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'Jurassic' trunk

Darren and Chantal Derendorf of Gold Star Taxi took won first place in the “Brightest" category at the annual "Trunk-or-Treat" event that took place last Wednesday at the Fort Frances Public Library parking lot. The display was decked out in "Jurassic Park”-themed decorations and provided a prehistoric feel to the young trick-or-treaters who stopped by.

District farms given funding

Local MPP Greg Rickford doled out funding for four district farms during the Rainy River Federation of Agriculture's annual dinner and meeting Saturday night at the Millennium Hall in Stratton.

Some $44,500 was earmarked for Delton Martin's cattle operation in Stratton while $43,500 went to Allen Jolicouer to purchase a tractor for his cow/calf operation in Barwick.

Fairgrounds demo

J T J Contracting Ltd. demolished the “United Church Building” at the fairgrounds in Emo on Friday morning, which will be replaced by a new 170-foot-long structure that will house food booths, a commercial kitchen, and bathrooms. The Exhibition Hall also is being renovated, with construction for both hoped to be completed in time for next year's fair.

'Trunk or Treat'

Rebecca Ascott, Brandon Soyatt, and Chelsea Hill held up their 3-D printed “Best in Show" pumpkin they received for their spooky and unique-themed trunk at the annual "Trunk or Treat” event held yesterday from 5-7 p.m. in the parking lot at the Fort Frances Public Library. Gloria Calder, the fourth team member, also helped to decorate the award-winning display.

Costume parade

St. Michael's students, staff, and parents gathered in the school gym for a Hallowe'en parade yesterday afternoon. Each class of youngsters walked along the stage and showed off their costumes to all who attended.

Treaty #3 to participate in litigation over sex-ed

The chiefs of the Treaty #3 First Nations have taken a stand for indigenous youth in the classroom.

At an assembly earlier this month, they passed a resolution instructing lawyers for Grand Council Treaty #3 to file a motion with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to seek intervenor status in the litigation regarding the province's decision to scrap the 2015 sex-ed curriculum.

Concerns being voiced over cannabis legalization

Cannabis became legal across Canada on Oct. 17 and reaction has been mixed so far.

Here in Fort Frances, Rainy River Cannabis Collective owner Angela Olson said it's a step in the right direction.

“Legalization is a positive step," she remarked. ”This is a product that a lot of people get a medical benefit from and a lot of people enjoy responsibly.