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— Photo Duane Hicks

Volunteer Brandon Gustafson topped up Frank and Dodie Debenedet's coffee cups Saturday afternoon during the Christmas tea at St. John's Anglican Church here. A Christmas bazaar and luncheon also was held at Knox United Church that day, along with a tea and bake sale at Zion Lutheran Church. The C.W.L. of St. Mary's parish then held its Christmas tea and bazaar yesterday.

— Photo Jamie Mountain

Fort Frances Canadians' forward Andrew Kehl looked to jam the puck past the Norwest Stars' goalie during Sunday's final at the Bantam 'AA' tournament held here. The Canadians won the game 7-1 to earn the tourney title with a perfect 5-0 record.

— Photo Jamie Mountain

Rob Swan posed for a photo at the Fort Frances Curling Club before playing a six-end pick-up game against some local curlers as part of his “Curling Across the Nation” tour. The Harvey Station, N.B. native is visiting rinks across the country trying to raise awareness for the sport, as well as raising funds for much-needed renovations at his home club.

— Photo Duane Hicks

Sunset Country Métis community members and friends were joined by Fort Frances Mayor Roy Avis and St. Francis School teacher Artina Gurski's Grade 5 class outside the Civic Centre yesterday for the raising of the Métis Nation of Ontario flag in honour of “Louis Riel Day.” This was followed by a luncheon at the Sunset Country Métis Hall. The historical leader of the Métis people was hanged on Nov. 16, 1885.

— Photo Nicholas Donaldson

Students performed Dolly Parton's “9 to 5" last night during the opening show of the Fort High musical revue, "Country meets City.” The show, which uses popular songs to tell the story of a group of country youths trying out life in the big city, will run again tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the Townshend Theatre. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors, which are available at Northwoods Gallery & Gifts and the door.

On Saturday around 11:30 a.m., the Rainy River District OPP, along with the Watten Fire Department and Rainy River District EMS, responded to motor-vehicle collision on Highway 11 near Nickle Lake Road, east of Fort Frances.

The driver of an eastbound vehicle crossed the centre line and collided with a westbound pickup truck.

Both vehicles sustained extensive damage but only minor injuries were reported.

It was a tough weekend at home for the Fort Frances Lakers as they lost back-to-back games at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Former Lakers' goalie Brandon Bodnar earned his second-straight shutout against his old team as the Thunder Bay North Stars skated to a 2-0 victory Friday night.

Ryan Mignault opened the scoring with a short-handed marker at 16:04 of the first period.