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Queen candidates

Hailey Wirtz (left), Ashley Croswell, Kaitlyn Cottam, and Madison Allan posed with a cake honouring them as this year’s Emo Fair queen contestants. The hopefuls met at the Emo Sportsfield yesterday evening for a “meet-and-greet” barbecue, followed by individual interviews with the four judges.

Pair loving their summer job

While many students are spending their summers in unfulfilling jobs, Shai Loyie, 18, and Caitlin Fletcher, 17, both are loving their time working for Community Living Fort Frances & District.

Community Living is a non-profit, charitable organization that provides support to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

Zebra mussels creeping into area

Zebra mussels, an invasive species of freshwater clam identifiable by their brown and cream-coloured striped shell, were discovered this spring in a Minnesota lake that eventually flows into the Rainy River.

“They were discovered in Sand Lake and Little Sand Lake, which are about 100 km straight south of the Rainy River,” noted Ministry of Natural Resources’ biologist Chris Martin.

Brisk business

Hayden Allam poured juice at her “store” while her cousin, Connor Sovereign, collected money and passed out straws to Alayla Paypompee, Kassidy McDonald, and Ariana Indian on Second Street East late Thursday afternoon. “Hayden’s Store” also stocks sock animals they plan to sell at a later date.

Bike rodeo

About eight service-users with Community Living Fort Frances & District met yesterday afternoon at the Memorial Sports Centre parking lot to participate in a bike rodeo organized by the OPP summer students. The group enjoyed practising their bike safety as they rode through the course.

Rookie earns ‘Quest’ crown

“Quest for the Best” rookie Mike McCaig cleaned up at the annual singing competition here Friday night, winning not only the $1,000 grand prize but also first place in the second set ($500) and the People’s Choice award for the second set ($100).

“I’m ecstatic,” he exclaimed following his many encores.

“It’s really great, I’m very happy.”

Funding ideas for ag station brainstormed

About 70 people came out to the Emo Agricultural Research Station’s annual open house last Thursday evening to hear the latest on how the work there was going this year.

Station manager Kim Jo Bliss began by taking the group out to the performance trials, which the station may have trouble running in the future because the University of Guelph may cut its funding.