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August 12 Daily Headlines

Youth treatment program relocates

News
By Lindsay Campbell Summer reporter lcampbell@fortfrances.com

Weechi-it-te-win Family Services hosted their grand opening for their revamped Ganawendaasowin Youth Treatment program today.

In Dec. 2014, the organization’s board of directors agreed to terminate their lease and move the program to where it is now on 71 McTavish Road.

Keith donations warmly received

News
By Joey Payeur Staff writer jpayeur@fortfrances.com

The joy felt by those who welcomed home their hockey hero will be felt for weeks, months and years to come by many different community organizations and those they serve.

Secondary teachers’ strike action to continue

News
By Lindsay Campbell Summer reporter lcampbell@fortfrances.com

Fort High student Mathew Nowak already is well aware his Grade 12 experience may fall short of his dreams.

With secondary school teachers set to withdraw from voluntary extra-curricular involvement due to a stalemate in contract talks with the provincial government, he’s not alone.

Winners galore at horse show

News
Staff

Equestrian excellence was the order of the day throughout this past weekend as the Borderland Quarter Horse Show took over the Emo Fairgrounds.

Riders from within and outside of the Rainy River District put their four-legged friends through the paces in an attempt to impress the judges at the annual event.

Here is the list of the high point award winners from the event:

Newman playing concert for ‘Community Chest’

News
By Duane Hicks Staff writer dhicks@fortfrances.com

Brent Newman and Rough Cut Pine will play a fundraiser concert for the Fort Frances Community Chest next Wednesday (Aug. 19) at the Little Beaver Cultural Centre.

Slated to start at 7 p.m., admission will be a free-will offering, with all proceeds going to the Community Chest, which aids local families with medical expenses.

Lindberg selected for NWO hall

News
Staff

An Olympic medalist with a Fort Frances pedigree will join the elite athletic performers in the history of this region.

It was announced last Wednesday (Aug. 5) that Fort native Chris Lindberg will be among the newest members entering the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame as part of the 34th annual induction ceremonies on Sept. 26 at the Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay.

Equipment being assembled at mine

District
By Heather Latter Staff writer hlatter@fortfrances.com

Picture partly-assembled Tonka trucks—only on a much larger scale.

That is what the site of New Gold’s Rainy River Project currently looks like; a large gravel pad filled with massive yellow truck components and a crew diligently working to piece the equipment together.

Bodnar set for Lakers audition

Sports
By Joey Payeur Staff writer jpayeur@fortfrances.com

With his appetite whetted for the next level, Brandon Bodnar wants to get his fill of the savoury taste of the Junior ‘A’ hockey life.

The 17-year-old goaltender from Fort Frances has a prime opportunity to earn a berth on the roster of the Fort Frances Lakers, who will hold their main training camp from Aug. 27-29 at the Ice for Kids Arena.

‘Splash and Dash’ nixed

Sports
By Joey Payeur Staff writer jpayeur@fortfrances.com

The waters of Rainy Lake will be quieter this summer, as will the footpaths in and around Point Park.

Rainy Lake Triathlon Club organizer Jeff Tilbury confirmed on Monday there will be no third edition this summer of the “Splash and Dash” duathlon which has taken place the past two years.

McDonald wins fifth Classic

Sports
By Cameron Penney Special to the Times

Alex McDonald had a six-stroke lead after the first round of the Kitchen Creek Classic, and never looked back while cruising to a fifth title in the last six years.

Stratton angler, cousin capture KBI title

Sports
By Joey Payeur Staff writer jpayeur@fortfrances.com

Byron Sharp is making this competitive fishing thing look easy.

The 24-year-old from Stratton teamed up with cousin, Jon O’Connor, of Winnipeg to win the 2015 Kenora Bass International this past weekend in historic fashion with a new tournament record of 57.04 pounds.

'Thanks, Duncan!'

Photos
—Joey Payeur photo

A series of five cheques for $5,000 each were presented on behalf of Chicago Blackhawks defenceman and former Fort Frances resident Duncan Keith earlier this week. Yesterday’s whirlwind tour of the community included a stop at La Verendrye Hospital for a donation to Riverside Foundation for Health Care.

