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In your face

Muskie forward Zach McCool collided with the International Falls Broncos’ goalie Friday night after scoring the second goal in the first period. The black-and-gold went on to a 4-0 win.

‘Topped out'

Known as “topping out,” a Christmas tree, which is lit up at night, was placed on the steel structure at the future biomass boiler. It is a tradition that signifies that the building has reached its maximum height—and is considered a major milestone in the construction of a project.

Christmas procession

Acting out “Las Posadas,” a traditional Mexican candle-lit procession symbolically commemorating the cold and difficult journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter, Fr. Wayne McIntosh, dressed as Joseph, led a group of children and adults, as well as “Bessie” the donkey, around the downtown area to search for a room at a local “inn” on Friday evening.

Sweep!

Allison Przybylski, left, and Clara Davis put broom to ice Friday night. The pair are in the same six- to nine-year-old “L’il Rockers” group, and just two of the many young curlers who fill the Fort Frances Curling Club every Friday evening.

Christmas elves

Teagan Lauzon, left, and Logan Jackson from Darcy Jack’s Grade 7/8 class at Sturgeon Creek School rehearsed the play “When Evil Elves Attack” on Thursday afternoon in preparation for their annual Christmas concert, which ran Friday night.

Meaningful melodies

Fort Frances Choraliers Debbie Hallikas, left, and June Caul shared their musical talents while performing “The Love of God at Christmas” on Sunday at St. Mary’s Church. Directed by Diane Maxey, the group of 45 singers offered up an array of beautiful Christmas melodies through the presentation of their annual Christmas cantata.

North Pole visitor

Shawn Wyder was all smiles as he received a present from Santa Claus during a Christmas party at the Fort Frances Day Care on Thursday afternoon. With Christmas coming up in mere days now, ol’ St. Nick has made a series of early visits to Rainy River District in recent weeks.

Christmas concert

Senior kindergarten students from F.H. Huffman School rehearsed their performance for the Christmas concert yesterday at the Townshend Theatre. The actual concert runs there tonight at 7 p.m.

Christmas wishes

Connor Dent told Santa Claus what he wanted for Christmas this morning during a visit to the Children’s Department at the Fort Frances Public Library. Prior to Santa’s surprise arrival, the youngsters, who were there for “Storytime,” were treated to holiday tales, as well as cookies and juice.

Fire building

QPO1 George Kemper-Lukasevics, left, of the 144 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Fort Frances, instructed a group on different ways to build on fire on Saturday during their annual survival training. Spending the day outdoors in the woods, the corps learned such skills as reading compasses, building shelters, and snowshoeing.