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These are the two concepts designed and revealed by HTFC Planning and Design during their two public webinars earlier this week. According to HTFC, both present a balance of the public’s expressed desires for the space, including housing, recreational, which could include a splash park, and commercial opportunities like a hotel/conference centre and a brew pub. The marina space could have additional slips and equipment rental opportunities. The Town is planning to release the full presentation on its website, at www.fortfrances.ca.

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Greyson Yatchuk has been enjoying the beautiful weather across our region lately. It has definitely been shorts and popsicle worthy! What has your family been doing to stay busy during COVID-19? Take a picture and send it in, so we can share it with readers! Send your high resolution pictures to tips@fortfrances.com.

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Colt Gallinger is enjoying the lake views and beautiful spring weather with his family. What is your family doing to stay busy during COVID-19? Take a high resolution photo, and send it to us, so we can share it with readers! Send your pictures to tips@fortfrances.com.

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Ashlee Homer caught this gigantic fish of a lifetime - a 5.2lbs bass. Ashlee is 12 years old and loves to catch big fish, when she’s not working as a carrier for the Times. Do you have any big catch photos? Send them to us, so we can share them with readers! Send your photos to tips@fortfrances.com.

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The Donaldson family has has been using their Belgian draft horses to prepare their land. Above, Jeb, is working up the garden by pulling a spring-tooth harrow. Right, Jeb is working with his mother, Jane to pull a disc to prepare the field for planting. Jill and Jane, being driven by Lee Donaldson, are pulling a potato hiller to cover the newly planted potatoes. This antique piece of equipment does a great job and beats hilling potatoes with a hoe in a large field.

A pair of meetings have shed additional light on the possible futures of two pieces of property in town.

Dr. Ian Gemmill, acting medical officer of health for the Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU), said in a public meeting on Wednesday that although there are no new cases this week, it is important for everyone to keep in their mind the personal protective measures needed to protect themselves.

Until now, about 4,000 COVID-19 tests have been done in the northwestern region. About 3,000 of those tests have come back, and of those, only 21 were positive.