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What's Your Opinion?
Do you think an electronic billboard is a good idea on the harbourfront?

No, it will cause too many accidents
No, there is a bylaw prohibiting it
No, it's bright and ugly
No, they belong in Las Vegas
No, CP should have to take all the old signs down
Rules are rules...variances are for hypocrites.
Yes, I think it would benefit Kenora
Yes, I enjoy watching people hit head on
Yes, Kenora needs to look more like a brothel


Votes: 873
Comments: 11
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Truck accident at Joyce Lake
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Emergency crews responded to an accident scene east of Kenora Sunday morning. Shortly after 7:30 a.m., firefighters got called for an extrication, as the Jaws of Life may be required.

Fire chief Warren Brinkman said the driver was able to get out of the cab of the tractor-trailer, and he was taken to Lake of the Woods District Hospital for the treatment of his injuries. The Ministry of Environment was also being consulted, in order to contain any fuel spill, since the crash is close to Joyce Lake.

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Conditions on the highway were a mix of ice and rain, as temperatures hovered just above the freezing point. Officers from the OPP were still investigating at the scene, as the tow truck operator was being called. So, it's unclear what caused the accident.


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Benefit to help Gardner family
pastor - march 28Pastor James Wood of Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Dryden talks about an upcoming benefit, featuring Country Blend, with proceeds to help the Gardners.

A Dryden congregation is coming together, in order to help one of their families raise their children with special needs. Our Saviour Lutheran Church will be hosting a country gospel evening featuring Special Blend, with proceeds to help Len and Elizabeth Gardner, who have three autistic children.

"The idea is that they'll do a performance, and any proceeds coming out of that will help support the Gardners in continuing their training for their children," said Pastor James Wood.

The couple had a set of twin boys, who are both autistic. They also have a daughter, who's 19 or 20.

"Suddenly, it's two. It's a crushing kind of load on the parents. Also, for the teaching and the school system, how do you handle these kinds of children. They're not alone in the community," he said.

The Son-Rise autism treatment centre in the United States has a unique approach, which Elizabeth Gardner is hoping to attend for a week-long session. The benefit concert would help raise proceeds for the train the trainer session. 

"We think they're too busy. They're not listening. How do you tell them 'No.'" said the paster.

"Instead, they have new techniques of binding with these kids, in a new way, getting this eye contact, this togetherness. Suddenly, out of that, comes the learning and the development of a child that is greatly different than one expects. What we would call normal. They're actually productive young people in our society. How come we miss all of this. Maybe we're too busy teaching, and not taking enough time to connect with them first. That's the idea. It takes a lot of special skills and patience," he added.

Len teaches at Dryden High School, while Liz offers dance lessons. The concert is set for April 19.

country blend - poster

For more information:
Son-Rise Autism Treatment Centre
Our Saviour Luthern Church

Treaty 3, OPP perform drug bust
Police back day

On March 25th Members of the Treaty 3 Police Service assisted members of the OPP with the execution of search warrants on 2 separate residences on the Couchiching First Nation Territory. The search was conducted due to increased concerns by the community regarding the sale of illegal substances. As a result of the search police seized roughly 17 thousand dollars worth of drugs, and drug related proceeds. Resulting from the Warrants and Investigation, one 43 year old male and four females aged 22, 26, 41 and 44, all from the Couchiching First Nation, have been arrested and will be facing charges.The public is reminded to please contact Treaty Three Police Service or Crime Stoppers with any information regarding the illicit sale of controlled and illegal substances

For more information:
OPP, Treaty 3 lay drug charges

Gallant, Napish win anti-racism awards
darn - 3Eagle Lake drummers Thunder and Storm Walmsley perform at the Dryden Area Anti-Racism Network potluck Saturday night, as part of the poster contest awards night.

Sydney Gallant won first place for her entry in the Dryden Area Anti-Racism Network's competition. She accepted her award Saturday night, as part of the potluck event.

Reece Napish was also on hand to accept first place for his essay. There were about 70 people in attendance.

darn - 2Reece Napish won first place in the essay contest.


All roads lead to Rome for Whiddon
whiddon 1Soprano Olivia Whiddon performs for her Kenora fans at the Lakeside Inn Saturday night.

Kenora soprano Olivia Whiddon's off to Rome this summer. She'll be furthering her studies in classical music. Last night, she offered a performance, accompanied by pianist Ruth Girard at the Lakeside Inn.

Fans can also purchase copies of Whiddon's new CD, which is now for sale. Samples of her music can also be heard online.

Earlier music has been inspired by her supporters Orit Fruchtman, and cultivated by well-known musicians Muriel Essery and Wayne Kelso.

