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The Bargain Shop Fort Frances store manager Dawn Gray, left, and keyholder Cassidy Jolicoeur show off some of the toys collected as part of their annual toy drive to support the Salvation Army in town. The drive runs until December 5 and is collecting monetary donations as well, and Gray said that they're more than halfway to their $7,000 goal.

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COVID restrictions have had a deep impact on the grieving process for families and loved ones. Families are looking at alternate arrangements or are delaying memorials until restrictions lift.

Nominations are now open for the Barbara Laronde Emerging Artist Award.

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Takumi Ito and Jeff Gustafson shared dinner in Texas back in October. 

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The doors are open and renovations are underway at the Fort Frances Out of the Cold shelter, now in its permanent home in the former Apostolic Way Church. The facility is open nightly for residents who need a safeand warm place to spend the night. The facility is also being renovated to house offices and treatment centre.


The Bargain Shop is halfway through its annual toy drive to support charities in the community, and is excited by the community’s show of support so far.

The toy drive began on Nov. 14. The shop will be collecting monetary donations, as well as toy donations until Dec. 5. So far, they have raised $3,792 and hope to reach their goal of $7,000 by Dec. 5.


The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce is looking to tag local businesses into a fun and festive way to help the public shop local during this holiday season.

According to the Chamber, they are organizing a Holiday Shopping Poker Derby with participating member businesses that will give shoppers in Fort Frances an opportunity to win prizes while they complete their holiday purchases.