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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - August 29, 2018

Family health team welcomes new nurse practitioner

News
Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

New changes have come to the Fort Frances Family Health Team (FHT), bringing more access for local and surrounding residents at a time that is seeing a shortage of doctors and overall health support.

FHT executive director Gerri Yerxa is very excited as the clinic has just announced a new website, as well as the hiring of a third nurse practitioner.

Watten fish fry receives record-breaking support

News
Sam Odrowski

The Watten Volunteer Fire Department's annual fish fry returned to Sunny Cove Camp on Friday to raise money for a good cause.

Number are up this year and better than ever before with roughly 540 people coming out to enjoy a fish dinner.

Roughly $7,000 was raised at the event and the proceeds will be used to cover the overhead expenses of the fire department.

Legal resource problems could soon be addressed

News
Sam Odrowski

Life could soon be made easier for the town's Crown attorney.

Local MPP Greg Rickford is hoping to secure more Crown attorney resources, after having a series of positive meetings and discussions at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference in Ottawa early last week.

New OPP detachment moving forward

News
Sam Odrowski

Good news was recently announced relating to the town's public safety.

On Friday, local MPP Greg Rickford visited a packed Council Chambers to share his government's recent investment in a new $18-million OPP detachment that is expected to be built here by the fall of 2020.

Forest sector seeks federal partnership

News
Press Release

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) has shared with the federal government its recommendations to enhance Canadian competitiveness, accelerate innovation, and ensure future forests remain healthy in its 2019 pre-budget submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance.

Experiencing a different kind of nightlife

News
Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

Hailing from a big city, about 18 hours west, I seldom have to deal with wildlife beyond birds and squirrels (except for the bobcat that one time, but that's a whole other thing).

Over the course of my time here, I've often been asked how I even heard of this quaint little town, and why I decided to come out here.

I will take this moment to explain.

Research takes local grad to Texas

News
Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

Emma Kunkel always had enjoyed the arts, assuming she would have a career as a writer or novelist, but a Grade 11 chemistry class changed how she felt about science.

Now, after graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in biopsychology from the University of Winnipeg in June, she's heading down to Texas Tech University in Lubbock to continue her studies.

Local dirt riders solid in season finale

Sports
Staff

Another Superior Dirt Riders season has come and gone.

Local riders put in a solid showing at the sixth-and-final stop of the season in Atikokan on Saturday.

Dylan Tessier of Devlin had the top finish out of the local contingent, placing second in the 85cc 12-16 age category.

He also nabbed fourth in the Super-Mini division.

Gustafson, Dingwall claim fifth IFBC crown

Sports
Staff

The good times kept on rolling for Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson and Scott Dingwall over the weekend.

Gustafson of Keewatin and Dingwall of Kenora claimed their fifth International Falls Bass Championship title on Saturday afternoon under a packed tent at Smokey Bear Park.

“We only had two fish at noon,” Gustafson recalled.

Stock car season finale washed out

Sports
Staff

Mother Nature decided to put the finishing touches on the Borderland Racing Association season a little earlier than most racers would have liked.

A thunderstorm late Saturday afternoon forced the cancellation of the annual “Fan Appreciation Night” races in what would have been the final chance for racers to accrue points this season at the Emo Speedway.

Indiana man fined for wolf-related violations

Sports
From the MNRF

An Indiana man has been fined $2,500 for hunting offences.

Casey Seitzinger of Trafalgar pleaded guilty and was fined $1,500 for affixing his wolf seal to a wolf he did not shoot.

He was fined an additional $1,000 for unlawfully transporting the wolf out of Ontario and into the United States, and received a one-year hunting suspension.

Tennis tourney set to go here this weekend

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Get your rackets out and head on down to the Multi-Use Tennis Courts here this weekend (Sept. 1-2).

The Fort Frances Multi-Use Tennis Courts committee will be hosting a tennis tournament on Saturday and Sunday for anyone interested.

Men's doubles will run on Saturday with singles going the following day.

Minnesota angler fined $2,500 for offences

Sports
From the MNRF

A Minnesota man has been fined for an offence under the Ontario Fishery Regulations.

Shane Thompson of Warroad pleaded guilty and was fined $2,500 for fishing in a provincial fish sanctuary during the closed season.

His fishing rods also were forfeited to the Crown.

Mastromatteo nabs gold

Sports
Staff

Gabe Mastromatteo was busy adding another gold medal to his extensive collection last week.

The 16-year-old Kenora native struck gold in the men's 100m breaststroke on Day 2 of the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championship in Fiji in a tightly contested race on Friday.

Lakers hoping for bounce-back year

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The goal is simply this: win another SIJHL championship.

That's the mindset of the Fort Frances Lakers ahead of their annual three-day training camp that opens tomorrow at the Ice For Kids Arena.

After winning three-straight Bill Salonen Cup titles, the Lakers finished in fifth place the last two seasons and were ousted in the semi-finals both times by the Dryden GM Ice Dogs.

Tom's play key in Braves' successful title defence

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Dawson Tigers knew early on that Travis Tom was on his game.

