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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - August 7, 2018

Fire crews making headway

From the MNRF

FireRanger crews continue to chip away at the Northwest Region's active fire load while wet weather over the past 48 hours is keeping new fire starts to a minimum.

High drought code values in the region, a measure of moisture levels deep in the soil, are expected to influence new lightning starts as the fire hazard rebounds and fuels on the surface become more receptive to burning.

'Miracle Treat Day' coming up Thursday

Press Release

This Thursday (Aug. 9), residents are encouraged to continue the 16-year tradition of making miracles happen by visiting their local Dairy Queen to celebrate “Miracle Treat Day.”

Proceeds from every “Blizzard Treat” sold at the Dairy Queen here will be donated to The Children's Hospital of Manitoba, one of 14 Children's Miracle Network member hospitals across Canada.

Barrier-free ramp


The Fort Frances Museum's front entrance is getting revamped to accommodate those with accessibility issues. Construction workers were on-site this morning continuing to build a ramp while adding on a rail.

-Sam Odrowski photo

Bailey bridge

Sam Odrowski

A temporary “bailey bridge” now is being utilized on the south side of the overpass here as Makkinga Contracting and Equipment Rentals has begun replacing storm sewers and watermains that run underneath the roadway. The whole project is slated for completion by Oct. 19.

Indigenous housing contest launched

Jordan Press
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Trudeau Liberals are offering indigenous communities $30 million in prize money as part of a contest that could end up rewriting the rules about how the federal government funds badly-needed housing on-reserve.

Key to the contest is to draw in private-sector builders to help finance the construction and repairing of homes in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities.

Degrading plastic emits greenhouse gas: study

Helen Moka
The Canadian Press

Beyond simply piling up along the coast, discarded plastics that end up in the ocean also could be a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, according to a study by a Canadian-led team of researchers from the University of Hawaii.

Premier details plan for 'buck-a-beer'

Paola Loriggio
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The Ontario government says it will offer “non-financial incentives” to brewers who sell their beer for $1 once the province's buck-a-beer plan is in place later this month.

Premier Doug Ford said participating businesses will be offered prime spots in Liquor Control Board of Ontario stores, or advertising in flyers or inserts, among other possible rewards.

Senior shoos bruin

The Canadian Press

UNION BAY, B.C.—Anna Stady has never met a bear she didn't like—but that doesn't mean she wants one in her kitchen.

The 95-year-old Vancouver Island woman said she shooed a black bear out of her home twice in one day last week.

Gun wound could have lasting effects

The Canadian Press

MORLEY, Alta.—Police say a German tourist who intentionally was shot in the head while driving on a highway in southern Alberta could have permanent effects from the injury.

RCMP said a bullet penetrated the head of the 60-year-old man, but he was conscious and talking when he was airlifted to a Calgary hospital.

Saudi Arabia expels Canadian ambassador over criticism

By Jon Gambrell The Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador Monday and froze “all new business” with Ottawa over its criticism of the ultraconservative kingdom’s arrest of women’s rights activists ‚Äî yet another warning to the West reflecting Riyadh’s newly assertive foreign policy.

Experts question benefits of fluoride-free toothpaste

Health & Wellness
By Jeff Donn The Associated Press

Dental health experts worry that more people are using toothpaste that skips the most important ingredient — fluoride — and leaves them at a greater risk of cavities.

Canadian teens drop opener in doubles

Melissa Couto
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime walked out to a loud applause from a jam-packed grand stand at the Rogers Cup last night.

They took a few warm-up shots, smiled at each other, then calmly faced off against two of the top players in the game.

Bauer sharp as Indians rout Twins

The Associated Press

CLEVELAND—Trevor Bauer struck out 11 and allowed just three hits in six innings as the Cleveland Indians hit four home runs in routing the Minnesota Twins 10-0 last night.

Bauer (11-6) has 206 strikeouts this season, one behind Boston's Chris Sale for the AL lead.

The right-hander has 10 double-figure strikeout games, tying him with Sale for the league lead.

