A severe lack of rain over most of the district for much of this summer has area farmers looking for water–both for their crops and for themselves. Drought-like conditions have dried much of the countryside up like a bone, and rural residents are starting to feel its effects. “A few […]

It’s looking like the Corporation of the Township of Lake of the Woods may be a New Year’s baby as McCrosson-Tovell and Morson move to amalgamate for Jan. 1. In the process, the new township would annex a large part of the unincorporated area on Lake of the Woods in […]

It all began five years ago when Carol Booth of Devlin received a phone call from London, England. She never expected it would be from her half-sister, Margaret Getty, whom she hadn’t seen in more than three decades. Eventually, Getty decided to take a two-week vacation to Canada for her […]

Emo could have its first registered subdivision in a matter of days, ending a parade of red tape and paperwork for both the municipality and the developer. Reeve Brian Reid said the subdivision agreement for the Meadowlands subdivision is in its final stages, and could be signed and registered shortly. […]

Running a tourist lodge is no longer just a dream for long-time area residents Bill Godin and Nellie Halvorsen, the new owners and operators of “Lake Despair Lodge” at the end of Highway 613 north of Devlin. Formerly known as “Wickstrom’s Canadian Lodge,” a familiar area landmark for more than […]

Riverside Health Care Facilities Inc. should know next month whether it will be able to cash in on the Ministry of Health’s $2.7-billion restructuring fund for hospitals across Ontario. Riverside submitted an application for $600,000 operating cost (for severance, counselling, and retraining costs) and $5 million capital cost for upgrades […]

A decision on whether to expand the restricted fire zone to the rest of the West Fire Region will be made sometime today, along with how long the ban will remain in effect. A restricted fire zone has been in effect for a large area east of Highway 502 to […]

Northwestern Ontario municipalities aren’t following the City of Sudbury’s lead and threatening to pull their membership from the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. But Fort Frances Mayor Glenn Witherspoon said yesterday that wasn’t something Fort Frances has even considered. “It’s not a wise move,” noted Neil MacOdrum, a Geraldton councillor […]

In the Philippines, they’re called “lechon.” Hawaiians call them “luaow.” But here in Canada, people have a much simpler name for them. Pig roast. And none of this cutting the porkers up so they’re small enough to fit in the oven. No, a true pig roast involves the whole pig–either […]

Does the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship have an impact on the local economy? The answer has been a resounding “yes”–and a positive one at that. Shirley Livingstone, a co-owner of Sunset Country Shell here, spent most of her mornings last week getting up early and making muffins for a […]

Renée Desbiens (Daw), Miss J.A. Electric, is 17 years old and entering grade 12 at Fort Frances High School. She plans on being a registered nurse. Living in Emo with her parents and brother, Ryan, she is bilingual in French and English, which will be handy in years to come. […]

When Susan Affleck of Rainy River first heard about the Relief Fund for Chernobyl Victims in Belarus, she realized what a difference it could make in a child’s life to receive all the health benefits just from visiting this beautiful area. The Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which occurred April 26, 1986, […]