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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - April 19, 2018

Backus to host 'Seedfolks' play

Press Release

The Children's Theatre Company has been on a three-month tour of the play, “Seedfolks,” performing in Minnesota, Nebraska, and New York.

The show will be presented on the Backus stage in International Falls next Thursday (April 26) at 7 p.m. (note the date change from early marketing efforts).

More Festival results


Piano Division

(April 18)

Hitting train nets charges

From the OPP

On March 30 around 11:05 a.m., the Kenora OPP responded to a report of collision between a vehicle and a train on Highway 671.

The OPP, Treaty #3 Police, and Kenora Ambulance all attended the scene, where the lone male occupant was able to be removed from the vehicle and transported to the hospital for medical attention.

Pair charged in cat killing

From the OPP

Members of the Kenora OPP, assisted by the Northwest Region Crime Unit, the Kenora Community Street Crime Unit, Treaty #3 Police, and Lac Seul Police Service, have charged two youths for cruelty to animals.

On Wednesday, March 28, the Kenora OPP received information about a video circulating that showed a male suspect killing a cat while a female suspect took the video.

Ice Dogs even up series


An inspired Dryden GM Ice Dogs' squad doubled the Thunder Bay North Stars 4-2 last night in Game 4 of their best-of-seven SIJHL final at the Fort William Gardens.

The series is tied 2-2 heading into Game 5 tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Memorial Arena in Dryden.

Game 6 is slated for Saturday at 7:30 p.m. back in Thunder Bay.

Rallying in support

Sam Odrowski

A group of workers at La Verendrye Hospital held a rally late yesterday morning in support of the 75,000 hospital workers who want to bargain fairly. Similar rallies were scheduled across Ontario, including at the health centres in Emo and Rainy River, to support the “Together for Respect” campaign co-ordinated by CUPE, SIEU, and Unifor.

Ford pledges to cut corporate taxes

The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The leader of Ontario's Progressive Conservatives says he will cut corporate income taxes to stimulate job growth in the province if he's elected premier this spring.

Doug Ford said he will cut rates from 11.5 percent to 10.5 percent to help grow the economy and create jobs.

Court upholds law in cross-border beer case

Jim Bronskill
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Supreme Court of Canada has affirmed the constitutionality of a New Brunswick law that ensnared a man who brought home a trunkload of beer and liquor from neighbouring Quebec.

Toes being donated to drunken cause

Amy Smart
The Canadian Press

A U.K. man who lost three toes to frostbite in a Yukon race says he can't think of a better place for the digits to go than into people's drinks.

Nick Griffiths plans to donate his amputated appendages to the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City, Yukon—home of the famed Sourtoe Cocktail.

Ford a 'bully' like Trump: Wynne

Paola Loriggio
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Tensions between Ontario's premier and the leader of the Opposition escalated yesterday as Kathleen Wynne accused Doug Ford of being just like U.S. President Donald Trump, in what experts predict is a glimpse of a hostile election campaign to come.

Quebec woman aims to climb Mount Logan solo

Sidhartha Banerjee
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—A Montreal mountaineer will try to become the first solo woman to climb Canada's highest mountain in a trek that begins next month.

Should Monique Richard reach the summit of Yukon's Mount Logan, she will be the first female to reach the top by herself, according to officials with Parks Canada and data it has compiled since the late 1800s.

Fan blade inspections ordered

David Koenig
Claudia Lauer
The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA—U.S. airline regulators have ordered inspections on engine fan blades like the one that snapped off a Southwest Airlines plane, leading to the death of a woman who was partially blown out a window.

Big inning sparks Mets

The Associated Press

NEW YORK—Six outs away from getting swept at home by Washington, the N.Y. Mets stunned their NL East rivals with a nine-run rally instead.

Yoenis Cespedes launched a grand slam for his second key hit of the eighth inning—capping a colossal outburst that propelled the Mets past the Nationals 11-5 last night that prevented a three-game sweep.

Penguins have Flyers on ropes

Dan Gelston
The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA—Sidney Crosby passed Mario Lemieux in Pittsburgh's record book and pushed the Philadelphia Flyers to the brink of elimination.

