Federal funding for a full-time economic development office in Rainy River has been secured, giving the west end of the district an economic development officer once more. The announcement was made last week after local MP Bob Nault presented the Rainy River Future Development Corp. with more than $550,000. Part […]

Disagreement over the “process” has sent the proposal for a District Social Services Administration Board back to the drawing board rather than on to the province. And once again, the issue of representation on the board is one of the major stumbling blocks. After a 90-minute debate Monday night, the […]

The community of Emo is getting behind Jack and June Winik by holding a benefit shower for the couple next Monday from 7-9 p.m. at the Emo Legion. The Winik’s home and their belongings were destroyed by a fire Feb. 16. Both of them were away from the house when […]

Rural residents got a chance to voice their concerns to the official opposition earlier this week during round-table sessions at the Emo ag office with Liberal MPPs Frank Miclash (Kenora), Pat Hoy (agriculture critic), and John Cleary (rural affairs critic). Miclash, who’s riding has been amalgamated with Rainy River for […]

It’s either sink or swim for building a new kill plant when the abattoir steering committee presents its information on the subject March 23 at Our Lady of The Way School in Stratton at 7:30 p.m. The committee has spent the better part of the past year finding facts and […]

Not everyone is enjoying the unseasonably mild weather these days, with many district farmers wondering if this early thaw is the harbinger of another dry year. Kim Jo Calder, manager at the Emo Research Station, said all the snow has melted in the fields although there has been very little […]

An improved relationship with government was put in motion for regional Métis last week with the signing of a charter between the Sunset Country Métis and the Métis Nation of Ontario. “This gives us more autonomy within the MNO and draws us all together. It gives us a stronger voice,” […]

Evelyn Brown was honoured as 1997 Senior of the Year for La Vallee in recognition of her dedication to the community. A very quiet person by nature, but someone who loves people, Brown visits the sick and shut-ins in the hospital or their homes, taking along baking. She also volunteers […]

It only happens once, and the Burriss Women’s Institute wants to make sure the event doesn’t go by unnoticed. That’s why the group met Monday night to get the ball rolling on Burriss’ 100th anniversary party, which they’re aiming to hold this summer. “We’d like to have a family day […]

Laura Zimmerman and Greg Hartlin each walked away with a little cash from the annual banquet of the Rainy River District 4-H Association held Feb. 6 at the Devlin Community Hall. Zimmerman won the DeGagne Award ($100 and a trophy) as the calf club member who accumulated the greatest number […]

La Vallee council is puzzled after being told it will be subsidizing child care on an 20/80 split with the province starting this year. It isn’t sure if the $4,000 it’s been told to pay by the province will go to the private-owned day care centre operated at Crossroads School […]

The Rainy River District Municipal Association may have to wait before it sees an independent audit on the Northwestern Health Unit because the Kenora District Municipal Association failed to pass a similar resolution at its annual meeting in Dryden. “That didn’t even come to the floor,” Dryden Mayor Roger Valley, […]