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— Photo Hannah Taylor

This robin was spotted Sunday in a local resident’s yard. Normally a sign of spring, several robins have been observed here this winter.

— Photo Joey Payeur

Logan Flamand from the Fort Frances Nursery School let the love in his heart shine through his smile as he took part in the school’s project to have the children mail Valentines to themselves. The group gathered at the Canada Post office here yesterday to deliver their correspondence personally.

— Photo Joey Payeur

Muskie girls’ skip Erin Tomalty exerted her full force on the broom on this first-end shot on the first day of action at the NorWOSSA curling finals Monday at the Fort Frances Curling Club. The rink finished with a 3-1-1 record to win the silver medal and advance (along with the champion Sioux Lookout Warriors) to the NWOSSAA championships Feb. 21-23 in Thunder Bay. Meanwhile, the Muskie boys’ team skipped by Chris Silver defended its title with a 5-0 record to also book their ticket to Thunder Bay. And the Muskie mixed rink, skipped Dawson Mihichuk, ended up in third place after going 2-2 during the round-robin before losing 3-1 to the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora) in the silver-medal tie-breaker.

— Photo Heather Latter

Emma Fyfe, left, and Quinn Miller, Early Years students at St. Michael’s School, enjoyed pancakes there yesterday morning as the school celebrated Shrove Tuesday—the day before Lent begins. Several pancake suppers also were held at local churches yesterday evening.

— Photo Heather Latter

Elena Bottomley got an up-close look at the two newest residents at the Fort Frances Public Library during a visit to the children’s area there last week. Staff have asked the public to suggest names for the two guinea pig brothers either on the library’s Facebook page or in person. People then can “like” their favourite name to vote for it. Voting will conclude at 11:59 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 11), with the winning names being announced Friday.

“Tuesday Musicale” will hold its second-annual Tet (Vietnamese New Year) dinner, which is a fundraiser for its student summer music camp scholarships.

The dinner will be held this Saturday (Feb. 13) at 6 p.m. on the Backus stage.

Tickets are limited to 80 seats, with the cost being $25/person.

To reserve yours, call Hoa at 1-218-285-7225 or e-mail

A charge has been laid in connection with a collision involving a school bus and a motor vehicle yesterday morning in Chapple Township.

An investigation determined the bus was carrying six students at the time of the collision around 8:20 a.m. but no injuries were reported.

Both vehicles sustained damage.

A 36-year-old female driver of the motor vehicle was charged with failing to yield.