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2017 Images

Breast luncheon

Kali Brady admired “Fighter," one of the many portraits of breast cancer survivors on display during the biennial "Luncheon of Hope" in October that this year highlighted "The Butterfly Story.”

Wynne visit

Premier Kathleen Wynne visited the area in August to join up with the dozen youths taking part in the 2017 Métis Nation of Ontario Canoe Expedition. Here she looked over some traditional Métis items during a meet-and-greet upstairs at La Place Rendez-Vous before heading out the next day to participate in the final leg of the journey, which began in Ottawa and ended in Kenora.


“Friends of the Museum" president and honourary bartender Robert Schulz looked the part during the Fort Frances Museum's "Novemberfest" gala that drew a full house and raised at least $3,000 for the local "Owandem” restoration project.

Canadian Coasters

Delane Servis of International Falls showed off his 1935 Chevrolet Standard at the Sorting Gap Marina car show in July held in conjunction with the visit by the “Canadian Coasters” as part of their 50th-anniversary cross-Canada tour.

Team Canada

Stratton siblings Jackie McCormick and Trevor Bonot, on right, along with Megan and Kory Carr of Thunder Bay, were given an enthusiastic hometown send-off at the Stratton Recreation Centre in September before the rink headed off to Champéry, Switzerland in October to compete at the world mixed curling championships, where they won the silver medal after losing to Scotland in an extra end in the

Dragon boat festival

The Dragon Tamers team from Kenora, a group of breast cancer survivors and supporters, was greeted after participating in the special flower ceremony once again held in conjunction with the sixth-annual International Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival here in early July.

Winning entries

This entry by 11-year-old Carley Rooker was among the three winners in this year's Fort Frances Times' Christmas colouring contest. Rooker, along with Koen Tucker, seven, and Caleb Black, six, each won $25 (Tucker's entry was featured on the front page of the Dec. 22 Daily Bulletin).

Elvis singing

True to form for the “King of Rock 'n Roll," Elvis Presley tribute artist Daylin James turned on the charm with the crowd during a concert on the 200 block of Scoott Street in late September. The concert was part of the "Rainy Lake 150” series, which also featured performances by Little Miss Higgins, The Nite Hawk Band, and Pop Vegas.

First refugee family

The Al-Zeebaree family from Iraq, including Julia, Michael, Fadi, Sarah, Philip, and Bashar, finally arrived in Fort Frances from Beirut, Lebanon in mid-November and now are settling in thanks to the local “Families for Families” committee. The arrival of a second refugee family, originally expected last week, has been delayed.

Birthday cake float

The Canada Day parade was a hit this year, drawing two dozen floats and decorated vehicles in celebration of the nation's 150th birthday. Activities at Point Park also were a success, including a spectacular fireworks display some folks still are talking about.