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As the world marks the first anniversary of the horrific terrorist attacks on the United States last Sept. 11, most people will remember the utter disbelief they felt while scenes of the destruction and chaos in New York City, Washington, D.C., and a field in Pennsylvania unfolded on their TV screens.

It was surreal then—and remains so today.

Helping hands

It’s often difficult to truly grasp what benefits a local service club provides unless the result is standing before you in living colour.

Such was the case here Saturday night when first a young family from International Falls, and then a mother of four from Galveston, Texas, stood up to share their stories of how the Shrine Club helped them out in their time of need.

A delicate balance

If you spent a good part of June helplessly watching the rising lake flood your property, swamp your dock, or erode your shoreline, then chances are the International Joint Commission and its rule curves (last updated in 1999) were a convenient scapegoat.

Building on bass

Five Hundred Volunteers. That’s the number of registered volunteers at the 8th Annual Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship. The success of the tournament rests on the collective shoulders of that army of people who once again showed the hospitality and warmth of the Rainy River District.

What a show

It’s hard to believe that another year has passed—and the eighth-annual Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship is now upon us. Especially with memories of Steve and Kent Ballan’s dramatic victory over Doug and Zach McBride last July still so fresh in our minds.

It’s time to bid adieu

Anyone who has an infamous “junk drawer” in their kitchen, or closets that spill their contents every which way each time you dare to open the door, knows all too well how hard it is to get rid of things.

Still, the time always comes when you just have to take a deep breath and get rid of everything. And that now applies to old Fort Frances High School on First Street East.

Help needed

The abrupt loss of the “Blue Box” service here last week, though well-publicized for several months prior to June 30, still clearly hit a nerve among Fort Frances residents.

On the plus side, that means more and more people are used to recycling—and have accepted programs like the “Blue Box” as one way all of us can help improve our environment.

Much-needed lift

You can’t blame district residents if they’re not in much of a party mood these days.

Countless residents, farmers, and businesses are still cleaning up from the flood damage caused by torrential rains two weeks ago—while those with lakefront property continue to watch helplessly as Rainy Lake rises relentlessly to near record levels.