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Frozen gizzard

Zach Brintz, a 15-year-old competitive runner and high school student from Lino Lakes, Mn., breathed in some of the chilly air during the annual “Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run” on Saturday morning in International Falls. Chisholm, Mn. native Mike Benchina finished with a time of 37:03 for his fourth-consecutive win in the 10-km run, which is held in conjunction with Icebox Days.

Solid goaltending

Goalie Scott Parsons of the Fort Frances KC Knights stretched to rob Brandon Pentek of the Kenora Thistles early in the final of the annual PeeWee 'AA' tournament here yesterday. Parsons and the Knights won the crown, beating Kenora 6-1.

Penny weigh-in

Margaret Schonewille, executive director of the local Alzheimer Society, weighed some pennies turned in during the annual “Penny for Your Thoughts” weigh-in Saturday morning at Canadian Tire here. The two-day fundraiser saw a total of 181 pounds of copper donated, including a 102-pound donation from the Royal Canadian legion Br. #29, and 30 pounds from Claude DeBenedet.

Puck battle

Captains Quinn Amiel, left, and Brad Pawlowski, right, battled for the puck at centre ice Saturday night in the first of a pair of games between the Sabres and Thunder Bay Bearcats. While each notched a goal during that game, Amiel proved the better of the two yesterday, netting two goals while Pawlowski was ejected late in the game.

Bon appetit

Honourary chef Jennie Condon of B93•FM, right, served up cream of broccoli and cheese soup to Ted and Annie Fitzgerald during the local Alzheimer Society’s “Chefs’ Charitable Dinner and Auction” last night at the Adventure Inn.

Icebox bonspiel

Mary Hickling, left, and Linda Reed, part of Dave Hickling’s rink, played against Tom Wherley’s squad Saturday afternoon during the annual “Icebox of the Nation” bonspiel at the Fort Frances Curling Club. Neither team made it much further, but Bryan Bonot’s rink from Stratton took the ‘A’ final over Tom Mayer’s foursome from International Falls.

Playing Bingo

Fort Frances Jr. Sabres players took time away from the ice yesterday to visit Rainycrest, where they joined in playing TV Bingo with some of the residents.

Award-winning talent

While it may have been cold outside, Juno Award-winning singer Connie Kaldor heated up the stage last night at the Townshend Theatre during the first “tour de Fort” concert of 2008. Embracing elements of gospel, rock, country and western, folk, bluegrass, and adult contemporary, Kaldor not only entertained the crowd with her original songs, but her insightful between-song story-telling.

Visiting MP

Making a stop on the NDP’s “Stand Up for Northern Ontario” campaign, Sault Ste. Marie MP Tony Martin chatted with curator Pam Hawley and NDP candidate John Rafferty as he toured the Fort Frances Museum yesterday. The NDP critic for federal economic development in Northern Ontario, Martin is gathering input on his private member’s bill, which aims to boost FedNor funding and its autonomy.

Snow patrol

Csts. Pete Drouin, left, and Paul Davis of the OPP Traffic Unit, along with Cst. Anne McCoy and Cst. Greg Johnson, rear, showed off the two brand new sleds—Ski-Doo 550s—they just got last week to supplement the force’s fleet.