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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - August 14, 2019

Barber relates success story to SGEI students

News
Ken Kellar

While most students in the district are counting down the days left to the start of school, one classroom invited a special visitor to help cap off their final week of studies.

Students of Seven Generations Education Institute's (SGEI) hairstyling program enjoyed a special visit and opportunity to learn from a professional barber on Monday as their program comes to an end.

Breastfeeding celebrated locally

News
Sam Odrowski

A group of local women took to the streets last Thursday to empower nursing mothers and help them feel confident breastfeeding whenever their babies are hungry.

Conservancy groups play important role

News
Ken Kellar

Members of the Rainy Lake Conservancy held their annual general meeting this past weekend at La Place Rendez-Vous.

While the group had to deal with several business matters that arose since their last AGM, they were also treated to a pair of presentations about conservancy and the beauty of our natural surroundings.

Mayor Caul calls out Resolute, Riversedge

News
Sam Odrowski

The Town of Fort Frances is calling on the province to revoke Resolute Forest Product's Sustainable Forest License for the Crossroute Forest after discovering a document that prevents the local mill's restart.

Backpacks For Kids

News
Marc Stuempfle
Summer reporter

There are only a few weeks left of summer which mean “Backpacks for Kids” organizers are collecting school supplies to help local children get ready before they head back to school.

Male motorist charged with impaired driving

District
From the OPP

At approximately 7:30 p.m. yesterday, members of the Dryden Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were called to investigate a single vehicle (car) motor vehicle collision on McIntosh Road in Smellie Township, north of Vermillion Bay.

Fire hazard staying high

District
Staff

The forest fire hazard is mainly high throughout most of the Northwest Region with some moderate hazard conditions in the far north.

There were three new fires confirmed in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon.

Sioux Lookout fire #58 is located north of Lac Seul, approximately 59 kilometres northwest of Sioux Lookout.

The fire is out at 0.1 hectares.

Lions Club Grant LaVallee Park

District
Marc Stuempfle
Summer reporter

The Emo and District Lions Club are working on revitalizing the Devlin ballpark by adding an accessible playground.

The Lions Club announced Monday to the Times they had received a grant from Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) in support of their playground initiative.

2018-19 winter costs MnDOT $133 million

District
Press Release

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) spent nearly $133 million dollars to clear roads during the 2018-19 winter season and crews faced some of the most severe weather in the state in a decade, according to a new MnDOT winter maintenance report released last week.

League setting up for thrilling finishes

Sports
Staff

Fort Frances is the place to be if you like playoff soccer action.

Both the men's and women's divisions of the Borderland Soccer League were setting up to have thrilling finishes to the playoffs.

Drivers nab third-straight wins

Sports
Staff

A pair of identical winning streaks has highlighted the action at the Emo Speedway of late.

Both Brody Strachan and Tanner Williamson ran their feature triumphs to a third-straight night in Borderland Racing Association action on Saturday night.

Sharp, O'Connor claim KBI crown

Sports
Ryan Stelter
Kenora Miner and News

Jon O'Connor and Byron Sharp won the 32nd-annual Kenora Bass International with an impressive final day on Lake of the Woods over the weekend.

Latest class enters Fort Hall of Fame

Sports
Jamie Mountain

It was an evening to catch up with old friends, reminisce, and celebrate all the achievements of standout former athletes and builders.

The third class inducted into the Fort Frances Sports Hall of Fame was granted official entrance Saturday night during ceremonies held at La Place Rendez-Vous.

Local riders perform well at Kakabeka race

Sports
Staff

Local motocross racers had yet another solid showing at the Superior Dirt Riders' fifth stop of the season in Kakabeka Falls on Saturday.

Landon Flinders of Fort Frances was tops in the 85cc age 7-11 race.

He was followed by Alex Kreger of Emo in third, Aiden McTavish of Devlin in sixth, and Ozzy Hanson of the Fort in seventh.

