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Lakers fall in pair of games

It was a tough weekend for the Fort Frances Lakers.

The squad let a two-goal second-period lead slip away Friday night en route to a 5-4 overtime loss to the host Thief River Falls Norskies before following that up with a 5-2 setback at the hands of the visiting Red Lake Miners the next night at the Ice For Kids Arena here.

Muskie boys sweep Falls

Austin Armstrong scored twice to pace the Muskie boys' hockey team to a 4-2 win over the International Falls Broncos in the finale of their annual two-game “Border Battle” exhibition series Thursday night in front of a full house at the Ice For Kids Arena.

The Muskies swept the series after taking the opener 4-1 back on Dec. 21 in the Falls.

Power outage in district

More than 2,200 Hydro One customers in the west end of Rainy River District lost power this morning.

The outage began around 7 a.m., with a Hydro One crew being dispatched to investigate.

Power was restored by 9:40 a.m.

Hydro One said the reason for interruption was equipment material failure due to the extreme cold.

Exams affected by cold

This week's bitter cold snap has impacted exams at Fort High after buses were cancelled both yesterday and again today.

Fort High has remained open and those students with transportation to the school had the option to still write exams at their originally-scheduled time.

Lakers split at 'Showcase'

The Fort Frances Lakers earned a split in their games at the SIJHL's annual “Showcase” held at the Hoyt Lakes Arena.

Fort Frances was blanked 3-0 by the red-hot Thunder Bay North Stars in its opener Tuesday afternoon, but then rebounded with a 7-3 win over the host Minnesota Iron Rangers last night.

Seniors' drop-off points wanted

The Fort Frances Age Friendly Committee is hoping to create drop-off areas in downtown Fort Frances where older adults can be dropped off and picked up safely.

Following up on its 2017-2020 action plan, the committee has reviewed the issue and is recommending to town council that two drop-off locations be established:

Gas tax funds to help transit

The town once again will get funds to help run its handi-van and “Dial-A-Ride” programs.

In a written report from Community Services manager Jason Kabel, he indicated Fort Frances has benefitted from the Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO) Dedicated Gas Tax Funds Program by receiving annual funding to subsidize public transportation for the past several years.