Lights are everywhere at this time of year, and the same held true at Donald Young School for its annual Christmas concert. The students, through their performances, told the capacity crowd on hand that this was the season to celebrate the Light of the World bringing life to all. The […]

While the unseasonably mild weather so far this winter is being welcomed by some, district farmers wouldn’t mind if the mercury would fall–along with a bit more snow. Near record high temperatures this week have made pastures a bit mucky for animals. In fact, local ag rep Gary Sliworsky said […]

It was standing room only in the gymnasium as Sturgeon Creek School staged its Christmas concert. After Principal Jerry O’Leary welcomed parents, friends and neighbours, the senior and junior kindergarten classes, directed by Vicki Ogilvie, presented two selections–“Jingle Bells” (ringing those bells enthusiastically) and “All I Want for Christmas is […]

A group of local stakeholders is hoping the province will look at its solution for the future of Crown land in northwestern Ontario and not be grouped into a regional decision. A draft proposal, put together by reps from various different interest groups, was presented to the North Western Ontario […]

About 50 people turned up at the Civic Centre last night to hear what representatives from Normiska Corp. had to say about their plans for a peat plant here. Alex Bartholomew, general manager for Normiska, led the half-hour presentation, giving details on the company’s short and long-term operation plans. Topping […]

The West Fire Region saw an average number of fires this year but the number of hectares consumed by flames is well below the average. Although the fire season doesn’t officially end until Oct. 31, the region had 732 fires in 1997. While that’s about normal, what isn’t is the […]

While she said “downloading” probably has caused some people to hesitate, incoming reeve Judy Koski admitted she’s in the dark as to why no one has come forward to fill the two vacant seats on Alberton council. And one of the first official duties when the new council sits Dec. […]

Rainy River First Nations has three big trophies from their last trip out on the river but they’re not fish–they’re Minnesota Department of Natural Resources nets. An anonymous tip from someone they believe was in Rainy River left a message on the band office’s voice-mail last Wednesday night claiming they […]

Emo Knox United Church in Emo celebrated its 100th anniversary on Sunday with a service, followed by a potluck supper and program at the Donald Young School gym that attracted 150 guests. Rev. Frances Flook, who acted as master of ceremonies, said the program was a culmination of the hard […]

Mine Centre School took a closer look at the traditions and life of Northwestern Ontario’s first peoples during its fifth-annual “Native Culture Day” last Friday. Principal Brian Love said the entire community was invited to the event, which included workshops, a feast, and a traditional pow-wow. “The focus is on […]

It wasn’t a great year to be a farmer in Rainy River District, with forage crops being hardest hit. “Hay probably got on average 60 percent of normal yields,” noted local ag rep Gary Sliworsky, noting low moisture conditions stunted growth in most hay fields. As a result, local producers […]

Morson and McCrosson-Tovell councils were both acclaimed but they may only reign for six months if voters go to the polls next June to elect a council for the Township of Lake of the Woods. If it gets approval from the Municipal Affairs and Housing minister Al Leach, the new […]