Saturday, July 26, 2014


Winter highways pressed

Local MPP Sarah Campbell this week pressed the provincial government to immediately strike an all-party committee to evaluate the root causes of the poor winter road maintenance experienced across the north last year.
She also wants it to develop a comprehensive solution to guarantee history doesn’t repeat itself this winter.

Calendar winners

There were more winners in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association’s weekly cash calendar draw.
Winning $30 for July 20-26 were Gerald and Marvaline Brown, Ty Wilson, and Tracy Wright (Fort Frances), Jim Randolph (International Falls), Val Kellar (Emo), Ted and Wanda Heyens (Stratton), and Ron Cameron (Atikokan).

Namakan outflow reduced

The Water Levels Committee of the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board has directed the dam operators on Namakan Lake to target the upper rule curve rather than the middle portion of the band.
This step was taken to reduce inflow to Rainy Lake in order to help increase its rate of decline.
The outflow from the Kettle Falls dam was reduced Sunday.

Two more fires declared ‘out’

Two northern fires in Red Lake District were declared “out” yesterday.
Both were lightning-caused blazes that started June 25 and were listed as “being observed.”
They were declared “out” at eight and 10 hectares in size.
There also was a fire in Fort Frances District on Monday that was investigated and confirmed the following day.

Youth rangers back

Hello and boozhoo from the 2014 Stewardship Youth Rangers of Fort Frances District!
We are eight high school students (Hailey Beaudry, Caleigh Payne, Cameron Jolicoeur, Matt Berube, Mitchell Jones-Foy, James Gesic, Ashtyn Dokuchie, and Jenny Hammond) who are very excited to be participating in this Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry summer employment program!

W.I. ‘pie social’ set

The Rainy River District Women’s Institute will host a “pie social” this Friday (July 18) from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Emo Museum.
For just $4, you can get a beverage and a delicious piece of pie. There also will be whole pies for sale.
The door prize will be two tickets to the Emo Speedway, donated by the Borderland Racing Association.

‘Harmony’ festival gearing up

The inaugural “Harmony of Nations” Music Festival is shaping up to be an exciting event and people are urge to purchase their tickets soon.
“We’re hoping people buy sooner rather than later to make sure they get a ticket,” said event co-ordinator Shannon Darby, who is being assisted by a 15-member committee.

Salvation Army has new officer

Lt. Ryan MacDonald is the new officer for the local Salvation Army, taking over from Lts. Dennis and Mary Maybury, who have moved to their new posting in Glace Bay, N.S.
“This is a beautiful little piece of our territory,” said the 28-year-old who hails from Sydney, N.S., admitting he’s not used to being part of such a small community.

Local pursuing comedy career

Have you heard about the local girl who wants to be a comic?
It might sound like the set-up for a witty punch line. But to Fort Frances resident Melissa Fletcher, this is no joke.
In fact, the comedian-in-training left last month to complete her final year of the comedy writing and performing program at Humber College in Toronto.

Emo assisted living group ID’s four sites

The Emo Assisted Living group has identified four locations within the township that could be possible sites to build an assisted living facility.
They, along with the Assisted Living Action Group, now are seeking information from the public about what location they feel is best and what they’d like to see in such a facility.

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