The Ministry of Natural Resources declared the Rainy River District, along with a large portion of Northwestern Ontario, a restricted fire zone (RFZ) as of 8 a.m. today. “The RFZ means that all open fires are restricted,” MNR information officer Peter Wilkins explained this morning. “We do allow the use […]

The Town of Atikokan trying to come up with plan to alleviate its water shortage crisis after a state of emergency was declared there Sunday. Mayor Dennis Brown outlawed all non-essential use of water after water levels at Little Falls–the town’s intake–dropped 41 inches within 24 hours. Volunteers were out […]

There’s something new to see at Voyageur Panel’s OSB mill in Barwick, compliments of the Rainy River District 4-H Association. Local 4-H members and leaders put the final touches on their wall mural at the OSB mill Saturday. Leader Shirley Morrish said their painting crew, consisting of Simone and Seline […]

Words cannot describe the splendid facilities and location of Lion’s Park to accommodate tourists for overnight camping. It is a beautiful spot, admitted Alison Longmore and Paula Steele from Victoria, B.C., as they took up a camping site. To have showering available is unbelieveable, admired the ladies. The pair arrived […]

The fact that some district livestock fall prey to wolves each summer isn’t out of the ordinary. But when those numbers start to climb, as they have in Alberton Township, farmers should be keep an eye out, advised Peter Spuzak, the township’s livestock valuer. He has the job of identifying […]

What is it that makes the Fort Frances Bass Championship the big hullabaloo that it is? Is it the $25,000 first prize? Not really. While that seems like a lot of money for three days of fishing, weigh master Lionel Roberts said other tournaments offer much bigger prizes. “Money wise, […]

It was a chance for farmers and those just interested in agriculture to share ideas and innovations during Monday’s crop tour staged by the local Soil and Crop Improvement Association. It kicked off three miles north of Barwick in a field owned by Lyle Wheatley. About dozen people were on […]

A group of Watten residents is scrambling to collect dollars from property owners there to pay off the $3,252 bill the unincorporated township owes for the enhanced 9-1-1 emergency service. But the problem is the group has no way to make people pay–and the bill, which was due in January, […]

A former Emo resident received top honours at the National Magazine Awards in Toronto recently. Alison Rose, daughter of former rep. Dan and Ruth Rose, took home the gold award in the Science, Health and Medicine Category for a story that appeared in Canadian Business Technology magazine’s summer 1997 edition. […]

Public school board staff who were slated to be cut due to amalgamation and the new funding model seem to have gotten a stay of execution at last night’s committee of the whole meeting here. Acting education director John McLeod presented trustees with his review of staffing for the board’s […]

It’s been a mixed year for the Emo Research Station, with some of the plot trials doing very well while others seemed to have suffered. The research station will be holding an open house next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. to give area residents a chance to see how this year’s […]

The adage “first impressions are important” could play a key role in putting district residents into the winner’s circle if they enter their farms in the annual Rainy River Valley beautification competition. Jointly sponsored by the Rainy River Federation of Agriculture and the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society, the competition […]