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Bull test station holding open house

If you want a sneak peek at this year’s crop of bulls that will be up for sale later this month from the Rainy River District Bull Test Station, you should check out its annual open house Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Charolais, Simmental, Hereford, Angus, and Gelbvieh are the five breeds that will be on display at the open house, both from local and U.S. producers.

Fire destroys garage in Alberton

Alberton firefighters jumped into action Wednesday afternoon when a garage fire was reported at the Ed Hill residence on Hammond Road.

“You could see the black smoke just rising,” Alberton Fire Chief Sandy Haney noted as he and other volunteer firefighters arrived on the scene around 2 p.m.

Budding scientists take centre stage

Jay Neilson is one of the few kids in the world who was able to bring worms into class and not get in trouble for it.

Mind you, the fifth-grader’s collection of dew worms, red wigglers, and a mysterious variety dubbed “garden” worms were all part of his science fair project on display until tomorrow at Sturgeon Creek School.

4-H leaders given reality check

It’s wasn’t a full dressing down but local 4-H leaders had their egos taken down a bit during the Rainy River District 4-H Association’s awards banquet Friday night in Emo.

Leader Kim Jo Calder said there was “a lot of bickering” going on among some of the leaders—bickering she found very frustrating and bothering.

Emo library had hectic year

Librarian Shirley Sheppard, in her year-end report, said “another busy and hectic year has come and gone” at the Emo Public Library, including flooding, feasting, and famine.

The famine was with government cutbacks while the flood last spring brought activities there, and at the toy library, to a standstill. This meant unexpected repairs and a drain on the library’s budget.

‘Sweetheart’ dance was a hit

The decorations and photographs were up at the Emo Legion last Friday evening for the Centennial Country Sweetheart Dance.

The Norlund Funtimers, featuring Elmer and Teresa Norlund and Evelyn Whalen, along with guest players Vince Sheppard and Romeo Duguay, provided the music that kept the dance floor busy all night.

Poker derby attracts 60 sledders

About 60 snowmobilers participated in the Emo Borderland Snowmobile Club’s annual poker derby last Saturday, Jan. 23.

The route went from Emo to Barwick to Stratton and back, with riders getting their final card at the Emo Arena.

Ross Anderson had the top poker hand to win $292.50, with Lyndon Brown finishing second ($175.50) and Jim Strachan third ($117).