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Fort Frances Time Online Edition - January 4, 2017

Icy dip

Photos
Cameron Penney

Lillie MacKinnon, left, and Nadia Webb were chilled to the bone after jumping into Sand Bay on New Year’s Day as part of the annual “Polar Plunge.” The duo raised a total of $635 in support of the Fort Frances Legion and also earned the awards for “Best Costume.”

Vintage vessel arrives here

News
Duane Hicks

Just as Santa was getting ready to make his deliveries before Christmas, Fort Frances got a special delivery in the form of the logging tug boat, “Owandem.”

The boat, which was in dry-dock in International Falls, Mn., made its way across the border on Dec. 22 and taken directly to the Public Works yard, where it is now being stored until money is found to refurbish it.

Many young faces among ‘plungers’

News
Cameron Penney

The Fort Frances Voyageurs Lions Club’s annual “Polar Plunge” seemed to be reinvigorated with youths this year.

A total of 44 jumpers, which included a local minor hockey team and the Muskie senior girls’ volleyball squad, took the icy dip into Sand Bay on New Year’s Day and raised a combined $13,256.50.

It’s a boy!

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Submitted

The New Year’s baby in Rainy River District for 2017 is Weston Bradley Veldhuisen, who was born at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances on Jan. 1 at 10:47 a.m., weighing six pounds. Proud parents are Dan and Kayle Veldhuisen of Devlin, Ont. Each year, gifts and gift baskets are provided for the New Year’s baby by local businesses.

Tough budget year facing council

News
Duane Hicks

Property assessment decreases will make it a tough budget year for Fort Frances council, Mayor Roy Avis says.

Council is looking at a $210,700 tax revenue shortfall before having even started the 2017 budget.

Rusnak bullish about district

District
Heather Latter

Local MP Don Rusnak has high hopes for 2017 being a positive year in Rainy River District.

“There’s no doom and gloom,” he stressed on the heels of announcing an $8.7-million investment from the federal government for a new, state-of-the-art facility for the Seven Generations Education Institute here last month.

Boat arrives

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Submitted

Eric Fagerdahl watched the delivery of the logging tug boat, “Owandem,” at the Public Works yard back on Dec. 22. The boat was donated to the Fort Frances Museum by the late Arden Erickson Barnes of Ranier, Mn.

District leaders looking forward to year ahead

District
Heather Latter
Cameron Penney

On the heels of a pretty decent year across Rainy River District, local municipal leaders are looking forward to 2017.

“Hopefully it will be better, but it was good last year and the year before,” said Emo Mayor Jack Siemens, citing New Gold’s Rainy River Project as having been a positive factor in the district.

Beaudry rink comes up short

Sports
Cameron Penney

Despite finishing round-robin play with a 1-3 record and missing the playoffs, local curlers Hailey Beaudry and Erin Tomalty said they were proud of their efforts at the 2017 U21 women’s provincial championship in North Bay last week.

“It was a good week,” said Beaudry, who skipped the rink.

“We had a few close games and we learned a lot from this one, that’s for sure.”

Laser shot

Photos
Joey Payeur

Former University of Maine Black Bears’ forward Jill Langtry (20), the only ex-NCAA player on the ice, was a force to be reckoned with as she helped the alumni squad cruise to a 10-2 shellacking of the current Muskie girls’ hockey team in their annual exhibition battle Friday at the ’52 Canadians Arena.

Ex-local back to chasing squash dreams

Sports
Joey Payeur

Anika Alexander came upon not just one but a series of crossroads in her life all at the same time.

She decided it was time to detour from the familiar and rediscover what she really wanted out of life when it came to both her sporting endeavours and career path.

Consistency Lakers’ biggest mid-season need

Sports
Joey Payeur

When it comes to evaluating his team so far this season, the letter ‘C’ is a recurring theme for Wayne Strachan.

The head coach and general manager of the Fort Frances Lakers would be much happier if his defending three-time SIJHL champs would stumble across another ‘C’—as in consistency.

Bulldogs’ MVP award renamed for Christiansen

Sports
Joey Payeur

Keith “Huffer” Christiansen wasn’t turning cartwheels upon hearing the news of the honour being bestowed upon him by his alma mater.

For one thing, it’s probably slightly hazardous for a 72-year-old to be turning cartwheels.

But more likely it was the fact that, like his older brother, revelling in his own adulation simply would not be in keeping with family tradition.

Insurer: 2016 saw highest natural disaster losses in 4 years

Business
The Associated Press

BERLIN — Last year saw the highest costs from natural disasters since 2012, with a pair of earthquakes in Japan in April accounting for the heaviest losses, a leading insurer said Wednesday.

Losses from natural disasters worldwide totalled $175 billion last year, some $50 billion of which was covered by insurance, Munich Re said in an annual survey .

This pretty penny could cost you a pretty penny

International
By Terry Spencer The Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Faced with a copper shortage at the beginning of World War II, the U.S. Mint authorized experiments to make pennies from other metals, plastic and rubber.

A Tennessee company made some from glass and failed so spectacularly that only one known unbroken penny remains and it is scheduled to be auctioned Thursday. Another broken piece is also known to exist.

Sea turtles rescued off Cape Cod moved to Florida Keys

International
The Associated Press

MARATHON, Fla. — Fifteen critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles are warming up at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital after being rescued from cold waters off Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Sweden urges UN Security Council to produce results in 2017

International
By Edith M. Lederer The Associated Press

Sweden’s U.N. ambassador urged members of the often divided U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to make a New Year’s resolution: Try to find common ground and produce results in 2017 that improve global peace and security.

Leek, Sausage and Split-Pea Soup

Recipes
By Katie Workman The Associated Press

This makes a ton of soup, and you can freeze it at will. It’s the kind of soup that sells itself, hits the spot, and has so much flavour and such a high level of comfort-foodness that you instantly feel better about life while eating it.

If that’s overstating it, I’m sorry, but my family never can get enough of these bean-grain-sausage concoctions.

Some tips for reducing the sugar in your morning smoothie

Recipes
By Melissa D’Arabian The Associated Press

The smoothie has become ubiquitous because it makes healthy eating sound easy and attainable. I’ll admit to you right here: I love smoothies ‚Äî throwing a bunch of things into a blender and then sipping on my breakfast. The more nutrients I can cram into that cool and creamy treat, the better.