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Posted on: Friday, July 7, 2017 - 13:01

The “Castin' for Cash” bass tournament began today (July 7) at Lake Despair Lodge, located at the end of Highway 613 North. Weigh-ins start at 3:30 p.m. both today and tomorrow (July 8), with the first-place team winning $5,000.

The Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival will take place tomorrow (July 8) from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Sorting Gap Marina. Spectators welcome. For more info, go to

The Fort Frances Lakers' annual golf tournament is set for tomorrow (July 8) starting at 10 a.m. at Kitchen Creek. The first 40 teams accepted (must have a combined handicap of 40, with only one being under seven), with the entry fee being $400/team. There also will be draw prizes and other contests. To register or for more info, contact the Kitchen Creek pro shop (274-4653) or Wayne Strachan at 274-4383/275-7798 or via e-mail at

Town council will hold its next regular meeting Monday, July 10 at the Civic Centre. It will follow the committee of the whole meeting, which starts at 5 p.m.

Gerber's Mini Mart is opening for the season starting Tuesday, July 11 in the Canadian Tire parking lot. It will be open each week (Tuesday to Friday) from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., selling fresh fruit and veggies.

A brainstorming session to explore holding a “Pride” celebration in the Fort/Falls area in 2018 will be held Wednesday, July 12 at 7 p.m. at Knox United Church. Those interested can contact the organizing committee with questions/suggestions via e-mail at

An evening sign-up for volunteers for the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship is slated for Thursday, July 13 from 4-7 p.m. at NCDS (304 Scott St.). Sign-up is offered at NCDS daily through to July 18.

The “Canadian Coasters" coast-to-coast 50th anniversary tour will be stopping in Fort Frances on July 19-21, with the "Scott Street Show & Shine” slated for July 19 and then a car show on July 20 at the Sorting Gap Marina. Meanwhile, the local International Early Iron Car Club will present a '50s dance (featuring The Sensational Hot Rods) on Thursday, July 20 under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina. Tickets for that cost $10 each, which are available at Carl's Eatery, From the Grind Up, Fine Line Art Gallery, and Flint House in Fort Frances, Norlund Oil in Emo, or from club members.

The “Lions Legacy" golf tournament, featuring a four-person, best-ball format, will be held Saturday, July 29 starting at 9 a.m. at Kitchen Creek. There's a chance to win a car with a hole-in-one, as well as putting, driving, and other fun contests. The entry fee is $100/person or $400/team, which includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, and supper. All proceeds to go to district charities like KidSport, Special Olympics, the "Community Chest,” and the Emo and District Medical Fund. To register, contact David Beach (276-0464 or, Bill Michl (276-1334 or, or Joanne Ogden (271-0941 or

The Fort Frances Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Saturday, Aug. 12 at La Place Rendez-Vous. Tickets are available at Taggs Source for Sports, by calling Barb Ogden at 274-5195, or via e-mail at

The 15th-annual “Ride for Memories,” presented by the local Alzheimer Society, will be held Saturday, Aug. 19, with start locations in Fort Frances, Kenora, and Dryden. A steak dinner will follow at 7 p.m. at the Legion in Dryden. The early-bird registration is $20, with the price being $25 after July 27 (dinner ticket included). For more info, call toll-free 1-800-682-0245, e-mail, or visit

A class reunion for all FFHS Grade 12 attendees from 1976-78 will be held Aug. 26-27 at Sunny Cove. Tickets cost $100 each, which includes a cabin or camping if needed, a live band, a DJ, karaoke, a pig roast, and more. Get your tickets at or call (807) 274-6890 for details.

“Market Thursdays” take place each Thursday on the 200 block of Scott Street. It features locally-grown veggies, baking, crafts, and more. To book a table, contact Betty's (274-9565).