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Sheri De Gagne, left, and Josie Miller socialized during a tea yesterday afternoon to celebrate the opening of the new “Fibre Content" exhibit at the Fort Frances Museum & Cultural Centre. The travelling exhibit, which features a wide variety of fibre art from across Ontario, and the local "Fibre Arts Festival” entries in the upstairs gallery, some of which can be seen here in the background, will be up until the end of March.

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Riverside Health Care hosted local MPP Greg Rickford at La Verendrye General Hospital for a public press conference on Thursday. Rickford announced the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care would be providing Riverside with $62,000 in one-time funding for the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF).

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Local poet Judith Johanson, left, signed a copy of her newly-released first collection, “Intersections,” for Rooksana Randeree yesterday evening at the Fort Frances Public Library. Johanson performed readings from the book for about 20 audience members.

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Allison Cox, left, director for the Riverside Foundation for Health Care, and Jan Beazley, chair of the Riverside Health Care board of directors, looked over one of several scrapbooks of newspaper clippings marking the 20-plus years of the Foundation's history during an open house yesterday to mark the new location of the Foundation's office (now in the main lobby of La Verendrye Hospital). The public was invited to drop by to enjoy refreshments, meet with Foundation board members, and learn more about the Foundation's role.

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Jim Curtis taught youngsters the basics of playing ukulele last Wednesday afternoon at the Fort Frances Public Library. This was the first session of the new “Music Lessons in the Library" series there. The five-week ukulele program is for kids aged nine-12. Registration is now closed but if you're interested in being put on a wait list for possible future ukulele lessons for kids or adults, contact the library. The ukuleles are a recent addition to the library's "Maker Space” thanks to sponsor Saulteaux Consulting.

In a statement to the Fort Frances Times earlier today, local MPP Greg Rickford indicated all parties involved in the potential sale and re-start of the Resolute mill here have to have access to all levels of government and provincial ministries.

Rickford indicated the proposed non-disclosure agreement between Resolute and Repap Resources Group, the company looking to acquire the Fort Frances paper mill, was “a non-starter.”

It's a little over two months since the new town council was sworn in, and since that time the future of the local mill has been the biggest blip on its radar.

“Our main focus has been to work co-operatively with both Resolute Forest Products and The Repap Group to achieve a sale of the Fort Frances mill,” Mayor June Caul said at Monday night's council meeting.