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Backpack donation

Sisters Zaila and Phoenix Rose generously donated four backpacks last month, joining the many individuals and businesses on board with this year's “Backpacks for Kids” campaign. Organizers are aiming to get at least 250 backpacks full of school supplies this year.

Piper & carson

Carson Ritcey-Thorpe, left, and Piper Hayes make up the duo “Piper & Carson.” Hayes describes herself as a singer-songwriter and mental health advocate, often booking mental health workshops into their tours. The pair will be bringing their folk/roots sound to From the Grind Up tomorrow evening.

McLeod

Bruce McLeod had a long and distinguished career as a builder while serving his Alma mater, the University of Minnesota∕Duluth, in varying administrative capacities and as the commissioner of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The Fort Frances native will be one of five builders inducted into the Fort Frances Sports Hall of Fame this Saturday.

Checking out crops

New farm owner and first-time soybean grower, Conrad Martin, left showed off his farm to attendees of the crop and soil tour on Thursday. The tour was hosted by the Emo Agricultural Research Station and soil profiles were conducted by Sebastian Belliard, soil management specialist for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs.

Crop sample

Sebastian Belliard, soil management specialist for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), took a look at the soil profile of John Sawatzky's farm that's south of Emo on Thursday morning during the Emo Agricultural Research Station's (EARS) soil and crop tour.

Fawcett, Scott

Scott Fawcett enjoyed a nearly 30-year coaching career at various levels in football, in which he was a part of 10 championship teams. The Fort Frances native will be inducted into the “builder” category with this year's Fort Frances Sports Hall of Fame class next month.