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Ready to grapple

Vai Lockman of Fort Frances looked to level change and get ready to grapple with his opponent during a match at the Jaycee's State Championship held on Friday and Saturday in Grand Rapids, Mn. The third-grader nabbed a podium spot with a third-place finish at the tourney.

Wrestling champs

Hudson Mann, left, teamed up with some friends from Superior, Wisc. to wrestle to a first-place finish at the Gord Garvie Memorial Tournament in Thunder Bay back on April 4. Mann, who was born in Fort Frances, has put in the work and wrestled well all season.

Festival singing

Isabelle Meeks, left, and Taryn Oster take some coaching from vocal adjudicator Dawn Bruch at Knox United Church during the Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts last night. The drama categories will begin today and run through next week, with the final category, instrumental, running on April 25.

Award-winning newspaper

Fort Frances Times' publisher Jim Cumming, left, posed with an armful of Ontario Community Newspaper Association (OCNA) awards next to John Willems, OCNA president and general manager Torstar Community Brands (Toronto), during the BNC Awards Gala held last Friday in Vaughan, Ont. in conjunction with the OCNA's spring convention.

Provincial skaters

Awnley Jacobsen, left, and Samantha Halliday were part of the four-member contingent that beautifully represented the Border Skating Club at the Skate Ontario Provincial Championship held back on March 7-10 in Mississauga.

Industry honour

Times' office manager Linda Plumridge, centre, was honoured with New Media Canada's Gold Quill award in recognition of 50 years of distinguished service to the news media industry during the BNC Awards Gala held last Friday in Vaughan, Ont. in conjunction with the Ontario Community Newspapers Association's (OCNA) spring convention.

People's Choice

The felt animal diorama, “The Mittens," by Caren Fagerdahl won the "People's Choice" award in the "Fibre Arts Festival" exhibit which was on display in the small gallery upstairs at the Fort Frances Museum. The exhibit, which first went up in January and featured 26 pieces submitted by talented local crafters, came down Monday.