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— Photo Heather Latter

Walmart assistant manager Elaine Porter handed out a glo-stick to Josh Dittaro during the store’s 12th-annual kids’ Hallowe’en scavenger hunt yesterday. Costume-clad children ventured to each department collecting a variety of goodies.

— Photo Heather Latter

Fort High teacher Robert Guertin helped students from Tracy Tucker’s Early Years class at J.W. Walker assemble one of the two “buddy benches” made by the manufacturing class. The youngsters were excited to take a turn using the tools to put together the benches that will be installed on their playground. The school already has “buddy benches” on its Grade 1-6 playground, which aim to eliminate loneliness and foster friendships by helping to identify students who want to be included.

— Photo Joey Payeur

Former Muskie Cassandra Moffitt helped the Rainy River Community College women’s volleyball team beat the visiting Itasca Vikings 3-1 on Tuesday night to take over sole possession of second place in the MCAC Northern Division.

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Kian McCoy-Jourdain learned about the firing mechanism on this C3 105 mm Howitzer during a demonstration Saturday afternoon in the parking lot at the Memorial Sports Centre. The 116th Independent Field Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery Canadian Armed Forces, is based out of Kenora but its area of responsibility spans from Red Lake to Dryden to Fort Frances. The demonstration was held in order to be more visible here in Rainy River District.

— Photo Heather Latter

After 32 years, Gary Nixon, accompanied by his wife, Diana, exited one of the rear entrances at Resolute Forest Products last Thursday after his final shift there. A small group of family and friends awaited Nixon, who was the last hourly worker at the local mill that was closed permanently back in May, 2014. While two salary employees remain, some surmised Nixon’s departure is just one step closer to the mill being levelled and the community truly saying good-bye to an industry that supported and influenced the town for almost 100 years.

The English River Miners were akin to the free space on the Fort Frances Lakers’ Bingo card the past two seasons.

But Tuesday night, the Miners reached into the ball bin and pulled one out under the ‘N’—as in “no longer.”

English River unleashed 20 shots in a three-goal second period en route to a 6-3 victory at the Cochenour Arena.

In an effort to reach more women in Fort Frances and surrounding area who require Pap tests, many local family doctors once again are striving to make them more accessible.

“Since October is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, we have set time aside in our schedules to allow for many [tests],” noted Dr. Melanie Halvorsen, adding there will be plenty of openings available over the next few months.