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— Photo Joey Payeur

Lead Andrea Schram was on target for the Muskie girls’ curling rink during Fort High’s 13-5 win over the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora) yesterday on Day 1 of the NorWOSSA finals at the Fort Frances Curling Club. The quartet, skiped by Erin Tomalty, went 2-1 to sit second in the standings behind the Sioux Lookout Warriors (3-0). On the boys’ side, the Muskie rink led by Chris Silver was in top spot at 3-0. The top two teams in the girls’ and boys’ standings after today will advance to the NWOSSAA championships later this month. And in mixed play, the Muskie team skipped by Dawson Mihichuk went 1-2 yesterday to sit in fourth entering today’s action. There is no NWOSSAA championship in the mixed division.

— Photo Heather Latter

Landon Johnson and Nevaeh Rudolph, Grade 1 students at St. Michael’s School, enjoyed pancakes this morning as the school celebrated Shrove Tuesday—the day before Lent begins. Several pancake suppers also are planned at local churches this evening.

— Photo Joey Payeur

Muskie goalie Dylan Ossachuk had to contend with International Falls Broncos’ forward Riley Nemec (middle) while Nick Hahkala (right) arrived to lend a hand during the second period of Fort High’s 6-1 win last night at the Ice For Kids Arena in the much-anticipated revival of their annual exhibition game.

— Photo Heather Latter

Couchiching princess Shaelyn Tuesday (above left) modelled a jingle dress designed by Cheryl Copenace while Riley Calder showed off his traditional regalia designed by Sandra and Jay Wayash-Calder during a fashion show at the Fort Frances Museum on Saturday night. The event, organized in conjunction with the museum, Odawayigamig Native Craft Store, Lori Yerxa Creations, and David Simard, showcased native clothing and jewellery inspired by Ojibwe culture and hand-crafted in traditional ways.

— Photo Joey Payeur

Kiera Fairnington of the Fort Frances AtoMC Icebergs looked to have the corner picked on this shot but just missed the right post during her team’s 1-0 semi-final win over the Dryden Riptides during the Fort Frances Girls’/Women’s Hockey Association’s Novice tournament yesterday at the Ice For Kids Arena. Fairnington scored in regulation and again in the shootout as the Icebergs nipped the Lake of the Woods Stings 2-1 in the gold-medal game. Meanwhile, the Tim Hortons Bruins (Fort Frances) reached the final of the Atom girls’ tournament also being held here before falling 4-1 to the Dryden Flames.

The International Falls Broncos brought a spirited fan base, a dose of stars-and-stripes fashion accessories, and cheerleaders on skates.

As for the Muskie boys’ hockey team, they settled for bringing most of the offence.

Chase McGuire had two goals and two assists as Fort High beat the visiting Broncos 6-1 before a jam-packed and well-behaved crowd of 1,227 spectators that took in the first game between the two squads in four years.

The Town of Fort Frances won’t be participating in the Canada 150 Mosaic—a national project to create a mosaic mural for Canada’s 150th celebration in 2017.

The town was asked by the Canada 150 Mosaic organizers last April if it would participate in the project, which would see citizens create a community mural that then would become part of the massive national mural comprised of 150 community murals on July 1, 2017.