The first-ever “Looking Out for Number One”–a pro-active workshop for women hosted by the Atikokan Crisis Centre–was the success organizers were hoping for Monday night at the Emo Inn. “We had a really good response,” enthused ACC executive director Charene Gillies. Sixteen women showed up at the two-hour workshop to […]

The district’s newest royalty were crowned Saturday afternoon, with Tammi Mann sitting at the head of the court. Mann beat out fellow contestants Jackie Reid, Stacey Angus, Renée Desbiens, Kris Bragg, and Julia Leek to capture the 1997 Emo Fair queen pageant Mann (Miss McQuaker Enterprises) burst into tears of […]

It was an experience of a lifetime for many members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints last Saturday who completed (or went as far as they could) an 18-mile “trek” from Sleeman to Bergland in remembrance of the Mormon pioneers. Exact numbers of just how many people […]

A severe lack of rain over most of the district for much of this summer has area farmers looking for water–both for their crops and for themselves. Drought-like conditions have dried much of the countryside up like a bone, and rural residents are starting to feel its effects. “A few […]

It’s looking like the Corporation of the Township of Lake of the Woods may be a New Year’s baby as McCrosson-Tovell and Morson move to amalgamate for Jan. 1. In the process, the new township would annex a large part of the unincorporated area on Lake of the Woods in […]

It all began five years ago when Carol Booth of Devlin received a phone call from London, England. She never expected it would be from her half-sister, Margaret Getty, whom she hadn’t seen in more than three decades. Eventually, Getty decided to take a two-week vacation to Canada for her […]

Riverside Health Care Facilities Inc. should know next month whether it will be able to cash in on the Ministry of Health’s $2.7-billion restructuring fund for hospitals across Ontario. Riverside submitted an application for $600,000 operating cost (for severance, counselling, and retraining costs) and $5 million capital cost for upgrades […]

A decision on whether to expand the restricted fire zone to the rest of the West Fire Region will be made sometime today, along with how long the ban will remain in effect. A restricted fire zone has been in effect for a large area east of Highway 502 to […]

Northwestern Ontario municipalities aren’t following the City of Sudbury’s lead and threatening to pull their membership from the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. But Fort Frances Mayor Glenn Witherspoon said yesterday that wasn’t something Fort Frances has even considered. “It’s not a wise move,” noted Neil MacOdrum, a Geraldton councillor […]

In the Philippines, they’re called “lechon.” Hawaiians call them “luaow.” But here in Canada, people have a much simpler name for them. Pig roast. And none of this cutting the porkers up so they’re small enough to fit in the oven. No, a true pig roast involves the whole pig–either […]

Emo could have its first registered subdivision in a matter of days, ending a parade of red tape and paperwork for both the municipality and the developer. Reeve Brian Reid said the subdivision agreement for the Meadowlands subdivision is in its final stages, and could be signed and registered shortly. […]

Running a tourist lodge is no longer just a dream for long-time area residents Bill Godin and Nellie Halvorsen, the new owners and operators of “Lake Despair Lodge” at the end of Highway 613 north of Devlin. Formerly known as “Wickstrom’s Canadian Lodge,” a familiar area landmark for more than […]