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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - February 11, 2016

Early robin

Photos
Hannah Taylor

This robin was spotted Sunday in a local resident’s yard. Normally a sign of spring, several robins have been observed here this winter.

Vietnamese dinner slated for Saturday

News
Press Release

“Tuesday Musicale” will hold its second-annual Tet (Vietnamese New Year) dinner, which is a fundraiser for its student summer music camp scholarships.

The dinner will be held this Saturday (Feb. 13) at 6 p.m. on the Backus stage.

Tickets are limited to 80 seats, with the cost being $25/person.

Pre-budget sessions to be held

News
Press Release

Constituents are invited to share their thoughts and views with local MP Don Rusnak on how best to deliver on an economic agenda to grow the economy and create long-term prosperity for the middle class.

Pre-budget consultations will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the Rainy River Legion and then at 1:30 p.m. at the Couchiching multi-use facility.

Mailing Valentine

Photos
Joey Payeur

Logan Flamand from the Fort Frances Nursery School let the love in his heart shine through his smile as he took part in the school’s project to have the children mail Valentines to themselves. The group gathered at the Canada Post office here yesterday to deliver their correspondence personally.

Driver charged

District
From the OPP

A charge has been laid in connection with a collision involving a school bus and a motor vehicle yesterday morning in Chapple Township.

An investigation determined the bus was carrying six students at the time of the collision around 8:20 a.m. but no injuries were reported.

Both vehicles sustained damage.

Muskie girls clinch top spot

Sports
Joey Payeur

It was like Wile E. Coyote coming within a whisker of catching the Road Runner before having his prey turn its head, stick out its tongue, and speed off into the distance yet again.

That was the case here Tuesday night when the Saints and Muskie girls’ hockey team were locked in a 2-2 tie with less than two minutes to go in the second period.

Then the roof caved in.

Taylor nabs swimming award

Sports
Staff

A Fort Frances swimmer was deemed the cream of the crop last week.

Donovan Taylor was named the Summit League Conference swimmer-of-the-week after a terrific effort representing the South Dakota State Jackrabbits at the Minnesota Challenge meet in Minneapolis on the weekend.

The former Fort Frances Aquanaut swam to gold in the 200m I.M. and 200m butterfly.

Mastin fuels Team Black

Sports
Staff

Not even Old Man Winter could cool down Josh Mastin on Monday.

The top scorer in the Fort Frances Men’s Basketball League stood out in leading Team Black to another pair of wins as the squad extended its lead atop the standings.

Sweeping away

Photos
Joey Payeur

Muskie girls’ skip Erin Tomalty exerted her full force on the broom on this first-end shot on the first day of action at the NorWOSSA curling finals Monday at the Fort Frances Curling Club. The rink finished with a 3-1-1 record to win the silver medal and advance (along with the champion Sioux Lookout Warriors) to the NWOSSAA championships Feb. 21-23 in Thunder Bay.

Rink stumbles

Sports
Staff

This is not how a contender is supposed to act.

The Dylan Johnston rink from Thunder Bay, featuring Devlin native Mike Badiuk at third and Travis Showalter from Nestor Falls at lead, are in an early hole after an 0-2 start yesterday at the men’s provincial playdowns in North Bay.

Jean sparks Rockettes with hat trick

Sports
Staff

There were no hats thrown but it still was a pretty sharp trick pulled off by Maggie Jean.

Three goals from this season’s most potent scorer fuelled a 6-1 win for the Wright Physiotherapy Rockettes over the Shear Serenity Strykers in Borderland Women’s Indoor Soccer League action last night at Fort High.

Manitoba changes kids in care count

National
Chinta Puxley
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—Manitoba is changing how it counts the number of children in its care to exclude hundreds of cases such as Tina Fontaine’s amid concerns it is being unfairly compared to other provinces.

The 15-year-old, who was killed in 2014, was placed into the care of Child and Family Services voluntarily by her guardians.

App shortens time in waiting rooms

National
The Canadian Press

CHARLOTTETOWN—A Charlottetown walk-in clinic is taking part in an innovative pilot project that dramatically could shorten the time Canadians spend in doctors’ waiting rooms.

The clinic is testing a new online booking tool that uses just-in-time messaging, with initial results showing 90 percent of waits below 30 minutes.

Energy collaboration with natives pledged

National
Laura Kane
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—Canada’s natural resources minister is promising a new relationship with First Nations on energy development and indigenous leaders are expressing cautious optimism about the new Liberal government’s tone.

Another foot washes up

National
The Canadian Press

VICTORIA—An investigation by B.C.’s corner into the latest incident of a running shoe with a human foot washing ashore now is focused on a specific period of time.

The coroner says in a news release that the runner first was sold in North America three years ago, indicating the person died between March, 2013 and December, 2015.

Harmful gas levels in Lumber Liquidators flooring

Business
By Mike Stobbe The Associated Press

NEW YORK A national retailer sold Chinese-made flooring that emits hazardous levels of formaldehyde, a federal investigation found.

Apple co-founder is bringing us an even nerdier ‘Comic Con’

Business
By Michael Liedtke The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak had a front row seat as the personal computer began to reshape society. So it made perfect sense to him to bring a convention meshing technology with pop culture to Silicon Valley.

Lebanon, Jordan at ‘tipping point’

Sports
Mike Blanchfield
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Lebanon and Jordan are at a critical “tipping point” and need more Canadian help in order to survive the pressure of the Syrian civil war, says Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion.

Low snow causes havoc again with Iditarod sled dog race

International
By Mark Thiessen The Associated Press

WASILLA, Alaska Another low-snow year in Alaska is playing havoc with the world’s most famous sled dog race.

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race always begins with a ceremonial jaunt a day before the start of the competitive portion.

A lack of snow last year north of Anchorage forced the race from the normal start. This year the problem is in Anchorage.

N. Korea orders military takeover of inter-Korean factories

International
By Ahn Young-Joon The Associated Press

PAJU, Korea, Republic Of North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of a factory park that had been the last major symbol of co-operation with South Korea, calling Seoul’s earlier suspension of operations at the jointly run facility as punishment for the North’s recent rocket launch a “dangerous declaration of war.”

Former Auschwitz guard, 94, goes on trial in Germany

International
By David Rising The Associated Press

DETMOLD, Germany A 94-year-old former SS sergeant went on trial Thursday in western Germany on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder, based on accusations that he served as a guard in the Auschwitz death camp as hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews and others were gassed to death there.

Neanderthal DNA may influence modern depression risk

Science
By Malcolm Ritter The Associated Press

NEW YORK A new study says a person’s risk of becoming depressed or hooked on smoking may be influenced by DNA inherited from Neanderthals.

Researchers found evidence that one bit of Neanderthal DNA can boost the risk of tobacco addiction, while others can slightly raise or lower the risk of being diagnosed with depression.

Breakthrough: Scientists detect Einstein’s gravity ripples

Science
By Seth Borenstein The Associated Press

WASHINGTON In an announcement that electrified the world of astronomy, scientists said Thursday that they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago.

Perfect for the weekend - a well-seasoned, low and slow lamb

Recipes
By Sara Moulton The Associated Press

I love lamb in all its guises: lamb chops, lamb stew, rack of lamb, ground lamb, souvlaki... You name it, I dig it. But my favourite is a big old leg of lamb, seasoned and roasted, with each succulent slice landing on the plate like a steak unto itself.