The duo of John Balaski and Chad Budde hit the water early this morning as part of the first flight launch that kicked off the 24th-annual Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship which runs today through Saturday. Balaski and Budde are one of 94 teams vying for the $20,000 first-place prize this year. Weigh-ins being at 3:30 p.m. both today and tomorrow, and then at 3 p.m. on Saturday under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina.
Lilly Wider, left, and Naomi Dunn carried the Knox United Church banner down Church Street as part of Borderland Pride's “Passport to Pride” march on Saturday. Participants of the march walked from Smoky Bear Park in International Falls, Mn. to the Civic Centre here.
Pharoah Moans gave an enthusiastic performance while reading, “Don't Touch This Book,” to children and parents at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre on Sunday. The library hosted Drag Queen Story Hour as part of Borderland Pride's 2018 Pride Week activities.
Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services held a breakfast in celebration of “Pride Week” last Thursday at the behavioural health services location on Kings Highway. Dozens of people from various communities stopped by to take part in the festivities while enjoying a meal of pancakes and sausages. Morgan Anderson, left, Harry Morrisseau, Dwayne Morrison, Christine Jourdain, Mike Anderson and Charles Friday came in from Couchiching and socialized over breakfast after Morrison kicked off the morning with an opening song.
Raina Johnson, left, and Macey McMillen took to the podium to say a few words during a flag ceremony at the Fort Frances Civic Centre on Saturday in honour of Pride Week. The ceremony was part of Borderland Pride's “Passport to Pride” march which took place earlier that day. Johnson and McMillen, two members of the Fort Frances High School Gay-Straight Alliance, led the march, carrying the Pride banner.
Fort Frances Lakers' head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan wanted to make it a priority to add more local talent to the roster this off-season in order to generate more interest in the team from the community.
Participants are lined up and ready for this year's “Quest for the Best,” which will be held tomorrow night under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina in conjunction with the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship.
This year's competition includes a pair of “surprise” tunes, two duets, and an original song.
The 20-contestant lineup includes: