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Tourney lunker

Doug McBride of Devlin held up the 7.85-pound lunker—the big fish of the tournament—that helped him and partner Steve Ballan capture the seventh-annual Emo Walleye Classic on Saturday. The duo won their second EWC crown in convincing fashion, eclipsing the rest of the field by nearly four pounds.

Badminton wind-up

Fort Frances Badminton Club members Tim Desjardins, left, and Jamie Jensen enjoyed a break from the action to enjoy some pizza during the club’s season wind-up at Fort Frances High School last night.

Special delivery

Local residents can rest assurred the Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service has state-of-the-art firefighting technology at their disposal since a new Crimson Fire pumper truck, costing just under $310,000, was delivered to the fire hall yesterday morning. The truck is replacing a 1977 pumper truck, which had fallen into disrepair.

Trip draw

Kiwanians Robert Sletmoen, left, and Alan Zucchiatti drew the winning ticket for the club’s “Trip of the Month” draw for June yesterday at International Travel Services. Harvey Perry of Fort Frances will be heading to sunny San Diego, a trip valued at $2,263.

Nice catch

Doug McBride showed off the 7.85-pound walleye he and partner Steve Ballan reeled up during Saturday’s final weigh-in at the seventh-annual Emo Walleye Classic. The pair won the tournament and became its first two-time champions (they previously won it in 2005).

Walking the dog

Scott Jolicoeur walked “Maggie” at the third-annual Purina Walk for Dog Guides here Sunday morning. The walk, which started at Pither’s Point Park and continued along the riverfront walkway, raised $1,140 towards the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides.

Books galore

Deb McCoy, left, and June Haver each found their supply of summer reading Saturday morning as they perused row after row of books at the annual giant book sale at the Fort Frances Public Library. The sale raised $1,170 for the “Friends of the Library, though it will continue for the next few weeks downstairs at the library.

Travelling taste buds

Georges Blanc was ready to enjoy a plate of Greek food during the “Taste of Our World” event Friday evening at the Little Beaver Snow Park lodge as helper Nina Stopa looked on. Three international cusines were offered, also including Indian and Thai, allowing guests to experience authentic ethnic offerings.

Bike rodeo

John Young, a volunteer at the fourth-annual Treaty #3 bike rodeo held Saturday morning at the Couchiching multi-use facility, directed cyclists and kids on scooters through the obstacle course designed to teach them the importance of bicycle safety. The rodeo attracted many youngsters, along with guest appearances by “Sparky the Dog” and “Smokey the Bear.”

Popular spot

Emo Walleye Classic anglers Lorne Wood and Monte Mann, foreground, wasted little time this morning heading to the dam here to try their luck along with fellow competitors Paul Jewiss and Mike Graham. There’s 62 teams vying for the top prize, with the weigh-ins running from 3:30-6:30 p.m. both today and tomorrow at the Emo/La Vallee Community Centre.