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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - February 14, 2019

Council laser-focused on mill's future: mayor

News
Duane Hicks

It's a little over two months since the new town council was sworn in, and since that time the future of the local mill has been the biggest blip on its radar.

“Our main focus has been to work co-operatively with both Resolute Forest Products and The Repap Group to achieve a sale of the Fort Frances mill,” Mayor June Caul said at Monday night's council meeting.

Police name crash victim

District
From the OPP

On Monday around 2:30 p.m., the Kenora OPP received a report of a three-vehicle collision at the junction of Highway 17 and Highway 596.

The driver of the passenger vehicle, who was the lone occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The female driver was identified as Katherine Pidgursky, 38, of Buchanan, Sask.

Woman attacked by animal

District
From the OPP

On Feb. 7 around 7:05 p.m., the Red Lake OPP received a report of an animal attack from staff at the Red Lake Margaret-Cochenour Memorial Hospital in Red Lake.

A 38-year-old female had attended the hospital with wounds to her legs, indicating she had been attacked by a “large black dog-like animal.”

Court teams get split

District
Staff

The Muskie court teams ended the NorWOSSA regular season by earning a split with the host Dryden Eagles on Tuesday afternoon.

The junior girls' volleyball squad won 3-0 to cap league play with an unblemished 8-0 record.

It wasn't as good of news for the seniors, however, as they lost 3-2 to the Eagles but still finished in first place with a 7-1 record.

Sunset stuns Arctic Cat

Sports
Staff

There were two really good and close games that showed both skill and teamwork in Fort Frances Men's Basketball League action Tuesday night at Fort High.

And that's what makes men's league fun as the guys played hard with good attitudes.

The first game of the night saw Sunset Landscaping squaring off against Arctic Cat.

Four Muskie skiers qualify for OFSAA

Sports
Staff

The Muskie Nordic ski team put on a show at the NWOSSAA championships held Tuesday in Dryden.

The black-and-gold now will have four of its members representing Northwestern Ontario at the OFSAA championships set for Feb. 28-March 1 in Duntroon.

Emma Toriseva (17:55) and Kayli Machura (18:33) finished 1-2 in the junior girls' division to book their ticket to the all-Ontarios.

Muskies romp

Sports
Staff

Makenna Henttonen scored four times and Jill Calder notched a hat trick to pace the Muskie girls' hockey team to a 16-0 rout of the Sioux Lookout Warriors in the NorWOSSA regular-season finale Tuesday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Tea for two

Photos
Duane Hicks

Sheri De Gagne, left, and Josie Miller socialized during a tea yesterday afternoon to celebrate the opening of the new “Fibre Content" exhibit at the Fort Frances Museum & Cultural Centre.

Woman charged in balcony chair toss incident

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A 19-year-old woman who allegedly tossed a chair off the balcony of a downtown Toronto highrise turned herself in to police yesterday to face multiple charges after video of the incident circulated widely online.

Police had launched a public appeal for help identifying the woman after the clip sparked outrage earlier this week.

Trudeau promises to First Nations called into question

National
Mia Rabson
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing a backlash within and outside his own party after Jody Wilson-Raybould's sudden resignation from his cabinet.

The veterans affairs minister quit this week amid reports she felt pressured to head off a criminal prosecution of Quebec engineering firm SNC-Lavalin when she held the justice portfolio.

Higher tax revenues lower Ontario's deficit

National
Allison Jones
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Higher sales and corporate income tax revenues have pushed Ontario's deficit down $1 billion, the Progressive Conservative government said yesterday as it released its third-quarter finances.

That means the deficit for 2018-19, according to the Tories, is projected to be $13.5 billion.

Rural Ontarians at greater stroke risk

National
Michelle McQuigge
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A new study suggests Ontario residents living in rural communities are at a higher risk of having a stroke than their counterparts in urban centres.

The study, published today in the journal “Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes,” examined data from 6 million Ontario residents gathered between 2008 and 2012.

Opposition accuse Liberals of coverup

National
Joan Bryden
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Liberals faced accusations of a coverup yesterday after they agreed to hold limited committee hearings into an allegation that former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould was pressured improperly to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution.

Their short list of three proposed witnesses does not include Wilson-Raybould, who resigned from cabinet Tuesday.

Sailor shortage causing big headaches for navy

National
Lee Berthiaume
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A shortage of sailors is making it hard for the Royal Canadian Navy to operate its ships and work on replacing them at the same time, according to a senior naval officer.

