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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - April 26, 2018

Residents challenged to 'turn off the screens'

Press Release

The Northwestern Health Unit and Healthy Kids Community Challenge are challenging you to “Turn Off The Screens” next week (April 30-May 6).

Print off or pick up our log sheet at your local health unit office and join us in celebrating “Turn Off The Screens” 2018 by trying some of these activities yourself or with your children:

Final Festival results


Piano Division

(April 20)

OPP kept busy

From the OPP

On Saturday at 10:25 p.m., Rainy River District OPP officers received a report of a traffic complaint on King's Highway 11 in Watten Township.

Officers patrolled and located the vehicle and driver.

During the investigation, the driver, a 28-year-old woman of Emo Township, failed the roadside test, was arrested, and transported to the OPP detachment for breath tests.

Lakers' player commits to play for Southern Maine


The Fort Frances Lakers yesterday announced that forward Jack Bernie has committed to the University of Southern Maine to play for the Huskies' hockey program next season.

Bernie will join fellow Lakers' alumnus Maverick Lynes, who was a freshman with the Huskies this past season.

Strong showing for Muskies at first meet

Jamie Mountain

It was a solid showing overall for the Muskie track-and-field contingent at the Bronco Booster Track & Field Invite varsity meet held Tuesday at Falls High School.

Sekina Scheibler claimed top spot in boys' discus with a throw of 137',08.25“ while Aaron Scheibler was right behind at 105',50”.

'Mama Needs to Relax'

Duane Hicks

Allison Cox, left, the new director of the Riverside Foundation for Health Care, joined Riverside Foundation Special Events committee members Natalie DeGagne, Lynne Savage, and Livia Lundon in showing off some of the fabulous silent auction items donated for the annual spring luncheon slated for this Sunday (April 29). Called “Mama Needs to Relax,” the luncheon will run from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

French fun

Sam Odrowski

St. Michael's School welcomed Gilbert Parent, founder of Les Bûcherons, for a presentation about French language and culture this morning. Parent did several French-related activites with the early-learning students, who participated in singing French songs, doing a circle dance, and line dancing.

Visit from 'Smokey'

Sam Odrowski

Casey Egan was among the many youngsters who had a chance to meet “Smokey the Bear" during J.W Walker's Family Math and Arts Night held yesterday evening in the school gym. The Ministry of Natural Resources was at the event with "Smokey” to provide fire safety information to students and their families.

Ford pledges inquiry into spending

The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Doug Ford says that if elected premier of Ontario this spring, he'll call a commission of inquiry into government spending on top of the full audit he's already promised.

The Progressive Conservative leader made the announcement a day after Ontario's auditor general reported the Liberal government had understated the province's deficit by billions.

Polish climbers trigger rescue effort

The Canadian Press

McBRIDE, B.C.—Two mountaineers from Poland unintentionally sparked an international rescue effort after being caught in an avalanche in eastern British Columbia.

The men were climbing Whitehorn Mountain in the Canadian Rockies on Monday when they were hit by a major avalanche that tumbled them “quite a distance,” said Dale Mason, manager of Robson Valley Search and Rescue.

Nats' bats finally roar to life

The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO—Washington manager Dave Martinez insisted Trea Turner and the Nationals would snap from their scoring slump soon—even as the losses piled up and the runs didn't.

Behind three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, Washington didn't need much but got plenty.

Raptors grab series lead on Wizards

Lori Ewing
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—With just under nine minutes to play, and Game 5 threatening to slip away, coach Dwane Casey went with a lineup that had played less than 10 minutes together all season.

Betts' blasts burn Jays

Gregory Strong
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Mookie Betts set the early tone for the Boston Red Sox last night and delivered the final blow, too.

He hit a lead-off homer off Toronto starter Aaron Sanchez and later burned reliever Danny Barnes with a two-run shot as the Red Sox edged the Blue Jays 4-3.

Betts has eight homers on the season and owns the Red Sox franchise record with 14 career lead-off homers.

Leafs bounced from playoffs by Bruins

Joshua Clipperton
The Canadian Press

BOSTON—The Toronto Maple Leafs had been here before­—up a goal heading into the third period of a Game 7 at TD Garden.

Last night's collapse won't rewrite any record books but it hurts just the same.

Geologists say N. Korea’s nuclear test site likely collapsed

By Christopher Bodeen The Associated Press

BEIJING — Research by Chinese geologists suggests that the mountain above North Korea’s main nuclear test site has likely collapsed, rendering it unsafe for further testing and requiring that it be monitored for any leaking radiation.

Ethiopia raises cry for Britain to return ‘looted’ artifacts

By Elias Meseret The Associated Press

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The hair of a long-dead emperor and an intricate golden crown are among the artifacts Ethiopia’s government is demanding to be returned from British government institutions and private collections, as more countries seek to reclaim heritage they say was taken decades, even centuries, ago.

German cops nab pair with 130 pounds of stolen chocolate

The Associated Press

BERLIN — Two people are under investigation in Germany after being caught in possession of some 60 kilograms (130 pounds) of stolen chocolate.

Genetic sleuthing bolsters food poisoning searches

By Mike Stobbe The Associated Press

ATLANTA — Disease hunters are using genetic sequencing in their investigation of the ongoing food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, a technique that is revolutionizing the detection of germs in food.

British-Iranian professor held by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard

By Jon Gambrell The Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A British-Iranian university professor who actively campaigns against military action targeting his homeland has been detained in Iran by the country’s hard-line Revolutionary Guard, a semi-official Iranian news agency reported Thursday, becoming the latest dual national held there since the 2015 nuclear deal.

In 20 minutes, you can have summer on the plate with fish

By Melissa D’Arabian The Associated Press

Grilled fish is the official dish of summer around our house. There is nothing I love to eat more in warm weather than a piece of fresh seasonal fish cooked on the grill - the slightly sweet flesh offset by a tiny bit of char.

Chance of flurries overnight


There is a chance of showers this evening, followed by possible flurries late.

Look for an overnight low of minus-one C (30 F) and southwest winds gusting up to 20 km/h.

Tomorrow will be cloudy and cool, with a high of just eight (46) and low around minus-four (24).

Expect north-northwest winds gusting up to 26 km/h.


Around Town

Fort Frances High School will hold its first-ever “Walk for Water" event, to raise awareness as well as funds for the "Me to We" charity,” today (April 26) from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the track behind Fort High. There also will be a barbecue, music, and some entertainment. Everyone is welcome to attend.