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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - December 19, 2019

Table being set for Christmas dinner


With little less than a week to go before Christmas, one extended family in town is hard at work ensuring those in need will be well taken care of on the big day.

Legion Ladies wrap up 2019

Submitted by Barb Everett

Fort Frances Legion Ladies Auxiliary to Br. #29 met on Dec. 11, 2019 with 45 present.

The meeting was brought to order at 6 p.m. by president Alfreda Easton.

Minutes of the Nov. 13, 2019 general meeting and the Dec. 4, 2019 executive meeting were circulated.

The early bird membership draw went to Barb Ogden (November).

Muskie court teams sweep Warriors


It's been a great start to the NorWOSSA season for all four Muskie court sport teams.

All four squads came away with wins over the host Sioux Lookout Warriors on Tuesday afternoon to all see their league records improve to 2-0.

The senior boys' basketball team cruised to a 62-33 romp over the Warriors.

Muskie boys dominate in back-to-back wins


The Muskie boys' hockey team is showing no signs of slowing down in NorWOSSA league play.

Fort High was dominant this week, outscoring its opposition by a combined 25-1 the last two days to see their record improve to a league-best 8-0.

Lumberjacks nip Lakers


Cameron Birkeland scored just 55 seconds into overtime to lift the expansion Wisconsin Lumberjacks to a 4-3 win over the Fort Frances Lakers in SIJHL action on Tuesday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

It was the fourth straight loss the Lakers, who saw their record fall to 11-14-2.

Muskie girls thump Warriors


Talk about heading into the holiday break on a high note.

The Muskie girls' hockey team was firing on all cylinders as they rolled to a 6-0 rout of the host Sioux Lookout Warriors on Tuesday afternoon.

Taking the draw

Jamie Mountain

Fort Frances Lakers' forward Cooper Witherspoon did his best to win a faceoff against his Wisconsin Lumberjacks' opponent during the first period of his squad's 4-3 overtime loss in SIJHL action on Tuesday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Gift of comfort

of Riverside Health Care

On behalf of the La Verendrye General Hospital (LVGH) Auxiliary, Judy Webster, right, presented the first “Palliative Comfort Care Bag” donation to Joelle Buist, Riverside's patient experience and flo coordinator, on Monday. The bags are now available for hospital patients who are receiving comfort care support.

A sleighful of joy


Aux. Captain of The Salvation Army Arthur Heathcote, left, Dawn Gray, store manager of the local Bargain Shop, and “Red," The Bargain Shop/Red Apple Stores' mascot, showed off some of the many toys donated by generous Bargain Shop customers during "Fill A Sleigh Day” on Dec. 7. The local Bargain Shop raised a whopping $5,414 for the toy drive.

Davie only qualifier for icebreaker work

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Quebec's Chantier Davie shipyard is on track to win potentially billions of dollars in federal work after the Liberal government announced this morning that it was the only yard to qualify to join Ottawa's massive shipbuilding strategy.

Audubon's annual Christmas Bird Count stronger than ever

Katherine Roth
The Associated Press

It's been 120 years since New York ornithologist Frank Chapman launched his Christmas Bird Count as a bold new alternative to what had been a longtime Christmas tradition of hunting birds. Today, the annual count continues, stronger and more important than ever.

NDP used voters list to mail Christmas cards

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Canada's election watchdog said the NDP did nothing wrong when it used the national voters list to send Christmas cards from Jagmeet Singh.

Still, a spokesman for the NDP leader is apologizing and said it won't happen again.

Under the Canada Elections Act, parties are authorized to use the list of electors to communicate with voters, including to solicit donations.

CAMH to make changes after patients escape

The Canadian Press

TORONTO — A prominent Toronto psychiatric hospital vowed Wednesday to implement all recommendations made by an external panel that probed recent cases of patients with a violent history escaping the facility.

Catherine Zahn, president of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, said the hospital will build new infrastructure and change its system of patient passes.

Teachers hit picket lines again

Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—School principals in Ontario asked the provincial government yesterday to halt some standardized testing and elementary school report cards as teachers' unions wage an ongoing work-to-rule campaign.

Man arrested after assault

The Canadian Press

GUELPH, Ont.—Police in Guelph, Ont., say they've charged a man with aggravated assault after he allegedly attacked his roommate with a glass bong last night.

Investigators say the roommates got into a fight over one of the men playing video games too loudly at around 11 p.m.

They say the smoking pipe shattered during the attack.

Police say one man was taken to hospital.

LifeLabs pays ransom after cyber attack

Ross Marowits
David Paddon
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Government privacy commissioners are investigating a data breach at LifeLabs, one of Canada's largest medical services companies, after hackers gained access to the personal information of up to 15 million customers.

Most of its customers are in B.C. and Ontario, with relatively few customers in other locations, the company said Tuesday.

Production ending at GM Oshawa

Ian Bickis
The Canadian Press

OSHAWA, Ont.—The last pickup trucks rolled down the line yesterday at General Motor's Oshawa Assembly Plant as an era of vehicle production comes to a close for the Ontario motor city.

“This has been coming in slow motion, and suddenly it's here,” said Joel Smith, a union organizer with Unifor Local 222.

Twin Metals Minnesota files formal mine plan with regulators

Steve Karnowski
The Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Twin Metals Minnesota formally submitted a plan to regulators yesterday for an underground copper-nickel mine near Ely in northeastern Minnesota, a project that has drawn fierce opposition because it would sit just upstream from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Lowry leads Raptors over Pistons

Noah Trister
The Associated Press

DETROIT—The Toronto Raptors beat Detroit but lost two more players in the process.

“A win with a heavy price,” coach Nick Nurse said.

Kyle Lowry had 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for a triple-double and the Raptors had an 11-0 run in the third quarter on their way to a 112-99 victory over the Pistons last night.

Allen makes 35 saves, Blues beat Oilers 2-1

Joe Harris
The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS—Blues coach Craig Berube took a chance and challenged a late goal. Even though it didn't work out, his players soon rewarded his faith in them.

Brayden Schenn scored, Jake Allen made 35 saves and St. Louis beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 last night.

Mackenzie MacEachern also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who won their fourth straight.

McConnell blasts House impeachment


By Mary Clare Jalonick,

Laurie Kellman and Zeke Miller


WASHINGTON—The top Senate Republican today denounced the “most unfair" House impeachment of President Donald Trump and reassured Trump and his supporters that "moments like this are why the United States Senate exists.”

Marijuana Xmas gifts sniffed out at airport

The Associated Press

NASHVILLE—A man who may have been dreaming of a “green” Christmas found himself inside the gray walls of a Tennessee jail.

According to court documents, state police caught Somphone Temmeraj, 57, with more than 80 pounds (36 kilograms) of marijuana disguised as Christmas gifts at Nashville International Airport earlier this week, news outlets reported.

Mercury to rise


Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low of minus-14 C (7 F).

Tomorrow will be mainly cloudy with a chance of flurries throughout the day and overnight, bringing a high of minus-four (25) and a low of minus-seven (19).

Saturday will see a mix of sun and cloud with cloudy periods overnight, a high of zero (32) and a low of minus-four (25).


Around Town

The Fort Frances Lakers will face off against the Thief River Falls Norskies on Friday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Ice for Kids Arena. Admission is $12 for adults; $8 for students; $5 for children 12 and under; free for children under five.