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New mural in town

Artist Burton Penner of Vermilion Bay put the finishing touches on his mural that was installed Friday on Scott Street. The mural, which is placed on the outside wall of Nirvana within the museum courtyard depicts Rainy River as the original “Great Canadian Main Street” for the traders, settlers, and aboriginal people in the days where canoes were the main source of transportation.

Family fun

Jaycee Bump dove into a slice of watermelon at the United Native Friendship Centre’s “Family Fun Day” which was held out at Kiwanis Sunny Cove Camp yesterday afternoon. The day was aimed at family support programs, such as Li’l Eagles, pre-natal care, and Healthy Babies.

Back to school

Grade 11 student Jaycey Ewald was one of many students picking up their time table for the new school year yesterday at Fort Frances High School. District students are back in class next Wednesday (Sept. 3).

Demolition underway

Construction workers started the demolition of J.W. Walker School’s gymnasium last week and will hopefully have it finished before students head back to school next week. The gymnasium was destroyed by a fire caused by a gas leak last February while students were off enjoying their winter break.

Fly away

Maxine Plumridge enjoyed setting free one of a hundred Monarch butterflies during the Rainy River Palliative Care Volunteer Program’s second-annual butterfly release on Sunday afternoon at the Legion Park here.

Go deep

Dan Brunetta, quarterback for the Muskie “A” Football team, prepared to throw a long one during a scrimmage with the Falls Broncos, Warroad Warriors and Eveleth-Gilbert Golden Bears. While the Muskies were to play the Broncos in an exhibition game in International Falls this Friday evening, that game has been cancelled due to lack of available players.

Happy Birthday

This picture, taken in 1919, showed early local Salvation Army members, including Constance Smith, Annie Cooper, Elizabeth Cooper, and Edna Matice (back row), Helen Theirstein, Verna Smith, Ethel Cooper, Capt. Theirstein, and Mildred Vhrych (middle row), and Carol Baldwin, Ida Matice, and Leona Ek (front row).

Back to work

After a three week break crews are back to work at the Central Avenue construction site here. This week they’ve been digging up the road to install a new manhole. Crews are expected to start laying concrete in the second week of September.

Library party

oanna, left, Sara, Monica, Jessica, and Jacob Empey all successfully completed the Kiwanis-sponsored “Laugh Out Loud @ the Library” reading program by reading over 20 books at their own reading level. Over 200 kids participated in the reading program and a total of 90 kids achieved the highest honours by reading at least 20 books.

3-D shoot

Ben Wiersema took careful aim at a 3-D target—a black bear—during the Fort Frances Archers annual competition on Sunday. One group of archers did encounter a real bear in the trails on the Fort Frances Sportsmen’s Club property during the shoot.