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Class visit

Mike Ranta spoke to students at the Sturgeon Creek Alternative Program last Tuesday (Jan. 31). The Atikokan man was the first person to paddle solo across the North American continent in one season and had many stories to share with the children.

Old boats

Kitchen boats (or wanigans) served kept boat crews fed during the days when logging was done on the river. Wanigans typically did not have engines so they had to be towed by other boats. They often were parked in calm bays near logging operations. Although large boats, like the “Hallett,” were big enough to have kitchens, most others did not.

Algoma boat

Steamboats such as the “Algoma” (seen here) were used to tow the immense log booms from the forests to the mills in the early days of the local timber industry.

Wrestling action

Fort Frances native Hudson Mann of the Mighty Mustang Wrestling team based in International Falls, right, had his opponent in a world of difficulty during their bout as part of the Blackduck Elementary Wrestling Tournament on Saturday.

Trail stop

Some of the more than 40 participants in the Borderland Snowmobile Club's poker run between Fort Frances and Emo on Saturday stopped for a break along the trail.


Marlene McNally, left, Mary O’Connor, Client Services co-ordinator for the Alzheimer Society Kenora-Rainy River Districts, and Rainy River Mayor Debbie Ewald got ready to raise the Alzheimer Society flag Friday afternoon. January is “Alzheimer Awareness Month” and the local Alzheimer Society has several events planned.

Boat arrives

Eric Fagerdahl watched the delivery of the logging tug boat, “Owandem,” at the Public Works yard back on Dec. 22. The boat was donated to the Fort Frances Museum by the late Arden Erickson Barnes of Ranier, Mn.

It’s a boy!

The New Year’s baby in Rainy River District for 2017 is Weston Bradley Veldhuisen, who was born at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances on Jan. 1 at 10:47 a.m., weighing six pounds. Proud parents are Dan and Kayle Veldhuisen of Devlin, Ont. Each year, gifts and gift baskets are provided for the New Year’s baby by local businesses.

Helping hands

Kiwanis Club members Carla Basaraba, Karla Rogozinski, Caryn Myers, Diane Maxey, and Angie Korzinski packed Christmas hampers this morning at the Salvation Army’s new location (351 Scott St.) The Kiwanis, who adopted 10 families in the Salvation Army’s “Adopt-A-Family” program, was among the groups that have helped make it a banner year for donations to those in need here.