Press release

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Rainy River District detachment would like to take this opportunity to remind Rainy River District residents about being safe and aware this Halloween. Area youth will be out in full force going door to door to collect Halloween treats. They will be focused on getting to […]

The following are the newly elected and re-elected reeves, mayors and members of coun- cil, elected in Monday evening’s municipal elections. All results are unofficial. * denotes elected or acclaimed candidate TOWN OF FORT FRANCES Mayor: *Andrew Hallikas–1,573 Ken Perry–1,029 Council (six to be elected): *Wendy Brunetta–2,123 *John McTaggart–2,068 *Mike […]

By Robin McCormick
West End Correspondent

The oldest home in Burriss has new owners. Tressa Galusha and Trevor Mason took ownership of this home on September 29. The home was purchased from Donna and Karel Vos. The Vos’s had purchased this home in 1984. A complete renovation was done at that time and it was a […]

Press release

On October 25, 2022, at 7:35 a.m., members from the Rainy River Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a traffic complaint of a motor vehicle driving west on Kings Highway 11 east of Atikokan. Upon further investigation it was revealed that the motor vehicle was reported stolen in […]

Press release

Tbaytel has wrapped up its latest Tbaytel For Good Community Fund awarding three $10,000 grants to the winning ideas on Wednesday. More than 486,079 public votes from Oct. 6 to 18 were cast for the three winners, who will now put a total of $30,000 to great use to implement or […]

By Robin McCormick
West End Correspondent

Last Wednesday was the grand opening of the Naicatchewenin (North West Bay) First Nations water treatment facility. This project was a long time coming. In 2006/2007 a Water Shortage and Treatment Facility Study was done. Between then and now, much work and research by a dedicated group of individuals, working […]

By Lacie Nairn
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Drumheller Mail

Growing crops from seed to harvest can be filled with many challenges, including the risk of agricultural equipment fires which can cost thousands in damages and lost revenue.  While there are some factors beyond a farmer’s control, such as hot, dry weather conditions, there are also some measures farmers can […]

By Sandi Krasowski
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Chronicle-Journal

THUNDER BAY, ONT. — Benjamin Feagin, owner of AgriTech North vertical farm in Dryden, says their second-place recognition in Bioenterprise Canada’s Northern Ontario Innovation Challenge is beneficial by putting Northwestern talent in the spotlight. “While it’s painful to see that there’s no funding awarded at the second and third level […]

By Ken Kellar
Staff writer
kkellar@fortfrances.com

The Township of Chapple will have a brand-new sheltered space to play and work in following the awarding of funding from the Ontario Government. Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford made a stop in the small municipality on Friday, October 14, 2022, to announce the funding, where he revealed that $360,000 […]

Elisa Nguyen
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
enguyen@fortfrances.com

Following the announcement of a COVID-19 outbreak at a hospital in the region, Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) reminds residents to stay up to date on their vaccinations to minimize the need for hospital visits, and announces changes in local COVID-19 reporting. On October 14, Riverside Health Care in conjunction with […]

It’s no secret that Queen Elizabeth lives in the hearts of many. Her death on September 8 at the age of 96 was felt around the world. In 2022, Queen Elizabeth II became the first British Monarch to reign for more than 70 years. I had the privilege of talking […]

By Elisa Nguyen
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
enguyen@fortfrances.com

Borderland Pride released a statement on October 11 expressing their disappointment, after receiving no response to a survey, aimed at assessing views on LGBTQ2+ inclusion and ongoing litigations against the Township of Emo. The survey was issued to Emo council candidates Geoffrey Pearce, Lisa Teeple, Gerald Wieringa, Phil Whatley, Frank […]