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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - August 9, 2018

Fire hazard on rebound

From the MNRF

With a warming trend over the next week, the fire hazard slowly starting to rebound in the Northwest Region as fuels on the surface become more receptive to burning.

With the rise in temperatures, there is high likelihood we will see more lightning fires starting to occur.

Pair of drivers face several charges

From the OPP

On Sunday around 1:40 a.m., a member of the Rainy River District OPP was on patrol near Reid Avenue in Fort Frances when he observed a Highway Traffic Act offence.

The officer conducted a traffic stop and spoke with the driver.

He subsequently was arrested and taken to the Fort Frances OPP detachment, where he underwent further tests.

Rickford set to open office


Local MPP Greg Rickford tentatively is set to open his constituency office in Fort Frances this coming Tuesday (Aug. 14).

Located at 279 Scott St., it's hours of operation will be Tuesday to Thursday from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The office will be available to assist constituents with provincial matters.

Rickford also is opening offices in Dryden and Kenora.

Braves reach league final


A kick in the pants seems to be just what the top-ranked Fort Frances Braves needed.

After suffering their first loss of the Rainy River District Fastball League season last Thursday night in the opening game of the East Division final (a 10-4 setback to the second-seeded Sight & Sound Wolves), it was the Braves who cruised to victory Tuesday evening.

Man charged in spraying

From the OPP

On July 24 around 10:55 p.m., members of the Rainy River District OPP were called to a disturbance at a gas station on King's Highway in Fort Frances.

Officers attended the area immediately and learned the suspect had fled the scene.

Members commenced an investigation and learned that three individuals had been sprayed by the suspect with a noxious substance.

Dispute leads to charges

From the OPP

On Monday around 11:05 a.m., two members of the Rainy River District OPP were on general patrol on Portage Avenue when they observed two individuals involved in a verbal exchange near a business.

The officers approached the two parties to investigate the matter and one of them subsequently was arrested.

Concert in square

Sam Odrowski

Well over 100 people turned out to the Rainy Lake Square yesterday evening to enjoy a free concert by local band Rough Cut Pine. They played a two-hour set from 6-8 p.m. that provided entertainment to everyone who pitched a lawn chair at the square.

Tai Chi workout

Stephanie Hagenaars

A Tai Chi workout was held in the Rainy Lake Square yesterday morning led by instructors Carole Mackintosh, left, Le Truong, Sheri De Gagne, and Karen Gagne of the Fort Frances Tai Chi Club. The hour-long session will be held every Wednesday at 11 a.m. until the end of August. Sessions are free and all ages, abilities, and skill levels are welcome to join.

Playing pickleball

Stephanie Hagenaars

Twyla Howarth, left, and Lori King teamed up for a game of pickleball yesterday morning at the tennis courts next to Fort High. The sport, which combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis, is played with solid paddles, a plastic ball, and on a smaller court, with the game continuing until a team reaches 11 points. Drop-in games are held every Monday and Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

Singh to seek B.C. seat

The Canadian Press

BURNABY, B.C.—Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh took aim at the Liberal government's investment in the Trans Mountain pipeline, and its lack of spending on housing and Pharmacare, while announcing he'll run for a seat in Parliament in Burnaby, B.C.

Six killed in mountain highway crash

The Canadian Press

JASPER, Alta.—Six people have died, including two tourists from the U.S., following a highway crash in Alberta's scenic Jasper National Park.

The collision happened about 5 p.m. on Tuesday on the Icefields Parkway near the Honeymoon Lake campground, about 60 km south of the Jasper townsite.

B.C. telescope detects far-off bursts of light

Spencer Harwood
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—A new radio telescope has allowed space-watchers to see bursts of light travelling from a far-away galaxy in a discovery they say could open new doors in understanding the universe and the study of star systems.

Basic income pilot 'failing': MacLeod

Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A basic income pilot project aimed at reducing poverty in Ontario is failing and many of the participants have dropped out, the province's Progressive Conservative government said yesterday as it defended its controversial decision to wind down the program.

Ford celebrates production of 10 million Mustang sports cars

By Mike Householder The Associated Press

FLAT ROCK, Mich. — Ford Motor Co. marked production of the 10 millionth Mustang with celebrations Wednesday at the automaker’s headquarters and at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant where the iconic sports car is made.

Organic dairy farmers vow to compete in changing industry

By David Pitt The Associated Press

FAIRFIELD, Iowa — Small family operated dairy farms with cows freely grazing on verdant pastures are going out business as large confined animal operations with thousands of animals lined up in assembly-line fashion are expanding into the organic market.

Not many bogey-free rounds yet

The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS—There were few bogey-free rounds among the morning wave at the PGA Championship at Bellerive, but Hideki Matsuyama and Jason Day have a couple of them to sit two-under and one shot off the lead.

Some thought rains early in the week that softened the course, coupled with relatively slow greens, would lead to someone going low.

High-powered Red Sox dump Jays

David Alter
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The Boston Red Sox and their high-powered offence was just too much for a pitcher who was tried out as starter due to a depleted roster.

“He was facing the hottest team in baseball. I didn't think he got out of control by any means,” Toronto Blue Jays' manager John Gibbons said of Mike Hauschild.

Bellerive eager to produce memorable PGA Championship

By Dave Skretta The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS — Bellerive Country Club is considered one of the “Big Four” of traditional, exclusive St. Louis-area clubs, a picturesque parkland course designed by Robert Trent Jones serving as its centerpiece.

For a while, big events bolstered its reputation.

Robots are getting more social. Are humans ready?

By Matt O’Brien The Associated Press

BOSTON — Personal home robots that can socialize with people are starting to roll out of the laboratory and into our living rooms and kitchens. But are humans ready to invite them into their lives?

Donkeys helping people to de-stress

Mary Esch
The Associated Press

ULSTER PARK, N.Y.—In most of the world, donkeys are beasts of burden. But the only job of the long-eared denizens of Donkey Park is to nuzzle, bray, and beguile the diverse group of people who find comfort in their company.

Donkey Park is the creation of Steve Stiert, who sought a new direction after his job as a software engineer for IBM was eliminated six years ago.

Beasts unburden: Donkeys at mini ranch help people de-stress

By Mary Esch The Associated Press

ULSTER PARK, N.Y. — In most of the world, donkeys are beasts of burden, but the only job of the long-eared denizens of Donkey Park is to nuzzle, bray and beguile the diverse group of people who find comfort in their company.

Dads on diaper duty demand change tables

By Cassandra Szklarski The Canadian Press

TORONTO — A Quebec dad’s fight to get a change table in his local Tim Hortons has reignited a campaign by some fathers to make the folding baby stations a standard feature in men’s bathrooms across the country.

US imposing new Russia sanctions over chemical attack

By Susannah George And Matthew Lee The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The United States says it will impose new sanctions on Russia for illegally using a chemical weapon in an attempt to kill a former spy and his daughter in Britain earlier this year.

Sunny, hot days in forecast


It will be clear to partly cloudy tonight, with an overnight low of 13 C (56 F) and west-northwest winds gusting up to 11 km/h.

Tomorrow will be mainly sunny and hot, with a high of 30 (86) and low around 15 (59).

Look for west winds gusting up to 13 km/h.

Sunny skies also are forecast for Saturday, along with a high of 32 (90) and low dipping to 16 (61).


Around Town

Stock car racing action goes Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Emo Speedway, with hot laps at 7 p.m. and the first race at 7:30 (weather permitting). Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for seniors/students, with those aged nine and under being free.