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Walk of tolerance

Robert Moore School students celebrated the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia with a walk around the school grounds yesterday afternoon. Following the walk, students also heard a presentation from members of the Gay Straight Alliance in the school's atrium.

Chalkboard find

Cynthia Donald, co-chair of the Class of 1977 Fort Frances High School reunion, showed off this framed chalkboard she discovered at the Mother's Day Market held earlier this month at the Fort Frances Curling Club. Dave Coats, husband of local artist Jennifer Coats, cut the mini-chalkboard from a larger one originally from the old high school and framed it to hang in the home.

Badger burrow

Badger burrows, like the one seen here, are often the best way to determine if a badger is in the area. Because badgers move so frequently, burrows are often used by other animals and are sometimes assumed to belong to foxes, groundhogs, or even coyotes.

Cleaning skeleton

As the curatorial assistant of mammals at the Beaty Biodiversity museum in Vancouver, Fort Frances native Chris Stinson is responsible for maintaining the largest blue whale on display in Canada. Stinson has been with the whale from its journey off the north shore of P.E.I. to its current resting place in B.C. as he helped excavate it back in 2008.

Field trip

Paulette Romaniuk, left, and her grandson, Knox Carlson, were among those who went on a Fort Frances Nursery School field trip to Hammond's Nursery yesterday. Children enjoyed a scavenger hunt through the greenhouses, then took time to plant strawberries.

Moose pic

Local hunter Hannah Mueller bagged this moose on gun-season opener this past fall. She shot it in Wildlife Management Unit 9A, north of Fort Frances towards Dryden, using her Winchester .270 rifle.

Uganda trip

Patrick and Crystal McPherson will head to Kampala, Uganda on July 5 for a mission trip with the Young Living Foundation based out of Utah. The couple lives in Kenora but moved back to Fort Frances to raise money for their pricey trip.

Ready to Zumba

Montana Plasky, left, and Jaida Norris were among the 35 kids who took part in the “glow-in-the-dark" Zumba fundraiser for Canada Day activities here Saturday evening in the Memorial Sports Centre auditorium. The event, led by Jenna Nowak of "Zumba with Jenna,” drew more than 50 adults and 35 kids. It raised $1,000, including revenue from the sale of smoothies.