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Rick Neilson

Abattoir sod-turning

Steve Loshaw, president of Rainy River District Regional Abottoir Inc., had the honour of turning the first spadeful of sod late Monday morning at the site of the new abattoir as Emo Mayor Ed Carlson, left, and project engineer Marko Dzeletovitch were among those looking on. The site is located at 26 Byng St. in Emo.

Study launched on impact of agricultural to district

In 2006, agriculture brought $13.5 million into the Rainy River District. And with every on-farm job supporting one-three jobs in the wider economy, the impact is multiplied.

But just how important is agriculture to the area?

That was the question on the minds of the 11 district farmers who formed the Agri-Economic Impact Study focus group at the Emo Inn on Saturday, May 2.

Fan favourite

Arlene Byrnes shared a moment of camaraderie with singer-songwriter David Francey after his performance during Tuesday night’s “tour de Fort” concert at the Townshend Theatre. Francey, winner of three Juno Awards, was accompanied by fellow singer/songwriter Craig Werth. Francey’s songs told of his adventures of life and love; each one introduced with a wonderful story.