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Demolition underway

Construction workers started the demolition of J.W. Walker School’s gymnasium last week and will hopefully have it finished before students head back to school next week. The gymnasium was destroyed by a fire caused by a gas leak last February while students were off enjoying their winter break.

Go deep

Dan Brunetta, quarterback for the Muskie “A” Football team, prepared to throw a long one during a scrimmage with the Falls Broncos, Warroad Warriors and Eveleth-Gilbert Golden Bears. While the Muskies were to play the Broncos in an exhibition game in International Falls this Friday evening, that game has been cancelled due to lack of available players.

First-time rider

Children, accompanied by their parents, climbed aboard for their very first school bus ride outside Robert Moore yesterday morning during the Rainy River District School Board’s annual “First Rider” program. Aimed at children beginning school this fall, the youngsters watched a short video on bus safety before leaving.

Bus changeover

Sandy Smith, owner of Caribou Coach Transportation Company Inc., welcomed aboard Muriel Kropelin, middle, of Thunder Bay early this morning, who was being seen off by good friend Elsie Hampton at the bus depot here. Caribou took over the Fort Frances-Thunder Bay route from Greyhound yesterday.

Youth detention centre

The walls are up at the new aboriginal youth detained custody centre being built on Eighth Street here, which is expected to be operational by April. The centre will be a secure custody facility that will accommodate up to 12 aboriginal youth aged 12-17 from Northwestern Ontario, who are being detained or serving sentences. Construction on the facility started in March.

Grand champion

Kerry Hyatt led this year’s grand champion steer away from the auction after it was purchased by the Rainy River Future Development Corp. The animal, born on Clayton Teeple’s farm and named “J.D.,” was Hyatt’s 12th and final 4-H steer.

Big collision

Pharmasave forward Mike Webb and Chris Faragher of Domino’s collided during the Borderland Soccer Association’s men’s final last Thursday evening at the St. Francis Sportsfields. Domino’s eked out a 1-0 win to claim the title.

Close to the action

The AbitibiBowater biomass boiler construction site fascinates local senior John Plichta, who has been watching the progress from his nearby home over the past year. But since the trees have blossomed, he’s had to find a closer seat to the action. He also regularly jokes with the workers about being the neighbourhood sidewalk police.