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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.


Marlene McNally, left, Mary O’Connor, Client Services co-ordinator for the Alzheimer Society Kenora-Rainy River Districts, and Rainy River Mayor Debbie Ewald got ready to raise the Alzheimer Society flag Friday afternoon. January is “Alzheimer Awareness Month” and the local Alzheimer Society has several events planned.

Boat arrives

Eric Fagerdahl watched the delivery of the logging tug boat, “Owandem,” at the Public Works yard back on Dec. 22. The boat was donated to the Fort Frances Museum by the late Arden Erickson Barnes of Ranier, Mn.