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The Fontaines take care of Sagkeeng, and vice versa

SAGKEENG FIRST NATION - Drive into any small town and you can expect second looks and cool, measuring glances. Drive into Sagkeeng and you’ll get open appraisal salted with suspicion.

That’s what $50 million can do to a place.

Broadlands Mall in Sagkeeng, where the $50-million winning ticket was sold.

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Broadlands Mall in Sagkeeng, where the $50-million winning ticket was sold.

The people of Sagkeeng have become media savvy. They were already tightknit the way places are where everyone has one of only a dozen last names and everyone seems to be some kind of cousin to everyone else.

They grew even tighter, more protective, after Kirby and Marie Fontaine — two of the nicest people you ever met, according to many here — won the lottery.

Mostly, reserve residents want to protect the Fontaines’ privacy. They like these people, and they like what they’re doing with some of their windfall.

For the full story, see today's newspaper or our fpNews electronic edition.

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