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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - February 11, 2016

Businesses in spotlight

Duane Hicks

In a prelude to Valentine’s Day, district businesses were feeling the love during the 20th annual Rainy River District Business Awards last night at La Place Rendez-Vous.

Cloverleaf Grocery won the prestigious Business of the Year Award at the event.

Also nominated for that award were New Gold, CIBC, Hyatt’s Manion Lake Camp, and Betty’s of Fort Frances.

Top entrepreneur

Duane Hicks

Pamela Williams of 4 Your Pets was honoured as Entrepreneur of the Year by Angela Halvorsen, business investment officer for the Rainy River Future Development Corp. last night during the 20th-annual Rainy River District Business Awards at La Place Rendez-Vous.

Family Day fun lined up


Whether you want to get active outdoors or stay inside and have fun, there’s a slew of Family Day activities in store locally on Monday.

The Memorial Sports Centre here will host a free family skate from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and a free family swim from 1:15-3 p.m.

A parent or guardian must accompany their children on the ice or in the water.

Free fishing this weekend

Press Release

Ontarians can fish without buying a licence this Family Day weekend (Feb. 13-15) as part of Family Fishing Weekend.

Anglers are encouraged to stay safe on the ice when venturing out:

No Diggity, Scared Hitless staying hot on the court


A pair of teams have reached juggernaut status in the Fort Frances Women’s Volleyball League.

Scared Hitless and No Diggity made it three straight outings of reaching the maximum six points available in action last night.

No Diggity’s effort pushed the second-place squad up to a season total of 85 points.

Valentine treats

Heather Latter

Kelly McIntosh checked out the goodies for sale this morning during the annual “Friends of the Library” Valentine’s Day bake sale at the Fort Frances Public Library. A variety of heart-shaped cookies and cakes were available, as well as breads, fudge, cupcakes and more. Any unsold baking will be available at the library throughout the weekend.

Locals beat Olympic champ, then stumble in North Bay


It was a game they will never forget.

Trouble is, the one that came after may end up being the same—for all the wrong reasons.

Lakers set for weekend pair


The Fort Frances Lakers hope to make it an even longer long weekend for their out-of-town guests.

Fort Frances will play twice at the Ice for Kids Arena, beginning with tonight’s 7:30 p.m. meeting with the undermanned Thunder Bay North Stars.

Taking shot

Joey Payeur

Hanna LeDrew of the Muskie girls hockey team, left, was just able to get this shot off before being blocked by Kenora Broncos blueliner Caitlin Bowman-Bryant during the second period of the Muskies’ 13-0 whitewashing of the Broncos in the Fort’s NorWOSSA regular-season home finale last night at the Ice for Kids Arena.

Hoops crew drops opener


A new day will hopefully bring a new result for the Muskie senior boys basketball team.

The River East Kodiaks (Winnipeg) got past the Muskies 70-53 in the Fort’s first game at the Sturgeon Heights Invitational tournament in the Manitoba capital yesterday.

Jacob Empey and Liam Metke each had 14 points in the loss for the Muskies, while Kevin Metke chipped in with 12.

Soccer camp sign-up Monday


Those wanting to give the young soccer player or players in their house the best chance to succeed on the field should get online on Family Day.

Muskie girls make parents proud

Joey Payeur

Before the game, the Muskie girls hockey team thanked the people who had the most with them getting to where they are today.

They continued showing their gratitude over the next three periods.

Urbanization leads to change in type of bacteria in the home

Health & Wellness
By Lauran Neergaard The Associated Press

WASHINGTON Whether it’s a jungle hut or a high-rise apartment, your home is covered in bacteria, and new research from the Amazon suggests city dwellers might want to open a window.

All-star game 21 years in making

Lori Ewing
The Canadian Press

Toronto is about to finally pull back the curtains on the first NBA all-star game ever to be played outside of the United States—an idea that had its beginnings with a pencil and a blank sheet of paper more than 20 years ago.

McDavid’s five points lead Oilers over Leafs

Shane Jones
The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—Connor McDavid continues to show why he has been labelled as a potential generational talent.

McDavid had two goals and three assists as the Edmonton Oilers came away with a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs yesterday in a battle between the NHL’s two lowest-ranked teams.

“We needed this,” McDavid said.

Hong Kong bookseller ‘removed’ in breach of China treaty

By Kelvin Chan The Associated Press

HONG KONG Britain says a missing Hong Kong bookseller was likely abducted to mainland China, calling it a “serious breach” of the treaty under which Beijing took control of the city.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a twice-yearly report on Hong Kong affairs released Thursday that Lee Bo was “involuntarily removed” to the mainland.

Autopsy reports found from 1929 Valentine’s Day massacre

The Associated Press

CHICAGO Written by hand, the autopsies on the seven bullet-riddled bodies vividly describe why the Valentine’s Day massacre of 1929 is still considered Chicago’s most infamous gangland killing.

Obama grants monument status to vast swath of Calif. desert

By John Rogers The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES President Barack Obama is granting national monument status to nearly 1.8 million acres of scenic Southern California desert, a move the White House says will maintain in perpetuity the region’s fragile ecosystem and natural resources, as well as provide recreational opportunities for hikers, campers, hunters and others.

Neanderthal DNA may influence depression risk

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.

Scientists detect Einstein’s gravity ripples

The Associated Press

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

In show-dog circles, breeders in big cities are a small pack

By Jennifer Peltz The Associated Press

NEW YORK In the dog world, Angela Reilly is a rare breed.

Like many show-dog owners, Reilly has bred her own puppies. But she did it in a Manhattan apartment.

She’s among the relatively few big-city dwellers who aim to breed dogs like those at next week’s Westminster Kennel Club show, where one of Reilly’s Cardigan Welsh corgis has won awards.

How to transform a dull pork loin with simple ingredients

By Katie Workman The Associated Press

This is one of those recipes that makes you feel like a bit of a genius, because it’s so easy, requires so little active time, and tastes like you worked your little fingers to the bone.