Earlier on their vacation, Hans and Elsie Duetsck experienced vandalism in Baltimore, first losing some tools and then having their van greased up. Fortunately, it was a chemical easily removed. “The rest of the journey thus far has been great,” he noted. “Nice scenery, pleasant weather, [and] friendly people.” The […]

Consistency was the key for Mike Salvador and Jeff Swenson last weekend on Lake of the Woods. Despite less than ideal conditions Sunday, the Sioux Narrows pair weighed in 12.98 pounds to go along their 12.56-pound total on Saturday to win the fifth-annual Morson Bass Classic and $3,000 first prize. […]

Taking home the grand champion market steer award is a big accomplishment for a 4-H member. Winning it two years in a row is even bigger. Jusk as Greg Haglin, who raised the grand champion steer at the fall fair in Emo earlier this month, repeating his performance of a […]

It may be one of the prettiest weeds around but it’s also one of the deadliest to its surrounding habitat–and that has La Vallee looking at what it can do to keep purple loosestrife from spreading further. In fact, the township may introduce “exotic” beetles next summer as a way […]

Despite varied results from 28 five-acre plots across Northern Ontario, University of Guelph researcher Gordon Scheifele said farmers now have a better idea how to grow hemp for industrial uses. Scheifele, who will be in the area Sept. 4 during “Industrial Hemp Field Days” at Blair Lowey’s farm on Highway […]

Ken McKinnon is still smiling about this year’s fall fair in Emo, saying it was one of the best ever. McKinnon, president of the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society fair board, said attendance was strong this year, the percentage from the midway was up, and the weather co-operated perfectly. “I’m […]

The low water levels on area lakes and rivers this summer have not had a dramatic impact on another important natural resource–wildlife. “We haven’t found much yet in terms of negative impact on wildlife, such as ducks or beavers,” said Darryl McLeod, area biologist with the Ministry of Natural Resources […]

Dolly Teeple became the latest in the line of Emo fall fair royalty when the presitgious crown was placed on her head by outgoing queen Tammi Mann in front of the grandstand Saturday. Teeple, 16, was flanked by First Princess Laurel McQuaker, 15, and Second Princess Sheri Galusha, also 15. […]

Atikokan residents are learning to live with the water ban that has plagued the town for nearly two weeks, but now council there is looking at a more long-term solution. The ban, put into effect Aug. 2 to deal with the water-shortage problem, has reduced the town’s demand for water […]

Despite dry conditions, district farmers seem to be putting up average or slightly better than normal hay yields this summer. Gary Sliworsky, district representative for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, said those who have been re-seeding and fertilizing their fields the past few years have been […]

It’s fair time and the Rainy River District 4-H Association is mobilizing its ranks for the big event. Shirley Morrish, 4-H secretary, said both club members and leaders were on the fairground this week giving the 4-H exhibit hall and food booth a bit of a facelift. “We’ve had really […]

It’s so close you can smell the candy floss and hear the screams of youngsters on the midway as the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society annual fall fair swings into action tomorrow in Emo. But how did this popular district-wide event get started? To find the answer, you have to […]