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— Photo Joey Payeur

There almost were as many smiles as there were fish in the water for the first-ever “Kids Gone Fishing” event to kick off the 16th-annual Emo Walleye Classic yesterday.

The combination of Ophelia Lucas-Engberg from Devlin, above left, and Emo's Tia Wagar were guided by Amber Hughes and her dad, Irwin, as two of the 15 participants from Donald Young, Crossroads, and Sturgeon Creek schools.

At right, defending champs Ted Heyens of Stratton and Kelvin Caul from Devlin were the first of the 33 teams entered to head out from the Front Street boat launch this morning.

The weigh-ins get underway at 3:30 p.m. both today and tomorrow at the Emo-La Vallee Arena.

— Photo Kiera Kowalski

Pamela Murray of Reiki White Rose Holistic Healing offered free 10-minute sessions at “Market Thursdays” here yesterday. Reiki is a Japanese form of touch therapy that is beneficial for those suffering from headaches and body pain. The weekly market, which sets up by the Fort Frances Museum courtyard, is seeing more vendors out now that the weather is getting better.

— Photo Duane Hicks

While the gulls have been back in Borderland for a couple of months now, American white pelicans returned in full force over the past few weeks, including this colony (the pelican-specific term for a flock during breeding season) spotted offshore at Seven Oaks on Wednesday afternoon.

— Photo Nicholas Donaldson

Members of the organizing committee were recognized for their hard work at the fifth-annual banquet of the Mill Alumni (formerly the Old-timers' Club). About 100 former mill workers attended the social hour and dinner, which took place last night at the local Legion.

— Photo Duane Hicks

Local MP Don Rusnak announced infrastructure funding for Fort Frances, Emo, and Chapple yesterday morning at the Civic Centre. Fort Frances got a total of $957,000 to replace pipes under Second Street East from Mowat Avenue to Portage Avenue while the Township of Emo got $164,000 for upgrades to its main sewage pumping station and to replace pumps at its water treatment plant. Chapple received $75,000 to upgrade a main outlet pipe at its lagoon.

Take your pooch out for a stroll this Sunday.

The 12th-annual “Purina Walk for Dog Guides,” organized by the Fort Frances Voyageur Lions Club, is all set to go.

The walk will begin at 1 p.m. at the Sorting Gap Marina, with registration starting at 11:30 a.m. (although you don't have to come out that early).

As in past years, the purpose of this event is to raise money for the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides training school in Oakville, Ont.

Ten new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region from May 19-25 in the districts of Dryden, Kenora, Nipigon, Sioux Lookout, Red Lake, and Thunder Bay.

Three new fires occurred May 19, two on May 20, and one on May 21.

Then after no new fires were reported on either Victoria Day or the following day, three occurred on Wednesday.

The last new fire was reported by yesterday evening.