For more information:

Horses on the loose near Kenora
horses - march 28A pair of horses break loose near the junction of Hwy. 17 and the east highway.
(Courtesy Lisa Kooshet)

Police were called to help corral a pair of horses near the junction of the east highway and the bypass earlier today. The call came in shortly before noon, after a report to the OPP.

By noon, the police were saying the horses were no longer on the highway, but Lisa Kooshet reports seeing the animals. She also offered proof, in the form of this snapshot.

For more information:
OPP - Wildlife collisions

Fatal snowmobile collision of Hwy. 71

A snowmobiler is in serious condition -- and two are dead -- after a fatal collision last night. It happened around 7:30 last night on Hillock Lake, near Eagle Dogtooth Provincial Park.

The names of the deceased have not yet been released, but they are from the Kenora area. A description of the collision wasn't immediately available.

Hillock Lake is off Highwind Lake Road near Work Lake, off of Hwy. 71 to Sioux Narrows.

According to the Safe Riders web site, riding a snowmobile at night can be enjoyable, but extra precautions are required:
  • Be certain your headlight, taillight, and brake light are all working before you leave. Check them frequently and keep cleared of ice and snow buildup while riding.
  • Always reduce speeds when riding at night since visibility is far less than in daytime conditions
  • It may be safest to stay on marked trails when riding at night rather than riding on legally open off-trail areas such as frozen lakes, ungroomed roads, or meadows and fields
  • Always obey all signs and posted regulations, particularly curfews, sound laws, and speed limits
  • Always be prepared to stop for anything at a moment's notice, particularly wildlife, which often moves along or across trails at night
  • A snowmobile's headlights illuminate only about 200 feet in front of your snowmobile. If you're driving faster than about 45 miles per hour, you're likely 'overriding your headlights'—meaning you're going so fast that you pass through the area illuminated by your headlights before you can stop safely. Slow down at night!

For more information:
Snowmobile night safety tips

Potluck tonight wraps up Anti-Racism Week
Dryden racism flag wavingThe United Nations flag flies below the the Dryden flag in support of Anti-Racism Week.

Today is the final day of Racism Awareness Week in Dryden.

The Dryden Area Anti-Racism Network will be holding a potluck and open mic night tonight.

Anyone is welcome to attend and is encouraged but not mandated to bring a dish. The event begins at 5:30 at the aboriginal housing on Duke Street.

The evening wraps up a week of activities that aimed to raise awareness about racism.

For more information:
Dryden celebrating anti-racism week
Anti-Racism Network holds art contest

TA students wear yellow for UK boy
yellowTA students and staff wear yellow to show support for UK boy, Seth.

St. Thomas Aquinas students helped make a little boy feel less alone today along with thousands of other people around the world. Grade 12 student Jourdain Kardal explains.

"We are supporting a little boy who is 5 years old from the UK. He's been fighting a battle with severe combined immune deficiency. So we're showing our support by wearing yellow and the picture we're going to take today will be sent to his mom. She'll put it up in his room to show our support," she said.

Seth was born without an immune system and has to be kept in a sterile environment so he doesn't get sick. His parents filmed him holding up cards asking people to help him feel less alone and isolated from the world. Kardal explains why she decided to participate.

"I think it's pretty cool because it makes him happy. He can't get out of where he is so it brings lots of support to him and makes him happy," she said.

Pictures poured in all day yesterday of people wearing yellow and holding up signs of encouragement for Seth and his family.

For more information:
Wear Yellow for Seth
Marcel Henry named TA's favourite dancer

KCDSB releases annual report
Phyllis EikrePhyllis Eikre has released the 2014 annual Director's Report for the KCDSB.

The Kenora Catholic District School Board has released their annual report. Director of Education Phyllis Eikre said they're very happy with how 2014 went.

"We focus on student achievement and all the programs that are happening in our schools that support student achievement. We also highlight fiscal responsibility and that our budget is a balanced budget and is being directed to classrooms and student well being," she said.

In the report is a breakdown of their expenses. According to the board, 67 per cent of their expenses went to instruction, 16 per cent went to pupil accommodation, 7 per cent went to administration, 4 per cent went to transportation and 3 per cent was school generated.

Eikre said they believe they allocated funds in the best way possible to help students. She explains what they'll be focusing on next year.

"We will continue our focus on student achievement and student well being. We will continue our focus on Catholicity in our school and on being a fiscally responsible board," she said.

Also in the report was a breakdown of their funding. Their biggest source of money comes from grants at 81 per cent while the second largest is taxes at 8 per cent followed by tuition at 7 per cent.

