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Work has begun to demolish the building located at 335 Scott St. in order to re-purpose the site into a parking lot for The Sleepy Owl motel located directly to the west. A motion to enter into a site plan control agreement with Good Day Wholesalers (Crozier) Ltd., which owns both properties, was passed at Monday night's council meeting.

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Jordon Bazylewski looked to drive towards the hoop during the fourth quarter of the Muskie junior boys' basketball team's 46-42 loss to the Dryden Eagles here Tuesday afternoon. All four Muskie court teams resumed NorWOSSA action this afternoon when they hosted the Kenora Broncos at the “Fish Tank,” with the outcomes not known as of press time.

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Jacquee Loerzel, community family violence counsellor at Riverside Health Care here, helped light the candle held by her mother, Fort Frances Mayor June Caul, during the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women event at Knox United Church on Thursday evening. Those who attended lit their candles to honour victims of domestic abuse.

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Couchiching Chief Brian Perrault addressed a rally on Parliament Hill last Thursday about the mercury poisoning at the Grassy Narrow First Nation. About 50 years ago, a mill dumped mercury upstream from the Treaty #3 First Nation and the reserve's children are showing signs that the neurotoxin is still affecting the community to this day.

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Camie Gray of Iron Range Bus Lines (top left) accepted a case of Kraft Dinner from Jesse Csuzdi as he left Safeway on Saturday morning. Iron Range's buses proved very useful for hauling away the large amount of non-perishable food items donated during this year's “Stuff-a-Cruiser” campaign.

Meanwhile, Riley Keast of the Northwest Catholic District School Board (top right) joined fellow volunteers OPP Insp. Nathan Schmidt, Charles Fisher of Canada Border Services Agency, and Colin Drombolis, also with the NCDSB, outside The Place on Saturday morning.

At right, Kenzie Bliss, who also is a Brownie with the local Girl Guides, offered up a shopping bag and list of items to customers going into Walmart here Saturday morning.

And at left, Cst. Justin Booth, Treaty #3 board member Christine Jourdain, and Emo and District Lions Club members Dave Ogilvie and Kent Ogden manned the cruiser at Cloverleaf Grocery on Saturday, where they collected food item donations for the food bank there.

The Town of Fort Frances is pleased to have been informed that Repap Resources Group has notified Resolute Forest Products that it wishes to negotiate the purchase of the shuttered Fort Frances paper mill assets, with the intention of quickly moving to restart the facility in 2019.

“We look forward to assisting Repap Resources Group in their bid to purchase the Fort Frances paper mill,” Mayor June Caul said.

Issy Taylor netted a hat trick to pace the Muskie girls' hockey team to a 10-0 rout of the host Kenora Broncos in NorWOSSA action last night.

Tatum Glowasky and Reece McQuaker each scored twice as the black-and-gold improved to 2-2-0-1 in league play.

Kathryn Fischer, Abby Kenny, and Jill Calder added singles.

Fort High next will head back to Kenora tomorrow for the annual K-Town Classic tournament.