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SpongeBob Icypants

Diane Boustead looked like she was walking on water before she sank into the frigid waters of Rainy Lake on Sunday at the Polar Plunge at La Place Rendez-Vous. The event was nearly postponed due to poor ice, but went ahead as scheduled without a hitch. The more than 40 jumpers raised $12,660 for the Voyageur Lions Club.

—Melanie Béchard photo

New Year’s baby

Malori Grover, right, and her new son, Christian Douglas Ramsay, posed with her mother, Loretta Martin, yesterday morning at La Verendrye Hospital. Christian, whose father is Doug Ramsay of International Falls, Mn., was the first baby of the new year born in the district. He was born at 10 a.m. on Sunday, tipping the scale at eight pounds, six ounces.

Slippery slide

Joseph Maki had a hard time climbing back up the hill at the Lions Park in Emo on Saturday after sliding down it. Many children in the village took advantage of the mild weather by skating, sliding, and snowmobiling over the weekend. –Heather Ogilvie photo

‘Polar’ veteran

Dale Gill of the Voyageur Lions Club got a little cheeky at the Polar Plunge on Sunday. He was among the top three fundraisers of the event, bringing in more than $1,200.

—Melanie Béchard photo

Plaque dedication

Bill Gushulak, left, Pat McPherson, Bernice Armit, and Graham Matheson admired the new plaque that was hung up in the Ice for Kids Arena on Dec. 21. The plaque is dedicated in memory of Dave Armit, a longtime hockey supporter who recently passed away.

Taking the plunge

Times sports reporter Jenni Condon braved the elements on Sunday and participated in the annual “Polar Plunge” to raise funds for the Voyageurs Lions Club. Condon—an Ottawa native who recently moved to town—said she thought the experience was unique and would do it again next year. Overall, the more than 40 jumpers raised $12,660.

—Melanie Béchard photo

Rink repair

Local hockey fans Gary Beck, John Pierce and former Muskie, Kris Esselink, volunteered their time over the holidays to rebuild the player benches at the 52’ Canadian’s arena. The plan is to make the benches bigger so that the players are more comfortable when they’re not on the ice.

—Jenni Condon photo

Christmas feast

Mercedes Audette, left, enjoyed dining with her sister, Chelsea, and father Kevin on Sunday during the community Christmas dinner at Knox United Church. Also at the table with them, but not seen here, was Christine Audette. —Duane Hicks photo

Candlelit memories

Susan Irvine lit an ice candle on Christmas Eve in the Emo cemetery, as her granddaughter Alisha Haglin looked on. People were able to purchase the candles for the cost of $5 which were lit in the memory of their loved ones. A similar ceremony was also held the same evening at the Devlin cemetery. —Heather Ogilvie photo