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2011 Images


Gabi Peters, left, Stephanie Lizotte, and Hailey Wirtz of Dancemakers jumped together into Sand Bay on New Year’s Day during the Voyageur Lions Club’s 111th-annual “Polar Plunge.” Altogether, Dancemakers students raised $1,695 for the charity event, with half going to the dance school and half to the Lions. The event raised more than $13,400 and saw a record 71 jumpers this year.

Recycling made easy

Bob Klaas, above, emptied a “blue box” yesterday at the new recycle transfer station that has been built on Sixth Street West (behind the Public Works yard). At right, the area includes a pull-off on the south side of the road, where vehicles can drive up so the occupant(s) can get out and dump co-mingled recyclables in any of the four large bins seen here 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

New Year’s baby

Little Jaxson Speaker was welcomed to the world on New Year’s Day as the district’s first baby of 2011. He was born at 5:40 p.m. at La Verendrye Hospital here, weighing in at eight pounds, five oz. Proud parents are Whitney and Jeremiah Speaker of Rainy River, along with older sister, Kathleen, two.

In alone

Thunderhawks’ forward Tyler Barker brought the puck into the offensive zone as Fort Frances Lakers’ defencemen Marty McFadden and Cody McCool provided a challenge last Tuesday night at the Ice For Kids Arena. The local senior ‘AAA’ squad jumped out to a 4-0 lead, then held on for a 6-5 victory over their junior ‘A’ counterparts.

Under construction

While the sub-zero temperatures and deep snow has kept many inside, Owen Ward, Mikel Ward, Daniel Vandenbrand, and Daphne Sharp (back) were out enjoying the winter weather after school yesterday busily working to construct an elaborate snow fort.

Trip draw

Nick Beyak, right, the new owner of Sunset Country Ford here, pulled the winning ticket with Kiwanian Robin Wright looking on as the local Kiwanis Club kicked off this year’s “Trip of the Month” draw this morning at International Travel Services. Don and Dianne DeBenedet were the winners of a trip to Britain valued at $5,450.

Icy dip

Shelby Rea, left, and Melanie Scott were among the Muskie girls’ hockey players who took an icy dip Saturday afternoon during the Voyageur Lions’ annual “Polar Plunge.” In all, the squad raised $1,620 for the fundraiser, with half the money going to the Lions and half back to the team. See more photos in the “Photo Gallery” at

Plowing away

A sidewalk plow blasted snow out of the way in front of Tim Horton’s yesterday morning. Public Works was kept busy over the New Year’s weekend, clearing streets and then sidewalks of more than 30 cm (12 inches) of snow which fell here Thursday through Saturday, according to the U.S. National Weather Service.