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— Photo Sam Odrowski

Shannon Carlson, author of “Jack the Husky" and an advocate for the fair treatment of dogs, was at the Devlin Hall on Saturday for its "Spring Fling” vendor event, where she had her book on display and sold natural dog products. More than 20 vendors filled the hall to sell their wares that day.

— 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.

— Photo Sam Odrowski

Students and their families (above) joined Crossroads staff for Family Literacy Night on Thursday, where they enjoyed a game of “Pillowcase Bingo.” As the first winner, Reid Seabrook, pictured below with his mom, Megan, had first pick for the specially-designed pillowcases up for grabs. The Scholastic Book Fair also ran in conjunction with the event, with students having a chance to win $10, $15, and $20 coupons in addition to the pillowcases.

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.

The Northwest Catholic District School Board will holding its next regular monthly meeting tonight.

As part of the portion of the meeting open to the public, the board will discuss a number of items.

Among those is a newsletter to be distributed to parents on the importance of children getting enough sleep.

It highlights some of the negative consequences of lack of sleep, as well as provides parents with helpful tips to promote healthy sleeping habits.