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And they’re off!

Tara Kelly waved as she and partner Terry Allan made their way up Rainy Lake early this morning for the start of the 13th-annual Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship. The team was one of the last-minute additions to this year’s tournament, which wraps up Saturday.—Justin Holmes photo

Chief of comedy

Comedian Moccasin Joe entertained hundreds of adults and children under the big tent at the Sorting Gap last night as part of the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship’s nighttime entertainment. He kept everyone in stitches with his keen observations on aboriginal life in Northwestern Ontario, with a few magic tricks thrown in for good measure.—Duane Hicks photo

Farm tour

Local farmer Mark Gerber, right, gave local MP Ken Boshcoff and area producers a tour of his garden and farm yesterday morning during the first stop on the Rainy River District Soil and Crop Association’s annual farm tour, which ran until mid-afternoon. The group viewed the vegetable garden, as well as a vegetable storage and packaging facility.

Tips from a pro

Jason Durham, right, talked Mike Murphy though his cast Sunday afternoon during the annual KidPro tournament. At the end of the day, their weight of 9.03 pounds ended up good enough for 13th place.–Justin Holmes photo

Best of ‘Quest’

Dylan and Derek Thompson took first place at the annual “Quest for the Best” last night under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina. The duo also picked up the People’s Choice award (first set) with their cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” Second place went to Kayla Lauzon while Brittany Hayes was third and Jeremy Wilson fourth. Ken Kellar was the People’s Choice for the second set.

‘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