RLGA, Fort Frances GM strike partnership

Sports
Press Release

The Rainy Lake Gymnastics Academy (RLGA) and Fort Frances GM would like to announce that they have entered into a five-year partnership agreement. 

Through the hard work and dedication of the board of directors for the RLGA and a significant donation by Fort Frances GM, equipment has been ordered and the program will be commencing Oct. 1, 2019.

Gymnastics academy set to begin this fall

Sports
Jamie Mountain

It's a sport the Borderland has been without for some time and this fall will make its triumphant return.

The new Rainy Lake Gymnastics Academy is planning on beginning its programs this October, which will take place at the Memorial Sports Centre.

It's a vision that has been in the works for nearly a year.

Landry helps Blue Knights stymie Lakers

Sports
Staff

It seemed early on as if it was going to be a pitcher's duel between the Barwick Blue Knights and Sabaskong Lakers.

But then the floodgates opened.

Her-icanes cruise into RRDWFL final

Sports
Staff

The Fort Frances Her-icanes aren't ready to pass the torch quite yet.

The three-time defending champions are off to another Rainy River District Women's Fastball League final after routing the top-ranked Renegades in the Winner's Side final of the playoff bracket on Monday night at Oltsher Field in Barwick.

HHC guitarist

Photos
Ken Kellar

Lead guitarist Kevin Heerema of The Honest Heart Collective was electrifying on stage during the band's cover of The Beatles' “Helter Skelter” Thursday night at the Rainy Lake Square. The Thunder Bay-based rock band played a election of original and cover songs over the course of their more than two-hour set.

Miracle Treats

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Dairy Queen employee Nancy Armstrong showed off one of the many Blizzards that got sent out to local businesses last Thursday for Miracle Treat Day. DQ sold 838 Blizzards locally, raising a total of $4,950. All of the money from Blizzard sales that day will go to the Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba.

Manitoulin BBQ

Photos
Ken Kellar

Ron Yellowega grabbed a burger from Manitoulin Transport's Greg Kalesnikoff yesterday during Manitoulin's customer appreciation charity BBQ.

Backpack donation

Photos
Submitted

Sisters Zaila and Phoenix Rose generously donated four backpacks last month, joining the many individuals and businesses on board with this year's “Backpacks for Kids” campaign. Organizers are aiming to get at least 250 backpacks full of school supplies this year.

RLC AGM

Photos

Members of the Rainy Lake Conservancy (RLC) group met for their annual general meeting and heard a presentation from Kim Embretson, right, at La Place Rendez-Vous on Sunday. Embretson's presentation was centred around improving the RLC members' photography skills.

Breastfeeding walk

Photos
Sam Odrowski

A group of mothers strolled their babies along Scott Street on Thursday during a co-ordinated march for “World Breastfeeding Week.” The event was meant to raise awareness around the importance of breastfeeding and that mothers shouldn't feel ashamed to feed their baby publicly.

RLC speaker

Photos
Ken Kellar

Gary Davies, the northwestern Ontario program director for the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), speaks to the members of the Rainy Lake Conservancy (RLC) during their annual general meeting at La Place Rendez-Vous on Sunday.

Singing the blues

Photos
Ken Kellar

Award-winning blues musician Suzie Vinnick wowed the crowd with her powerful vocals and deft guitar playing at Cornell Farms last Wednesday evening. Vinnick is a 10-time winner of the Maple Blues award, and has been nominated for a JUNO award three times. The next barn concert will feature Ragged Road on Sept. 4.

7 gens barber

Photos
Ken Kellar

The students of Seven Generations Education Institute's hairstyling program watched as Tyrone Choken, right, demonstrated how to trim a fade on model Braeden Beazley at the hairstyling classroom on King's Highway on Monday. Choken is a barber at SAINT in Winnipeg. He began cutting hair following a workplace injury and has now done work for Winnipeg Jets, Blue Bombers and Goldeyes' players.

