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Mn. speed limits increasing

The speed limits on several highways in northwestern Minnesota will increase from 55 to 60 m.p.h., according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The new speed limits take effect when the new signs are posted.

Speed limits lower than 55 m.p.h. along these sections of highway will remain unchanged.

'House Groups' launched at Fort High

A fun idea has returned to Fort Frances High School to boost morale and build community, as well as help students develop a sense of belonging and “Muskie Pride.”

The “House Groups” program divides students into 20 teams, who then are given opportunities to earn points for their team through participation, involvement, leadership, and succeeding in various activities.

Public school board focused on creating 'Culture of Caring'

With schools across the district now halfway through the year, the director of education for the Rainy River District School Board says there's lots to celebrate and look forward to.

“I think we've accomplished a great deal, and we're just going to remain focused on our annual operational plan and strategic plan,” Heather Campbell noted.

Firefighters able to extinguish blaze

Back on Jan. 17, volunteer firefighters from La Vallee and Emo responded to a blaze on Wasaw Road in which a chimney fire at a residence spread to the attic.

Fortunately, it was extinguished quickly using a transitional attack using dry chemicals.

Fire Chief Josh Collins was grateful for all the volunteers that responded and the efficient way the fire was put out.

Atikokan driver charged

On Jan. 17 at 11:50 p.m., Atikokan OPP officers observed a motor-vehicle collision in the Township of Atikokan.

After speaking with the 49-year-old driver from Atikokan, she subsequently was arrested at the scene.

She was transported to the Atikokan detachment for breath tests.

Her vehicle was towed from the scene and impounded for the mandatory seven days.