2013 was a busy year in the Rainy River area

Editor’s Note: 2013 was another busy year in the Rainy River area. Here is one last look at the year through the pages of the Record.

January
With the closure of Rainy River’s only gas station, its owner, Bluewave Energy, pledged to help anyone interested in purchasing it do so.
Anglers were injured while ice fishing on Lake of the Woods after an explosion in their fish shack.
Mayor Deb Ewald expressed relief about the doctor situation being remedied but concern about Fort Frances’ mill being downsized.
Council approved a deal to write off interest and penalties on a derelict building across from the drug store with the condition it be demolished in the spring.
Thunder Bay-Rainy River Member of Parliament John Rafferty visited with the grade 4/5 class at Riverview School. They had been studying government.
Cattlemen told to “use it or lose it” with regards to the district abattoir in Emo. It continues to lose money.
Marlene McNally, Bob Johnston, Vivian Locking, Patti Diebel and the staff of the Rainy River Record were recognized by the Kenora-Rainy River Alzheimer Society for their years of contributions to running the Linda Johnston Memorial Alzheimer Fund-raising Dinner each year.
February
Members of the Rainy River District Municipal Association expressed their dissatisfaction with the winter road maintenance conducted by Transfield this past winter.
Another successful Alzheimer fund-raising dinner was held in Rainy River, raising $2,977 for the cause.
Former Rainy River man John Ricci, was featured on an episode of Undercover Boss Canada.
Council passed a 3% increase in Water and Sewer Rates.
A former RR man was charged in the US for gun smuggling.
The Northwest District Catholic School Board announced its plans to hold an Accommodation Review of Our Lady of the Way School in Stratton.
Dentist Mike Christiansen announced he would begin practising in Rainy River a couple days per month.
A second former RR man was charged in connection to a gun smuggling case in the US.
RR United Church Women donated $1,000 to the RR Locum House.
March
Local quilters garnered national attention when a story about their efforts to produce Touch Quilts for the Kenora-RR Alz. Society appeared in a national quilters magazine.
RR Figure Skating Club held their annual ice show with the theme “Under the Sea.”
Brayden Kreger received the prestigious DeGagne Award at the annual 4–H Awards Banquet.
Rainy River’s Kyle Olson was one of only 136 players selected to compete at the 32nd Ted Brill Minnesota “Great 8” High School Hockey Festive March 22-24, 2013.
Michael Pedri took over as the new manager of Rainy River’s CIBC.
Only a handful of people showed up at the first Accommodation Review Meeting on the future of Stratton’s Our Lady of the Way School.
The Record placed 2nd for Best News Photo (of the CN Hotel Fire) in the Ontario Community Newspaper Association’s annual Better Newspaper Competition.
April
The Record won 1st Place for Best Spot News Photo in the Canadian Community Newspaper Association’s annual Better Newspaper Competition. It was again, the CN Hotel fire photo.
Local firefighters attended a garage fire at Darren and Jennelle Lowes residence just north of RR. Most of the structure was saved.
Shauna Moen, Logan Jackson, Skylar Arpin and Hayley Arpin won NORWOSSAs in badminton.
The Rainy River opened up on April 11th.
The fire dept. was called to Riverview Manor on Main St. in RR when an unattended pan on a stove set off fire alarms. There was no damage to the building.
Skylar Arpin won NWOSSA gold and a berth to the All Ontarios in Badminton.
$1.1 million of cattle were sold at the first Rainy River Cattlemen Association’s sale of the year in Stratton.
Almost 50 people showed up for the second ARC meeting about the future of Our Lady of the Way School in Stratton. All who spoke expressed their support and desire to keep the school open.
May
Skylar Arpin finished 2-2 at All Ontarios.
RRHS hosted NORWOSSA soccer matches.
Nibs Kreger won an Indian Motorcycle worth $32,000 US at Seven Clans Casino in Warroad.
Just for Kix held their spring show.
RR Town Council is studying the potential for locating a commercial greenhouse industry here.
The Rainy River and District Chamber of Commerce held its annual Trade Show at the RR Arena.
The Rainy River Legion Royals began the RR District Fastball League’s 50th season with a win!
Donna Ivall, of RR, won $10,000 in a Knights of Columbus raffle.
Leslie Morrison and Oliver Gibbins win the Emo Walleye Classic.
The local fire dept. held a Jr. Firefighter Program, teaching kids fire fighting skills.
June
RRHS boys soccer team won silver at NORWOSSAs.
About 40 people attended the third ARC meeting at OLWS in Stratton and urged the board of ed. to find a way to keep the school open.
The tender to engineer the replacement of the water line on First St. was awarded.
Council raised property taxes by 5% in RR.
