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Sam Odrowski

Back at work

Work has resumed at the site of the town's new J.K.-Grade 8 Catholic school on Flinders Avenue. The new school will amalgamate St. Michael's and St. Francis schools into one learning facility, with construction workers hoping to get started on building it in the fall. The Northwest District Catholic School Board plans to have it completed in time for the 2019-20 school year.

Petting zoo

Emo Feed's “Farm Animal Petting Zoo," featuring calves, goats, pigs, and chickens, was a popular attraction on Saturday during Emo's annual "Spring Fever Days.” Many who stopped by took the time to touch the animals—and some even had the chance to feed them hay.

Rallying in support

A group of workers at La Verendrye Hospital held a rally late yesterday morning in support of the 75,000 hospital workers who want to bargain fairly. Similar rallies were scheduled across Ontario, including at the health centres in Emo and Rainy River, to support the “Together for Respect” campaign co-ordinated by CUPE, SIEU, and Unifor.

Gala dress

Gale Hyatt was one of the many people who got into their 1890 era costume for the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society's “Gold Rush Gala” at the Emo Arena on Saturday night.

Organizers were impressed by the number of people who got into costume for the event. In fact, it seemed more like a Western saloon throughout the event with 1890-themed decorations spread across the venue.

Up, up and away

A flock of geese took flight over a section of the Rainy River along downtown Emo earlier this month. With warmer weather on the horizon, multiple flocks of geese are passing through on their annual migration north.

Gold Rush outfits

Diane Gibson, right, and Marie Saunders greeted “Gold Rush Gala” guests into the Emo Arena throughout Saturday evening. Many attendees, volunteers, and organizers dressed up in costumes fitting into the 1890 gold rush era.

Gala auctioneer

Auctioneer Telford Advent looked to solicit bids during the “Gold Rush Gala” held Saturday night. The live auction helped raise money that will be used to carry out upgrades at the Emo Arena, with the RRVAS planning to put a shovel in the ground for the upgrades later this spring.

Cattle sales key to district

The first cattle sale of 2018 is set for Saturday, April 28 at the Stratton sales barn.

About 1,000 cattle are expected to be auctioned off at the sale, bringing a long awaited payday to many of the district's farmers.

“As a farmer, you don't get a paycheque every two weeks,” noted Kim Jo Bliss, a member of the Rainy River Cattlemen's Association and a sales barn volunteer.

Silent auction

Neen Martin placed a bid on one of the many silent auction items up for bid during the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society's “Gold Rush Gala" on Saturday night at the Emo Arena. The proceeds raised from the silent auction, and event as a whole, will go towards the "River Valley Events & Education Centre Project.”

50th guest

Larry Hands pictured attending the 50th-anniversary celebration of Confederation College here last month. He took the Health Care Aide Program and graduated in 1981, leading to his current employment at Rainycrest.