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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.

Soccer champs

Muskie Lauren Pierce tried to kick the ball while three Bronco defenders converged on her during the NorWOSSA girls’ soccer final yesterday in Kenora. The black-and-gold won 2-0 to advance to the all-Ontarios on June 9-11 in Collingwood.

Deck party

Heather and Jeff Wright were among the 80-plus people who enjoyed the Chamber of Commerce’s “Business After Hours” deck party yesterday afternoon at La Place Rendez-Vous, which also featured the presentation of the Rainy River Future Development Corp.’s annual Customer Service Awards.

Walking for a cause

Bernie Collier, left, Jennifer Carroll, and Angela Carroll were among the particpants in the sixth-annual “Walk for Memories” here Sunday. The fundrasier brought in $1,878 for the Alzheimer Society of the Kenora-Rainy River District.

Out of sight . . .

Mary Franko has gone through the necessary steps to ensure her store at the corner of Portage Avenue and Sixth Street complies with the provincial government’s new rules that require convenience stores across Ontario to have all tobacco products behind the counter and out of customers’ view.

High waters

With the height of the Rainy River staying fairly high, Emo municipal workers were busy yesterday placing an anchor in the middle of the river, which then will be connected to a pontoon boat for this weekend’s Emo Walleye Classic. The pontoon boat is where the anglers must check in first to have their time of arrival registered before proceeding up to the arena for the weigh-ins.

Circus smiles

Brittany Hyatt, along with step-sisters Aimee, Rachael, and Hailey McEvoy, were all smiles as they played with their balloons at the Shrine Circus, which was held in the Ice for Kids Arena last Wednesday. The two shows attracted two very full crowds of happy kids.

NorWOSSA tune-up

Muskie boys’ soccer player Mike Sande carried the ball as teammates looked to defend during a team practice Monday afternoon. The squad was preparing for the NorWOSSA playoffs, which take place today (May 28) in Kenora.

Tuning up

Members of the Muskie girls’ soccer team battled a strong wind—and each other—during practice Monday afternoon in preparation for tomorrow’s winner-take-all NorWOSSA title match in Kenora.