Was that not a great weekend?

Was that not a great weekend? When the clouds cleared last Friday afternoon and the sun shone through with warmth on the weekend, everyone’s spirits were lifted.
The two fishing tournaments on the weekend attracted lots of attention and proved, once again, that the district is an angler’s paradise.
The winning weight at Dale LaBelle’s tournament of just under 40 pounds for 10 bass showed just how big the smallmouth bass become on Rainy Lake in the fall.
Competing anglers really had a show to put on with the size of the golden fall footballs that have grown fat on the north arm smelt.
Next year, LaBelle’s tournament will be pushed back one week and the fishermen already are talking that well over 40 pounds for the two days will be needed to crack the top 10 in 2005.
Meanwhile, at the west end of the district, the Rainy River finally unveiled its bounty. The giant walleye that everyone talks about in the river came to play with the fishermen.
Saturday’s giant walleye that set a record came in at 9.52 pounds. And that record promptly was broken Sunday with a 10.7-pound lunker.
Lots of five-eight pound river walleye were walked across the stage in the two-day event that saw the average weight of the fish mushroom upwards.
It may have been the sunshine, or it may have been the rain that has swollen creeks and rivers flowing into the river which turned the water a cafe au lait colour that had the fish actively seeking baits.
Anyone travelling around the district also was treated to the colours of autumn as the leaves have turned to gold and orange and red.
As I travelled back and forth to Rainy River on Saturday and Sunday, I was surprised to see that Rempel Furniture is locating its premises to just west of Emo, and are building a show room and factory.
Dennis Robinson, meanwhile, is building a huge new building for his construction company. Other businesses seem to be expanding, as well.
In Fort Frances, the former Perth’s dry cleaning building was levelled and a new business shortly will start rising up there.
It is clear that businesses do have confidence in this area and are expanding to meet their future needs.

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