Province posts climate plan proposal

National
Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario is considering having large industrial companies pay for pollution if they exceed emissions standards that will be established in the province—a system critics say is the same as the federal carbon tax the government has railed against for months.

Complex life much older than thought

National
Bob Weber
The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—A closer look at some unimaginably ancient fossils suggests complex life may have evolved much earlier and more quickly than scientists previously thought.

Study finds bacterial profile of breast milk differs when pumped first

Health & Wellness
By Cassandra Szklarski The Canadian Press

A new study offers possible clues to why babies who drink pumped breast milk are at greater risk of asthma, allergies and obesity than those who get breastmilk straight from the breast.

Truex moves to JGR with championship goal

Sports
Dan Gelston
The Associated Press

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Martin Truex Jr. was just one of many Philadelphia Eagles' fans bummed when Nick Foles' pass deflected off a receiver and was intercepted to end a playoff push toward a second-Straight Super Bowl.

“They had a shot," Truex said. "Without that interception, I think they could have pulled it off.”

Woods gets elevated status at Riviera

Sports
Doug Ferguson
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES—Tiger Woods and his TGR Foundation took over the Genesis Open at Riviera two years ago, and now the PGA Tour is elevating it to the same status as tournaments hosted by Jack Nicklaus and the late Arnold Palmer.

Still to be determined is whether Woods actually can win the one PGA Tour event that has his number.

Woods gets elevated status at Riviera

Sports
Doug Ferguson
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES—Tiger Woods and his TGR Foundation took over the Genesis Open at Riviera two years ago, and now the PGA Tour is elevating it to the same status as tournaments hosted by Jack Nicklaus and the late Arnold Palmer.

Still to be determined is whether Woods actually can win the one PGA Tour event that has his number.

Siakam red-hot as Raptors top Wizards

Sports
Neil Davidson
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Pascal Siakam got chants of “MVP, MVP.”

Jeremy Lin, just hours after landing in Toronto, got a standing ovation as he made his Raptors' debut.

It made for a feel-good night as Toronto, fuelled by Siakam's career-high 44 points in the absence of Kawhi Leonard (knee), held on to beat the Washington Wizards 129-120 in a back-and-forth game last night.

Penguins trip up reeling Oilers

Sports
Will Graves
The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH—The NHL's most electric play-maker swooping in on him and his team's one-goal lead very much in doubt, Pittsburgh Penguins' goalie Matt Murray did something that's kind of tough when Edmonton's Connor McDavid has the puck dangling on his stick and the game in the balance.

Murray waited. He figures he didn't really have a choice.

Unclaimed jackpot hurts state

International
The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C.—The winner of a $1.537-billion lottery jackpot in South Carolina has yet to come forward.

That means the state of South Carolina might be a big loser, too.

Economic officials estimated the winner would pay $61 million in state income taxes and put that money into the budget.

Unclaimed $1.5B jackpot could put hole in S. Carolina budget

International
By Jeffrey Collins The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The winner of a $1.537 billion lottery jackpot in South Carolina has yet to come forward. That means the state of South Carolina might be a big loser too.

Pumped milk differs: study

Lifestyles
Cassandra Szklarski
The Canadian Press

A new study offers possible clues to why babies who drink pumped breast milk are at greater risk of asthma, allergies and obesity than those who get it straight from the breast.

Cockroaches named after exes to be fed to Texas zoo animals

Lifestyles
The Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas — Not in the Valentine’s Day spirit? A Texas zoo has a cockroach that can help.

The El Paso Zoo is running a promotion called “Quit Bugging Me” that allows people to name cockroaches after ex-spouses, former friends or anyone else on the nope list. On Thursday, the cockroaches will be fed to various zoo animals.

Mainly sunny for weekend

Weather

It will be cloudy tonight, with an overnight low of minus-19 C (two below zero F) and northwest winds gusting up to 26 km/h.

Tomorrow will be mainly sunny, with a high of minus-11 (12) and low around minus-21 (six below).

Expect northwest winds gusting up to 18 km/h.

Atown

Around Town

The Muskie boys' hockey team will host the Dryden Eagles in their NorWOSSA regular-season finale today (Feb. 14) at 7 p.m. at “The Duke" (Couchiching Arena). It also will be "Parents' Night.” Admission is $7 for adults and $2 for students, with those under 12 being free.