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District in mourning over recent passings

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The rural areas of the district are feeling sadness over the recent “passings of county folks.”

Norbert Bragg, a well-known person throughout the entire Rainy River District, passed away Sunday after a short battle with cancer.

Driving bus for years, Norbert was a very active and social person who was interested in community, politics, and horses.

I have many fond memories of Norbert as our families “grew up together” so to speak. I remember my parents and Norbert and Irene attending Legion dances and going on trips into the U.S.

But perhaps my favourite memories were of the Braggs/Galushas getting together with all 16 kids and enjoying a meal together.

Norbert loved to tease all of us kids back then; in fact, he still loved to tease me even last week. He definitely had a sense of humour.

Norbert loved a good argument, especially over politics, and especially if he won, which he thinks he always did. I sometimes would refer to Norbert and my Dad as two grumpy men.

Sympathy to all of Norbert's family and friends. It's with a heavy heart that one of the last “legends” in our area is no longer with us !

Sincere sympathy, as well, to the many family members and friends of Wanda Heyens, who passed recently after struggling with health issues.

She was a beautiful human being; her smile and the twinkle in her eyes were infectious. But her kindness and love of her family and friends will be remembered forever.

I always remember Wanda cheering her husband and brother, Ted and Kelvin, as they weighed at many fishing tournaments.

Another sad death in our area was the passing of Jason Ogier, who spent much of his life living in our community, along with his family.

Jason struggled with health issues.

Our community sends sympathy to the Ogier family and all of Jason's friends.

The Fall Fair committee is looking for girls to compete in the queen pageant. Contestants must be 14-17 years of age to enter.

If you're interested, contact Sis (276-2473) or Mary (271-1586).

The lucky winner of May's 50/50 draw at the Emo Legion was Kenny Roen, who took home $610.

Congratulations to Bill Godin and Nolan Mann, who took fourth place in the recent Emo Walleye Classic, and to Riley Caul and Jon Barker for their fifth-place showing.

A reminder that this Friday (June 8) is a P.A. Day for all students in the district.

Robin's 2¢:

I have a million-dollar idea: smoke alarms that automatically shut off when you yell “I'm just cooking!”

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