It’s official. McCrosson-Tovell and Morson will merge, and annex some of the unincorporated area in the Kenora District, to become the Township of Lake of the Woods over the next year. The new township will be part of Rainy River District. Municipal Affairs and Housing minister Al Leach announced yesterday […]

Although they’ve only been operation for seven months, Voyageur Panel had a very fruitful 1997 and the young company is looking forward to 1998. Mill manager Percy Champagne said the oriented strandboard mill in Barwick had one of the fastest start-up times in the industry–and is far ahead of the […]

His message could be summed up in three words–“Be a warrior.” That’s what “Litefoot,” a Native American role model, actor, motivator and rap artist, told those gathered here at the Oh-Shki-Be-Ma-Te-Ze-Win, Weechi-it-te-win Family Services and Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Authority Christmas celebration last Thursday. And his message was aimed […]

While many people are enjoying the effects “El Nino” has had in creating unseasonably mild weather here in Northwestern Ontario so far this winter, those associated with snowmobiling clubs aren’t so happy. In fact, the lack of snowfall and warm weather forced the 450-member Sunset Country Snowmobile Club to cancel […]

Reaction to a proposed cut to daily fish limits from six to four for most species in Northwestern Ontario continues to be mixed, with about 60 percent of those on hand at a meeting here last night voting informally in favour of the changes. The two-and-a-half hour seminar and question-and-answer […]

If you are thinking about donating food or clothing to the Atikokan Crisis Centre for the upcoming Christmas season, staff there won’t refuse it. But they’ll likely say there’s a better venue for those items. “Donate to your local food banks and Christmas cheer boards,” Charene Gillies, executive director of […]

What’s Christmas without “Yuletide carols being sung by a choir?” After all, we wouldn’t hark the herald angels if they weren’t singing, would we? Ah, it’s a joyous sound when voices combine in the “Carol of the Bells” and blend through “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” with apparent ease. But […]

It was a dry year for the Emo research station in 1997 in more ways than one, manager Kim Jo Calder told the annual meeting of the Rainy River Soil and Crop Improvement Association last week in Emo. Yields seemed to be down across the board, she said, especially in […]

A University of Guelph agricultural project that’s studying the possibility of growing low-THC hemp wood fibre as a cash crop got a bit of cash thrown its way last week to help cover expenses for this year. The Rainy River Future Development Corp. presented Gordon Scheifele, the University of Guelph’s […]

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 […]