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And they’re off!

Bernie Zutter and John Miller (Team #81) sped off across Sand Bay this morning to start their first of three days of fishing in the 12th-annual Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship. Today and tomorrow’s weigh-ins begin at 3:30 p.m. under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina, with Saturday’s fnal one slated for 2:30. Some 137 teams are vying for the $50,000 first prize.

Great deal

Tyler Krzoska of International Falls let out a whoop as he discovered he had made a good deal during the second round of “Fish or No Fish” on Monday night, taking “The Captain’s” offer of $2,585 before seeing his tackle box (#13) contained only $800. The first contestant, Steve Sus of Fort Frances, took home $1,502. —Heather Ogilvie photo

Champion fish

Champion fish

Angel Nixon, 11, posed for a picture with professional angler Luc Levesque on Sunday after catching this 19-inch bass during the ninth-annual “Kid Pro” tournament. She went on to win the title with a three-fish combined weight of 12.23 pounds.

—Submitted Photo

A little T.L.C.

Jolene Stahn, a member of the Junior Beef Club, groomed her steer last week at Willow-Mor Farms, making sure the animal will look its best at the annual 4-H beef show and market steer auction during the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society’s fall fair next month. —Heather Ogilvie photo

Folk hero

Mark Kowalchuk, who along with Winnipeggers Al Andrusco and Don Milne comprise the “Heroes of Folk,” entertained an audience Sunday afternoon under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina, performing many old-time favourites during two sets.

Passing techniques

Katie Weatherston watched as Kennadi Herbert practised her passing yesterday morning at the Ice for Kids Arena. The Thunder Bay resident, who won a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy back in February as a member of Canada’s women’s hockey team, has brought her girls’ hockey school to Fort Frances this week. —Crystal Green photo

Let’s make a deal

Tyler Krzoska, 20, left, of International Falls eyed his tackle box, trying to decide whether he should continue on playing “Fish or No Fish” or accept the offer of $2,585. Emcee Paul Morrison looked on as Krzoska took the deal during the “Deal or No Deal” style game, held in conjunction with the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship last night under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina.

And they’re off!

Angel Nixon, 11, set out for a day of fishing with pros Luc Levesque and Marcel Meloche during the ninth-annual Kid Pro Tournament held in conjunction with the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship. Nixon’s team went on to win the event with a three-fish total weight of 12.23 pounds.

Historical fun

Inspired by tales of fur traders and explorers who came to this area long ago, as well as old photos and artifacts, Kaitlyn Baldwin, left, and her cousin, Cody Veitch, made personalized diaries yesterday during museum activities at the Legion Park.

Going up

Jonathan Sheppard was one of the volunteers out this morning to help put up the big tent for the annual Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship, which kicks off Sunday with the “Kid-Pro” tournament. This is the first time the new tent purchased by the Rainy River Future Development Corp, is being used.

—Crystal Green photo