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Rickford opening

Local MPP Greg Rickford held a cake-cutting ceremony yesterday at his new constituency office located at 276 Scott St. to celebrate its grand opening. The office hours are Tuesday to Thursday from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Cooking bannock

Robert Moore student Chloe Allen roasted bannock outside of the Nanicost building on Thursday during the Seven Generations Education Institute's annual “Fall Harvest.” Students learned about indigenous culture, traditions, and lifestyle.

20th pumpkin festival lauded by organizers

The 20th-annual Rainy River Giant Pumpkin Festival came to Hannam Park on Saturday for a day of fun contests, games, shopping, and prizes.

The cold weather may have kept some folks at home but the event still saw a great level of support, with about 150 people coming through the park.

“It was very successful," said festival president Valerie Leininger. "Cold but successful.”

Bridge construction

The new international bridge between Rainy River to Baudette currently is under construction in a co-ordinated effort between the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Ontario Ministry of Transportation. The project, which started started in June, will replace the old bridge linking the two communities.

Photo backdrop

Rainy River Giant Pumpkin Festival vice-president Donna Wolanicki, left, and president Valerie Leininger were all smiles on Saturday under the big tent at Hannam Park. They are seated next to two scarecrows that were donated by Riverview School. The local day care centre and high school also donated painted signs and decor to the family-friendly event.

Trio of calves

A trio of calves sat mooing in their pens as they waited to be brought through the ring at the Stratton sales barn on Saturday put on by the Rainy River Cattlemen's Association. More than 1,600 head of cattle went through the ring, generating almost $2-million overall.