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Youth detention centre

The walls are up at the new aboriginal youth detained custody centre being built on Eighth Street here, which is expected to be operational by April. The centre will be a secure custody facility that will accommodate up to 12 aboriginal youth aged 12-17 from Northwestern Ontario, who are being detained or serving sentences. Construction on the facility started in March.

Grand champion

Kerry Hyatt led this year’s grand champion steer away from the auction after it was purchased by the Rainy River Future Development Corp. The animal, born on Clayton Teeple’s farm and named “J.D.,” was Hyatt’s 12th and final 4-H steer.

Big collision

Pharmasave forward Mike Webb and Chris Faragher of Domino’s collided during the Borderland Soccer Association’s men’s final last Thursday evening at the St. Francis Sportsfields. Domino’s eked out a 1-0 win to claim the title.

Close to the action

The AbitibiBowater biomass boiler construction site fascinates local senior John Plichta, who has been watching the progress from his nearby home over the past year. But since the trees have blossomed, he’s had to find a closer seat to the action. He also regularly jokes with the workers about being the neighbourhood sidewalk police.

Band fundraiser

Fort Frances High School band members Sara Kellar, left, and Shenice McKelvie were busy selling perogies, baked goods, and other products at the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market on Saturday as part of fundraising efforts for the band’s trip to Italy during March Break next year.

Men's soccer finale

Pharmasave forward Mike Webb, right, raced to be the first to the ball during the men’s soccer final at the St. Francis Sportsfields yesterday evening. Pharmasave ended up losing 1-0 to defending champion Domino’s.

Fair royalty

Ashlee Nordstrom, sponsored by M.L. Judson, was crowned Emo Fair Queen for 2008 yesterday evening upstairs at the arena. Lauren Davis (Harold McQuaker Ent.), left, was chosen asa 1st Princess while Dana Drennan (Emo Dental Clinic) was named 2nd Princess. Miss Congeniality was Janel Barker (Tim Hortons).

Soccer Fun

Due to a forfeit in both the men’s and women’s adult soccer consolation matches yesterday, members of “Curves” (in purple) went up against members of “Al’s” and some of the officiating crew in a just-for-fun scrimmage. The Borderland Soccer League’s finals go tonight at the St. Francis Sportsfields beginning at 6:30 p.m.