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'Smile!'

Bodie Crowe got to sit on Santa's knee and have his photo taken with the seasonal celebrity on Sunday morning at the Rainy Lake Square. Organizers estimate at least 100 children dropped by to visit with the jolly old elf and have some hot chocolate. Photos were taken by Studio Gibbous while Tim Hortons provided the refreshments.

Showing exhibits

Laura Gosse pointed out artifacts in the indigenous veterans' exhibit during St. Francis School's visit to the Fort Frances Museum on Friday morning. Students were given a history and shown the indigenous communities' local connection to both world wars.

Seeking donations

Lt. Ryan MacDonald of the local Salvation Army collected cash donations from parade-goers Sunday afternoon. The Salvation Army also teamed up with 93.1 The Border downtown on Saturday to collect toy donations from the public during the annual “Burst the Bus” drive.

North Pole visitors

Santa and Mrs. Claus waved to parade-goers of all ages as they brought up the tail-end of the annual Christmas parade Sunday afternoon on Scott Street. Their new float was, in no small part, due to the efforts of local TD Canada Trust staff and the Voyageur Lions of Fort Frances. See story, more photos on A5.

Visiting with Santa

Mya and Marly Wrolstad had big smiles as they got their picture taken with Santa at the Emo Arena on Saturday during the community's annual “Holly Daze" festivities. Maple Street Photography was on hand to take the photographs. See more "Holly Daze” photos on A10.

Craft vendor

Dawn-Marie Danylchuk had a spread of Christmas decorations, gifts, and products on display during the “Crafts Galore” event at the Legion on Saturday. Soups and sandwiches also were available to those who stopped by.

Fast shot

Robert McCollum (Thunder Bay North Stars) of Team Canada blasted away with all his might in an attempt to be crowned the player with the hardest shot during the skills competition that was part of the SIJHL's annual all-star festivities here last Wednesday night. Alec Severson (Thief River Falls Norskies) of Team U.S.A. won the event with a rocket that clocked in at 90.08 m.p.h.

Proud hunter

Lilly Pearson, 86, was all smiles after bagging this 11-point buck last Wednesday east of Fort Frances. Pearson was on her way to her favourite hunting spot when she spotted the deer. An avid hunter for decades, Pearson still gets excited about the activity—especially when she gets the opportunity to score a nice buck like this one.

Opening goal

Makenna Henttonen fired a shot through the five-hole of International Falls Broncos' goalie Grace Wegner to open the scoring in the first period of the Muskie girls' hockey team's 2-1 overtime win in the opener of their annual two-game “Border Battle” exhibition series last Tuesday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.