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Hockey school

Head instructor Dave Bragnalo, centre, told his Novice students (aged five-eight) to leave their sticks at centre ice before they began skating drills this morning at the Lakehead University Thunderwolves hockey camp here. Local youngsters are participating in the camp, which runs through Friday, to improve their skills and on-ice performance.–Justin Holmes photo

Still at work

Volunteers worked this morning to take down fences and other structures still standing near the Sorting Gap Marina after last week’s Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship. “This is a perennial problem,” said FFCBC director Doug Cain. “The party’s over, no one wants to be here.”–Justin Holmes photo

Winning haul

Jim Moynagh, above, had the crowd cheering with this bass during the final weigh-in Saturday that helped propel him and partner Joe Thrun to their third FFCBC title. Meanwhile, at left, Kurt Johnson held up a pair of bass for all to see as he and partner Pat Jeffries were pulled under the tent at the Sorting Gap Marina. The pair finished ninth overall.—Amanda Roy photos

Getting ready

Traffic flow at the Portage Avenue underpass has been reduced to one lane as a crew from JTJ Contracting Ltd. Inc. of Emo is prepping the area to begin construction there sometime next week. While the town still has to approve the work schedule, Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown said Wednesday he’s hoping the $2.1-million project still can be completed before winter.

Top haul

Joe Thrun, right, held one of the five lunkers that played into his and partner Jim Moynagh’s 20.92-pound haul on Day 1 of the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship yesterday. The former two-time champs led by less than half-a-pound heading into Day 2 today. The tournament, featuring 137 teams, wraps up tomorrow afternoon.–Justin Holmes photo

And they’re off!

Tara Kelly waved as she and partner Terry Allan made their way up Rainy Lake early this morning for the start of the 13th-annual Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship. The team was one of the last-minute additions to this year’s tournament, which wraps up Saturday.—Justin Holmes photo

Chief of comedy

Comedian Moccasin Joe entertained hundreds of adults and children under the big tent at the Sorting Gap last night as part of the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship’s nighttime entertainment. He kept everyone in stitches with his keen observations on aboriginal life in Northwestern Ontario, with a few magic tricks thrown in for good measure.—Duane Hicks photo

Farm tour

Local farmer Mark Gerber, right, gave local MP Ken Boshcoff and area producers a tour of his garden and farm yesterday morning during the first stop on the Rainy River District Soil and Crop Association’s annual farm tour, which ran until mid-afternoon. The group viewed the vegetable garden, as well as a vegetable storage and packaging facility.

Tips from a pro

Jason Durham, right, talked Mike Murphy though his cast Sunday afternoon during the annual KidPro tournament. At the end of the day, their weight of 9.03 pounds ended up good enough for 13th place.–Justin Holmes photo

Best of ‘Quest’

Dylan and Derek Thompson took first place at the annual “Quest for the Best” last night under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina. The duo also picked up the People’s Choice award (first set) with their cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” Second place went to Kayla Lauzon while Brittany Hayes was third and Jeremy Wilson fourth. Ken Kellar was the People’s Choice for the second set.