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Kiera Kowalski

McDonalds staff

McDonald's staff here was all smiles as they posed in front of the wall of donations they received on “McHappy ” yesterday. With every Big Mac, hot beverage, or Happy Meal purchased, McDonald's donated $1 to the Ronald McDonald House. People also could donate larger amounts if they so chose. The local McDonald's raised $2,455 in all.

Fresh produce

Annie van Rozen from A.G.'s Produce set up shop outside the Fort Frances Museum this morning for the first “Market Thursday” of the season, offering spinach, salad mix, head lettuce, beet greens, radishes, potatoes, and green onions for sale. She plans to be on Scott Street every Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (or until she sells out).

Animal co

Katie Hay brought a few furry friends, including a goat and some quails, with her to Fort Frances High School last Thursday morning as part of “Co-op Display Day” for the second semester. She did her co-op at the Rainy River Veterinary Hospital in International Falls.

Jumping rope

Phoenix DeBenetti participated in “Jump Rope for Heart” yesterday morning at Robert Moore School here, which helps raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. In return for the children's fundraising efforts, the Heart and Stroke Foundation gives back gift cards so they can buy toys and such for their classrooms.

'Relay for Life' changing venue

“Relay for Life” here is shaping up to look a little different this year.

Event organizer Monica Sus said they are changing the venue after battling with Mother Nature in years past.

“Relay for Life" will take place indoors at the Fort Frances Curling Club on Saturday, June 24 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (this also is a change as the "Relay” used to run 11 a.m.-11 p.m.)

Smelling soaps

Sierra Cousineau stopped to smell the soothing bath bombs at Laureen Peters' booth, “Bomb Liscious Bath Bombs," during the Mother's Day Market held Friday and Saturday at the Fort Frances Curling Club. Peters had a variety of homemade scents for sale, including "key lime," "orange creamsicle," and "stress blaster.”

Handing resume

Deidre Jarvis, food and beverage manager at the Copper River Inn, accepted a résumé from Jacob Bolzan, who is seeking employment after moving back to town from Peterborough. About 15 local businesses participated in a hiring fair that ran there yesterday from 3-7 p.m.