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Rainy Lake Fall Bass Classic another big success

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The annual Rainy Lake Fall Bass Classic took place Saturday and Sunday at LaBelle’s Birch Point Camp, with more than 60 teams competing.

First place was taken by Ted and Louise Stewner from Winnipeg with 38.18 pounds (down a little from previous years), with Alex and Darrell Keszler of Winnipeg in second place and Bill Senter and Brian Durham (hailing from Missouri and Wisconsin) in third.

Chad and Jerry Hanson of Fort Frances were the top district team, capturing fourth place.

The biggest fish caught on Day 1 went to Mike and Sandy Salvador (Sioux Narrows) while the Stewners had the big fish for Day 2.

Host Dale LaBelle says thanks to all the volunteers, and that he’s already looking forward to the 2009 tournament.

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Another popular fishing tournament over the weekend was the Rainy River Walleye Tournament, which was held last Friday and Saturday.

Wayne Angus and Rick Pruys ended up in 14th place overall but nonetheless were crowned the “River Kings,” pocketing the $600 prize given to the team that has the highest combined weight from the Emo and Rainy River tournaments.

Jerry Elliott and Doug Anderson finished in fifth place, followed by Doug and Zac McBride (11th), Ralph Galusha and Bill Godin (13th place), Pat Steele and Doug Kreger (46th), and Vic Alberts and Lloyd Sinclair (70th).

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Sympathy is extended to Dale Stamarski and his family on the passing of his mother, Mildred, as well as to the family and friends of Sis Woolsey, who passed away last Thursday.

Your community sends both families our care and concern at this difficult time.

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Guthrie United Church here in Devlin will host its annual harvest supper this Sunday (Oct. 5) from 5-7 p.m. Be sure to come out and enjoy a superb meal of ham, turkey, dressing, potatoes and gravy, salads, desserts fit for royalty, and much more.

Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children aged six-12 years (those 5 and under eat free), with proceeds to assist church expenses.

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The next Bingo at the Emo Legion is set for Tuesday, Oct. 7. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Meanwhile, the winner of the Sept. 50/50 draw at the Emo Legion was Roger Allan, who took home $615.

He also sold himself the winning ticket and pocketed another $61.50, making his total winnings $676.50.

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Be sure to attend the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market in Fort Frances this Saturday (Oct. 4) as members of the Fine Line Art Gallery will be on hand with arts and crafts.

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The second-annual Rainy River District Harvest Supper was held at the Devlin Hall on Saturday was a huge success with more than 160 people enjoying a delicious meal. Chef Todd Moxham put out a meal with a variety of never-tasted recipes, but dishes that won’t soon be forgotten.

Donna Lowey had the hall decorated with an elegant flare while Telford Advent, “the always popular auctioneer,” had everyone in stitches as he auctioned off “the remainder of the champion steer” that was not used in the evening meal.

It was an evening enjoyed by everyone who attended, and I’m sure the 2009 event will continue the excellence this harvest dinner displayed.

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Congratulations to Amanda Ward and Bill Witherspoon on the birth of their son, Racin Allan, on Aug. 29.

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The benefit dinner and dance for Dennis Mutz is set to go this Saturday (Oct. 4) at the Emo Legion.

The turkey dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by a dance with music provided by Lisa McPherson. Rides will be provided to Fort Frances.

Tickets cost $15 each, which can be purchased at the Devlin post office.

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The 55+ seniors’ expo held last Wednesday (Sept. 24) at the Emo Legion saw roughly 70 seniors attend, with 15 community partners also on hand. Ten exhibitors made for a interesting show of education and healthy services, and a delicious lunch was served.

Several draws also were made throughout the event, which will be held again next year.

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