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— Photo Ken Kellar

This 10-foot Christmas tree has taken its place in the lobby of La Verendrye General Hospital for the holidays. Members of the public can help decorate the tree by taking part in Riverside Foundation for Health Care's “Trim the Tree" campaign. Ornaments for the tree can be purchased for $5, $10 or $20 and customized with personal messages, in honour of a loved one or appreciation of a Riverside staff member. All funds raised through the "Trim the Tree” campaign will go towards the purchase of an MIS Tower for the Riverside Health Care OR.

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The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation and the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario were on the picket line yesterday for a one-day protest. The unions say this walkout could be the first of many if the government doesn't change course in contract talks. Around 60,000 teachers, education workers and professional staff went on strike across the province.

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Rainy River District School Board trustee and Northern Regional vice-chair for the Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) Kathryn Pierroz spoke with Minster of Education Stephen Lecce during a reception held as part of OPSBA Advocacy Day last week at Queen's Park. OPSBA Directors held meetings with over 50 MPPs to discuss and advocate their key priorities in education including strong and equitable funding, student well-being, and Indigenous education. Pierroz was re-elected as the RRDSB's OPSBA rep at Tuesday evening's annual meeting.

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Grade 12 Fort High student Kylee Keith showed fellow students what she did during her co-op placement at the Rainy River Veterinarian Hospital in International Falls this morning during the schools “Co-op Display Day.” During her placement she focused on dental care for dogs and observed many dental procedures. Part of Keith's role at the veterinarian is to assist the dogs when they're in recovery after receiving a surgery.

— Photo Ken Kellar

OPP Const. Karl Wilson, left, and Sgt. Mark Chwastyk described some of the red flags to be aware of when speaking on the phone with strangers during the scams and cons information session held at the Fort Frances Senior Centre on Monday afternoon.

The Muskie boys' hockey team have been able to see what it's truly made of lately.

Fort High was able to dig deep and find the offence needed to pull out a thrilling 5-4 win over the Baudette Bears in exhibition action on Tuesday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

With the game tied at 4-4 with less than a minute to go, Peyton Avis made a slick behind-the-back pass to linemate Jacob Albright.

It looks like a cherished Christmas tradition will be going ahead after all.

Less a week after it was announced the annual Community Christmas dinner would have to be cancelled after the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau was unable to find a chef able to take on the commitment, a local family and business are stepping in to keep the dinner alive.