'Latch mob'

Photos
Sam Odrowski

A group of women joined together at the Rainy Lake Square for a “latch mob" following their march from the Fort Frances Public Library on Thursday in an effort to advocate for public breastfeeding during "World Breastfeeding Week.” The group hopes to build confidence in mothers and help them feel more comfortable breastfeeding their baby whenever it's hungry. See story A6.

Fight for possession

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Jeff Campbell of Manitou Forest Products, right, battled with a CJ Contracting opponent for possession of the ball during his squad's 1-0 loss in the opener of the two-game, total-goals semi-final last Wednesday night in Borderland Soccer League men's division playoff action at the St. Francis Sports Field.

Gymnastics support

Photos
Jamie Mountain

The new Rainy Lake Gymnastics Academy, which is set to open its doors this fall, has recently brought Nick Beyak and Fort Frances GM on as a community partner to bring back exciting gymnastics programs to the Borderland.

About to be tagged

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Gina Pope of the Renegades got ready to make the tag on Taylor Pagee of the Fort Frances Her-icanes before proceeding to make the throw to first base to complete the double-play in the fifth inning of the 'Canes' lopsided win in the Rainy River District Women's Fastball League's Winners's Side final on Monday night at Oltsher Field in Barwick.

Tkachuks on stage

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Mary-Beth and Bob Tkachuk were humbled to be inducted as builders into the Fort Frances Sports Hall of Fame and Bob had the crowd in stitches with his comedic retelling of stories from the past.

Inductee speaking

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Julian Brunetta, who was the captain of the 1953-54 Fort Frances Jaycees Juvenile hockey team, spoke highly of his former coach, Bill Lloyd, during the induction ceremonies on Saturday evening.

KBI winners

Photos
of Ryan Stelter/Kenora Miner and News

Byron Sharp, left, of Stratton and Jon O'Connor of Lorette, Man. showed off a pair of bass from their 19.14-pound Day 3 haul which helped them claim the title at the 32nd-annual Kenora Bass International over the weekend.

McLeod speaking

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Bruce McLeod thanked his hometown of Fort Frances for honouring him and reminisced on some of his favourite memories growing up during the induction ceremonies on Saturday evening.

Gussy pic (Aug. 14)

Photos
Submitted

Smallmouth bass were dominate in the KBI this past weekend and will be the dominant species in the Bassmaster tournament Jeff is fishing this week on the St. Lawrence River.

Maki speaking

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Steve Maki, who was the lead for Team Northern Ontario during their 1996 Police Curling championship run here, spoke of also being part of the board responsible for hosting the event and lauded Fort Frances for coming together and making the tournament a memorable experience after his squad had been inducted Saturday night.

Open Streets fun

Photos
Dave Ogilvie

The Northwestern Health Unit organized games of all kinds for the children during Emo's “Open Streets” party. One highlight for many of the children was the sandbox in the middle of the street. Special sand allowed them to build imaginative creations. Children from Emo and throughout the district attended this annual event.

Ogden speaking

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Organizing committee member Terry Ogden spoke of Ken “Keno” Christiansen's hockey coaching accomplishments and humbleness before he brought Ken's son, Rick, up to speak on behalf of him during the third induction ceremonies for the Fort Frances Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday evening at La Place Rendez-Vous.

Scientists say monster penguin once swam New Zealand oceans

International
By Nick Perry The Associated Press

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Scientists in New Zealand said Wednesday they’ve found fossilized bones from an extinct monster penguin that was about the size of an adult human and swam the oceans some 60 million years ago.

Russian scientists face curbs on meetings with foreigners

International
The Associated Press

MOSCOW — Russian scientists are raising the alarm about new Soviet-style restrictions on interactions with foreign colleagues.

Shower, thunderstorm possible

Weather

Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low of 10 C (50 F).

Tomorrow will see an afternoon shower or thunderstorm. Expect a high of 24 (75) and a low of 12 (54).

Friday will be partly sunny. Expect a high of 26 (79) and a low of 14 (57).