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Nicholas Donaldson

Bridge project in next phase

With the planning and the preliminary design complete, the new Rainy River-Baudette international bridge replacement is now into the detail design phase of the project.

A meeting was held last Wednesday at the Rainy River Recreation Centre for residents to review the recommended plan, learn about what to expect during construction, and ask any further questions.

'Fall Harvest'

J.W. Walker students received a lesson in smokehouses and smoking meat yesterday morning during the first day of Seven Generations Education Institute's “Fall Harvest.” The annual gathering continued today, with district schools visiting to learn about indigenous culture and food practices taught by local elders at the Nanicost grounds.

Kissing goat

Fort Frances High School teacher Bill Fisher, the unlucky winner of a student vote, had to kiss “Tyrion” the goat in front of the whole school during the annual Homecoming pep rally last Thursday in the Townshend Theatre. The vote also served as a fundraiser, with students donating as they voted, which garnered $432 for the Terry Fox Foundation.

Pumpkin grower nabs 'golden hoe' third-straight year

Adrian Trenchard once again took the prize for the heaviest pumpkin at the annual Rainy River Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, with this year's entry weighing in at 329 pounds.

It was the third-straight “golden hoe” for the 13-year-old grower from Sleeman.

Trenchard told the Times he wasn't really that sure about his chances in the contest this year.

NuVision provides update on its district mine project

NuVision Resources, a mining company with claims in the Mine Centre area, gave an update on its successful exploration at a presentation last Wednesday at La Place Rendez-Vous.

The company reported its activity over the last four years has come up with unique gold zones on its Cat Key property, located about 60 km east of Fort Frances.

NuVision open house

Allen Raoul, a project geologist for NuVision Resources, gave on update on the Cat Key property to a group last Wednesday morning at the Rendez-Vous. The company has found a number of unique gold zones on the property, located about 60 km east of Fort Frances, and will continue to develop the site with further drilling and exploration.

Auction ring

A group of steers wandered around the auction ring to be inspected by the group of potential buyers during Saturday's cattle sale at the Stratton sales barn. During the sale, 1,322 head were sold for a total of $1,593,461.97.

University fair

A representative from the University of Guelph was ready with information for potential students Jocelyn George and Carleigh Bates during the university fair yesterday afternoon at Fort High. A number of universities were represented in the large gym to help local high school students make their decisions for the future.