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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - December 17, 2018

Spikers win tourney titles


It was a job well done for the Muskie junior and senior girls' volleyball teams over the weekend.

The juniors went a perfect 8-0 en route to the claiming the title at a tournament hosted by the Dryden Eagles on Friday and Saturday.

Lakers fall to Ice Dogs


The Dryden GM Ice Dogs stormed out to a 3-0 first-period lead and never looked en route to a 6-2 win over the Fort Frances Lakers on Friday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Muskie girls nab 'B' title


Issy Taylor scored twice to pace the Muskie girls' hockey team to a 2-1 win over the Lord Selkirk Royals (Winnipeg) on Saturday afternoon to claim the 'B'-side title at the annual K-Town Classic Tournament in Kenora over the weekend.

The Royals opened the scoring early into the first period but Taylor evened it at 1-1 with 12:42 to go.

Muskie boys take pair against Broncos


A double dose of the Kenora Broncos was the right medicine for the Muskie boys' hockey team.

Playing the Broncos twice within a three-day span last week, the black-and-gold were able to snag a pair of wins to improve their NorWOSSA record to 4-2.

Sounds of the season

Duane Hicks

Diane Maxey directed the Fort Frances Choraliers in a performance of “Good News from Home” yesterday afternoon at the Townshend Theatre here. A few hundred people enjoyed the upbeat Christmas cantata, which the Choraliers also performed the previous Sunday over in International Falls.

Pictures with Santa

Sam Odrowski

Ayanna Savage, left and Aiden Loerzel took a seat on Santa and Mrs. Claus' laps to tell them what they would like for Christmas and get their picture taken by Studio Gibbous at The Christmas Store (located at Lowey's Greenhouse & Market Gardens) on Saturday.

'Phased approach' for retail pot shops

Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Months after saying it would not cap the number of licences for retail pot shops after cannabis was legalized, the Ontario government has reversed course, saying it now will only be able to issue 25 licences by April.

MPPs begin debate on back-to-work legislation

The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario's Opposition says the government is trampling on workers' rights by immediately resorting to back-to-work legislation to prevent a strike at one of the province's major power utilities.

Pro-oil rally draws hundreds

The Canadian Press

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta.—A rally in support of Alberta's oil industry drew hundreds of supporters who cheered as speakers delivered a message that the rest of Canada needs to be thankful for the prosperity the province provides.

Province slashes funding for student programs

Alanna Rizza
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The Ontario government is slashing millions of dollars in funding for programs that are aimed at providing students with extra skills and support, leaving school boards to figure out how students will be affected.

A spokeswoman for Education minister Lisa Thompson said $25 million was slashed from the budget after the government reviewed the “Education Programs—Other” fund.

J&J hammered by report it knew of asbestos in baby powder

Health & Wellness
The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Johnson & Johnson is forcefully denying a media report that it knew for decades about the existence of trace amounts of asbestos in its baby powder.

The report Friday by the Reuters news service sent company shares into a tailspin, suffering their worst sell-off in 16 years.

Cook carries Vikings to win over Dolphins

Dave Campbell
The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS—With a new play-caller in place, the Minnesota Vikings re-committed to running the ball.

And Dalvin Cook proved again his capability—when healthy—of taking over a game.

Jets pull out OT win

Judy Owen
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—Mark Scheifele was in a joking mood after setting up the tying goal and then scoring the winner 4:18 into overtime as the Winnipeg Jets topped the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4 last night.

Scheifele was asked how he was feeling about his scoring touch of late, which includes a five-game point streak of five goals and nine assists.

Raptors lose after blowing big lead

Pat Graham
The Associated Press

DENVER—In the fourth quarter, Jamal Murray's shots finally started falling.

“About time,” the Denver guard said.

About time, too, to take the pesky Nuggets as a serious threat.

Next-generation of GPS satellites are headed to space

By Dan Elliott The Associated Press

DENVER — After months of delays, the U.S. Air Force is about to launch the first of a new generation of GPS satellites, designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile.

Top of mind: ‘Justice’ is Merriam-Webster’s word of the year


NEW YORK — Racial justice. Obstruction of justice. Social justice. The Justice Department. Merriam-Webster has chosen “justice” as its 2018 word of the year, driven by the churning news cycle over months and months.

The word follows “toxic,” picked by Oxford Dictionaries, and “misinformation,” plucked by

Priest takes pope’s mandate - good deeds for all - across US

By John Rogers The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Father Jim Sichko has a 50-state congregation and a simple mandate from the pope: Go forth and do good deeds.

Chance of snow Wednesday


It will be partly cloudy tonight, with an overnight low of minus-10 C (14 F) and southeast winds gusting up to 13 km/h.

Tomorrow will see a mix of sun and clouds, with a high of zero (32) and low around minus-seven (19).

Look for south-southwest winds gusting up to 13 km/h.