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District arts festival set to go

With March coming to a close, the Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts is getting ready to take the stage.

The Festival is set to begin its 79th year this Monday (April 1), with chair Cynthia Donald noting registration numbers are staying on track with previous years.

“Our French has gone up a bit, the instrumental has gone down a bit,” she remarked.

Teams now sought for Lions' golf tourney

The Lions Legacy Golf Tournament, presented by the Fort Frances Lions Club and the Fort Frances Voyageurs Lions Club, will be held on Saturday, June 22 starting at 10 a.m. at Heron Landing (Couchiching).

The cost is $100 each or $400/team, which includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, and supper. Entries are limited to the first 36 paid teams, with the registration deadline being June 6.

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.