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Tourist season off to good start here

Local businesses which represent the tourism sector most likely got a financial shot in the arm over the U.S. Memorial Day weekend.

More than 4,100 vehicles carrying some 13,800 non-residents crossed the international bridge into Fort Frances between last Thursday and Sunday—some waiting in line for more than two hours to reach Canada Customs.

The need for distance

The question wasn’t how fast but how far?

When Fort High teacher Gord Witherspoon brought his Grade 11 Transport Technology class down to Brainerd, Mn. last week to compete in the Super Mileage Challenge, he had confidence in them.

But he had no idea they would do so well.

Local student happy to go with summer program

One local student is getting ready to embark on a voyage of discovery this summer after qualifying for an exclusive educational experience with the Shad Valley program.

The two-phase program will see Amy Gill, a grade 11 student at Fort High, spend four weeks at one of nine Canadian universities starting July 4 and then five weeks working with Abitibi-Consolidated here in August.

Belorussian children returning in July

Six children from Belarus once again will be lucky enough to visit the Rainy River District come July as four host families decided to take the youths in for a second year in a row.

“They are scheduled to come back on July 6,” enthused Cathy Zin, who along with husband, Terry Wilcott, will be hosting 10-year-old Dimitry Fedoruk again this summer.

Last ‘Grand March’ at old Fort High

Almost 400 people watched Stephanie Gartshore and her boyfriend, Steve Baker, as they strolled down the runway arm-in-arm in the J.A. Mathieu Auditorium.

With each step, they became a piece of long-standing Fort Frances tradition known as the “Grand March”—a heritage that saw her parents walk those same steps, and one that took its final walk in old Fort High last Friday evening.