Queen hopefuls

Photos
—Heather Latter photo

Emo Fair queen contestants Kassidy Strachan, left, Kaitlynn Lougheed, Alanna Gerula, and Caitlin Anderson posed during a “meet and greet” event last week at the Emo Sportsfield. A barbecue dinner was held prior to the contestants being interviewed by the judges. The quartet also will be judged on their banner, parade float, fashion show, and entertainment night.

Machine parts

Photos
—Heather Latter photo

Part of a 830E truck sits at New Gold’s Rainy River project site as a crew works to put together the equipment. The first of six of the trucks is expected to be fully assembled by Sept. 1.

Chasing ball

Photos
—Joey Payeur photo

The spirit of competition had a healthy dose of fun mixed in last night as Katie Beninger of Al’s Racquet Stringing, left, and Jess Caul of Taggs/Source for Sports carried on a good-natured rivalry throughout their Borderland Soccer League women’s division semi-final at the Struchan Gilson Soccer Pitch.

Huge tracks

Photos
—Heather Latter photo

New Gold’s maintenance superintendent Leo Faykes, left, maintenance manager Doug Desaulniers, and maintenance planner Ian Strain, posed by a set of tracks for one of the shovels that will be assembled at the site. With the tracks towering over their heads, it’s clear just how massive the piece of equipment will be.

Formal wear

Photos
Dave Ogilvie

Emo Fair Queen contestant Kaitlynn Lougheed showed off her formal attire during the Fair Queen fashion show last night at the Emo Legion following a dinner there. Lougheed, along with the three other contestants—Kassidy Strachan, Caitlin Anderson, and Alanna Gerula—were also judged on their career and casual outfits.

Kraft Heinz slashing 2,500 jobs in Canada and U.S. as part of cost-cutting plan

Business
By Candice Choi THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK — Kraft Heinz says it is cutting about 2,500 jobs in the U.S. and Canada as part of its plan to slash costs after the food companies combined.

Spokesman Michael Mullen says the affected workers were to be notified in person. About 700 of the cuts were coming in Northfield, Illinois, where Kraft had been headquartered.

Keystone XL review drags on 5 times longer than average, despite US claims of standard process

Business
By Josh Lederman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON — For six and a half years, the White House has had a quick comeback to questions about its yet-to-be-announced decision on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline: Talk to the State Department.

United Church to drop fossil fuels from investments due to climate concerns

Business
The Canadian Press

CORNER BROOK, N.L. — The general council of one of Canada’s largest churches has voted to drop fossil fuels from its investment portfolios, with advocates for the motion saying the decision is based on the Christian duty to care for the earth.

UN social media campaign backed by VIPs spotlights humanitarian work in conflict and disasters

Life
By Edith M. Lederer THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Tennis star Maria Sharapova, British mogul Richard Branson and Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai have signed up. So have actor Ashley Judd, Colombian singer Juanes and Brazilian football star Kaka.

Mapuche indigenous culture goes mainstream in Chile, becomes increasingly popular abroad

Life
By Luis Andres Henao THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SANTIAGO, Chile — Nestled between high-rise buildings on a busy street in Chile’s modern capital is a straw hut that’s a sign of growing respect for the Andean country’s long-disdained indigenous past.

A good chance to wish upon a shooting star: Moonlight won’t mess up this week’s meteor shower

Science
By Seth Borenstein THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON — Want to wish upon a shooting star? The skies over the United States are likely to co-operate for a meteor shower overnight Wednesday.

Astronomers say the lack of moonlight will help people see more of the oldest meteor shower known to Earth, the Perseids (pur-SEE’-uhdz).

New studies reveal the alien strangeness of the octopus

Science
By Seth Borenstein THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON — The octopus already is an oddball of the ocean. Now biologists have rediscovered a species of the sea creature that’s even stranger and shares some of our social and mating habits.

NOAA announces draft management plan for endangered Hawaiian monk seal

Science
By Caleb Jones THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

HONOLULU — Federal fisheries authorities want to more than double the small population of endangered Hawaiian monk seals in the state’s main islands.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service on Tuesday released a draft management plan for the endangered species, of which approximately 200 live in the main Hawaiian Islands.