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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - August 19, 2019

One new forest fire reported

From the MNRF

There was one new forest fire confirmed by Saturday afternoon.

Red Lake fire #73 is not under control at 0.1 hectares and is located near Corallen Lake, approximately 14 kilometres northwest of Red Lake.

There are currently 30 active fires in the region. One fire is not under control, two fires are being held, three fires are under control, and 24 fires are being observed.

RRDFL highlights


The Couchiching Lady Raiders plunder their way into the semi-final with a win over the Northwest Bay Beavers.

The Raiders came out charging hard last Tuesday night with some aggressive base running and swiped multiple stolen bases during the game.  It could have been a costly strategy for the Raiders as they tried stretching out for extra bags led directly to three outs.

New king crowned


New mini-royalty Brecken Mann was crowned by former king Niels Reynolds, and given his cape by contest organizer Sis McCormick, on Thursday evening following his victory in the 2019 mini-king and queen competition. The new mini-queen is Anneliese DeGagne. Well over 100 people packed the upstairs in the Emo Arena in order to watch.

-Sam Odrowski photo

4-H cattle auction

Sam Odrowski

Christina Gerula showed off her steer with hopes of high prices during the 4-H cattle auction at the Emo Fair on Saturday. During the cattle sale 40 kids from beef clubs around the district showed a total of 31 steers and 15 heifers that they raised themselves through the past season. The prices varied between $4.40 to $7 per pound. See this Wednesday's Times for more Emo Fair coverage.

Moose n' fiddle

Ken Kellar

The Fu Fu Chi Chi Choir, Ragged Road and SiouxPerBoat all took part in the “Kitchen Party” that kicked off the afternoon of entertainment at the Moose N' Fiddle festival's Saturday session. Members of all three bands jammed together on songs some of them had only learned a handful of hours before, much to the enjoyment of those in attendance.

Loggers' competition


Vaughn Wilson, left and Darwin Lance wasted no time during the “chair carve" event during the 42nd loggers' competition at the Emo Fair on Friday morning. The pair eagerly sawed into their tree trunks as they began carving their chairs for the event. Wilson came in second place for the chair carve, while Lance received third and Jason Caul took first.

NCC expands conservation area

The Canadian Press

A national not-for-profit land trust says it has expanded a conservation area on a Lake Huron island that has large forests and a long stretch of undeveloped shoreline.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada says the portion of land it now protects on Cockburn Island, west of Manitoulin Island, is 107 square kilometres—twice the size of Bermuda.

Civic cuts moving ahead in 2020: Ford

The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario will move ahead with its controversial municipal funding cuts for public health and child care next year.

Premier Doug Ford is expected to make the announcement later today at a gathering of municipal leaders in Ottawa.

His office says Ford will announce that the funding changes will go ahead on Jan. 1, 2020.

Mother sues after tip of baby's penis cut off

Stephanie Taylor
The Canadian Press

REGINA—A Regina mother has filed a lawsuit alleging negligence after the tip of her baby's penis was severed during a circumcision.

In an interview, the woman says she and her husband are worried about their son's self-esteem as he grows up.

Plans to explore Franklin wrecks unveiled

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Canadian archeologists are on their way to a remote area in the Arctic Circle for another chance to dig up the secrets held by the Franklin expedition wrecks, Parks Canada announced Friday.

The task of exploring and excavating the two shipwrecks is the “largest, most complex underwater archeological undertaking in Canadian history,” Parks Canada said in a release.

Captive breeding for endangered species growing

The Canadian Press

LANGLEY, B.C.—The turtle in my hand dangles its churning feet as I set it down. It touches its first dirt and immediately, unerringly, points toward shore and races as fast as a turtle can to the water.

This turtle—a western painted turtle—has never been here before. It's never been anywhere other than in an aquarium or a plastic tub full of others.

CRTC lowers wholesale broadband rates in order to boost competition

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Canada's telecoms regulator says it has lowered the rates for wholesale broadband access as it looks to increase competition among internet providers.

The lower rates announced by the CRTC on Thursday means it will be cheaper for smaller internet providers to buy broadband capacity on the networks owned by the big telecom providers.

Nikes used in Olympic trials sell for $50K

The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—A pair of handmade Nike track shoes from the 1972 Olympic trials has sold for $50,000.

Dave Russell, of Sacramento, sold the rare kicks last month to the Graduate Eugene hotel, a Nike-themed property in Eugene, Oregon.

Iranian tanker sought by U.S. heading toward Greece

Ciaran Giles
The Associated Press

MADRID—An Iranian supertanker with $130 million worth of light crude oil that the U.S. suspects is tied to a sanctioned organization left Gibraltar and was heading east into the Mediterranean Sea today, with its next destination reported to be Greece.

School reopening despite toxic 'Trash Mountain'

The Associated Press

BEAUFORT, S.C.—A South Carolina elementary is reopening for the first day of school despite a smouldering, toxic fire in a 50-foot trash pile at a nearby recycling centre.

News outlets report Beaufort County School District decided to open Okatie Elementary as scheduled today.

Court rejects girl's bid to join all-boys choir

The Associated Press

BERLIN—A court in Germany has rejected a nine-year-old girl's bid to join a centuries-old Berlin boys choir.

In its ruling Friday, the Berlin administrative court said the choir's right to choose its singers outweighed the principle of gender equality.

'Taco Tuesday' debate hits close to home for chain

Mead Gruver
The Associated Press

CHEYENNE, Wyo.—“Taco Tuesday” may be a well-known term for a themed dinner night out or at home, but as restaurants across the U.S. have learned, it's also trademarked.

Cheyenne-based Taco John's—which has nearly 400 locations in 23 states—put its legal stamp on “Taco Tuesday” 30 years ago and has since zinged cease-and-desist letters at offenders far and wide.

Thunderstorm tonight


Tonight will be partly cloudy with a strong thunderstorm late and a low of 13 C (55 F).

Tomorrow will see periods of sun and a shower. Expect a high of 24 (75) and a low of eight (46).

Wednesday will see times of clouds and sun, a high of 20 (68) and a low of eight (46).