Folk singer to open new season of barn concerts

Dave Ogilvie

Cornell Farms is pleased to announce Cara Luft will be the headliner for their next barn concert, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 20.
Singer, songwriter, and guitarist extraordinaire, Luft is that rare artist steeped in folk and traditional roots music almost from birth—yet willing to alter that fabric, stretch the boundaries, and blend genres and styles.
One of the founding members of the Juno Award-winning folk trio, “The Wailin’ Jennys,” Luft’s music has been described by the Ottawa Xpress as “a rich roots travelogue whose traditional heart beats with a wholly contemporary pulse.”
Based in Winnipeg, Luft has become a widely-respected and well-travelled member of the Canadian folk/roots music community. She has graced the stage at Lilith Fair and the prestigious International Guitar Festival in the United Kingdom.
According to the Kelvedon Institute in Essex, “Cara is an extremely accomplished guitarist and a captivating singer—an all-round dynamic performer with deep roots in both folk and rock ’n roll.”
For more information, check out her accomplishments at or
And make sure you mark June 20 on your calendar.
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Guthrie United Church in Devlin is hosting a “Giant Garage Sale” this Saturday (May 15) from 8 a.m. to noon across from Greensides Store. Lots of “good stuff” for sale. Make sure you arrive early.
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The next men’s breakfast meeting will be held this Saturday (May 15) starting at 8 a.m. at the Emo Legion.
This month’s featured speaker will be Pastor Eric Marx of International Falls.
Pastor Eric was born and raised in the state of Montana. He and his wife, Phoebe, with their three now teen-aged sons, moved to International Falls three years ago.
Since their move to this area, he has served as the senior pastor of the Covenant Church in the Falls.
Men, take this as your invitation to hear this man share his experiences.
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The start date for the new Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) is quickly approaching.
Any businesses affected by the HST should consider attending the next workshop hosted by the Rainy River Future Development Corp., which will be held Wednesday, May 19 from 1:30-4 p.m. at the training room at 608 Scott St.
Ken Kemp, from the Canada Revenue Agency, and a representative from the province will be on hand to answer questions.
There is no fee to attend, and anyone interested should contact the RRFDC at 274-3276.
Participants will learn how the HST works, who has to register, your obligations and entitlements, books and records, special situations, and where to get help.
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As part of the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s annual drive to raise funds to fight these diseases, schools from across Rainy River District take part in the annual “Jump Rope for Heart” program.
This year, Donald Young School in Emo also contributed to this worthwhile cause by raising $3,569.75 during its recent “Jump Rope for Heart” program, followed by an additional $3,980, which was collected by the Grade 7 and 8 students for “Hoops for Hearts”—making a grand total of $7,549.75 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Staff, students, volunteers, and everyone who donated to this national campaign should be congratulated for their efforts.
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The Women’s Institute will be holding its spring tea at Knox United Church in Emo on Friday, May 21 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
For just $7, those on hand will be treated to a delicious lunch of soup, sandwiches, and dessert. There also will be a craft and bake table.
The funds raised from this annual event will go to the W.I.’s museum fund.
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Local runners looking to add to their list of competitions within driving distance should check out the “Run for Mom” race, which is held each Mother’s Day in Steinbach, Man.
The annual 5K/10K walk/run, this year attracted 474 runners and walkers.
The organizing committee of 12 committed members, along with 100 hard-working volunteers, hosted another fantastic event.
Each runner received a “goodie bag” and a participation medal while mothers taking part also received a rose at the finish line.
The top three runners, both male and female, also received medals.
Local businesses and sponsors provided the necessary support to host the event and also donated special prizes for the top runners.
This year’s event also featured a special 300-yard run for children aged three-six.
The committee rented an inflatable bouncer for the children to enjoy while their parents took part in the races.
Funds raised by participating will be donated directly to “Anna’s House,” a local charity which is a family resource centre in Steinbach dedicated to serving expectant parents and families with children up to the age of five.
Anyone interested in participating in this fantastic family event next year should keep an eye on the “Run for Mom” website, which can be found at