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Castin champs

Greg Swire and Don Copenace proudly held up their Day 2 haul, weighing in at 12.45 pounds, that helped the duo claim the title at the 18th-annual “Castin' For Cash” bass tournament held Friday and Saturday at Lake Despair Lodge. The tandem's two-day total of 29.19 pounds topped the 60-team field and gave them their first win at the tourney since 2004.

Safe at second

Hailey Beaudry of the Fort Frances Angels looked back to receive a throw from the outfield while a Couchiching player safely chugged into second base as the Lady Raiders erased a 4-0 first-inning deficit to improve to 7-5 on the season.

Tug-of-war injuries mar festival

An unfortunate mishap forced organizers to cut short the seventh-annual International Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday afternoon.

Several people were injured on this side of the border during the Backus Community Center's “community pull” tug-of-war between Fort Frances and International Falls, which ran in conjunction with the festival.

Ready to paddle

The New Gold Nuggets blasted their way across the 300-metre course en route to top spot at the seventh-annual International Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday at the Sorting Gap Marina. The squad's combined heat time of 3:27 was one second better than that of the Canada Dragons.

Flower ceremony

Cancer survivors and caregivers participated in the flower ceremony that once again was part of the annual International Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival held Saturday at the Sorting Gap Marina. A moment of silence was held to remember all the loved ones who have passed from the disease before tossing pink flowers into the upper Rainy River.

Dragon boat festival set to go

The seventh-annual International Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival is set to hit the water here on Saturday at the Sorting Gap Marina.

Unlike previous years, a new twist will have the boats being launched from both Fort Frances and International Falls.

Each side also will stage their own festival, with the money raised to go to charities in their respective communities.

Rounding curve

Navigating the tight first turn was paramount for the riders' success at the Superior Dirt Riders' doubleheader over the weekend at the Emo Motocross course. It was the association's lone stop in Rainy River District this season.

Signing with Lakers

Fort Frances Lakers' head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan looked on as Brett Hahkala, Nick Hahkala, and Colton Bodnar signed their paperwork to play with the team next season during a press conference last Wednesday afternoon at the Ice For Kids Arena boardroom. Also putting pen to paper that day were fellow locals Cole Allan and Noah Loveday.