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‘Heave hard!’

Charlie Walsh, left, David Pierce, and Tyler Moffat lent their muscles to a good cause Friday during the second-annual cross-border tug-of-war challenge. Some 50 local residents heaved-and-pulled until they tired their Falls’ opponents out.—Amanda Roy photo

Away they go!

After whispering their wishes to them, Jennifer Coats and her sons, Liam, left, and Alex, were pleasantly surprised at how quickly their butterflies flew away from the Legion Park here Sunday afternoon. A total of 48 monarch butterflies were released in a ceremony organized by the Rainy River District Palliative Care volunteers. —Duane Hicks photo

Dancin’ the night away

Despite the heat, many local teens headed down to the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina last night for the MuchMusic Video Teen Dance Party, held annually in conjunction with the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship. Other entertainment this week includes “Quest for the Best” tonight and “Battle of the Bands” tomorrow night. The fishing begins Thursday morning. —Heather Ogilvie photo

‘What a whopper!’

Cole Quesnel, left, and James Lindner posed with a colossal northern pike their team landed yesterday during the annual KidPro tournament on Rainy Lake. Unfortunately, the lunker didn’t count towards their total for the bass-only tournament, which was won by Brayden Spence fishing with Keith and Terry Wilson.–Submitted photo

The champs

Keith Wilson, left, and his brother, Terry, flanked 11-year-old Brayden Spence as they hoisted the trophy commemorating their win at the annual KidPro tournament, which was held yesterday in conjunction with the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship.–Justin Holmes photo

Splish, splash

Byron, a three-year-old German Shepherd/Labrador cross, dug for rocks along the shoreline near Seven Oaks yesterday, keeping cool in the hot afternoon sun. However, the town bylaw department is warning dog owners they’re prohibited from bringing their canine friends to the beach area at Pither’s Point until the end of August.

Serving up breakfast

Robin McCormick, far right, helped residents from Lambton County, Ont. make “omelettes-in-a-bag” for breakfast yesterday at Cornell Farms in La Vallee. The group of nearly 40 was visiting a selection of farms in Northwestern Ontario and Manitoba. —Heather Ogilvie photo

Rain, rain, go away

Children enjoyed a swim after getting rained out of their canoe time at the Memorial Sports Centre-hosted sports camp last Friday afternoon and shared the pool with the Rec’n Crew. Attendees were stuck playing indoor baseball earlier in the day and had the weather interfere with their football and golf plans earlier in the week.

Going up

Robin Reed was busy this morning tightening-up the bolts that hold together the big tent, which will be on location at the Sorting Gap Marina for the next week-and-a-half as part of the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship. A slew of FFCBC activities will be going on all week long, with the competitive fishing to run July 26-28. —Amanda Roy photo

Fleet of foot

Pharmasave’s Scott Gurski dodged his pursuers from the Emo team on Monday evening. Borderland Soccer takes a break next week with the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship in town, then kicks off the final week of the regular season starting July 30.–Justin Holmes photo