Tom was a wizard on the rubber and with the bat—tossing a no-hitter and clubbing a pair of homers—to help pace his squad to an 11-0 rout of the Dawson Tigers in the deciding game of the Rainy River District Fastball League championship series last Tuesday evening at Couchiching.

New nurse practitioner

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

The Fort Frances Family Health Team stood underneath their new sign yesterday and are excited to welcome their new nurse practitioner Sandra Ottertail.

'Backpacks for Kids'

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Members of the Kenora-Rainy River Districts Child and Family Services (KRRDCFS) helped “Backpacks for Kids” organizers Ashley Sisco, far left, and Kathy Lampi, far right, of M. Wu Denistry unload backpacks filled with school supplies at the KRRDCFS office yesterday.

New detachment

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Local MPP Greg Rickford joined approximately 100 OPP members, town staff, councillors, and district residents in Council Chambers to announce the province's recent investment of $18-million to have a brand new 19,000 square foot detachment built by the water tower. The site drawing behind Rickford shows what the new facility is proposed to look like.

Tackle wheel

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Tackling is a crucial skill and it's something that members of the Muskie football team were working on diligently Monday afternoon at their annual training camp at Fort High. The black-and-gold will be polishing up on all their skills the rest of the week and until school starts next Wednesday (Sept. 5) ahead of their WHSFL season-opener against the host Churchill BullDogs on Sept. 7.

Fish feast

Photos

The Schimann family enjoyed a freshly fried “all you can eat” fish dinner at Sunny Cove Camp's Russel Hall last Friday evening to raise money for the Watten Volunteer Fire Department. About 540 plates were sold, which set a new record for the annual event.

Wrestling tourney

Photos
Submitted

The Top of the Nation wrestling camp and outdoor tournament, which was held in conjunction with the International Falls Bass Championship, was a hit on Saturday. Despite the weather forcing organizers to move the tournament indoors, there was still a great turnout with 50 wrestlers attending the camp.

Fry cook

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Greg Beazley tossed some battered fish into a sizzling hot pot of fryer oil to feed the hungry crowd just outside of Sunny Cove Camp's Russel Hall last Friday .

Swing pose

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Brett Mann of the Fort Frances Braves took a healthy cut at a pitch during his squad's 11-0 romp over the Dawson Tigers in the deciding game of the Rainy River District Fastball League championship series last Tuesday evening at Couchiching.

Bat cave

Photos
Sumbitted

Emma Kunkel emerged from a hibernacula (an abondoned shale mine near Kakabeka Falls) where the “Bat Lab” team monitors bat populations.

Gussy pic (Aug. 29)

Photos
Submitted

Jeff and Scott with their trophy at the IFBC this past weekend.

Trophy pose

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Jaden Gustafson of the Fort Frances Braves proudly held up the trophy after his squad defeated the Dawson Tigers 11-0 in the deciding game of the Rainy River District Fastball League championship series last Tuesday night at Couchiching.

Ground breaking cermony

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Brenden Hyatt, director of education for the Northwest Catholic District School Board, said a few words during the groundbreaking ceremony Thursday at the site of the new consolidated Kindergarten to Grade 8 Catholic school, combining St. Michael's and St. Francis schools.

Bat wing

Photos
Submitted

Emma Kunkel in Rushing River Provincial Park near Kenora inspecting a bat's wing for damage caused by White Nose Syndrome.

A controversial comeback for a highly prized tuna

Science
By Patrick Whittle The Associated Press

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — On a drizzling summer afternoon in South Portland, marine biologist Walt Golet is helping attach a quarter-ton Atlantic bluefin tuna to a heavy crane so it can be weighed as part of New England’s premier tournament for the giant fish. And this year’s derby is different than many in the past and there are far more tuna.

Last reunion for famed US WWII unit, Merrill’s Marauders

People
By Janet McConnaughey The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — It’s the last reunion for members of the famed U.S. Army jungle fighters called Merrill’s Marauders . Three thousand volunteered for a dangerous secret mission during World War II a mission so secret they weren’t told even where they were going.

Archaeologists dig Native American fort found in Connecticut

People
By Dave Collins The Associated Press

NORWALK, Conn. — Archaeologists are marveling at the site of a 1600s Native American fort in Connecticut that was uncovered as part of a rail bridge replacement project.

’Widespread’ seafood mislabelling at retailers, restaurants, study finds

Lifestyles
By Aleksandra Sagan The Canadian Press

When consumers buy butterfish or white tuna at a grocery store they may instead receive a fish dubbed “the laxative of the sea,” according to an investigation into seafood fraud that found nearly half of seafood samples it tested at Canadian grocery stores and restaurants were wrongly labelled.

Mostly sunny tomorrow

Weather

Tonight will be clear to partly cloudy with a low of eight C (46 F).

Tomorrow will be mostly sunny. Expect a high of 23 (73) and a low of 15 (59).

Friday will be cloudy with a thunderstorm in spots. Expect a high of 23 (73) and a low of nine (48).