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In memory

Luis Valenzuela tended to a makeshift memorial dedicated to the late Ben Klyne, a starting linebacker with the Muskie football team who was killed in a car accident last month, during the team’s season-opener here Friday. Klyne was memorialized in a short ceremony before the game, and the team will wear his #27 on their helmets for the season.

Load shift

A truckload of OSB from Ainsworth-Barwick shifted as it was eastbound on King’s Highway just before Keating Avenue here around 11 a.m. today, forcing the wood against the cab. Traffic was reduced to one lane for a short period of time before noon. The cause of the accident has yet to be determined but no injuries were reported, police on the scene said.

Who’s open?

Muskie quarterback Blake Wepruk looked upfield for an open receiver while being pressured by the Sturgeon Heights Huskies defence in the second half of a 20-6 loss here Friday afternoon to open the WHSFL season. Wepruk eventually tossed the ball out of bounds, but earlier scored the Muskies’ only touchdown on a quarterback sneak.

Memorial dedication

Jay and Lori Flinders and Rachel Devoe looked on as Fort Frances Jr. Sabres vice-president Nancy Gardiman shared a few words during a memorial to Bryce Devoe, a local youth killed by lightning in late May, on Friday afternoon outside the Memorial Sports Centre. A plaque was unveiled in front of a tree planted there in Devoe’s memory.

Warm welcome

Dr. Jason Shack, right, introduced Northern Ontario School of Medicine students Lana Potts, left, and David Janhunen (not pictured) during a reception last night at La Place Rendez-Vous.

Morning stroll

Natahsa King, left, and Beth Brown walked down the River Road this morning as part of Tom Bruyere’s eighth-annual “Walk for Dialysis.” The contingent of walkers was expected to end their 20-mile trek between 1:30-2 p.m. today at North American Lumber here. Pledges raised by walkers will go to the local renal dialysis program at La Verendrye Hospital.

‘Cry of the Loon’

The “Cry of the Loon” exhibit continues at the Fort Frances Museum until the end of the month. It features several loon displays, like the one seen above, accompanied by informative panels, as well as art and poetry created by local artists. A workshop for children focusing on creating art inspired by loons will be held there next Saturday (Sept. 15) from 1-4 p.m. Cost is $2.75 to attend.

Swinging at pitch

Barwick catcher Kevin Gemmell held off from swinging at a low pitch before flying out to left-field in the bottom of the first of the RRDFL final last Thursday evening at Oltsher Field. Gemmell ended up going 1-for-3 with a walk on the night, but scored the tying run from first base after a Jason Wilson single in the sixth inning.

Snacking in the sun

Rylee Nixon, left, Holly Nixon, Rebecca Mills, and Angel Nixon enjoyed some treats they had picked up at the convenience store while sitting in the sunshine atop a rocky hill in Devlin last Thursday afternoon.

And the winner is . . .

Angie Fraser, left, drew the winning ticket for the Kiwanis “Trip of the Month” draw for September on Friday at International Travel Services as club treasurer Robin Wright looked on. Teresa Hazel of Fort Frances won a trip to Holland, valued at $5,400. Next month’s trip is to New York City.