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4-H club off on exchange

The Rainy River 4-H exchange club held a meeting July 3 at 8:30 a.m. at the Devlin municipal building. We had a great turnout for the meeting as we were finalizing arrangements for our departure on an exchange visit to La Belle Province.

We were slated to land at Dorval Airport in Montreal on Monday (July 9), and all the kids on the 4-H exchange were really getting excited.

4-H beef club continues

The fifth meeting of “The United Beef Club” was held at Anthony and Erica Boersma’s house on Monday, June 11 at 7 p.m. Club president Matt Neilson called the meeting to order and we recited the 4-H pledge.

Then all the members said roll call, which was, “Name the breed type of your calf.”

Bass tourney a go for 2002

Fifty teams left the Lake Despair shore bright and early last Saturday and Sunday in hopes of catching the “big one” (or rather, several big ones) as they competed in the first-annual “Castin’ for Cash” bass tournament hosted by Nell and Bill Godin of Lake Despair Lodge.

Plans afoot for Chapple Day

Chapple Day gets underway Friday, Aug. 10 with a bonfire and wiener roast at 7:30 p.m. at the Both Farm north of Barwick (across from Sturgeon Creek School).

Everyone is welcome.

Then on Saturday, Aug. 11, activities will include an old-time threshing and other events at the Both Farm. The farmhouse and blacksmith shop will be open for tours.

Protesters picket at Rainy River First Nation

Six Rainy River First Nation residents spent last Friday picketing at the reserve to demand the opportunity for more community involvement in council decisions.

“We haven’t been getting any community meetings, we haven’t been getting any information and the council has been meeting in Fort Frances,” complained Agnes Saderwasser, one of the residents who picketed.

Forest fire keeps crews busy

A wildfire that broke out around 5 p.m. Sunday in the Dryden District may continue to challenge Ministry of Natural Resources firefighters for the next few days.

Dryden Fire #18, burning near Upper Scotch Lake, about 17 km west of English River, grew to 35 hectares and threatened nearby structures.

‘Castin’ for Cash’ organizers hoping for strong tourney

After months of planning and preparations, Lake Despair Lodge is set to host its first “Castin’ for Cash” live-release bass tournament Saturday and Sunday.

Lodge co-owner Nellie Halver-son is anticipating a smooth weekend.

“It’s going to be a great weekend,” she said. “Things are looking good, [and] the fishing seems to have picked up.”