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It’s a boy!

The New Year’s baby in Rainy River District for 2017 is Weston Bradley Veldhuisen, who was born at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances on Jan. 1 at 10:47 a.m., weighing six pounds. Proud parents are Dan and Kayle Veldhuisen of Devlin, Ont. Each year, gifts and gift baskets are provided for the New Year’s baby by local businesses.

Helping hands

Kiwanis Club members Carla Basaraba, Karla Rogozinski, Caryn Myers, Diane Maxey, and Angie Korzinski packed Christmas hampers this morning at the Salvation Army’s new location (351 Scott St.) The Kiwanis, who adopted 10 families in the Salvation Army’s “Adopt-A-Family” program, was among the groups that have helped make it a banner year for donations to those in need here.

Class outing

Henry Miller of the Fort Frances Sportsmen’s Club explained to Grade 6 students from Robert Moore School about plants, trees, and biodiversity during a recent visit to Rocky Inlet. Miller, along with Vic Alberts and Ahlan Johanson, also led Grade 3 students in outdoor learning there earlier in November, with both groups having a great time.

BDO loses both games

Sam Soderman and his RRFN team continued their early-season dominance in the Fort Frances Men’s Basketball League on Tuesday night at Fort High.

Soderman’s 28 points almost accounted for half of the total in RRFN’s 57-35 victory over BDO.

Liam Metke had a great first half for BDO, netting 13 points, but only managed one basket in the second half.

‘Cool’ item

Eric Fagerdahl revealed the item he’s donating for auction at the Friends of the Museum’s annual fall gala tonight—a handmade wooden cooler featuring a “49 Canadian” decal and vintage bottle opener. The fifth-annual wine-and-cheese fundraiser will take place from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Men’s hoops underway

After a month of warm-up games, some re-shuffling of teams, and an influx of new players (young and old), the Fort Frances Men’s Basketball League opened its season Tuesday.

While the low scores may attest to some of the rustiness of the players, there was good energy on the court and an excitement to be back playing meaningful games.