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Construction on the overpass started yesterday and already was causing long waits as traffic is reduced to one lane. Pylons were laid out and vehicles diverted by midday, with temporary traffic lights installed to assist in the flow of traffic. As of 3 p.m., eastbound traffic was backed up to just past Second Street while westbound traffic was lined up to about School Road. The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of August.

— Photo Duane Hicks

A display of masks made by local individuals who recently participated in the Brain Injury Services of Northern Ontario (BISNO) “Unmasking Brain Injury" initiative now can be seen at the Fort Frances Public Library. The idea behind the initiative is that there's a story behind every mask—and behind behind every mask there's a person who has been touched by a brain injury. Displayed along with each of the four masks is a short story from local brain injury survivors. June is "Brain Injury Awareness Month.”

— Photo Jamie Mountain

The Fort Frances Lakers held a press conference yesterday afternoon at the Ice For Kids Arena boardroom to announce the first wave of local player signings in Nick Hahkala, Colton Bodnar, Cole Allan, Noah Loveday, and James Gushulak. Lakers' head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan also announced a trade for Brett Hahkala from the Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL).

Lindsay Strickland, left, and Cara Coran were excited as they were chosen from the packed crowd—by Fred Penner himself—to join the fun on stage and sing an original favourite, “Sandwiches," at the new Rainy Lake Square on Thursday evening. The two, nickmamed the "Pennerettes” for the segment, were all smiles while singing a childhood favourite in front of family, friends, and fellow Penner fans.

— Photo Sam Odrowski

River Christie-White of “Hoops for Hope” visited Donald Young School in Emo on Friday afternoon to perform a hoop dance in the gym. The 16-year-old hoop dancer travels all across Canada and the U.S. to raise awareness around autism, inclusion, and the impacts of bullying.

Coun. Wendy Brunetta is the first person to file their nomination papers to run in the Oct. 22 municipal election in Fort Frances.

Coun. Brunetta, who is wrapping up her first term as councillor, filed her nomination just before noon yesterday.

Nominations close at 2 p.m. on July 27.

For up-to-date information on the municipal election, visit www.fortfrances.ca/town/mayor-council/elections

Yesterday around 11:20 a.m., members of the Rainy River District OPP were dispatched to a 9-1-1 call of a robbery in progress at a local business.

The suspect was wielding a weapon at the time of the robbery.

All available officers immediately attended the area of the business and conducted patrols for the suspect.

He was located by officers a short distance from the business, where he was taken into custody.

No one was injured during the robbery.