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Gala musician

Live music entertained hundreds of “Gold Rush Gala” attendees on Saturday night. There was no shortage of singers and guitar players on the lineup, with music playing non-stop until late in the night.

Money raised from this event will support the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society's efforts to install a new building at the Emo fairgrounds.

Ag mental health

Nancy Daley-Fulton was one of the many speakers at the Emo Legion for the Rainy River “Ag Days” event held Friday. She spoke about destigmatizing mental health in the field of agriculture and explained how people are just as susceptible to have mental health issues as they are to having any other illness.

'Calendar Girls'

Wanda Barker, left, and Joyce McCormick of Fort Frances Little Theatre starred in “Calendar Girls” staged April 12-15 at Knox United Church here. The play, based on a true story, is about a group of older ladies from the Women's Institute who are trying to raise funds for their local hospital with a suggestive calendar that features all of them almost nude.

'Ag Days' speaker

Darrell Friesen, of Precision Land Solutions, gave a presentation about tile drainage during the “Rainy River Ag Days” event held Friday at the Emo Legion. A multitude of presentations were given covering agricultural plastics, destigmatizing mental health, bioengineering riverbank restoration, the Rainy River Future Development Corp., and Agricorp Insurance.

Season finale

Suzy Wilde of “Dirty Dishes” broke out the washboard for a couple of numbers last Wednesday evening at the Townshend Theatre during a concert to close out Tour de Fort's 2017-18 season. The trio of talented musicians played guitars, rhythm sticks, fiddle, and even kazoos.

Soccer drills

Members of the Muskie boys' soccer team were engaged in various footwork and ball-handling drills during practice Monday afternoon in the Fort High gym. The black-and-gold are hard at work getting ready for their upcoming season, which kicks off with the annual St. John's Ravencourt tournament April 27-29 in Winnipeg.

Showing solidarity

The Town of Fort Frances joined other communities across the country which flew its flags at half-mast over the past week in honour of the 16 lives lost as a result of the horrific crash involving the Humboldt Broncos' hockey team bus on April 6 near Tisdale, Sask. The flags were back at full mast before noon yesterday.

High jump practice

Muskie Ellie Petsnick leaped over the bar during high-jump practice Monday afternoon in the Fort High gym. Poor weather has played a huge factor in the track-and-field season so far, forcing the black-and-gold to practice indoors as well as cancelling the first two meets of the season that were scheduled for International Falls and Baudette. The next meet is set for April 24 in the Falls.

Easter Bunny!

Aspen and Kip Avis had a chance to meet the Easter Bunny during the Kiwanis Club's fifth-annual “Egg-stravaganza” that took place Saturday in downtown Fort Frances. Many other children had a chance to meet the Easter Bunny as they travelled from business to business in search of chocolate and other Easter treats.