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Marc Stuempfle

Assembling equipment

Workers from Playgrounds-R-Us and the Emo and District Lions Club members last Wednesday worked together to build the new playset being installed at the Devlin Ball Park. The playground is accessible-friendly to help develop sensory, motor, cognitive and social/emotion skills for children.

Stuffed to the max

Kenora-Rainy River District Child and Family Services staff and “Backpacks for Kids” organizers were amazed by the generosity of the citizens of Fort Frances. A total of 299 backpacks filled with school supplies were donated to surpass this year's campaign goal of 250 bags.

Sprinting onward

Carina Mack had to hold on tight as she and her horse, Dee, blistered through the sand up and down the horse arena Saturday during the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society's fall fair. The pair put the crowd on a high alert watching closely as the two put on a show of agility and grace while competing in many of the high-speed events.


The first holes were drilled yesterday morning for the new accessible playground at the Devlin Ball Park, behind Carmody Field. Playgrounds-R-Us drilled holes for an “oodle swing” as part of Phase 1 of the project initiated by the Emo and District Lions Club which will also include a large play-set and spinner.

Riding the dragon

With the wind blowing in their hair, children enjoyed the thrill of the dragon roller-coaster at the Emo Fair. The kids smiled as their parents watched on and reminisced about similar memories from their childhood and the enjoyment they had as a child at the fair.


Maria Leschied received one of the judges' awards for the bear she made from an old fur coat and which sat on a hand-crafted chair made by her great grandfather in the 1880s. The bear was put on display in the “Judges' Special Exhibit” in the exhibition hall. Leschied said she had a hard time convincing her husband to keep the chair when they were downsizing.

Soccer final

In a close battle, Jaxon Gartzke of Centra Pipelines leaped over defender Kirk Johnson of CJ Contracting as the two tried to get head the ball during the Borderland Soccer League men's final. The teams were well matched for one another as the back and forth battles continued throughout the night. CJ Contracting was able to claim their second straight title with a 1-0 win last Tuesday.