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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - August 21, 2015

Lightning sparks fire

District
From the MNRF

One new fire was reported by yesterday evening in the Northwest Region.

Kenora Fire #50 was a lightning-caused blaze located in the Tetu Lake area about 50 km northwest of Kenora.

It was listed as “not under control” at 0.1 hectares in size.

Pelican bridge work set

District
From the MTO

The Ministry of Transportation is advising motorists that traffic on Highway 72, at the Pelican River bridge in Sioux Lookout, will be controlled by flagging operations and a pilot vehicle starting Monday at 7 a.m. until the morning of Aug. 26.

Traffic delays can be expected.

Musical event planned in Falls

District
Press Release

“An Afternoon of Music with Friends” will be held this Sunday (Aug. 23) at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in International Falls.

The program will include organ solos by Joanne Peterson (a guest organist from Oshkosh, Wis.), piano/organ duets by Joanne Peterson and Joe Belanger, and vocal selections by the Fort Frances Youth Ensemble.

Alberton fun day hopes to go ahead

District
Staff

Alberton Rec Committee members are keeping their fingers crossed that the weather clears up for the second-annual “Singing in the Swamp” tomorrow.

The event tentatively is set to go from 3-7 p.m. at Alberton Millennium Park on Hill Road (off Highway 11/71 near Superior Propane).

Lakers finalize series

Sports
Staff

The Fort Frances Lakers now have their entire pre-season schedule in place.

It was announced yesterday the squad will play their first of four SIJHL exhibition games Sept. 2 in Hoyt Lakes against the Minnesota Iron Rangers.

The two teams then will meet again Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Couchiching Arena.

Street festival

Photos
Lindsay Campbell

Carol McClain stopped to enjoy some outdoors activities with her granddaughter, Marly Wrolstad, during “Emo Open Streets” festivities yesterday afternoon. The event, was held on Front Street, was hosted by the Northwestern Health Unit as part of its “Do One Thing” campaign to encourage physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices.

Sliding in

Photos
Joey Payeur

Kevin Gemmell of the Barwick Blue Knights slid into home safely with the go-ahead run in the seventh inning while Rainy Lake Pirates’ catcher Cole Tymkin waited for a throw that never came in Game 1 of the Rainy River District Fastball League’s best-of-three championship final yesterdy evening at Oltsher Field. The Blue Knights went on to earn an 8-4 victory.

Wife didn’t believe win

National
The Canadian Press

ST. ALBERT, Alta.—An Alberta man had joked so many times about winning the lottery that his wife didn’t believe him when they finally hit the jackpot.

And what a jackpot—Raymond Scott’s winning ticket from the Aug. 7 Lotto Max draw is worth $50 million.

Testimony contrasts Tory campaign’s version of events

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Whose story to believe on the 2013 backroom deal between the Prime Minister’s Office and Sen. Mike Duffy—that of Stephen Harper’s former lawyer or his closest aide?

Elementary teachers to ramp up action

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—As one Ontario teachers’ union reached a tentative contract agreement early yesterday, another was ramping up its work-to-rule plans for the start of classes Sept. 8.

Details of the deal between the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation and the Public School Boards’ Association are being kept secret for now, but will be given to local union leaders later this week.

Boreal forest at a tipping point: study

National
Bob Weber
The Canadian Press

Climate change is forcing the boreal forest that covers much of northern Canada to a tipping point, a newly-published study concludes.

“The changes could be very dramatic and very fast,” said Dmitry Schepaschenko of Austria’s Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.

Blue Jays’ success turns into revenue home run for Rogers

Sports
Peter Henderson
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The Toronto Blue Jays are leading the major leagues in scoring and RBIs yet owner Rogers Communications Inc. probably is most pleased about the ROI—the return on investment.

Henderson in hunt at Canadian Open

Sports
Jim Morris
The Canadian Press

COQUITLAM, B.C.—France’s Karine Icher made it look easy yesterday.

Icher birded seven of her first 11 holes to shoot a seven-under 65 and lead after the first round of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open golf tournament.

“Golf should be simple,” said the native of Chateauroux, who now lives in Orlando, Fla.

“Sometimes it’s not.”

Blue Jays success translates as a revenue home run for Rogers

Sports
By Peter Henderson THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays are leading the league in wins, scoring and RBIs, yet owner Rogers Communications Inc. is probably most pleased about the ROI — the return on investment.

Better Internet training needed

Technology
Giuseppe Valiante
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—The ongoing fallout of the Ashley Madison data breach has highlighted the pitfalls of using work e-mail addresses for personal use.

The Toronto-based dating website, which promotes and facilitates extramarital affairs, was the victim of a recent cyberattack, with the personal information of millions of its users released publicly.

N. Korea puts troops on standby, warns of retaliation after exchange of fire with rival South

International
By Eric Talmadge And Hyung-Jin Kim THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea on Friday declared its frontline troops in a “a quasi-state of war” and warned of military operations a day after the rival Koreas exchanged fire across the world’s most heavily armed border.

Guinness World Records recognizes 112-year-old Japanese as world’s oldest man

People
By Ken Aragaki THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NAGOYA, Japan — The secret to a long, happy life? Yasutaro Koide, a 112-year-old living in the central Japanese city of Nagoya who was officially recognized by Guinness World Records on Friday as the world’s oldest man, says to “not overdo.”

Koide was born on March 13, 1903, and worked as a tailor. He became the oldest man with the death of Sakari Momoi of Tokyo in July at age 112.

Blueberry recipes: Turkey burgers, marinated broccoli salad, smoothie

Recipes
The Canadian Press

The beauty of blueberries — both cultivated and wild — is that they can be used in sweet or savoury foods.

“People think of muffins and smoothies, but they can be used in entrees, in salads, in sauces and of course desserts. Even in a barbecue sauce,” says Debbie Etsell, executive director for the British Columbia Blueberry Council.