Trudging in snow no fun

Although I’m thankful that the minus-50 temperatures have left us (for now), I’m not overly happy about the snow and wind. Now that I’m making multiple trips out to the barn, trudging through the snow isn’t that fun.
My dad will come over with his trusty snowplow and fix that up for me but it’s the middle-of-the-night checks that seem difficult. I’m already checking cows even though I thought I wouldn’t have to start that until this weekend but I had a cow calve early Saturday morning and a set of twins on Sunday night!
So I am started!
Even though I’ve done this for many years now, the calves always amaze me. The slide on out and within minutes they are standing and soon after nursing!
This is one of the best parts of my barn cameras–you can walk away and watch the cow and calves do their thing.
I think I will be fairly busy with my cows this year because I ran three breeding groups. So now I’m crossing my fingers and other things that the weather co-operates.
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After nearly two years of planning and preparing, the board of directors with the Rainy River Regional Abattoir Inc. is excited to announce that as of Feb. 1, we will be taking over operations of Rainy River Meats in Emo.
We have been looking for ways to increase revenue stream to the abattoir structure and we are confident this is a step in the right direction. We are happy that staff will continue on as is in hopes of actually providing more work for those who are looking.
In the near future, we will be gearing up our marketing team and hope to get more local meat into our district–and beyond! We will continue to source local meat so please get in the habit of letting us know if you have something available.
None of this would have been possible without the help of the Rainy River Future Development Corp., the NOHFC, and SNAPP. A special thank you to past operators, Ted and Deb Zimmerman, Marg Irvine, Steve and Pat Loshaw, and Clayton Teeple for their vision and dedication to getting this business off the ground.
We look forward to doing business and are excited to get local food on your menu.
If you have any questions, call the shop at 482-2303 or drop us a line at
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I’ve set aside my time this week to plan for my mom and dad’s 50th anniversary party. When we chose the date, it seemed I had plenty of time but here we go.
I am sure it will be fine but my brother and I feel that after 50 years of marriage and raising the two of us, they deserve a celebration.
If you would like to join us, the party is set for this Saturday (Feb. 9) beginning at 1 p.m.
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The Rainy River District 4-H Leaders’ Association held its annual meeting this past Friday night (Feb. 1). It was a great meeting and I was so pleased how well the elections went!
The following is the 2019 executive Tammi LeBlanc (president), Pam Wilson (vice-president), Nadine Gerula (treasurer), Chantelle Teeple (secretary), Jason Teeple/Joe Bodnar (fair board rep), Chantelle Teeple (association rep/key contact and membership/database co-ordinator), and Angela Haw (awards committee).
Our screening contact is Tammi LeBlanc.
It is so great when people take the time and to sit on these boards. This makes our district so much more successful when you give your time to important things like 4-H!