Looking back at district stories

What were the biggest stories of the year? It’s a question reporters like to ask themselves at the end of every year.
It was an especially interesting question for me as I’ve been in town a mere month. A babe in the woods, or the district, as it were.
Sept. 11, of course, cast a pall over our lives and caused us to look outwards, but the district still experienced interesting and eventful times during the past 12 months:
•A national cattle ID program began Jan. 1 to help further secure Canadian export markets, both in finished beef and breeding stock
•New Alberton Reeve John Milling struggling to pinpoint Alberton’s identity as council works on setting 2001 budget
•Colleen Vennechenko appointed new Emo Chamber of Commerce president
•Visitors impressed with newly-renovated Emo Health Centre
•Morley council finally filled three months after nominations
•Sunset Country Métis elect new council
•Alberton Reeve Milling unhappy with counter-offer from Fort Frances to annex landfill site off McIrvine Road
•Second elk herd arrives at Cameron Lake
•Emo Clinic moves into new health centre
•Emo, Alberton, and Lake of the Woods townships survey citizens for strategic planning
•Emo Christian Reformed Church’s Dorcas Society marked 40th anniversary
•Alberton council disappointed over annexation decision
•Emo lands third doctor
•Rainy River Feeder Finance Co-operative adds $500,000 to its purse for 2001
•Need for new large animal vet deemed “critical”
•Tom Morrish wins prestigious Bill Gibson award for community service
•Chapple Reeve Cecil Wilson celebrates 25 years of municipal service as clerk-treasure and reeve
•Bacteria found in Crossroads School water
•Local students represented Northwestern Ontario in national science fair
•Youth explore native arts in festival
•Manitou fish fry draws large crowd—more than 700 people tackle 400 pounds of fish
•Wet weather slows research at Emo Research Station
•Big Island opens new band office
•District 4-H’ers head to Quebec on exchange; their hosts to visit here in August
•Treaty #3 remembered on National Aboriginal Day
•Emo Health Centre holds grand opening
•Emo Health Centre dedicates long-term care wing to Dr. John O’ Sullivan
•New abattoir said close to being built near Emo
•Protesters picket at Rainy River First Nation to demand more community involvement in council decisions
•Emo venue for “Rural Dialogue”—an ongoing initiative by the federal government to gauge the needs and challeges of rural communities
•Emo restricts water use due to strain at water treatment plant
•Headless cow found in river near Manitou Rapids
•Barwick, Morley beaches close due to high bacteria count
•three fierce storms stun district July 31, causing flooding, widespread wind damage, but fortunately no injuries
•Former Emo resident Dean “Madman” Martin returns home to wrestle with Canadian Wrestling Federation, captures CWF’s “hardcore” title over “The Spider”
•Christian Reformed Church in Emo celebrates 50th anniversary
•steeple of Our Lady of the Way Catholic Church in Pinewood struck by lightning
•Manitou mill back on track after storms
•Fort Frances, Rainy River, La Vallee, Morson, and Devlin declaring disaster areas
•old Emo clinic torn down
•Non-essential water use restricted in Emo
•Public support sought for young offender’s facility
•Delegates hammer out agenda for improving rural Ontario
•Crozier rink construction well underway
•Emo council grant new life to curling rink
•“Odyssey” group scouting framers’ needs—district farmers get the chance to share their concerns for the future
•Ag industry should work on image: panel
•Fall calf sale produced good prices
•District-wide disaster relief committee set up to assess damage and distribute compensation as a result of July storms
•Gary Medicine elected as Rainy River First Nation chief
•bid by Fort Frances to annex portions of land in the townships of Alberton and Miscampbell hits snag
•Church steeple grounded for repairs
•elk herd future looks promising
•area performers gearing up for “Messiah”
•Chapple council discusses septic disposal site
•Date set for Emo walleye derby
•Fire department merger hot topic in Rainy River and Dawson
•West end of district to get 911 service soon
•performance of Handel’s “Messiah” a hit
•Chapple waste disposal site will now be fenced and locked
•Alberton plans to open new rink
•rare deer bagged near Barwick
•Emo eyeing major landfill site