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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - February 16, 2016

‘Ready, set, go!’

Duane Hicks

Camron Oster, left, and his sister, Jordyn, got ready to speed down the snowhill yesterday during the Alberton recreation committee’s 15th-annual winter fun day at the Millennium Park there. Fun Family Day activities also were going on in Fort Frances, Emo, Barwick, and elsewhere in the district.

Market square input invited


Have an idea to help make the future Rainy Lake Market Square the best it can be?

A come-and-go open house is being held today (Feb. 16) from 4-7 p.m. at the Memorial Sports Centre auditorium.

The public is welcome to speak with representatives from Winnipeg-based architecture firm Scatliff Miller Murray on what they want to see in a market square.

Muskie squads triumph


Both Muskie hockey teams came away victorious over their upcoming NorWOSSA semi-final opponents, but in two very different ways.

The girls’ squad routed the Warriors 14-0 on Sunday for their 10th-straight league win.

Heading out

Joey Payeur

The enthusiasm was noticeable among those who pulled out from the starting point on Eighth Street here Saturday morning as the Borderland Snowmobile Club held a poker run to Emo and back. About 15 sledders took part, with the club planning to stage more such runs in the coming weeks.

Lakers nab pair of weekend wins

Joey Payeur

Slow start, stupendous finish.

Davis Ross scored in the fourth round of the shootout as the Fort Frances Lakers edged the Dryden GM Ice Dogs 5-4 in a Family Day matinee at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Slain police officer remembered fondly

Sidhartha Banerjee
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—A Quebec police constable who died in the line of duty has been remembered by friends as a go-to guy who always was ready to lend an ear.

“In my heart, I lost a brother,” Simon Villeneuve said of his friend, Thierry Leroux, who was shot Saturday night as he and another officer responded to a domestic call.

Ban flattered Trudeau to get funding: Tories

Mike Blanchfield
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—To hear Ban Ki-Moon tell it, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s rapprochement with the United Nations was nothing short of the return of the prodigal son.

Missing, murdered women toll ‘way bigger’: Bennett

Kristy Kirkup
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The number of missing and murdered indigenous women across the country is “way bigger” than 1,200, Indigenous Affairs minister Carolyn Bennett said yesterday.

Her comments came as the government marked the end of a consultation process with the families of victims as it prepares to establish a public inquiry into these losses.

Americans sending less lobster to Canada as processing grows

By Patrick Whittle The Associated Press

SACO, Maine America’s lobster industry is sending less of its catch to Canada as processing grows in New England, and the growth could have widespread ramifications for consumers who are demanding more lobster products every year.

@Headline:New research finds noise harder on children than adults

Health & Wellness
By Lauran Neergaard The Associated Press

WASHINGTON From the cacophony of day care to the buzz of TV and electronic toys, noise is more distracting to a child’s brain than an adult’s, and new research shows it can hinder how youngsters learn.

Warriors out to chase history

Brian Mahoney
The Associated Press

TORONTO—The Golden State Warriors are chasing history.

Everyone else in the NBA is chasing them.

The defending champs have been so dominant that they already could be a 50-win team this weekend.

And unless opponents start figuring out a way to slow Stephen Curry and the league’s most potent offence, they could be the best team ever by the time they’re done.

’Hawks rout Leafs

Jay Cohen
The Associated Press

CHICAGO—The sell-out crowd chanted “M-V-P! M-V-P!” and Patrick Kane cracked a wry grin.

It was a sweet ending to a difficult homestand for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Kane had a goal and three assists as the Blackhawks stopped a three-game slide with a dominant 7-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs last night.

South Korea’s leader warns of North Korea collapse

By Hyung-Jin Kim The Associated Press

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of South Korea’s president warned Tuesday that rival North Korea faces collapse if it doesn’t abandon its nuclear bomb program, an unusually strong broadside that will likely infuriate Pyongyang.

Still barking, Uno remains most popular Westminster pooch

By Ben Walker The Associated Press

NEW YORK After all these years, Uno is still No. 1.

More than 2,700 dogs entered in the Westminster Kennel Club show that started Monday, with a couple of clear favourites. Rumor the German shepherd and Charlie the Skye terrier head the pack, and could be picked as the nation’s top pooch.

A borzoi, a shih tzu and bulldog took winning steps, too.

Iceberg nearly erases penguin colony

Luis Andres Henao
The Associated Press

SANTIAGO, Chile—Scientists say an estimated 150,000 Adelie penguins have been wiped out on Antarctica’s Cape Denison in the five years since a giant iceberg blocked their main access to food.

New tarantula species named after singer Johnny Cash

By Janet McConnaughey The Associated Press

A tarantula named after singer Johnny Cash is among 14 new species identified by scientists who spent a decade collecting the hairy spiders and studying nearly 3,000 of them.

The spider doesn’t sing, but it’s black and can be found near the California prison that was the setting of Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.”

Antarctica study: Iceberg nearly erases penguin population

By Luis Andres Henao The Associated Press

SANTIAGO, Chile Scientists say an estimated 150,000 Adelie penguins have been wiped out on Antarctica’s Cape Denison in the five years since a giant iceberg blocked their main access to food.

Beefy, beany stew is warm, simple meal with slow cooker ease

By Melissa D’Arabian The Associated Press

There are two kinds of people ‚Äî fans of slow-cookers and those who haven’t tried them. I’m definitely the former.