Flyers fans booed the goal—and the ones that stuck around for the end belted a familiar refrain: “Fire Hakstol! Fire Hakstol!”

Jays pound Royals for sweep of series

Gregory Strong
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Toronto outfielder Teoscar Hernandez hit the cover off the ball as a September call-up last year.

He's doing it again this year since coming up from 'AAA' Buffalo and has made a strong case for remaining with the Blue Jays despite their crowded outfield situation.

Cavaliers even series with Pacers

Tom Withers
The Associated Press

CLEVELAND—The situation was dire, requiring playoff dominance. LeBron James delivered.

No surprise there.

Diamond may have come from 'lost planet'

Frank Jordans
The Associated Press

BERLIN—Fragments of a meteorite that fell to Earth about a decade ago provide compelling evidence of a lost planet that once roamed our solar system, according to a study published Tuesday.

Planet-hunting craft on its way

Marcia Dunn
The Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—NASA's Tess spacecraft embarked yesterday on a quest to find new worlds around neighbouring stars that could support life.

“Tess” rode a SpaceX Falcon rocket through the evening sky, aiming for an orbit stretching all the way to the moon.

Global warming weakening key ocean circulation

Seth Borenstein
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—Global warming is likely slowing the main Atlantic Ocean circulation, which has plunged to its weakest level on record, according to a new study.

The slowdown in the circulation—a crucial part of Earth's climate—had been predicted by computer models but researchers said they now can observe it.

Poland marks 75th anniversary of uprising in Warsaw Ghetto

By Monika Scislowska And Vanessa Gera The Associated Press

WARSAW, Poland — People in Warsaw pinned paper daffodils to their clothes as the Polish capital held a day of commemorations Thursday on the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

@Headline:FAA orders fan blade inspections after jet engine explosion

By David Koenig And Claudia Lauer The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — U.S. airline regulators have ordered inspections on engine fan blades like the one that snapped off a Southwest Airlines plane, leading to the death of a woman who was partially blown out a window.

It’s (another) boy! Michigan family with 13 sons gets No. 14

The Associated Press

ROCKFORD, Mich. — A Michigan couple with 13 sons has welcomed a 14th into the family.

The Grand Rapids Press reports Jay and Kateri Schwandt’s latest addition was born Wednesday evening, five days before the baby’s expected due date. WOOD-TV reports the boy weighs 8 pounds, 4 ounces (about 3.7 kilograms) and is 21 inches (53 centimetres) long.

NASA’s Tess spacecraft embarks on quest to find new planets

By Marcia Dunn The Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s Tess spacecraft embarked Wednesday on a quest to find new worlds around neighbouring stars that could support life.

Tess rode a SpaceX Falcon rocket through the evening sky, aiming for an orbit stretching all the way to the moon.

California tortoise with cracked shell gets $4,000 repair

The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — A wayward tortoise that cracked its shell after falling off a 10-foot wall in California is recovering after vets used screws, zip ties and denture material to repair it.

San Diego County Animal Services Director Dan DeSousa says the male 90-pound African spurred tortoise probably was a pet that got loose from a yard.

Baby, c’mon in: Senate allows newborns of members in chamber

:By Laurie Kellman The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Who doesn’t like babies?

No one in the Senate, apparently at least not enough to block a historic rules change that passed Wednesday allowing the newborns of members into the chamber. Its passage without objection came despite plenty of concern, some privately aired, among senators of both parties about the threat the tiny humans pose to the Senate’s cherished decorum.

Chicken in a pressure cooker takes the pressure off dinner

By Melissa D’Arabian The Associated Press

Not a day goes by that I don’t get a recipe request or question about the Instant Pot. So, dear readers, today is the day for my starter recipe for you Instant Pot (Multi-Pot, etc.) fans.

Mild weekend in forecast


It will be partly cloudy tonight, with an overnight low of minus-two C (28 F) and light southwest winds.

Tomorrow will see mostly cloudy skies, with a high of 13 (55) and low around minus-one (30).

Look for south winds gusting up to 11 km/h.

Partly sunny skies are forecast for Saturday, along with a high of 15 (59) and low dipping to one (33).