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— Photo Joey Payeur

Devlin’s Paul Jewiss, left, and teammate Brian Wick of Saint Michael, Mn. are right in the mix at the 2016 Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship after sitting in second place on Day 1 yesterday with a total haul of 17.16 pounds. Bill Godin (Devlin) and Dave Lindsay (Kenora) were the front-runners with a 17.36-pound bag.

— Photo Jim Cumming

The Fort Frances duo of Mike Graham, left, and Paul Visser enjoyed a gorgeous day on the lake yesterday while reeling in a 12.48-pound bag, which left them 61st out of 99 teams after Day 1 of the FFCBC.

— Photo Joey Payeur

Teagan Thoms showed plenty of wit and enthusiasm with her answers to emcee and contest organizer Melissa Gushulak’s questions during the annual contest to select the Fort Frances Mini-King and Mini-Queen yesterday afternoon at the Sorting Gap Marina. The three judges chose Thoms as the Mini-Queen while Tristan Bryant was named Mini-King.

— Photo Heather Latter

Carter Robinson, 14, worked on his welding skills yesterday during the “Mind Over Metal” camp offered by Seven Generations Education Institute, in partnership with the Canadian Welding Association Foundation and the Rainy River District School Board. Nineteen youths aged 12-15 spent the week learning about basic welding techniques, theory, and safety, as well as creating projects like cowbells and business card holders.

— Photo Heather Latter

Laura Cochrane was busy sanding pieces to complete her wooden fish project yesterday during the week-long “Intro to Woodworking” camp offered by Confederation College here. Instructed by Vince Gouin, the participants learned how to use the scroll saw, band saw, drill saw, mitre saw, and disk/belt sander while creating a butterfly and fish intarsia wood mosaic.

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em—even if it’s 11 years after the fact.

Devlin’s Bill Godin and Dave Lindsay of Kenora are the team to catch after Day 1 of the 2016 Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship after hauling in 17.36 pounds.

It was the lowest Day 1 leading total at the FFCBC since Lindsay and his brother, Norm, brought in 14.62 pounds during the tourney’s inaugural year in 1995.

After his Scott Street coffee shop was hit by a break-and-enter last week, Ben Morelli is urging other business owners and local residents to take the necessary precautions.

“At the end of the day, everybody can be a little more prepared,” Morelli noted.

When he arrived at “From the Grind Up” to open earlier last week, Morelli discovered the back door had been broken open.