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Sam Odrowski

Tennis club lauding repair job on courts

Local tennis players were without courts in town for more than a decade and had to head over to International Falls to enjoy the game.

That all changed last summer when four tennis courts were built behind Fort Frances High School.

But after the $475,000 courts were built, players quickly noticed they were uneven and would collect water like a “bird bath” whenever it rained.

Big return

Anthony Andrusco returned the ball with all his might during the doubles tennis tournament held here Saturday. He landed in second place overall with the help of his partner, Humberto Pacheko.

Busting through

A Lakers' training camp participant for the “Black" team tried to barrel over his opponents on the "White” team as they all rushed to the play at the Ice For Kids Arena on Saturday night. Those who attended the camps played as hard as they could in hopes of making the Lakers' roster for the 2018-19 season.

Lining it up

Al Christiansen lined up a heavy return out on the courts Saturday morning during the doubles tennis tournament held here. He and his partner, Al Cesuinas of Dryden, landed third place at the tournament after beating out Bob Tkachuk and Jason Kabel.

Training camp

The “White" and "Black” teams at the Fort Frances Lakers' training camp gave it their all during a second period face-off Saturday night at the Ice For Kids Arena in hopes of impressing the coaches and making the team. Those who played were part of the fifth and final training camp game.

Tennis tourney

Al Cesuinas of Dryden unloaded a serve at the multi-use courts here Saturday during the first tennis tournament held in Fort Frances in about a dozen years. Cesuinas and his partner, Al Christiansen, landed in third place during the doubles portion of the tournament. Singles play scheduled for Sunday had to be cancelled due to the rain.

IsKwé concert

Aboriginal artist IsKwé joined her band at a packed Rainy Lake Square last Thursday evening where they performed electronic, pop, and dance-themed music with indigenous influences. Those who attended the town's second-last free concert of the summer also enjoyed Fort Frances' own Distant Legacy, featuring Brittany Strachan, as the warm-up act.

Watten fish fry receives record-breaking support

The Watten Volunteer Fire Department's annual fish fry returned to Sunny Cove Camp on Friday to raise money for a good cause.

Number are up this year and better than ever before with roughly 540 people coming out to enjoy a fish dinner.

Roughly $7,000 was raised at the event and the proceeds will be used to cover the overhead expenses of the fire department.