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Gerber at work

Martha Gerber was smiling on her last day of work at Safeway here at the end of April because it was the beginning of a new stage in her life. She will wed a Swiss man this summer before heading to live in Switzerland—the country where Gerber was born and emigrated from when she was five years old.

Crossroads party

Adriana Lesk, Jada Boshey, Serena Cousineau, and Monica Empey struck a silly pose for the “Fish Fry Finale” at Crossroads School in Devlin on Thursday. The event, which also celebrated the 20th anniversary of the school, featured a slideshow presentation of years past, as well as baseball, jigging, Bingo, and draws.

On patrol

The local chapter of the Bear Clan Patrol walks the streets around town often, not just to look for used needles but to ensure residents are kept safe. Here they can be seen patrolling in the north end. They sport electric yellow vests and Bear Clan Patrol patches.

Needle haul

The Bear Clan Patrol was contacted earlier this month to respond to a call from a resident who needed help cleaning a rental home. These are just some of the needles and other paraphernalia that were found inside. The Bear Clan carefully puts these needles into sharps containers, which they then drop off at the Northwestern Health Unit office for safe disposal.

Soap box champ

Marie-Mai Langevin of Fort Frances had fire coming off her four wheels as she sped her way to the Super Stocks division title at the Dakota Soap Box Derby in Valley City, N.D. over the weekend.

Generous donation

The Lenten project at Our Lady of the Way School in Stratton this year was sewing touch quilts for the local Alzheimer Society. The students, cut, sewed, and embellished these quilts to donate them to people struggling with dementia in our area. The Alzheimer Society is absolutely delighted to accept these quilts and distribute them to families who have a loved one with dementia.

Walk of tolerance

Robert Moore School students celebrated the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia with a walk around the school grounds yesterday afternoon. Following the walk, students also heard a presentation from members of the Gay Straight Alliance in the school's atrium.

Chalkboard find

Cynthia Donald, co-chair of the Class of 1977 Fort Frances High School reunion, showed off this framed chalkboard she discovered at the Mother's Day Market held earlier this month at the Fort Frances Curling Club. Dave Coats, husband of local artist Jennifer Coats, cut the mini-chalkboard from a larger one originally from the old high school and framed it to hang in the home.

Badger burrow

Badger burrows, like the one seen here, are often the best way to determine if a badger is in the area. Because badgers move so frequently, burrows are often used by other animals and are sometimes assumed to belong to foxes, groundhogs, or even coyotes.