For more information:
2014 Annual Director's Report
School boards keep close eye on ministry's announcement

What love is from Mrs. Bartlett's class
video - photo march 26Students at New Prospect School in Dryden have got it all figured out, as they helped prepare a video on the nature of love, with help from Dryden High School.

If you want to know what love is -- you can ask students in Mrs. Bartlett's Grade 1/2 class. With the help of Mr. Darling's media class at Dryden High School, the students put together an illustrated guide to the elusive emotion.

You can see the final product -- drawings and all -- by clicking the link below:


MacDonald heads Sunshine List
The 2015 edition of the provincial Sunshine List is out!

At the top of the list -- again this year -- is Dr. Kerry MacDonald from the Lake of the Woods District Hospital, even though his salary actually went down from last year. In 2014, he made just under $380,000. This year, he made just over $371,000.

MacDonald - KerryPathologist Dr. Kerry MacDonald of the Lake of the Woods District Hospital leads Sunshine List for 2015 with a salary of $371,448.60.


Trans-Canada open to one lane
rolloverA tractor trailer was blocking both lanes of Highway 17 near Vermilion bay earlier today.

Highway 17 has been opened to one lane 5 km east of Vermilion Bay.

Earlier today, a semi rolled across the highway blocking both lanes. The driver and passenger sustained non-life threatening injuries.

At this point it is unclear how long the one lane will be closed for.

Accident Mar 27Trucks and vehicles were lined up all afternoon because of the rollover.

For more information:
Rollover on Highway 17

Time to put your bunny ears on!
childrenChildren are getting ready for the Little Bunnies Easter Egg Hunt tomorrow in Dryden.

The Dryden Public Library is getting ready for their Little Bunnies Easter Egg Hunt. Library worker, Dayna Debenedet explains what's going on.

"It's an Easter egg hunt for kids. We have two age groups, 2 to 5 and 6 to 9. Then after the hunt we have a story time and some songs and games," she said.

Preschoolers involved with toddler time at the library are also getting excited. They've even learned a bunny song. Debenedet explains what her favourite part of the egg hunt is.

"My favourite part is just the general chaos. Seeing all the kids, they're all so exited. There's usually 30 children in each age group so 60 kids all hunting for Easter eggs. It's all very exciting," she said.

It all takes place tomorrow at the Dryden Public Library from 10 until 11:30. They are encouraging everyone to but their tickets in advance. Tickets are $4 each and are available at the library.

Dayna DebenedetLibrary worker, Dayna Debenedet, says the egg hunt is always a fun time.

For more information:
Dryden library sees huge increase in program users
Dryden Public Library celebrates Library Week

Roll over on Hwy 17
Police back day
Highway 17 has been completely closed 5 km east of Vermilion bay.

According to OPP a semi has rolled across the highway. The driver and passenger sustained non-life threatening injuries.

At this point it is unclear how long the highway will be closed for.

For more information:
KenoraOnline Road Reports

Vagina Monologues silent auction open to the public
Linda RichardsonLinda Richardson visited Q104 to speak about the change to the silent auction for the Vagina Monologues.

The Vagina Monologues open tonight! And there's been a slight change in the plans for the silent auction. One of the organizers and actors, Linda Richardson explains.

"We've had such an outpouring of support from the community with prizes that we've decided to open it up to the public. So on Saturday afternoon between 2 and 5 in the breakfast room, free admission, come on in and get a chance to win over 100 items in a silent auction," she said.

The silent auction will also be open during the show times, which are tonight and tomorrow night beginning at 7 o'clock. Richardson said they theme of the silent auction is Women Can. She said they've been overwhelmed by how many of the local businesses have jumped on board and donated items.

"It's been wonderful. It's been really a positive response given that it's a rather touchy subject, the Vagina Monologues, and we appreciate that. But it is about women supporting women and the community supporting women. Women's Place Kenora does so much for the community of women and everything that we do is being appreciated in this way," said Richardson.

Some of the things up for grabs include, homemade quilts, oil changes, baskets with kitchen utensils, home decor items and many more. All of the proceeds raised from the silent auction will go towards Women's Place Kenora.

For more information:
Vagina Monologues opens this Friday
The Vagina Monologues - Facebook

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Kenora, Ontario, CANADA Weather :: 3C Mostly cloudy
3C Mostly cloudy

Forecast for Afternoon
Turning mostly cloudy with winds from the northnorthwest at 17 mph and gusts up to 29 mph.

Forecast for Evening
Mostly cloudy with winds from the northwest at 14 mph.

Forecast for Overnight
Mostly cloudy with winds from the northwest at 14 mph.

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