Last week was graduation day for students at Sturgeon Creek and Donald Young School who participated in the Drug Awareness Resistance Education (DARE) program taught by Fort Frances OPP Cst. Mark Boileau. Students had to write an essay on “Ways to Say No” after viewing skits on the subject. Sturgeon […]

The interpretive centre at the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung mounds near Stratton is undergoing a metamorphosis these days as “phase two” of the building project is well underway. Rainy River First Nations Chief Jim Leonard said a gift shop, restaurant, and archaeological lab are going up on the site as a part of […]

Rural students in grades seven and eight will be converging on Donald Young School in Emo on Feb. 6 when it hosts its first career fair. DYS principal Nancy Fretter and teacher Kim Bolen have been asking area businesses and professionals if they’d be willing to set up an information […]

Gord Johnston may call himself “the new kid on the block” but the newest partner at the Fairway Store in Emo is anything but new to the grocery and meat business. Johnston, who officially became part-owner of Fairway on Jan. 16, has been working in grocery stores since he was […]

Community members on the Big Grassy First Nation, near Morson, have good reason to smile these days after the official opening of a housing project there last week. The nine-unit structure, including four single family homes and one five-unit complex, was built by the community. “This was a unique project […]

At Friday’s annual meeting, members of the Rainy River District 4-H Association will be discussing the same problem that’s plagued it for the past several years–finding new leaders. Local 4-H president Ellen Chojko-Bolec said the association only had 18 active leaders last year. “We’re really low,” she stressed. “We really […]

The tanks may be empty but Joe Hunter and Lorraine Cupp have their hands full as they try to complete the upgrades on the Manitou Rapids sturgeon hatchery by the end of February. Hunter said things were “still on target” to have the new water circulation and filtering system installed […]

A court ruling that dissolved the Township of Greenstone in the Geraldton area could have an impact on future municipal restructuring–and may affect townships that have already amalgamated, including one in the Rainy River District. Ian Smith, regional manager for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s district office in […]

It all started with a sign, a newspaper ad, a vendor’s licence, and a semi load of feed sold out of their two-car garage on Dec. 1, 1972. John and Marina Gerber aren’t ashamed of their business’s humble beginnings. The son of a Swiss farmer and the daughter of a […]

For Wayne McAndrew, working as the director of education and secretary for the new Rainy River District School Board isn’t a “far north” job. A truly northern job would be working in Kashetchwan near James Bay, where he held one of his first teaching jobs in 1978. “I’ve always been […]

Tom Ryan’s residence has escaped a date with the wrecking ball, and another Emo landmark will remain untouched thanks to its new owners. Prior to Ryan’s passing, Gordon Meyers had purchased the property. The Meyers had two decisions to consider–either move to the house or remodel the upstairs at Meyers […]

The Rainy River Future Development Corp. wrapped up its Christmas lighting contest last week, handing out $600 in prize money to area residents. The district-wide contest saw two dozen homes (18 from the east end and six from the west) nominated by people, and then judged on by RRFDC members […]