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Dozens go for drive in country

About 100 people ventured into farm country Sunday afternoon, making many call the Rainy River Federation of Agriculture’s “Drive in the Country” farm tour a success.

Organizer Deb Cornell said attendance was up from last year’s tour and the feedback she’s been hearing has been very positive.

Area service board on fast track

Speed could be the essential for Rainy River District to have its own area services board (ASB)—and not be forced to join in with Kenora District.

Fort Frances Mayor Glenn Witherspoon said the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines wants no more than 10 ASBs across Northern Ontario. To help achieve that, he said it’s recommending the boards cover a population base of 30,000.

A Drive in the Country:

Need an idea for a relaxing Sunday afternoon with the family?

Well, the Rainy River Federation of Agriculture is holding a farm tour this Sunday from 12:30-5 p.m., aptly named “A Drive in the Country.”

“There are five farms," noted tour organizer Deb Cornell. ”At each farm, there will food available and activities at each place.

Election races stalled in district

It’s T-minus 30 days until the deadline to file nomination papers for the municipal election in November but the races haven’t attracted much attention yet.

As of Monday, no one had filed nomination papers for a seat on councils in Alberton, La Vallee, Chapple, Rainy River, Emo, McCrosson-Tovell, Morley, and Morson townships.

Cattle sale attracts big numbers

About 1,285 head of cattle were moved through the Stratton sales yard Saturday, with many steers selling in the $0.90-$1.10/lb range.

But the buyers were picky this year, and not every steer was able to fetch such a high price.

“The general feeling was where the quality was, the price was,” noted Ralph Hunsperger, president of the Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association.

Pair bring a piece of country to Toronto

It’s a tale that closely resembles the one about the country mouse and the city mouse. But this one was real-life.

Local 4-H members Stacey Angus, 16, and Simone LeBlanc, 18, took part in “Today’s Leaders, Tomorrow’s Issues,” a workshop Aug. 23-25 at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto for about 60 rural and urban youths from across the province.