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— Photo Duane Hicks

Mary Hickling checked out a display of photographs showing the location of the 120-year-old building that houses the Fort Frances Museum and Cultural Centre, and how the community surrounding it has changed over the decades, during a wine-and-cheese reception there yesterday afternoon. The event marked the opening of a new exhibit celebrating the museum's 40th anniversary, and the building's 120th, and also served as the grand opening of the museum's new roof, accessible washroom, and ramp.

— Photo Sam Odrowski

Construction crews were seen prepping gravel, putting foundation walls in, and preparing the construction site near St. Francis School for the new consolidated JK-Grade 8 Catholic school that is slated to be built for the 2019-20 school year. A ground-breaking ceremony was held for the project on Aug. 22 and work has been conducted ever since to ready the site.

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Tayah Singleton, her mom, Joanna Singleton, and grandmother, Pat Singleton, were among the family members walking Sunday in memory of their brother, son, and grandson, Thomas Chapais, who passed away two years ago after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 12.

— Photo Jamie Mountain

Fort Frances council candidate John McTaggart talked about his campaign brochure with local resident Chris Lowe during a meet-and-greet event held Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Rainy Lake Square. The seven other council candidates—Michael Behan, Wendy Brunetta, Clinton Gray, Andrew Hallikas, Harold Huntley, Douglas Judson, and Rick Wiedenhoeft—also were on hand, as were mayoral candidates June Caul and Ken Perry. Peter Howie, Dave Kircher, and Rudolf Zeitlhofer, who are vying for Fort Frances seats on the Rainy River District School Board, took part, as well, as did John Sawatzky, who is running for the Alberton/La Vallee seat on the public board.

— Photo Duane Hicks

Diane Gibson of Gibson Design/Enchanted Events shared a few words of thanks after being presented with the Business Woman of the Year award by PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise rep Karen Lynn Evans. Gibson also did the décor for the evening's classy, Oscars-like dinner and awards ceremony.

Falls International Airport will receive more than $1 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for new safety equipment and infrastructure projects.

Congressman Rick Nolan, a member of the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, announced last Wednesday that grants totalling nearly $3.5 million will be provided to airports in International Falls, Little Falls, Princeton, and Bemidji, Mn.

No new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by mid-afternoon yesterday.

There currently are six active fires in the region, one of which is listed as “under control" and five as "under observation.”

The forest fire hazard is “low” across the region.

To see a complete list of fires across the province, click on our interactive map.

You also can get the latest update on the condition of any fire by clicking the fire icon.