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Tea time

Kari and Sheila Manty enjoyed each other’s company over a cup of tea at the Fort Frances Museum last week. The popular museum event serves up homemade scones, along with tea from local business Smashing Tea, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m in conjunction with “Market Thursdays.” The cost is $3/person.

Folk singer

Folk singer John Wort Hannam, who hails from rural Alberta, was the featured artist last night during the season’s second barn concert at Cornell Farms in La Vallee. The charismatic singer had those on hand roaring with laughter and breaking into chorus following local talent Brittany Hayes as the opening act.

Blood drive set to go this month

A blood donor’s efforts are rarely in “vein.”

But with donations exceeding 400 units here in Rainy River District, local residents are looking pretty good.

Canadian Blood Services recently reported that blood donations have hit a five-year low and donor event co-ordinator Mike Choi said it’s no coincidence the blood drive is heading this way Aug. 18-19.

Crop trials

EMF Nutrition rep Eric Busch spoke about a crop trial his company is conducting in partnership with the Emo Agricultural Research Station during the annual open house there last Thursday evening, which drew about 30 people.

Touring station

Twins Charlie and Levi Debney, six, toured the Emo Agricultural Research Station in style during its annual open house last Thursday evening. The pair were hauled behind a tractor on a trailer through fields of experimental crops during the event, which drew about 30 people.

Ready to race

Volunteers Amy Anderson and Kendall Richardson helped Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce manager Annely Armstrong-Thorstad steer a dragonboat from the Sorting Gap Marina to a nearby dock Saturday. Two boats were launched in preparation for the third-annual Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival set for this Saturday (Aug. 9).

Ag tour

Kim Jo Bliss, research technician at the Emo Agricultural Research Station, led a walking tour through various experimental crops yesterday evening. The annual open house there drew more than 30 people, including representatives from the University of Guelph and the University of Minnesota, local MP John Rafferty, and Ministry of Agriculture soybean specialist Horst Bohner.

‘Quest’ champ crowned for second time

Upbeat tunes and classic ballads filled the air Friday night at the annual “Quest for the Best” singing competition, which once again was held in conjunction with the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship.

Twenty participants took centre stage under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina to entertain the full house and panel of judges with a wide variety of music.