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Geoff Gillon, executive director of the Rainy River Future Development Corp., thanked FedNor for its investment of $2.25 million into the RRFDC following local MP Don Rusnak's announcement at Curvy Chick here on Thursday afternoon. Gillon spoke of how the investment will allow the RRFDC to remain viable for the next five years and how that will allow for long-term projects to reach completion.

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Grade 8 students Ethan Barker, left, Brennan Taschuk, and Garrett Paull participated in an exercise Monday morning related to employer expectations while Bridget McGinnis, the communications and outreach co-ordinator for the Northern Community Development Services (NCDS), was visiting the class. The lesson was part of the “Career Planning Series” taking place at St. Francis School, where Grade 7 and 8 students prepare for careers.

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Rainy River Mayor Deb Ewald, left, and Mary O'Connor, client services co-ordinator for the Alzheimer Society of Kenora-Rainy River Districts, got ready to raise the Alzheimer Society flag on Thursday to mark January as “Alzheimer Awareness Month" in the Town of Rainy River. Missing from the photo is Marlene McNally, who recently fell and broke her leg. Every year, McNally has organized the penny table for the Linda Johnston Memorial Dinner. "We will really miss her help this year and I want her to know we are thinking of her,” noted O'Connor. The memorial dinner, prepared by the Red Hat Society, will be held at the Rainy River Legion on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. There also will be a penny table and other fundraisers available during the evening. Tickets cost $20 each, which are available at the Legion or from Deb Wagner.

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Seven Generations Education Institute CEO Brent Tookenay, left, took local MP Don Rusnak on a tour of the new facility currently still under construction last Thursday. Tookenay showed him the inside of the building and discussed the plans for the new school moving forward. Tookenay said its doors should open in six-eight weeks.

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Minnesota angler Jason Alshire with a nice back-country lake trout he caught on an early-season trip to Sunset Country.

The Rainy Lake Square once again will be a hub of activity and entertainment later this year—and local musicians will be part of it.

As of this week, the Rainy River Future Development Corp. is accepting applications from musicians who would like to perform at the square during monthly concerts this May through September, local economic development consultant Tannis Drysdale said in a verbal report to town council Monday night.

It was a complete team effort by the Muskie junior girls' volleyball team over the weekend.

The black-and-gold went a perfect 7-0 en route to winning gold at the “Winter Blast” tournament hosted by the Kenora Broncos on Friday and Saturday.

Head coach Bob Kowal lauded each of his players for playing a part in the squad's success.

“At some point during the tournament, all of the kids contributed to our team success,” he enthused.