Well-deserved recipient chosen for RRFA award

The Rainy River Federation of Agriculture hosted a wonderful fall dinner and meeting Saturday night.
Congratulations to Bernie Zimmerman, who has returned as chair of this organization.
But they still are in need of one director so if you have one night a month to spare, please get in touch with Bernie.
Tony Elders did a wonderful presentation on the Rainy River District Stewardship Council and all the benefits of having this group in our district.
The RRFA, meanwhile, decided to reinstate the annual Bill Gibson Award and revamped some of the criteria. Marg Irvine was the well-deserved recipient.
Marg was long-time farmer before moving to Emo after her best friend and partner (Syd) passed away. They had a big passion for Black Angus cattle but shipped cream for a number of years, as well.
Marg was involved with many farm groups, working at the sales barn for many years, as well as the Rainy River Cattle Breeders, RRFA, and many other jobs/committees that would come up and she would take on.
She also really enjoyed the stock dog club that was active a few years back–and border collies likely are her favourite breed of dog.
When Marg moved to Emo, she gave her heart and soul to the Rainy River District Regional Abattoir and without her dedication, we wouldn’t have made it this far.
She spent so much time there that we often would joke about her working for about $1 per hour.
She decided to “retire” from the abattoir nearly a year ago and now works pretty much seven days a week at Rainy River Meats.
Agriculture has played a huge role in her life—we are just lucky she lived here and we got to benefit from all that she has done!
The RRFA chose a wonderful person to honour. Congratulations, Marg, it is well-deserved!
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Thank you to everyone who called me last week after my “Moos” came out thinking that I was about ready to pull the plug on everything.
I really needed to get it off my chest and felt better once I did.
I’m well aware that those who sit back and watch can find plenty of mistakes in all that everyone else is doing.
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I was lucky to get to spend most of Saturday with my oldest niece, Maddie! They both played hockey in Emo on Friday night but Marlee had to go home to attend a birthday party.
After Maddie and I finished our chores, we headed to Rainy River to meet some of the RRCA board to haul the handling facilities from that building down to the sales barn.
We decided to take the country way all the way to Rainy River so we could discuss all the farms that we passed by.
We still are trying to pick a night that the girls are both free so we can go watch a milking at Windy Ridge Holsteins (the girls are busier than me!)
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My boyfriend/partner was pretty upset with the news that our “Roxee” has to lose at least 10 pounds.
Their Friday going out for dinners or breakfasts has to change, or at least be reduced.
I’m certain he was more upset that “Roxee,” who is happy as long as she gets to go for a ride!
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