The Lake of the Woods District Hospital moved into a transitional period in June, as President and CEO Mark Balcaen retired. He talked about improvements he's seen over the last 25 years in health care in the northwest.

"Certainly, there have been a lot of changes -- very positive changes -- over the 25 years. Not to say we haven't run into our own hiccups and issues and problems," he said.

Balcaen had worked for five years in Sioux Lookout, before moving to Kenora.

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford was named as the province's new minister for Northern Development and Mines, as well as Energy and Indigenous Affairs.

"It's a reflection of the confidence and the importance Premier (Doug) Ford has put on northwestern Ontario," he said, as he thanked voters for their support.

Rickford had previously served as Natural Resources Minister in Ottawa. He was the MP from 2008 to 2015.

The Broncos, the Saints and Confederation College students all celebrated their graduation.

"It is absolutely phenomenal. I couldn't have asked to go out of high school in a better way," said Raquel Leutschaft.

“There was so much! I’m so shocked and everything was a blur when I was crossing the stage. I’m super grateful. I couldn’t imagine the process in choosing the reward recipients and I’m so happy. So thankful,” said Gabrielle Boulet.

"We are extremely proud of our students for all that they have accomplished,” said Confederation College President Jim Madder.

In unfortunate news,emergency responders were on the scene of a large blaze at Redden’s Camp.  The fire reportedly started in a nearby garage, that included flammables.

For more information:
Balcaen reflects on 25 years
Rickford joins Ford cabinet
Fire at Redden’s
Hats off for Saints class of 2018
Bronco Class of ‘18 celebrates
Hard work pays off for grads

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