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Fort Frances Time Online Edition - August 19, 2016

Mini-queen

Photos
Heather Latter

Reigning Mini-Queen Cassandra Armstrong secured the cape around Vayda Steele’s shoulders after she was named this year’s Emo Fair Mini-Queen yesterday evening at the Emo Arena. Callum Galusha, meanwhile, was crowned as Mini-King. A total of three boys and five girls answered questions in hopes of winning the respective titles.

Outage rescheduled

District
Staff

Hydro One customers throughout Rainy River District, excluding Fort Frances, are slated to be without power next Wednesday (Aug. 24).

The planned maintenance outage is scheduled from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., affecting 3,955 customers.

Originally scheduled for this past Wednesday, crews were needed elsewhere, which caused the outage to be rescheduled.

Squads lose openers

Sports
Staff

It was bad news times two for the pair of Rainy River District teams competing at the North American Fastpitch Association World Series yesterday in North Mankato, Mn.

The Northern Ontario Selects fell 8-7 in eight innings to Len’s Automotive (St. Paul, Mn.) in their first-round game in the winners’ bracket of the ‘A’ Division.

Go-kart action

Photos
Joey Payeur

Justin Rollin of Thunder Bay (38) tried the outside while Devlin’s Jake Rea stuck to the inside during their Senior Open heat race as part of Borderland Kart Racing’s special mid-week event held at the Emo Speedway yesterday evening in conjunction with the annual fall fair in Emo. The night’s action drew a season high of 14 racers in three separate divisions.

Crowning moment

Photos
Heather Latter

2015 Emo Fair Queen Caitlin Anderson, right, handed over her crown to the Harleigh Brow-Rose after she was named this year’s queen at the Emo Arena last night following the entertainment portion of the annual competition. Also crowned were First Princess Taylor McQuaker and Second Princess Janissa Judson.

Back to school for Trudeau, ministers

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—After shelling out almost half-a-million dollars for Justin Trudeau to hole up with his 30 ministers at two different luxury resorts, taxpayers will get a break this weekend when the prime minister hosts his third cabinet retreat since taking office last fall.

TD offers students tips on budgeting

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A new TD report suggests university students who are having a hard time funding extra-curricular activities need to make smarter choices with their budgets.

Old vine yields wine

National
The Associated Press

VIENNA—Attention, oenophiles: a 500-year old Austrian vine has yielded its first batch of wine and experts say it’s a taste sensation.

The bad news is the supply is very limited.

State-run broadcaster ORF reported vintners have produced 300 litres from off-shoots of a solitary vine they identify as an ancient form of white wine grape gruener veltliner.

Farmer plows proposal

National
The Canadian Press

SELKIRK, Man.—A Manitoba farmer has harvested a “yes” to a marriage proposal he plowed into a field.

John Yokimas took his girlfriend, Sally Hnatiuk, for a plane ride.

While airborne, they flew over his romantic question—“I Love U Sally. Will U Marry Me?”—written in a wheat field in big letters.

Philpott never hired limos: office

National
Kristy Kirkup
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Federal Health minister Jane Philpott says she will repay taxpayers just over $3,700 after it was revealed her office paid thousands to a luxury vehicle service owned by a Liberal supporter.

But her office still insists she never used a limousine.

Province cool to doctors’ demand

National
Keith Leslie
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A demand by the Ontario Medical Association for binding arbitration before any resumption of negotiations on a new fee agreement for doctors is not going over well with the Liberal government.

Four-medal day for Canada

Sports
The Canadian Press

RIO DE JANEIRO—Andre De Grasse kept adding to his and Canada’s medal totals on Day 13 of the Rio Olympics.

The sprint star from Markham, Ont. won the silver medal in the men’s 200-metre final last night for the second medal of his Olympic debut.

2 American swimmers leave Rio, but robbery scandal not over

Sports
By Peter Prengaman
Mauricio Savarese And Luis Andres Henao The Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO — Twenty-four hours after being pulled off a plane by law enforcement, two American Olympic swimmers were on their way home Friday after testifying about an alleged robbery that shocked and then deeply angered Brazilians when police said the story was made up.

Undersea surprise: Big-eyed squid looks more toy than animal

Science
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — A team of scientists and technicians scanning the rocky ocean floor off Southern California couldn’t contain their excitement when they spotted a bright-purple, googly-eyed stubby squid.

They let out a collective “whoa” on video posted on Facebook as a camera on a remote-operated vehicle came across the cephalopod closely related to a cuttlefish.

Rare Tyrannosaurus rex skull arrives at Seattle museum

Science
By Phuong Le The Associated Press

SEATTLE — Paleontologists with Seattle’s Burke Museum have unearthed the bones of a Tyrannosaurus rex that lived more than 66 million years ago, including a rare nearly complete 4-foot long skull.

The remarkable discovery includes the dinosaur’s vertebrae, ribs, hips and lower jaw bones, and represents about 20 per cent of the meat-eating predator.

EPA watchdog says government fails to study ethanol’s impact

Science
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has failed to study as legally required the impact of requiring ethanol in gasoline and ensuring that new regulations intended to address one problem do not actually make other problems worse, the Environmental Protection Agency inspector general said Thursday.

Old steel mill will soon be world’s largest vertical farm

Science
By Ted Shaffrey The Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. — Stacks of leafy greens are sprouting inside an old brewery in New Jersey.

“What we do is we trick it,” said David Rosenberg, co-founder and chief executive officer of AeroFarms. “We get it thinking that, if plants could think: ‘All right, this is a good environment, it’s time to grow now.’”

UN says it was involved in introducing cholera to Haiti

International
By Edith M. Lederer The Associated Press

The United Nations is saying for the first time that it was involved in the introduction of cholera to Haiti and needs to do “much more” to end the suffering of those affected, estimated at more than 770,000 people.

Trump advisers waged covert influence campaign

International
By Jeff Horwitz And Chad Day The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A firm run by Donald Trump’s campaign chairman directly orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of Ukraine’s then-ruling political party, attempting to sway American public opinion in favour of the country’s pro-Russian government, emails obtained by The Associated Press show.