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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - December 3, 2018

New council set to start

News
Staff

The new town council will be sworn into office this evening, just as other district officials elected in the Oct. 22 municipal election will be.

Man busted for drugs, ammo

District
From the OPP

Last Tuesday around 1:45 p.m., members of the Dryden OPP conducted a stop for Highway Traffic Act offences on Highway 17 in Eton Township (west of Dryden).

As a result, police seized two boxes of ammunition and a large quantity of drugs with a street value estimated at $50,000.

Red-hot Stars nip Lakers

Sports
From the SIJHL

The red-hot Thunder Bay North Stars held off the visiting Fort Frances Lakers 3-2 in SIJHL action Saturday night to pull out their ninth-straight win.

An early power play helped Thunder Bay open the scoring six minutes into the game as Joel Willan netted in his 13th of the season, with assists going to Keigan Gerrie and Kyle Auger.

Riding in style

Photos
Duane Hicks

Santa and Mrs. Claus waved from high atop their fancy new float late yesterday afternoon during the annual Christmas parade in downtown Fort Frances. The stylish new ride, courtesy of TD Canada Trust and the Voyageur Lions Club of Fort Frances, was among the 26 entries in the parade.

Christmas celebrity

Photos
Duane Hicks

Bristol Moen was all smiles as she posed for a photo with Santa Claus late yesterday morning at the Rainy Lake Square. About 100 children dropped by to meet the jolly old elf, get their photo taken by Travis Glowasky of Studio Gibbous, and enjoy hot chocolate compliments of Tim Hortons here.

'Spirit' bid

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Susan Sieders put in a bid on Kangas' Glasswork at the “Spirit of Christmas” silent auction held yesterday afternoon at the Copper River Inn. The silent auction featured close to 200 items, all of which were donated to help raise money for the La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary.

Trip draw

Photos
Staff

Steve Gushulak of Fort Frances General Supply, left, and Kiwanian Robin Wright read out the winner of the “Trip of the Month” draw for December this morning at International Travel Services here. Chief Will Windigo of Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation won a trip to Dublin, Ireland valued at $4,500. Next month's trip is to France ($4,500).

Alberta opts to slice oil production

National
Dean Bennett
The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—Premier Rachel Notley is ordering a mandatory cut to oil production to deal with a price crisis she says threatens to gut Alberta's bedrock industry.

Unions pooling resources to fight Ford

National
Michelle McQuigge
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The Ontario government is about to start facing co-ordinated opposition from two of the country's largest unions bent on stopping what they describe as Premier Doug Ford's “destructive agenda.”

Franco-Ontarians protest Ford's cuts to services

National
Melanie Marquis
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Streets across Ontario were lined in green and white on Saturday as Franco-Ontarians and their supporters held dozens of rallies across the province to protest Premier Doug Ford's cuts to services for French-speakers.

Astronaut blasts off

National
Sidhartha Banerjee
The Canadian Press

LONGUEUIL, Que.—Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques blasted through the skies over Kazakhstan early today in what appeared to be a seamless launch of a Russian Soyuz rocket bound for the International Space Station.

The 48-year-old doctor and astronaut lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome with Anne McClain of NASA and Oleg Kononenko of the Russian space agency, Roscosmos.

Vikings fail to close gap on Bears

Sports
Kyle Hightower
The Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.—The Patriots have thrived in the final month of the season since Bill Belichick and Tom Brady's arrival.

They're hoping their 24-10 victory over the Vikings is the start of another memorable December.

Tom Brady passed for 311 yards and a touchdown, and Bill Belichick earned his 250th victory, including playoffs, as Patriots' coach, in yesterday's victory.

Packers fire head coach

Sports
The Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis.—The Green Bay Packers have fired Mike McCarthy and made offensive co-ordinator Joe Philbin the interim head coach.

The move announced by team president Mark Murphy came after a stunning 20-17 loss yesterday to the Arizona Cardinals, dropping Green Bay to 4-7-1.

Scheifele caps Jets' rally past Rangers

Sports
Scott Charles
The Associated Press

NEW YORK—The Winnipeg Jets knew it was only a matter of time until their relentless offensive eventually would break through and overcome a three-goal deficit.

Mark Scheifele scored to start Winnipeg's third-period comeback, then got the deciding goal in the shootout as the Jets rallied to edge the N.Y. Rangers 4-3 last night.

Bush to lie in state at Capitol

International
The Associated Press

HOUSTON—George H.W. Bush is ready to embark on his final journey to Washington as the nation salutes the 41st president for his lifetime of public service that began in the Navy during World War II, ended with four years as president, and was characterized throughout by what admirers say was decency, generosity, and kindness.

Cops recover lost ring

International
The Associated Press

NEW YORK—Who says the British are reserved?

A couple who lost an engagement ring down a Times Square utility grate, returning home thinking it was gone forever, are effusive in their praise for the New York City police officers who found it in the muck eight feet under.

Trump and Xi agreement buys time in trade war

International
By Paul Wiseman The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The dinner table diplomacy that Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping of China conducted over the weekend produced something as vague as it was valuable: an agreement to keep talking.

George H.W. Bush guided by concern for humanity

People
By Jamie Stengle The Associated Press

DALLAS — Former President George H.W. Bush teamed up with the man who ousted him from the White House to help victims of natural disasters. He created a program that has honoured thousands of American volunteers. He also sent U.S. troops to Africa to help starving Somalis.

English couple thanks NYC police for finding lost ring

People
The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Who says the British are reserved? A couple who lost an engagement ring down a Times Square utility grate, returning home thinking it was gone forever, are effusive in their praise for the New York City police officers who found it in the muck 8 feet under.

Top tot toys? Blocks and boxes backed over high-tech toys

Lifestyles
By Lindsey Tanner The Associated Press

Skip the costly electronic games and flashy digital gizmos. Pediatricians say the best toys for tots are old-fashioned hands-on playthings that young children can enjoy with parents things like blocks, puzzles even throwaway cardboard boxes that spark imagination and creativity.

Cloudy skies still persisting

Weather

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

Tomorrow also will be cloudy, with a high of minus-four (25) and low again around minus-10 (14).

Look for southwest winds gusting up to 15 km/h.