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100 days and counting

J.W. Walker kindergarten students Nash Dolyny, left, and Bryden Strachan proudly showed off their “100th Day” T-shirts on Friday. Some schools across the district marked the 100th day of the school year with a number of activities involving the number 100.

Bench donation

Members of Robert Moore School's student council accepted two “buddy benches" from Fort High's manufacturing class last Wednesday. The class made and delivered the benches, which will be added to the playground there. "Buddy benches” are being used as a tool to eliminate loneliness and foster friendships on the playground.

Slew of sledders

A large group of local snowmobilers, pictured here outside the Thunderbird Lodge, were out riding Saturday—prompting one participant to say it was amazing to seen so many sled riders. The group also made a stop at Sandy Point Lodge.

Future student

Grade 8 student Kassy Michl helped Zander Bruyere add a sticker to his passport while touring Robert Moore School yesterday during kindergarten registration there. Registration open houses are being held at schools within the Rainy River District School Board until the end of next week, but parents can sign up their children at any time.

Class visit

Mike Ranta spoke to students at the Sturgeon Creek Alternative Program last Tuesday (Jan. 31). The Atikokan man was the first person to paddle solo across the North American continent in one season and had many stories to share with the children.

Old boats

Kitchen boats (or wanigans) served kept boat crews fed during the days when logging was done on the river. Wanigans typically did not have engines so they had to be towed by other boats. They often were parked in calm bays near logging operations. Although large boats, like the “Hallett,” were big enough to have kitchens, most others did not.

Algoma boat

Steamboats such as the “Algoma” (seen here) were used to tow the immense log booms from the forests to the mills in the early days of the local timber industry.

Wrestling action

Fort Frances native Hudson Mann of the Mighty Mustang Wrestling team based in International Falls, right, had his opponent in a world of difficulty during their bout as part of the Blackduck Elementary Wrestling Tournament on Saturday.

Trail stop

Some of the more than 40 participants in the Borderland Snowmobile Club's poker run between Fort Frances and Emo on Saturday stopped for a break along the trail.