep will be able to provide a clearer picture of what’s ahead at its annual […]

The notion of having no trustee representation past grade eight does not appeal to the local separate school board. In fact, Education Director Paul Jackson said continual lobbying will be done to the Education Improvement Committee in Toronto until it agrees to include a separate school trustee position for the […]

A Kenora man who figures he’s had more than 50 electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) treatments in his lifetime says he is now working to have them banned. The man, who requested his name be withheld, claimed he was given the ECT treatments to cure alcoholism and depression for 25 years. He […]