When Ed Tompkins first opened his store in Emo in 1898, he probably wasn’t thinking if it would still be standing 100 years later. But not only has Tompkins’ Hardware stayed in business for the past century, it’s grown over the decades to become a cornerstone in the Emo retail […]

“This is a site for our children, our children’s children, and their grandchildren . . . a place where they can learn and enjoy themselves,” said Big Island elder Joe Big George. And with those words, a ground-breaking ceremony for the new school at Big Grassy began last Thursday morning. […]

Marshal Jourdain won’t be alone in court in August when he faces a charge of keeping a common gaming house–he’s going in with the full support of Couchiching’s chief and council. Jourdain, 50, manager of the former Couchiching Bingo Palace, was charged last Wednesday following a joint investigation by the […]

Congratulations to the 23 graduates of Donald Young School in Emo, which held its graduation exercises last Friday (June 12) in the gymnasium. The graduating class included Vernon Allan, Erin Anderson, Nicole Daw, Kris Esselink, Anna-Lise DeGroot, Jessica Dyson, Katie Galusha, Melinda Hawkins, Jenna Kaemingh, Donald Kellar, Jonathon Kinnear, Tara […]

Principal Brian Love made an unusual dare with his Mine Centre students–and they made him face the music (or, rather, a minnow) last Wednesday. Love ate a live minnow more than six inches long last Wednesday after the grades one-six shared reading group there achieved its goal of reading 2,500 […]

After seven years of operating a Christian-oriented primary school in Fort Frances, the Emanuel Christian Academy is planning to offer a high school program starting in September, Pastor Steve Laing said. The school is based out of the Calvary Tabernacle at 308 Butler Ave., where 12 students presently are enrolled […]

Girl Guides and Pathfinders from across the La Verendrye Division came together as their annual year-end rally, dubbed “Ticks and Tornados,” took to the field at Sturgeon Creek School in Barwick over the weekend. And meeting new friends was a priority, with 110 participants plus leaders sharing a campsite for […]

A community group has been struck to come up with the $500,000 needed to make the Emo Health Centre ready for the 12 long-term care beds slated to transfer there from Rainycrest Home for the Aged next April 1. At a meeting attended by some 15 catchment area reps last […]

It’s too early to make an accurate count but it’s estimated more than 100,000 fry have safely hatched and started feeding at the Manitou Rapids sturgeon hatchery. “It’s hard to tell because we haven’t inventoried them yet,” aquaculture technician Joe Hunter said Monday, adding they had to wait until the […]

There are some basic rules to follow when it comes to attending the annual fish fry hosted by the Rainy River First Nation. Rule one: don’t worry about coming too early or too late because there really is no such thing. People start filtering about the roundhouse just a few […]

Several hundred people were on hand Friday afternoon as Attorney General Charles Harnick presented Rainy River First Nations Chief Jim Leonard with a cheque for $1.4 million to continue work on the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Mounds Historical Centre. Chief Leonard said the funding reiterated the province’s commitment to the Rainy River First […]

Saturday was a bad day for flying across Northwestern Ontario, with three other plane accidents happening in the area. Two of the three occurred near Atikokan, including one that involved a privately-owned Cessna 180 trying to take off from Steep Rock Lake just before noon. The Transportation Safety Board of […]