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Underpass reopened

The Portage Avenue underpass was reopened to two lanes late yesterday as work on the site has wrapped up for the winter. The public is reminded, however, to continue using only the east sidewalk through the winter since the west one is not ready yet. The project will resume in the spring, and is scheduled for completion in early fall of 2008.

Santa visit

Tyrell Kempf, four, told Santa and Mrs. Claus what he wanted for Christmas while visiting with the pair Saturday at the Fort Frances Museum. Children had their pictures taken with the jolly couple, enjoyed cookies and cocoa, and also were invited to join in some games and activities. The event was put on by the local Business Improvement Association.

Secret agents

Students from Fort Frances High School’s Muskie Theatre rehearsed a scene from “Get Smart” during a dress rehearsal of the production last night at the Townshend Theatre. The show is set to open there tomorrow (Dec. 6) at 7 p.m. and run until Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at Northwoods Gallery & Gifts or at the door.

‘I got it!’

Emma Elliott (centre) got ready to dig the ball in the regular-season opener for the Muskie senior girls’ volleyball team here yesterday afternoon against the Kenora Broncos. The visitors won the first set 25-13, lost the second one 25-20, and then finished off the best-of-five match by taking the next two 25-7 and 25-18.

Pancake breakfast

Pancake breakfast

Kenna Spuzak, four, enjoyed a pancake breakfast with her family at J.W. Walker School this morning. The first-annual event was hosted by the school’s parent council.

Festive crafts

Megan Ross, left, and Maria Sanders, along with other members of the Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s special events committee, made wreaths and other crafts last night in preparation for its “Wreaths ’n Things” fundraiser later this week.

And the winner is . . .

Kiwanian Alan Zucchiatti, left, looked on as 2007 “Citizen of the Year” and Kiwanis secretary Dr. Robert Lidkea drew the winning ticket for the December “Trip of the Month” draw this morning at International Travel Services. Monique Gagné of St. Pierre, Man. won a Hawaiian cruise, valued at $5,500.

Let it snow

Robbie Tuesday, working for Daryl’s Custom Landscaping, plowed mounds of snow in the alleyway between Third and Fourth Street West yesterday afternoon. If they hadn’t already done it last week, people around town broke out the shovels and snowblowers yesterday morning after several inches of the white stuff fell here Saturday.

Canadians third at home tourney

Alex Higginbothan of the Wayzata Trojans battled with Fort Frances Canadians Jordan Sinclair (#8) and Ryan Shortreed (#7) to get the puck out of the netting behind the Wayzata goal here Sunday afternoon. The puck spent more time tangled on the other side of the twine, though, as the Canadians coasted to a 6-2 victory for the bronze medal at the Gus Lindberg Memorial Midget ‘AA’ tournament.