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Nicholas Donaldson

French concert

Brynna, Erin, Tatum, and Amara, from Mme. Gushulak's Grade 3 French Immersion class, reminded everyone that gifts weren't the “raison pour la saison” during yesterday's rehearsal for the St. Michael's French Immersion Christmas concert. The English classes held their concert Tuesday night, with the French students performing for family and friends last night in the school's gym.

Electrical fire

The Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service was called to a house fire yesterday morning on the 1000 block of Colonization Road West. A total of 16 firefighters, along with two pumper trucks and two rescue trucks, responded to the blaze, which was deemed electrical in nature. The home experienced some damage to wiring and some smoke damage.

New business

The pine board siding of the new Westside Bait & Tackle gives the store a cabin feel, showing it is suited for those who love the outdoors. The store, co-owned by Bill Mueller and his daughter, Hannah, is now ready to serve area anglers with all types of bait, tackle, and even some apparel in stock.

Co-op display

Jacob Gustafson gave his fellow students an inside look at cellphones with his display during the Fort High co-op display day last Wednesday in the high school cafeteria. Gustafson has been working at Sight & Sound this semester, where he is gaining experience repairing cellphones and other electronics for customers.

Female skier

Caryss Kehl of Atikokan slid into the finish line for a third-place showing in the Grade 7/8 girls' division of the Nordic ski meet hosted by the Muskie team on Monday at the Rocky Inlet trails. Almost 60 racers in six divisions competed that day in sticky, falling snow and relatively mild temperatures.

Ski meet

Charlotte Arnold, a senior girls' skier from Atikokan, worked hard to finish her race yesterday. The Muskie Nordic ski team hosted its first meet of the season at the Rocky Inlet trails and had to deal with huge flakes of snow falling during the latter half of the race, which made the race course a bit sticky.

Open for business

Hannah Mueller stood next to some of the clothing items offered at the new Westside Bait & Tackle this morning following its grand opening on Saturday. The store, located on Highway 11/71 just west of town, is run by Mueller and her father, Bill, as the pair hope to offer a convenient shopping location for anglers heading to or coming from anywhere west of Fort Frances.

Christmas concert

Dahlia Kaun, as Martha Stewart, “cooked” up some Christmas dinner as the students of J.W. Walker serenaded her during a dress rehearsal for their Christmas concert yesterday afternoon at the Townshend Theatre. The junior grades' concert went last night, with the kindergarten/primary concert set for Dec. 19 in the Townshend Theatre.