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Full house on hand at Manitou Mounds for funding presentation

Several hundred people were on hand Friday afternoon as Attorney General Charles Harnick presented Rainy River First Nations Chief Jim Leonard with a cheque for $1.4 million to continue work on the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Mounds Historical Centre.

Chief Leonard said the funding reiterated the province’s commitment to the Rainy River First Nation and other native bands in the area.

Fish fry slated Friday

Organizers of the 28th-annual Manitou fish fry are expecting several hundred people to show up for it this Friday at 4 p.m. at the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre Round House (Manitou Mounds).

Hosted by the Rainy River First Nation, more than 500 invitations were sent out to people on both sides of the border, including other First Nations communities.

Rainfall welcomed by farmers

The last two days of rainfall brought much-needed moisture to newly-seeded crops and pastures, causing district farmers to heave a collective sigh of relief.

But given the dry weather of late, people are still asking, “Is it enough?” Kim Desserre, president of the Rainy River Federation of Agriculture, said that all depends on where you live.

Meeting with DNR positive: chief

After several months of growing tension between the Rainy River First Nation band and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, both sides came away smiling from the meeting table yesterday.

Chief Jim Leonard met with DNR Commissioner Rod Sando in St. Paul, Mn. to discuss fishery management on Rainy River.

Ready, set, grow!

It’s a gardening event of behemoth proportions where pumpkin growers across the district vie for the $1,000 grand prize and bragging rights for an entire year—not to mention the coveted “Golden Hoe.”

The Rainy River Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival is gearing up for another year of competition, with the weigh-in date set for Saturday, Oct. 3 at Hannam Park in Rainy River.