Jessica Haw won the Principal’s Award for Leadership at RRHS.
Logan Jackson, Skylar Arpin and Myan Miller were all named Sr. Athletes of the Year at RRHS.
RRHS held its annual prom with the theme Electric Avenue.
River Trails were officially opened.
Riverview held ceremonies for 16 grade eight graduates.
The Town of RR reopened the former provincial tourist info. centre for the summer.
RR held another successful Relay for Life raising over $47,000.
27 graduated from RRHS and seven from Sturgeon Creek Alternative Program.
July
Canada Day activities were held at Hannam Park but due to issues with the launchers, the fireworks were postponed.
Emotional pleas to save the OLWS in Stratton were heard at the fourth ARC meeting.
58 district kids enjoyed United Church summer camp at Sunny Cove.
RR Locum House was officially opened.
Les Ivall, Joe Kaliska, Harry Arnould, Terry Cooper were honoured by the Legion for their service.
Mary O’Connor took over Eleanor Barron’s local position for the Ken-RR Alz. Society.
Another great Railroad Daze featured baseball, parade, model airplanes, fireworks and much much more!
Work began at RR Knox United Church to install an elevator to make the church more accessible.
August
Brayden Delvecchio of Steinbach, won the 45th RR Open Golf Tourney.
Oliver and Pat Gibbins won the Ken Pentney Memorial Golf Tourney.
Korean War Vet Harry Arnould received the Ambassador Medal of Peace from the South Korean Gov.
A regatta of 50 boats visited Buena Vista Resort.
Joyce Penner won the Hike it or Bike It Challenge held by the Northwestern Health Unit. She won a new bike!
Ashley Croswell was crowned Emo Fair Queen.
Terry Gill and Chad Hanson won their fifth Morson Bass International title.
September
The Peguis Braves defeated the RR Royals to win the Labour Day Classic ball tournament in RR.
New OLWS Principal Brendan Hyatt vowed to do what he could to bring the school back from the brink. He said this at a fifth ARC meeting on the school’s future.
RR Town Council announced it is looking at going back to six councillors from four. Less than a decade ago they reduced the size of council from six to four.
US Louisiana Pacific bought the mill in Barwick from Ainsworth.
A giant auction raised nearly $5,000 for the RR Locum House.
The international automobile bridge at RR and Baudette is on schedule to be replaced in 2018.
RR Catholic Women’s League celebrated their 60th anniversary!
Always Yonge kicked off their fund-raising bicycle ride of the longest street in the world in RR. They were raising money for the charity Right to Play.
October
Dave and Darren Armstrong won the RRWT by just 6/100ths of a pound over Kirk Woods and Jon O’Connor.
RR Library won a provincial award for excellence for its Birding Buddies program.
1,358 head of cattle were sold at the RRCA’s annual stocker sale in Stratton.
Mark Jodoin of Pinewood was inducted into the Lakehead University Wall of Fame for his feats as a wrestler there in the 70s and 80s.
Both RRHS girls basketball teams finished their season’s ranked 1st! RRHS also played host to NORWOSSAs.
Marilyn Jenson of RR won $25,000 in the Cancer Society lottery.
Council eyed Main St. for a $2 million face-lift.
November
Canada Post gave Riverview School $3,500 for its breakfast program.
A former RR man received 20 months after pleading guilty to conspiring to export firearms from the US to Canada earlier in the year.
Both RRHS girls basketball teams won NORWOSSAs at home! Then the Sr. girls hosted NWOSSAs and won a berth to the All Ontarios!
Council voted to increase the size of council from four to six next year at election time.
The Senior Girls had a good experience but did not win any games at the All Ontarios.
December
A new “super school” in Emo has been suggested if Barwick and Devlin elementary schools are closed.
Council announced another 3% increase in water and sewer rates, on top of the increase earlier in the year of 3%.
Kelly Berg became the new owner of the Roadside Restaurant, Bar and Grill. She took over from the Venables family who ran it for 23 years.
RR Legion donated $2,000 to the Rec. Bd. for open ice rentals for kids.
Despite the bitter cold there were four floats in the Christmas RR Parade of lights.
Santa Claus came to town for the RR Christmas Extravaganza.
Rainy River did its part, stuffing three Ontario Provincial Police cruisers with non-perishable food items. Across the RR District a total of 37.5 cruisers were stuffed in RR, Emo, Fort Frances and Atikokan. All the food went to local food banks.
RR Record Advertising Manager, Anne Mailloux, received a Bronze Quill for 25+ years of service from the Canadian Community Newspaper Association.
RR Record Managing Editor, Ken Johnston, received a Silver Quill for 25+ years of service from the Canadian Community Newspaper Association.