Mud Lake City music fest set to go

The seventh-annual Mud Lake City music fest is set to go this Sunday afternoon (Aug. 28). Almost 40 musicians are scheduled to entertain the crowd.
In previous years, up to 800 people of all ages have attended this popular event.
Mud Lake City, which is located off Boxalder Road south of Devlin, has been given the name “The Biggest Little City” in Rainy River District. It is owned by Wayne and Betty Salchert.
There are items dating from the late 1800s to the mid-1900s.
The show is free to attend, but bring a chair and sun hat. Lunch and refreshments will be available at the Eatery.
Hats off to Wayne and Betty for providing this annual entertainment.
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The following Friday (Sept. 2) will be another day to enjoy a musical treat when The D. Rangers (an arm-swinging bluegrass band) will entertain at a barn concert beginning at 8 p.m. at Cornell Farms. (located on La Vallee Road North one mile from Highway 11/71).
Tickets cost $12 in advance and $15 at the door, which will be on sale at the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market in Fort Frances this Saturday (Aug. 27). Or call the Cornells at 486-3477 or me at 486-0072.
Don’t forget to bring your own lawn chair.
This band was a huge hit at the Winnipeg Folk Festival earlier this month.
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The Emo Fair is over but many folks are still feeling the excitement of the rides, the memories of great food at their favourite booth, and running into old friends.
However, there are folks who achieved great accomplishments during the 2005 fair.
Congratulations to Kelvin Caul, who captured the “Logger of the Year” title for the third-straight year. His brother, Jim, took the title “Rookie of the Year” while Gaston Godbout earned the safety award.
Meanwhile, congratulations to Ashley Richardson, one of our dynamic teenagers in Devlin. She walked away with both the Dorothy Bonot Award and Miss Congeniality title during this year’s Emo Fair Queen pageant.
Congratulations to Kayla Lauzon for being crowned the 2005 queen.
Also good luck, Ashley, as you head off to university this fall.
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As I walked through the Exhibition Hall at the Emo Fair last weekend, I noticed prize ribbons on many entries by Helen Logan—one of our awesome senior citizens.
Congratulations, Helen. You make us all realize life can be lived to the fullest even in our golden years. Hope to see more ribbons next year at the Exhibition Hall.
Meanwhile, hats off to La Vallee Reeve Emily Watson, who is president of the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society. I imagine it is a big job, but thanks for your part in keeping the Emo Fair something we look forward to every August,
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Congratulations to Sara Truelove for her well-deserved accomplishment on raising the Grand Champion Market Steer this year. It weighed in at 1,490 pounds and sold at $2.25/lb to local MPP Howard Hampton.
Way to go, Sarah. The district is proud of you.
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The lucky winner of the Emo Legion’s 50/50 draw was Christie Collett, who took home $1,833.50. Selling the lucky ticket was Lois Shine, who pocketed $183.35.
The draw was made Saturday during the seniors’ dance.
A reminder the next Legion Bingo is slated for tomorrow (Aug. 25). Doors open at 6 p.m.
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Winners of the weekly card game last Wednesday at the Emo Legion was Darlene Bruce and Pat Hyatt. Darlene has been on a roll, winning several card games lately.
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Sympathy to the family and many friends of Struchan Gilson, who passed away suddenly at his Fort Frances home last Thursday.
He worked with hundreds of youth right here in our small community of Devlin/La Vallee, helping many people to build a better, positive way of life through sports and his example.
Our community sends Pat and her entire family sympathy at this time. Hopefully, you can feel peace in knowing Struchan’s goodness as a man will be long remembered.
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Also sympathy to the family and friends of Jean Hayes, who was instrumental in the La Vallee centennial celebrations held just last summer.
Just a few weeks ago, she called me to advertise a Dance supper.
She was a great lady who was full of life. Our community is thinking of her family during this great loss.
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Robin’s 2¢:
Statistics show that in Rainy River District, employers are picking married men for the job over single men. That’s because they’re much more likely to work long hours and seldom want to go home early.

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