Elliott holds off Truex to nab first Cup victory

John Kekis
The Associated Press

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y.—Like father, like son.

Mired in a confounding losing streak since the start of his NASCAR Cup career in 2016, Chase Elliott finally broke into the win column Sunday—holding off road course ace Martin Truex Jr. at Watkins Glen.

Facial recognition system set to be used in Olympic security

By Mari Yamaguchi The Associated Press

TOKYO — A facial recognition system will be used across an Olympics for the first time as Tokyo organizers work to keep security tight and efficient at dozens of venues during the 2020 Games.

Solar cookout aims to woo traditional chefs, cut carbon

By Sam McNeil And Fu Ting The Associated Press

DEZHOU, China — The savory aromas of roasting hot dogs and chicken kebabs wafted out of metal and glass vacuum tubes heated by mirrors curved to capture the sun’s heat.

’We must pay so dearly’: China’s churches raided, silenced

By Yanan Wang The Associated Press

NANYANG, China — The 62-year-old Chinese shopkeeper had waited nearly his entire adult life to see his dream of building a church come true ‚Äî a brick house with a sunny courtyard and spacious hall with room for 200 believers.

Beach volleyball kills unhatched birds on Alabama island

The Associated Press AP Member

SAND ISLAND, Ala. — Beach volleyball players on a small island off Alabama probably killed hundreds of unhatched birds, moving eggs to make room for their playing court and scaring adult birds from nests, according to Birmingham Audubon.

Lemonade stand robber on the run; DNA could help track him

The Associated Press

MONROE, N.C. — A teenager who held up a North Carolina lemonade stand for $17 was still at large Monday, and authorities said they hoped to track him through surveillance footage and possible DNA and fingerprint tests.

Creamy roasted garlic pairs deftly with crunchy cucumbers

By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

Crisp, crunchy and cool, this salad offers complexity with little effort. Creamy Roasted Garlic and Miso Dressing provided savory notes of umami and mellow sweetness.

Use fresh local tomatoes for Crispy Tomato Salad

By Sara Moulton The Associated Press

Even though fresh local tomatoes start popping up at the market in July, they don’t really hit their peak until August ‚Äî and that’s when I get happy. The tomato is absolutely my favourite vegetable (even if it’s technically a berry). This crispy tomato salad combines cooked tomatoes and raw tomatoes, the large guys and the small guys. You can call it a medley but I think of it as a party.

The ultimate 7-layer dip embracing bold Southwestern flavours

By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

To create the ultimate version of this appealing dip with bold Southwestern flavours and a simple, no-fuss technique, we distilled every layer down to its essential flavours and designed our recipe to emphasize those elements.

This twist on Caesar salad has kale and whole-grain croutons

By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

Kale is closing in on romaine as the Caesar salad green of choice; the hearty, nutrient-dense leaves, with their pungent earthiness, pair surprisingly well with the tangy Caesar dressing—perhaps even better than romaine.

Grind your own turkey thigh for great tasting, juicy burgers

By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

Most turkey burgers are dry, bland, or loaded up with flavour-blunting fillers. To create juicy, well-textured turkey burgers, we ditched store-bought ground turkey in favour of a home-ground turkey thigh, which boasts more fat and flavour.

Burgers with Pimento Cheese Spread

By Katie Workman The Associated Press

If pimento cheese is already part of your life, then you are blessed for sure. If not, get ready for life to get a little bit better.

And get ready for one of the best burgers of your life.

Ice Cream Cake

:By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

The appeal of ice cream cake is obvious: These two beloved desserts belong together, and a cold, creamy slice of ice cream cake is far more satisfying than a scoop of ice cream haphazardly dolloped onto a slice of cake.

Heat wave in forecast


It will be mostly cloudy this evening, with an overnight low of 15 C (59 F) and south-southwest winds gusting up to 15 km/h.

Tomorrow will be partly sunny and hot, with a high of 29 (84) and low around 14 (57).

Look for west-northwest winds gusting up to 17 km/h.

Mostly sunny skies are forecast for Thursday, along with a high again of 29 (84) and low dipping to 15 (59).