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— Photo Sam Odrowski

Seine River First Nation chief Tom Johnson spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Multi-Use Cultural and Tourism Centre in his community on Thursday. He said the centre will act as a gathering place for the community to participate in sacred ceremonies and a place where elders can pass on their cultural experiences and values to the next generations. There will also be a tourism component, where visitors can learn about the First Nation.

— Photo Sam Odrowski

Miller Environmental Corp. employees and town staff sorted through hazardous waste at the Public Works yard on Saturday during the town's yearly Hazardous and Special Waste Day. Propane tanks, aerosol cans, batteries, paint cans, and other hazardous items were brought to the Public Works yard to be disposed of appropriately. Improper disposal of hazardous waste negatively effects the local watershed and causes water pollution.

— Photo Jamie Mountain

Jim Ballard took some practice swings as he got ready to tee off on hole No. 6 during the Muskie boys' hockey team's golf scramble hosted by Heron Landing on Saturday. The foursome that included Dale Cooper, Mike Bodnarchuk, and Ed Morrison ended up as the victors. All proceeds went to helping support the Muskies for their upcoming NorWOSSA season.

— Photo Jamie Mountain

Now there's a sight you don't usually see. Due to the Fort Frances Lakers' SIJHL pre-season game against the Red Lake Miners here getting postponed on Friday evening, the Lakers decided to combine rosters with the Muskie boys' hockey team and made up two teams to play a game against each other at the Ice For Kids Arena. The “Lakers” went on to take it by a 6-1 margin.

— Photo Ken Kellar

FASD Community Partners Robyn Dennis (Community Living Fort Frances and District), front left, Miranda Sigurdson (NHWU), Lana Smith (Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services), Jenn Cawston (FIREFLY), Erin Lovelace (Kenora-Rainy River Children and Family Services), Ellie Tucker (OPSEU Local 718 correctional staff), back left, Copper River Inn general manager Leanne Danelisky, Copper River Inn marketing director Steven Day, Copper River Inn food and beverage manager Diane Gibson, Rikki Kellar (CMHA) and FASD Community Partners chair Tina Arnold yesterday posed together with the two pregnancy test dispensers that are going into two women's washrooms in the district. The dispensers will be installed at the Copper River Inn and the Back Alley Bar in Emo and will carry messaging warning about the dangers of drinking while pregnant. Each test in the machines will cost $2, with the money going back into supplying the dispensers. The community partners have also distributed coasters and table tent cards adorned with FASD awareness messages to several bars in the area.

The town is currently working on developing its next strategic plan which will help guide the municipality in all of its decisions-making and provide a vision of what the community can look like in three years.

Part of the plan's purpose is to ensure the town works in coordination towards the same goals, while improving efficiency of daily decision making as guided by the strategy, and creating greater transparency and accountability within the municipality.

Better late than never.

Newcomer Stone Stelzl scored with just 91 seconds left in regulation time to lift the Fort Frances Lakers to an exciting 2-1 win over the Red Lake Miners in the pre-season finale for both teams yesterday afternoon at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Red Lake opened the scoring early in the first period as Ryan Howe finished off a Ryan Patterson feed just 1:23 into the game.