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Abattoir talk

Trish Neilson, vice-president of the Rainy River District Regional Abattoir Inc., addressed a large crowd during a public open house at the Emo Legion on Monday evening. The purpose of the meeting was for the board, along with the Township of Emo, to present their plans for the constuction of a local abattoir within the village, as well as to address questions and concerns from the public.

Hurry hard

Jared McQuaker, representing the Stratton Curling Club, instructed his team of Cody Heyens, left, Cody Ossachuk, and Ben Miller to sweep hard during the third draw of the Bantam provincial playdowns here Friday. The team won just one of their five games over the three-day event, with the Kristofer Leupen rink of Geralton Curling Club taking first place. More photos inside.

Benefit dinner

Rose Bernardi, left, and Lil Newman checked out the live auction items up for grabs at the annual “Community Chest” dinner Sunday evening at La Place-Rendez-Vous. The event drew about 270 people to raise funds to provide financial aid to local families facing medical expenses. The fundraising total was not available as of this morning.

Muskie tea

Forward Matt McLellan offered dessert to 11-year-old Stephanie Lizotte on Saturday during the annual tea and bake sale hosted by the Muskie boys’ hockey team, which was held at La Place Rendez-Vous.

Bantam playdowns

The Tirzah Keffer rink of Fort Frances, along with “Little Rocker” Hailey Beaudry holding up the team sign, lined up with the rest of the girls’ and boys’ teams yesterday evening during opening ceremonies of the Northern Ontario Bantam playdowns at the Fort Frances Curling Club. The Keffer rink has opened the playdowns with a pair of losses, as did the Jared McQuaker rink from Stratton.

Picking a winner

Milt Strachan, vice-president of the Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association, drew the wining ticket in the Taggs ‘AA’ Bantam 50/50 draw last night at the Memorial Sports Centre. Bob Hall of Fort Frances won $2,310. Looking on were Taggs’ players Brett Bodnarchuk, John Carlson, Jeff Gustafson, Cody Vangel, Chris Bobczynski, and Ryan Lundy.

Ready for action

Muskie goalie Justin Pryde got ready for a face-off in the home team’s end Friday night during a game against the Red Lake Rams. The black-and-gold earned a 5-1 victory, then dumped the visitors 11-2 on Saturday afternoon to clinch first place in NorWOSSA.

Family fun

Steve Hanson, left, battled the opposing team of Erin Tomalty, Melissa Hammond, Susan Tomalty, and Ed Hammond (all at right) in a ball hockey tournament Saturday during the Family Fun Day in Nestor Falls.

Books, books, books

Rachel Maxton and her three-year-old son, Javyn, took a good look at the stacks upon stacks of books at the local Alzheimer Society’s annual book sale fundraiser last Thursday at Revco Carpet here. It raised $1,860 for the charity

Nature’s majesty

Lee Oelke hung an impressive photo of a bald eagle, taken at Swell Bay on Rainy Lake, on the wall at the Fine Line Art Gallery here. The newest member of the Fine Line Art Gallery co-op, the prolific photographer’s body of work focuses mainly on wildlife found in Rainy River District.