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Sunset Country Métis community members and friends were joined by Fort Frances Mayor Roy Avis and St. Francis School teacher Artina Gurski's Grade 5 class outside the Civic Centre yesterday for the raising of the Métis Nation of Ontario flag in honour of “Louis Riel Day.” This was followed by a luncheon at the Sunset Country Métis Hall. The historical leader of the Métis people was hanged on Nov. 16, 1885.

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Students performed Dolly Parton's “9 to 5" last night during the opening show of the Fort High musical revue, "Country meets City.” The show, which uses popular songs to tell the story of a group of country youths trying out life in the big city, will run again tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the Townshend Theatre. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors, which are available at Northwoods Gallery & Gifts and the door.

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Lori Maki, left, executive vice-president and chief nursing executive for Riverside Health Care, and Jacquee Loerzel, community family violence counsellor with Riverside Community Counselling Services, joined Coun. June Caul in marking the “Shine the Light" campaign's "Wear Purple Day" yesterday to honour and stand in solidarity with those women who have experienced and endured abuse. The town also has declared November as "Woman Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month.”

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The most recent group of “Canada 150" pin recipients proudly showed off their pins and certificates in the foyer at the Civic Centre on Tuesday evening following town council's meeting. Another batch of volunteers were saluted yesterday at the "Healthy Living Food Box” program. More pins will be given out through the end of December, with a total of 500 volunteers of all ages to be recognized in all.

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J.W. Walker student Shya Lee Johnson Luoma has the best poster at her school in this year's Lions Peace Poster contest.

While the flood of June, 2014 may seem like a distant memory to some, the process of dealing with the aftermath only recently has wrapped up.

Town council passed a resolution at its regular meeting Tuesday night to terminate the declared “emergency” in the Town of Fort Frances after receiving the final Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP) audited report prepared by BDO Canada LLP, charting the town's disaster relief expenses from June 10, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2016.

The goals came fast and plenty for the Muskie boys' hockey team in its NorWOSSA season-opener here Tuesday night.

Eric Pitkanen led the way with a hat trick as the Muskies cruised to an 11-1 romp over the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora) at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Pitkanen scored his first of the night just over a minute into the contest, which was a precursor to how the night would go.

Brett Kenny made it 2-0 at 4:23.