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Potter mania

From left, Sarah Hallikas, Danielle Strachan, Angela Huntley, Derek Thompson, and Scott Wachter were among the first to pick up copies of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” by J.K. Rowling at the midnight launch at Betty’s early Saturday morning. More than 150 people turned up for the highly anticipated book release, but Betty’s is not allowed to say how many copies were sold.

Fire safety

Jennifer Beach, left, and Danielle Lavallie of the Ministry of Natural Resources handed out information sheets to incoming tourists this morning regarding the high forest fire hazard in the area. Campers are asked to keep fires small, to never leave them unattended, and to make sure they are completely out before leaving.

Tall, cold one

Young entrepreneur Kayla Mitchell was raking in cash yesterday, selling cups of Kool-Aid and lemonade to thirsty passerby on Second Street, across from Robert Moore school. Mitchell, 9, is trying to earn a little spending money for a trip to Winnipeg with her dad Dave next week, and was planning to set up the stand again today. –Wes Gilbertson photo

Load spill

A motorist escaped injury Friday morning when his pickup truck, trailering a load of lumber, jack-knifed on Highway 11 at Windy Point. Fort Frances OPP Cst. Mike Golding said the driver was eastbound around 10 a.m. when he went over a bump in the road at the bridge, causing him to lose control of the vehicle.

‘Reach for it!’

Mellisa McDonald and Amanda Glavish tried to block Branden Cawston’s spike attempt last Thursday afternoon at Fort High during the final day of a successful volleyball camp. —Emmanuel Moutsatsos photo

Tense Moments

With the championship hardware on the line, weighmaster Jay “Turk” Hickman and anglers Mark Wilson, Jason Cain, Wayne Howard and Glenn Ward waited eagerly to let the weigh-scale determine the outcome of the fifth annual “Castin’ for Cash” Lake Despair bass tournament last weekend. Cain and Howard edged Wilson and Ward by less than half a pound to claim the derby crown. –Wes Gilbertson photo

Come sail away . . .

John Meyers, nine, applied the rudder to his sailboat yesterday afternoon at Pither’s Point, while his sister, Rachel, watched on. Both are part of the 18 youths involved in the sailing school, which began on Monday and will finish tomorrow and run by the Manitoba Sailing Association. —Emmanuel Moutsatsos photo