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Lakers take pair

The Fort Frances Lakers had a good Christian soldier on their side Saturday night, then got another batch of gifts from St. Nick just 24 hours later.

Nick Minerva netted an empty-net goal and added two assists to pace the Lakers to a 4-1 win over the English River Miners yesterday in Ear Falls.

Outage caused

About 100 residents in the far west end of town experienced a power outage for two-three hours last night after a vehicle struck a hydro pole.

The power went out around 8:30 p.m. after the incident on the 1500 block of Colonization Road West.

Fort Frances Power Corp. technicians replaced the pole and move some hardware, including a transformer.

Town, OPP to ink new lease

The town will ink a new building lease agreement, including a rent increase, with the province for the local OPP detachment to continue to utilize space at the Civic Centre.

The new five-year deal includes a 2.3 percent increase in rent and the removal of the provision for bonded janitorial employees, although these employees have to have security clearance by the OPP.

Still time to complete F.I. survey

The Northwest Catholic District School Board is conducting an online survey in order to provide feedback to support its French Immersion programming.

French Immersion was resurrected locally this year for Grade 1 and Early Years (Year 2) students at St. Michael’s School after a group of parents urged the board to consider reinstating it.

Girls’ hockey scores

Life has been busy both at home and on the road for various teams in the Fort Frances Girls’/Women’s Hockey Association of late.

The Fort Frances AtoMC Icebergs and the Fort Frances Tim Hortons Bruins both participated in a tournament in Kenora on Nov. 27-29, with the Icebergs coming away with the bronze medal.

The Bruins, meanwhile, latched onto fifth place.

‘Team Black’ widens lead

The leadership of the Fort Frances Men’s Basketball League is “back in black.”

Sam Soderman netted 27 points to lead Team Black to a 90-77 victory over Team Red in action Tuesday night at J.W. Walker School.

John Sivonen had a game-high 32 for Team Red.

With the win, Team Black (2-0) upped its lead atop the three-team league.

Muskie girls split

The train was coming down the tracks straight for the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints, with a black-and-gold engineer in a bad mood at the controls.

Putting their first NorWOSSA loss of the season the night before behind them, the Muskie girls’ hockey team found an extra gear in delivering a 7-0 thrashing to the Saints last night in Kenora.

Lakers blank ’Dogs

Lucky seven?

Try telling that to the Dryden GM Ice Dogs.

Pierce Dushenko made 32 saves for his SIJHL-leading fourth shutout, and even added an assist, as the Fort Frances Lakers blanked host Dryden last night for the second-straight game—this time by a 5-0 margin.

Where’s winter?

It’s already one week into December but it sure doesn’t look like it outside, as can be seen along the riverfront here this morning. Above-average temperatures over the past week have melted the snow that previously had fallen. However, the mild spell is coming to a close, with colder temperatures and a chance of snow on the horizon.