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— Photo Jamie Mountain

Brett Hahkala blasted a shot over Dryden GM Ice Dogs' defenceman Ryan Brandt and a diving Jordan Wilde to notch the Fort Frances Lakers' first goal of the game on a man advantage during the first period of his squad's 6-5 shootout win Friday night at the Ice For Kids Arena. The fifth-place Lakers will open the best-of-five quarter-final playoff series against those same fourth-place Ice Dogs tomorrow night in Dryden. See story inside.

— Photo Duane Hicks

Construction is continuing on the new addition to the Super 8 Motel here. The 24-room expansion, being built by Syncor Construction of Thunder Bay, is due to be completed by the end of August.

— Photo Sam Odrowski

Vai Lockman, left, and David Morrison enjoyed a game of Pokemon Monopoly at the Fort Frances Public Library yesterday afternoon during its “Pokemon Party." Children also enjoyed decorating cupcakes, participating in pin the tail on the Charmander, and other Pokemon-themed games. The library has run a series of fun events during its "March Break Madness” to keep children busy throughout the week.

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Laurel Johnson signed books at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg on Feb. 22 following the release of her book, “All Things Mortal.” Around 30 people attended the book-signing to get their copy signed and support the launch.

— Photo Sam Odrowski

Christine Hampton, organizer of the mill petition that garnered more than 2,500 signatures, handed it over to Troy Kadikoff, constituency assistance for local MPP Greg Rickford, shortly after noon yesterday at his constituency office on Scott Street. Mayor June Caul, along with councillors Andrew Hallikas and Michael Behan, joined the small group of citizens to lend their support to the petition.

Resolute Forest Products has declined an offer from Repap to acquire the Fort Frances paper mill.

In a letter sent to Mayor June Caul earlier today, Resolute president and CEO Yves Laflamme said the bid from Repap “fell short on multiple fronts.”

“Over the past two months, Resolute made a number of accommodations to support Repap’s requests,” he wrote.

Sean Twomey, vice-president of Repap, announced Friday morning that Repap has made a formal offer to Resolute Forest Products to acquire the Fort Frances paper mill.

It will operate as Rainy River Packaging Inc. and when operational, the kraft mill and two paper machines will produce kraft paper to be used in packaging everything from cement bags to paper grocery bags.