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Fire consumes Chapple home

Two buildings and 40 acres of grassland went up in flames Saturday around 2 p.m. about five miles north of Emo in Chapple township after a family bonfire got out of control.

Chapple Fire Chief Larry Hunsperger said the family was having a wiener roast between a house and a house-trailer when the fire got away from them.

Hemp project ready to cross north

Gordon Scheifele, a researcher with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, is ready to take his Northern Ontario hemp project one step further, growing more than 120 acres of the plant from Rainy River to Manitoulin Island.

Nine different farms in the Rainy River District alone have agreed to raise five-acre on-farm strip trials of hemp and different varieties of it.

Morrish farm popular with chicks, children

To suggest that Burriss residents Tom and Shirley Morrish have a little something invested in a “nest egg” isn’t so far from the truth when they talk about the future.

In fact, come mid-April, that “nest egg” will have multiplied into a warm and fuzzy instalment of baby chicks, which will face an influx of school children there to experience one of the many aspects of a farm tour.

Rainy River hospital goes to tender

The tender package went out Monday for a new health centre in Rainy River, with bids to be opened April 8.

Riverside Health Care Facilities Inc. received written approval from the Ministry of Health for its tender package on Friday, which maxed the project at $6.24 million.

The ministry will provide a maximum $5.2 million grant—or up to 83 percent of the project.

Abattoir issue reaches turning point.

It’s either sink or swim for building a new kill plant when the abattoir steering committee presents its information on the subject March 23 at Our Lady of The Way School in Stratton at 7:30 p.m.

The committee has spent the better part of the past year finding facts and figures on how much it would cost to build and operate a new abattoir in the Rainy River District.