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Cattle sale

A couple of cow-calf pairs entered the ring to be auctioned off Saturday at the Stratton sales barn, where some 961 head sold for a total of $1,138,996.10. The Rainy River Cattlemen's Association also will be holding a special fourth sale this fall, which is set for Saturday, Nov. 4 beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Coat donations

Wendy Grennier sorted through some of the many donated coats yesterday for the Associates of Ste. Marguerite d'Youville annual coat drive. Coat drop-off continued today from 1-4 p.m., with pick-up days for those in need set for tomorrow and Thursday (Oct. 25-26) from 1-3 p.m. at the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau (old CN station).

Play rehearsal

Morgan Beckett (Insp. Kemp) was rallying the townspeople to go after Frankenstein's monster during Sunday's practice for Fort High's fall play, “Young Frankenstein.” The stage adaptation of the classic Gene Wilder/Mel Brooks comedy will run Oct. 26-28 at 7 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre.

School site

Work has begun at the future site of the consolidated St. Francis and St. Michael's School north of the current St. Francis location. Despite the heavy winds kicking up large amounts of dust at the site on Wednesday, some surveying work was being done as crews prepare for pre-loading before the winter freeze. The new school is planned to be ready for the 2019-20 school year.

Credit Union Day

The staff at Nexus Community Savings here are celebrating their annual Credit Union Day today. Nexus, a division of Alterna Savings, has decorated the branch in the new Alterna colours and is offering up cake, coffee, pop, water, and hotdogs all day long to mark the occasion.

New location

Dr. Dan Pierroz and the staff of the Nor-West Animal Clinic had just enough time for a photo last Thursday as they already were in full swing at their new location on McIrvine Road behind Canadian Tire (the former farmers' market building). The new building opened last Tuesday (Oct.