After weeks of hoping for rain, area farmers learned last week you have to be careful what you wish for. Much of the district was pounded by heavy rainfall Friday night, causing drainage ditches to overflow and the La Vallee River to spill its banks over Highway 11/71. Gary Sliworsky, […]

It’s a gardening event of behemoth proportions where pumpkin growers across the district vie for the $1,000 grand prize and bragging rights for an entire year–not to mention the coveted “Golden Hoe.” The Rainy River Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival is gearing up for another year of competition, with the weigh-in […]

“Passport to Hope, Opportunity, Jobs and Growth” was this year’s theme for Education Week, which was marked last week by students at Sturgeon Creek, Our Lady of the Way, and Donald Young schools. Throughout the week, each school arranged subjects, games, etc. to suit the occasion. On Wednesday afternoon, for […]

After several months of growing tension between the Rainy River First Nation band and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, both sides came away smiling from the meeting table yesterday. Chief Jim Leonard met with DNR Commissioner Rod Sando in St. Paul, Mn. to discuss fishery management on Rainy River. […]

If you walked through the halls of Mine Centre School last week, you might have seen a bear roaming the halls or an eagle circling around some of the classrooms. You might even have seen a moose coming out of the boys’ washroom if you waited long enough. About 70 […]

The last two days of rainfall brought much-needed moisture to newly-seeded crops and pastures, causing district farmers to heave a collective sigh of relief. But given the dry weather of late, people are still asking, “Is it enough?” Kim Desserre, president of the Rainy River Federation of Agriculture, said that […]

Organizers of the 28th-annual Manitou fish fry are expecting several hundred people to show up for it this Friday at 4 p.m. at the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre Round House (Manitou Mounds). Hosted by the Rainy River First Nation, more than 500 invitations were sent out to people on both sides […]

The Calvinette GEMS’ held their achievement evening Tuesday at the Emo Christian Reformed Church. With pianist Cora Van Smeerdyk at the keyboard, the procession commenced. The girls, carrying colourful balloons, marched to their seats, each dressed in white/blue apparel with blue kerchiefs containing achievement badges they have earned during their […]

Construction on the new Rainy River hospital could begin in a few weeks, with the Ministry of Health authorizing Riverside Health Care Facilities Inc. here to sign a contract. Riverside chairman Pat Giles said they received the go-ahead notice from the ministry on Friday, just nine days after the tenders […]

Piles of red tape have been removed to allow Manitoba beef farmers “in-transit” access between Warroad and Baudette so they can re-export their cattle to the States through Rainy River’s designated port of entry while both ones in Manitoba are closed for repairs. What has local beef farmers so steamed […]

The Northwest Catholic District School Board has announced the first round of casualties from the ministry’s new funding model, declaring 4.75 teaching positions as surplus. The decision was made at Saturday’s regular board meeting in Dryden, during which the 1998-99 preliminary budget, which predicted a $117,000 shortfall, was presented to […]

Kim Jo Calder, manager of the Emo Research Station, has taken every advantage of the early spring, with many of the cereal crops for her performance trials already in the ground there. Calder started seeding the middle of last week although she said the ground was worked up and ready […]