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Pickler sparks Lakers to wins

Brett Pickler's getting a penchant for scoring big goals—and the Fort Frances Lakers are loving it.

Pickler doubled his season goal output by scoring a natural hat trick in the third period, including the tying and winning goals, as the Lakers battled back for a 5-3 victory over the English River Miners on Saturday as part of “Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada” festivities in Kenora.

Light night for spikers

A last-minute change in plans made for a quiet night in the Fort Frances Women's Volleyball League.

Eight of the 12 teams were left without a place to play when the league got late word that the Fort High gym would not be available last night due to early preparations for today's NorWOSSA playoffs.

Family Day events slated

Family Day events will be taking place in municipalities across the district this Monday (Feb. 20).

Here in town, activities will take place at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre.

They include family magnet-making from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Drop in anytime with a picture of your family to create a unique magnet.

Bridge plan review set

The Transportation Environmental Study Report for the replacement of the international bridge at Rainy River/Baudette will be available for public review from Feb. 21-March 23.

The report can be viewed at the Rainy River Public Library or the Town of Rainy River clerk's office, as well as at the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change's office in Thunder Bay.

Festival deadline nearing

The deadline for entries in the 77th-annual Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts is fast approaching.

Those interested in participating have until next Friday (Feb. 24) to submit their forms.

“All are welcome to participate,” said festival committee chair David Schwartz.

Lakers' skid hits six

Maybe being in the national spotlight will reverse the fortunes of the Fort Frances Lakers.

The three-time defending SIJHL champs are bound for Kenora on Saturday to play the English River Miners in a game that will be part of Sportsnet's “Hockey Day in Canada” broadcast.

Water, sewer rates going up

Property owners can expect a bigger water and sewer bill in the mail next month.

Town council agreed Monday night to apply a 2.5 percent increase to residential ratepayers and 3.24 percent hike to ICI (industrial, commercial, and institutional), which will generate an additional $152,384.30 in revenue compared to last year.

Muskie boys win big

With first place in the bag, the Muskie boys' hockey team has its eyes on another impressive feat: an undefeated regular season.

The black-and-gold took another step towards that goal with a 9-1 romp over of the host Kenora Broncos in NorWOSSA action last night.

Muskie rinks all nab NWOSSAA berths

With the chance to not only play at home the past two days but two weeks from now, as well, the three Muskie curling rinks weren't going to pass on a most enjoyable opportunity.

All three squads advanced to the NWOSSAA championships set for Feb. 27-28 at the Fort Frances Curling Club after their successful runs at the NorWOSSA finals that wrapped up here yesterday.