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Lakers finalize series

The Fort Frances Lakers now have their entire pre-season schedule in place.

It was announced yesterday the squad will play their first of four SIJHL exhibition games Sept. 2 in Hoyt Lakes against the Minnesota Iron Rangers.

The two teams then will meet again Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Couchiching Arena.

Arpin fourth in D.C.

Steve Arpin’s performance in Washington, D.C. wasn’t monumental but it was his best in almost two months.

The Fort Frances native zipped his way to a fourth-place finish in the eight-lap final (in a time of 46.027) at the latest stop on the Red Bull Global Rallycross circuit.

Emo motocross set for Saturday

After a false start, it will be Emo’s turn to feel the thunder once more before the summer is over.

The Northern Ontario Superior Dirt Riders tour returns to the Emo Motocross track this Saturday, with racing slated to start at 11 a.m.

The event originally was scheduled for Aug. 8, but was postponed over concerns about inclement weather that was forecast for the day.

‘Fool’s Gold’ returning

The Shotgun Exploration crew will be back next month.

The gold-exploring exploits of Todd Ryznar, Jason “Roj” Whitehead, Mark “Grizz” Fairnington, Jimmy “Big E” Easton, Matt Wensley, and Mike Strom will resume with Season 2 of “Fool’s Gold” starting Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. on the Discovery Channel.

Lakers to open against Miners

All aboard, Fort Frances Lakers’ fans—the regular-season train is getting ready to leave the station.

The two-time defending Bill Salonen Cup champs will be the last team in the SIJHL to play a game where the points count when they visit the English River Miners in Ear Falls on Sept. 22.

Two more sign with Lakers

The Fort Frances Lakers keep working towards filling their void up front.

General manager and head coach Wayne Strachan announced today the signings of forwards Zach Bennett and Kyle Folson.

Bennett, an 18-year-old from Grande Prairie, Alta., played with the Junior ‘B’ Grande Prairie Kings last season in the North West Junior Hockey League.

Gingrich business closes its doors

Gingrich Woodcraft Inc. shut its doors and let go staff yesterday after the majority of its workers had voted in favour of joining Unifor last week.

Unifor national representative Stephen Boon told the Times the Devlin-based manufacturer abruptly called about 25 employees to a meeting yesterday afternoon and fired them without notice.