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Woodland antics

Members of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the Rainy River Watershed Program, and the Rainy River Valley Field Naturalists held an impromptu dance around “Chester” – a statue carved by Rick Neilson at Neilson’s farm north of Stratton on Saturday night. The statue burned until dawn. –Michael Hilborn photo

Cordoned off

A team of OPP divers was expected to arrive in Fort Frances late this morning to search an area of Sand Bay near the VanJura ball diamond at Pither’s Point. Police would not reveal what the divers were looking for, but did confirm the site is the subject of a crime unit investigation. Police have been on the scene since yesterday.

—Wes Gilbertson photo

Safety first

Ciara Mainville, 4, got a helping hand from Treaty 3 Cst Armand Jourdain as she navigated the obstacle course at the Bike Rodeo held at Couchiching First Nation on Tuesday. –Michael Hilborn photo

Warm welcome

Ontario Minister of Culture Madeleine Meilleur looked over a card presented to her by a group of young people at Manitou Rapids as Amanda Brown and Britnee Myers looked on. –Michael Hilborn photo

Taxpayer’s special

It took some time but Tim Lemon was finally able to hit the target hard enough to dunk Sioux Narrows/Nestor Falls mayor, Jerry O’Leary, at the 14-th annual Sioux Narrows/Nestor Falls pig roast held at Bass Lake on Sunday afternoon. —Emmanuel Moutsatsos photo

Pouring water

George Oltsher of Barwick raced to fill this simulated radiator at the Fun Rally at Chapple Days in Barwick on Saturday. Oltsher and his daughter, Erin Daniels won the rally. –Michael Hilborn photo

Stick Tower

Lauren Hunter, 18, tried to see how high she could build a tower out of plastic sticks and joints at the Summer Science Camp at Manitou Tapids. —Michael Hilborn photo

Just by the hole

Tom Duchnicki watched his chip attempt on the ninth hole at Kitchen Creek roll just past the cup at the third annual Rick Pearson Memorial Golf Tournament held at the Kitchen Creek Golf Course on Monday. The tournament observed a Texas Scramble format that saw Paul Morrison, Shawn O’Donnell, Dave Hyatt, and Tom Foley come out as the top team of the 32 teams that took part.