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Millions to be spent in snowmobile tourism

The province’s announcement to provide $4.9 million for the second phase of a snowmobile trail development and enhancement in Northern Ontario was met with open arms by Sunset Country Snowmobile president Ron Banks.

“The government is finally realizing the potential dollars that can be generated,” said Banks yesterday morning. “There is $1 billion of an economic impact [each year].”

Mikhail leads local runners

Dr. Pierre Mikhail led a strong contingent of local runners in Walker, Mn. last Saturday, finishing his first-ever marathon in an impressive time of 3:38.

That time placed him second in his age group while battling the tough course conditions of the race. Runners estimated the 26.2-mile course added about “15 to 20 minutes” to each runner’s final time.

Muskie hoopsters looking for right mix

The Muskie senior girls’ basketball team will be looking at a bit of the old and some of the new to lead them to victory this season.

Clearly, the squad will be looking for another good season from veteran players like Laureen Cousineau, Christine Noonan, Siobhan Devlin, and Sarah Vanderplaats. But the key may lie in their future stars.

Strachan to suit up in Rockford

When the Thunder Bay Thunder Cats of the United Hockey League elected to move the team to Rockford, Ill. for the upcoming season, there were no guarantees as to what players would make the move with them.

But the team did manage to bring back eight from last year’s lineup—including the high-scoring trio of Jason Firth, Brant Blackned, and Fort Frances native Wayne Strachan.