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Grocery draw

Bonnie Penney of the Fort Frances Lions Club, left, looked on as Miranda Allen of Safeway drew the winning ticket for the Lions’ food draw yesterday afternoon. Marie Saunders of Devlin won the grand prize of $100 a week for groceries for a year while Christian Windego won the second-place prize of $1,000 in food certificates.

Muskie girls make final

If the first period was nothing to write home about for the Muskie girls’ hockey team, the second was a literary masterpiece.

The sixth-ranked Muskies erased a 1-0 deficit with a four-goal second period en route to a 5-2 victory yesterday over the second-seeded Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers in the Red Division semi-final at the 2015 Schwan Cup in Blaine, Mn.

2015: Golds, glory, and grief


The calendar year for local athletics always is a vast landscape full of triumphs and tragedies.

Those two extremes were defined even more emphatically throughout 2015 as tears of joy for sporting success were mixed with tears of sadness for lost games or, more importantly, people.

Muskie boys take opener

With the black-and-gold dam springing leaks, Cooper Witherspoon stepped in to be the “little Dutch boy.”

Witherspoon stifled an opposition rally by scoring what ended up being the decisive goal in a 6-4 win for the Muskie boys’ hockey team over the Chippewa Falls (Wis.) Cardinals yesterday in their first game of a six-team exhibition showcase in Thief River Falls, Mn.

Recent girls’ hockey scores

The Fort Frances Girls’/Women’s Hockey Association crammed a few more action-packed games into their stocking before breaking for the holidays.

Monika Ruppenstein, Jade Belluz, Elizabeth Cousineau, and Courtney McCoy as scored as the Fort Frances AtoMC Icebergs blanked the Emo Express 4-0 last Friday.

‘Warm wishes’ redux

Remember the Tim Hortons’ “Warm Wishes” commercial from a year ago? Some of that sense of wonder is back with recent evidence of “yarn bombing” in downtown Fort Frances and other parts of town, including a bench on the waterfront. Several local people agreed to put up the yarn, which is the same as that used in last year’s commercial.