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Stephanie Hagenaars

CMHA cyclists

Arthur Szydlowski and Liv Mickie, two Queen's University students, are cycling to Banff, Alta. to raise awareness about mental health. After thunderstorms threatened the area, they took their rest day early in Fort Frances last week. During their stay, the two stopped in at the local Canadian Mental Health Association office on Wednesday before heading back out on the road.

Dragon boat festival to have a twist

The seventh-annual International Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival will hit the water here on Saturday, June 30—but with a twist this year.

Unlike previous years, the boats will be launched from both Fort Frances and International Falls.

Each side also will stage their own festival, with the money raised to go to charities in their respective communities.

Inside ambulance

A new ambulance was on display at the Fort Frances Ambulance Base during an open house and barbecue held Saturday in conjunction with “Paramedic Services Week.” All visitors to the open house were welcomed to hop inside, take a look around, and ask questions about the equipment.

Connected class

The Grade 7 class at Fort High took part in a “Connected North" session in late May with a class from Fort Providence, N.W.T. They were joined by Jason Jones, the program's facilitator, and Nyle Johnston, an artist and traditional story-teller from the Chippewas of Nawash Anishinawbe First Nation.

Prom night

Nick Wepruk and Danielle Cridland (above), Chace Dustak and Sam Berg (bottom left), and James Gushulak and CC Hayes (bottom right) were among the couples who strolled through the gym, which was decorated with pastel windows, hay bales, “trees,” and candles, and then into the Townshend Theatre on Saturday night as part of the grand march for Fort High's annual prom.

Duck decoy

Dr. Jas Spencer showed off one of his handmade duck decoys that he will be giving to Dr. Jack Spielman as a retirement gift. One of his previous creations was donated to Ducks Unlimited for auction, which Dr. Spencer said raised about $500.

Grand March

Kendyn Faragher and Avery Cates posed for photos during the annual Grand March on Saturday evening in conjunction with Fort High's prom. All of the soon-to-be graduates walked through the school gym and into the Townsend Theatre, both decorated in pastels, trees, and soft tealights, in front of family and friends.

Bean bag toss

It was raining outside but that didn't stop the Rainy River District Paramedic Service from hosting its Fort Frances open house at the local ambulance base on Saturday, where Daniel Paypompee, left, and Koda Wilson took part in a bean bag toss while snacking on some tasty treats from the bake sale.