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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - December 31, 2018

'Polar Plunge' is a go


Want to start off 2019 with a splash?

The Voyageur Lions Club of Fort Frances is going ahead with its “Polar Plunge” tomorrow. The annual fundraiser once again will be held at 1 p.m. on the ice behind La Place Rendez-Vous here.

Registration opens at 11 a.m., with the first jumper to be sent to the hole at 1 p.m. sharp.

Muskie girls heading off


The Muskie girls' hockey team will look to hit the ground running this weekend following their two-week Christmas break.

The black-and-gold will be in action at the annual Loop Weekend tournament in Thunder Bay set for this Friday through Sunday, where they'll face the Midget Fury, Confederation College, and both the 'A' and 'AA' Midget Queens.

Squash action

Sam Odrowski

Jason Kabel got ready to smack a return to Anika Alexander during their semi-final showdown in the annual Boxing Day squash tournament held at the Memorial Sports Centre here. Kabel took the best-of-five match by a 3-2 margin before falling 3-1 to Steve Boileau in the 'A' Open final. The other division winners were Mark Faragher ('A'), Jeff Gustafson ('B'), and Ryley Booth ('C').

Scheer's party is Harper's party: PM

Janice Dickson
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Andrew Scheer's Conservative party is in the exact same place it was under Stephen Harper's leadership and that's why he and his Liberals will continue “pointing out” the similarities.

The Liberal party put the Harper stamp on Scheer the day he was elected leader of the Conservative party—billing him as a far-right social conservative.

Two coins to mark D-Day anniversary

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Royal Canadian Mint is creating two commemorative coins to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

The Liberal cabinet approved the design of the new toonies, one of which will have multiple colours instead of the usual two-toned coin, to commemorate a key turning point in the Second World War.

Getting easier to be 'green' in Canada

Mia Rabson
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Finishing fourth in a byelection usually is not cause for celebration.

But delight was in the air for Elizabeth May and the Green Party of Canada over their candidate's fourth-place result in the recent byelection in the eastern Ontario riding of Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes.

Quebecer at helm of NASA mission

Peter Rakobowchuk
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Frederic Pelletier is boldly predicting he and his team will get the New Horizons spacecraft exactly where it should be on New Year's Day—1.6 billion kilometres beyond Pluto to rendez-vous with a space rock known as Ultima Thule.

Origin of virus that hobbled newspapers still unclear

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — The origins of a suspected computer attack that disrupted the Los Angeles Times and Tribune Publishing newspapers remained unclear Sunday after causing delivery delays and being brought to the attention of federal investigators.

Vikings miss playoff bid

The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS—While taking the NFC North champion Chicago Bears to the playoffs for the first time in eight years, head coach Matt Nagy has displayed an energetic personality and aggressive mindset throughout his debut.

Even with their post-season position all but set, the Bears refused to let up. And they kept the rival Minnesota Vikings out of the playoffs in the process.

Only five teams return to playoffs

Barry Wilner
The Associated Press

While the Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, and L.A. Rams were mesmerizing pro football fans with their outlandish offensive onslaughts, something else might have gone unnoticed.

More teams that failed to make the playoffs in 2017 are in this season than there are repeaters.

Yep, seven of the 12 qualifiers didn't make it last year, some not coming close.

Golden Knights win again

The Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz.—Brandon Pirri has had a late December to remember for the Vegas Golden Knights.

The journeyman forward had a goal and assist in the Golden Knights' 5-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes last night, and has five goals as part of his seven points in the six games he's played for Vegas this season.

Raptors overcome slow start to win

Lori Ewing
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The Toronto Raptors overcame their worst start of the season, and an offence that moved like molasses, to beat the Chicago Bulls 95-89 last night.

It wasn't pretty but it was a win without Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas. And the injury-bitten Raptors will take it.

Revelers say hello to 2019, goodbye to an unsettling year

The Associated Press

Revelers around the globe are bidding a weary farewell Monday to an unsettling year filled with challenges to many of the world’s most basic institutions, including politics, trade, alliances and religion.

Here’s a look at how people are ushering in the new year:———


From duct-taped shoes to $11M: Man leaves surprise donations

By Sally Ho The Associated Press

SEATTLE — Alan Naiman was known for an unabashed thriftiness that veered into comical, but even those closest to him had no inkling of the fortune that he quietly amassed and the last act that he had long planned.

Yeet! List says ban ‘optics,’ ‘thought leader,’ ‘collusion’

By Jeff Karoub The Associated Press

DETROIT — No collusion! (Or at least a lot less of it.)

That’s according to a Michigan school’s latest “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.”

Bitterly cold for New Year's


It will be partly cloudy tonight, with an overnight low of minus-26 C (15 below zero F) and north-northwest winds gusting up to 17 km/h.

Tomorrow will be sunny but bitterly cold, with a high of just minus-18 (zero) and low plunging to minus-25 (13 below).

Look for west-southwest winds gusting up to 11 km/h.