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— Photo Nicholas Donaldson

The Rainy Lake Highlanders Pipes and Drums based in Fort Frances provided some musical accompaniment for the “Railroad Daze” parade Saturday morning in Rainy River. The 30th-annual celebration ran Thursday through Sunday and featured activities for all ages, including a baseball tournament, kids' games at Hannam Park, a library book sale, and cardboard boat races.

— Photo Joey Payeur

Troy Norman of Fort Frances let out a yell as he and partner Jay Samsal of Kenora held aloft the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship trophy for the second-straight year on Saturday under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina.

— Photo Kiera Kowalski

Brianna Eldridge first swooned the judges with her bluesy rendition of Alannah Myle's “Black Velvet," then topped fellow competitor Dave Miller when the two faced off to The Tube's "She's a Beauty" in the final "Battle Song" to earn top spot at this year's "Quest for the Best” singing competition Friday night under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina.

— Photo Joey Payeur

Troy Norman of Fort Frances, left, and Kenora’s Jay Samsal looked every bit the defending champions they are, securing top spot after Day 1 of the 23rd-annual Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship with a total catch of 19.18 pounds yesterday.

— Photo Kiera Kowalski

“Canadian Coaster” Norm Mulloy posed beside his wife’s 1934 Desoto Airflow at the car show held by the Sorting Gap Marina yesterday afternoon. The “Coaster” explained this is an unusual car because it was a revolutionary design during the 1930s. The Mulloys are from southern Ontario and this is their first time in Fort Frances, which they’ve enjoyed so far despite the pesky mosquitoes.

Fort Frances Lakers' hockey fans can start planning their social calendars for this fall and winter.

The SIJHL announced its 56-game regular-season schedule Friday, with the Lakers getting into action on opening night when they host the Thief River Falls Norskies on Friday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.

The rest of the teams in the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship now have another full year to figure out how to beat Troy Norman and Jay Samsal.

That might not be long enough.

The Fort Frances-Kenora duo came through in the clutch Saturday with a 17.72-pound haul to win their second-straight FFCBC title with a three-day catch of 55.23 pounds.