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Joint effort to return sacred objects

Since 2016, Rainy River First Nations and the Royal Ontario Museum have been engaged in a collaborative effort to return ancestors and sacred objects that were removed from the community during excavations of the burial mounds in the 1950-'70s.

The ROM recognizes its participation in these past excavations by Walter Kenyon, who served as curator at the ROM from 1956-1982.

Border signage unveiled

Local MPP Greg Rickford on Friday unveiled new “Open for Business” signs that have been installed at the Canada-U.S. border at Rainy River and the Ontario-Manitoba boundary.

“[Our government] is sending a clear message to the world that the province is open for business,” said Rickford.

Funding to hire EDO for west end of district

Local families and businesses will benefit from new economic opportunities thanks to a Government of Canada investment of $270,000.

This investment, through FedNor's Community Investment Initiative for Northern Ontario (CIINO), will help the Town of Rainy River and the Townships of Lake of the Woods and Dawson hire an economic development officer (EDO) for a three-year period.

Deal for Domtar employees

Unifor national representative Stephen Boon confirmed three new tentative agreements were reached Thursday covering more than 500 members from Unifor Locals 105-1, 105-3, and 324 at Domtar's Pulp Mill and Woodlands Operations in Dryden.

“We are pleased to have reached solid new tentative agreements with Domtar that achieve Unifor's Eastern Canada Pulp and Paper Pattern,” Boon said.

Singing siblings returning

The Backus Community Center in International Falls is pleased to announce the return of seven siblings, “The Hunts,” this Friday (Nov. 9) at 7 p.m.

The Hunts are an indie-alternative-folk band comprised of seven brothers and sisters. Born and raised in Chesapeake, Va., they grew up in a musical home and fell in love with composing their own music.

'Flu case reported in region

The Northwestern Health Unit reports a first case of influenza has been confirmed in the region.

Having one positive case means that there are other, non-lab tested cases in the area.

Influenza cases this early in the season are rare, and the health unit is urging everyone to get a 'flu shot right away as the vaccine takes two weeks to work.