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Poker derby attracts 60 sledders

About 60 snowmobilers participated in the Emo Borderland Snowmobile Club’s annual poker derby last Saturday, Jan. 23.

The route went from Emo to Barwick to Stratton and back, with riders getting their final card at the Emo Arena.

Ross Anderson had the top poker hand to win $292.50, with Lyndon Brown finishing second ($175.50) and Jim Strachan third ($117).

Inspection station shows steady loss

The livestock inspection station in Rainy River has yet to make a profit for area cattlemen, showing a loss on the books for 1998 as the Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association held its annual meeting last Wednesday in Stratton.

Expenses outweighed revenues by more than $1,000 last year, dwindling away the reserve of money the RRCA had received to run the station when it first opened.

Congregations gather to celebrate Christmas

The Christmas Day service at the Emo Christian Reform Church was very well attended this year as members from other churches, which happened to not have any Christmas Day services, overflowed the sanctuary, giving it a “pull together” atmosphere.

There was the lighting of the Advent wreath and the children’s message given by Karen. The youngsters also sang “Away in a Manger.”

Rainy River to keep satellite office

Word from local MP Robert Nault that the Rainy River Future Development Corp. won’t see a decrease in funding next year has brought a sigh of relief to west-end residents, particularly those who use its satellite office in Rainy River.

In an interview last week, Nault said while he couldn’t guarantee more money for the RRFDC in 1999, he noted “there certainly won’t be less.”

Hospital brick drive in home stretch

The Rainy River hospital’s “buy a brick, build it quick” campaign has reached $244,500 in pledges—and optimism is running high the $300,000 goal will be reached by year’s end.

With $25,000 still to come from the Royal Canadian Legion, the number of $500 bricks needed to be bought to reach the $300,000 mark drops to 61.