Renewed optimism seen in district

It is the week before a New Year arrives and as I look back, it has been an exciting time for Rainy River District.
Record cattle sales and expanding grain fields greatly have increased the agricultural economy across the district. Daily truckloads of grain are passing through Fort Frances on their way to Thunder Bay or south into the United States.
More land will be turned into grain crops in 2019 and additional acreage will be developed in the coming year as grain crops grow in value.
You see the signs of prosperity everywhere. New vehicles are being bought and new bathrooms and kitchens are being created across the district.
It is a positive atmosphere.
New Gold has hit its stride in making its targets for gold production in 2018. An underground shaft now is under construction to target richer areas of gold and silver.
Manitou Lumber, meanwhile, has modernized the mill.
Other district businesses are changing hands. In Emo, both the Circle D Restaurant and the Emo Inn have new owners. Nick Beyak has expanded his businesses by acquiring MacDonald Motors in Fort Frances. The Bayview Motel has been sold, as has Maddies Confectionery.
John and Cindy Homer have acquired Causeway Insurance while Jason and Michelle have acquired Ross’s Camp. As well, McTaggarts and Taggs Source for Sports have new owners, with McMunn and Yates having acquired the North American Lumber store here in town.
And the Super 8 Motel here is expanding with more rooms.
It is a vote of confidence that in Fort Frances and the district, those new owners–both from the community and outside the area–are coming forward to acquire businesses.
If the deal for the mill goes through, another positive jolt to the economy of the district will be felt as employment will rise, the total district-wide payroll will grow, and so will the population.
One can expect with this positive atmosphere, new retailers also will come forward to locate in the communities across the district. These are exciting times and the new young owners investing in traditional businesses and new businesses is exciting.
They bring renewed optimism to the district.

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