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Some encouraging signs appeared in windows throughout Fort Frances last week, as residents took part in a weekly Window Walk. The theme was Encouraging Words. March 29 was Flowers. The next walk is scheduled for April 1, which will be jokes, followed by Easter Eggs on April 4. Window Walks began as a way for people to celebrate St. Patrick's Day while social distancing. Residents posted shamrocks in their windows, so families out for a walk could count how many they could find. The event, organized virally over social media, was such a success, a schedule was made for future events. In Emo, a Teddy Bear Hunt has appeared, with residents decorating their homes with teddy bears, for the amusement of neighbourhood strollers. If you chose to decorate your house for a Window Walk, or a Teddy Bear Hunt, take a picture and sent it in! Set your phone or camera to high resolution and e-mail your pictures to tips@fortfrances.com.

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Seamus Baxter has dusted off his bike and was out enjoying the waterfront on Friday. With the weather warming up, there are lots of ways to get out and enjoy the sunshine and spring weather.

Public Health advises that it's healthy to get out and enjoy exercise and fresh air, while still practicing a safe social distance of two meteres.

What is your family doing to stay active and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic? While you're out for walks, bike rides, or a splash in the puddles, set your camera to high res, take a picture and send it in! Staying at home in the backyard? Staying in to do some baking? Building forts? Take a picture of that too!

E-mail your submissions to tips@fortfrances.com.

Two Canadian geese take a leisurely swim down Rainy River. With spring on the way, the river has been filling back up with migratory birds, including swans, gulls, ducks and geese.

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Social distancing doesn't mean staying indoors all the time - unless you're ordered to isolate. If you're healthy, get out and enjoy all the beauty our region has to offer - and take your camera! If you have a great shot of life in northwestern Ontario, or of your family out having fun in the fresh air, send it to us, at tips@fortfrances.com.

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Noah Loveday capped a fantastic junior 'A' hockey career by taking home the SIJHL's Most Improved Player Award back on March 16. The Fort Frances native played the last three seasons in the SIJHL with the Lakers, being named the captain for the most recent campaign, and set career-highs this year in goals, assists, and points.

On Friday, March 27, the Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) has received a positive COVID-19 test result from the Rainy River Assessment Centre. The case had travelled to the U.S.A. and upon returning from travel has been in voluntary self-isolation since that time.

The health unit is doing follow up regarding the case, as per protocols, including the identification and quarantine of any contacts.

Due to the ongoing concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous businesses and organizations are choosing to postpone or cancel community events in order to promote social distancing in efforts to help slow the spread of the virus in the Rainy River District. 
We have compiled a list of businesses and events that have been affected so far, and will continue to update this list in the days to come as more information is provided to us.