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Sam Odrowski

Ag specialist

Ministry of Agriculture food forage specialist Christine O'Reilly of Lindsay, Ont. travelled to the Rainy River District to view the Emo Agricultural Research Station's (EARS) growing operations and educate folks during the open house held there last Wednesday.

Craft time with Grandma

Shaun Milner helped her granddaughter, Ryden Skirten, paint a bird feeder at Community Living Fort Frances and District's Open Air Art Studio yesterday evening at Legion Park. These free drop-in art sessions happen nearly every week at various locations through the town all summer long with the next one slated for Aug. 13 at the Point Park where a Shibori dyeing will take place.

'Sparky' fans

A group of children who attended the Couchiching Fire Department open house on Saturday had a chance to meet with “Sparky the Fire Dog." The mascot spread cheer throughout the open house and provided a sense of entertainment to all that came.

EARS open house

Kim Jo Bliss of the Emo Agricultural Research Station showed open house attendees all the different varieties of crops growing there yesterday evening. Demonstration plots of soybeans, canola, wheat, hops, and other crops were shown to those who attended the open house.

6000 acres

Brielmann Agriculture Ltd. is home to over 6,000 acres of canola and other crops that create a sea of yellow between Pinewood and Rainy River. Once all the crops are successfully harvested, it is estimated that it will generate $2.5 million for the district.