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Human trafficking issue in spotlight

In small communities, human trafficking isn't as commonly seen or talked about.

But it is an issue affecting the district and happens more often than people realize, says Peggy Loyie of the Rainy River District Victim Services Program.

“I learned at a conference that we go to annually down in Brainerd [Mn.] . . . that our community is just ripe for the picking,” she noted.

Local set to release first album

A local musician is set to release her 14-track album, “Strange Voodoo,” this Friday, which can be purchased online or listened to on all major music streaming platforms.

Ravyn Bedard of Fort Frances has a guitar focus, drawing influences from classic rock bands like Pantera, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Motorhead, Black Sabbath, and Led Zeppelin.

Calendar winners

There were more winners in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association's weekly cash calendar draw.

Winning $30 for March 10-16 were Frank Semple (Dorion), Sheila Shyiak (Fort Frances), Rob LeBlanc (Stratton), George and Tina Friesen (Fort Frances), William Hutton (Atikokan), Randy Riding (Atikokan), and Kim Murray (Fort Frances).

Guthrie tea coming up

Guthrie United Church will host its annual spring tea on Saturday, March 30 from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Devlin Hall.

Dessert, coffee/tea, and refreshments for kids will be served. There also will be a bake sale, cookie bake, and penny table as part of the fun.

Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children aged six-12, with those five and under being free.

IBRT ready for 'Bowl' gig

Icebox Radio Theater of International Falls is proud to present the classic Edgar Allen Poe story, “The Fall of the House of Usher,” on Sunday, April 14 at 3 p.m. at the Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis.

This production is an original adaptation of the classic tale of terror, with script by IBRT artistic director Jeffrey Adams.