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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - February 9, 2016

Solid delivery

Photos
Joey Payeur

Lead Andrea Schram was on target for the Muskie girls’ curling rink during Fort High’s 13-5 win over the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora) yesterday on Day 1 of the NorWOSSA finals at the Fort Frances Curling Club. The quartet, skiped by Erin Tomalty, went 2-1 to sit second in the standings behind the Sioux Lookout Warriors (3-0).

Mosaic project too pricey

News
Staff

The Town of Fort Frances won’t be participating in the Canada 150 Mosaic—a national project to create a mosaic mural for Canada’s 150th celebration in 2017.

Drugs seized

District
From the OPP

On Feb. 5 at 1:30 a.m., a traffic stop was conducted by members of the Rainy River District OPP in the Town of Fort Frances as a result of an on-going investigation.

Three people subsequently were arrested.

Roughly 33 grams of cocaine and a quantity of cash also was located and seized.

Shrove Tuesday

Photos
Heather Latter

Landon Johnson and Nevaeh Rudolph, Grade 1 students at St. Michael’s School, enjoyed pancakes this morning as the school celebrated Shrove Tuesday—the day before Lent begins. Several pancake suppers also are planned at local churches this evening.

Safer Internet Day supported

District
From the OPP

The OPP is supporting International Safer Internet Day and cyber safety awareness by encouraging young people and their families to T.H.I.N.K b4 U Send to ensure their safety in the online world.

International Safer Internet Day is Feb. 9.

It was created to promote safer and more responsible use of technology, especially among children and young people around the world.

Laker tops

Sports
Staff

It took 20 weeks but the best offensive producer in the SIJHL finally got his due.

Fort Frances Lakers’ forward Dylan Robertson yesterday was named the Amyotte’s Awards & Promotions performer-of-the-week after helping his team to a pair of weekend wins.

Loose puck

Photos
Joey Payeur

Muskie goalie Dylan Ossachuk had to contend with International Falls Broncos’ forward Riley Nemec (middle) while Nick Hahkala (right) arrived to lend a hand during the second period of Fort High’s 6-1 win last night at the Ice For Kids Arena in the much-anticipated revival of their annual exhibition game.

Muskies win ‘Border Battle’ revival

Sports
Joey Payeur

The International Falls Broncos brought a spirited fan base, a dose of stars-and-stripes fashion accessories, and cheerleaders on skates.

As for the Muskie boys’ hockey team, they settled for bringing most of the offence.

Man killed by falling object

National
The Associated Press

NEW DELHI—Scientists are analyzing a small blue object that plummeted from the sky and killed a man in southern India after authorities said it was a meteorite.

The object slammed into the ground at an engineering college over the weekend, shattering a water cooler and sending splinters and shards flying.

Anger heard about inquiry

National
Steve Lambert
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—Indigenous Affairs minister Carolyn Bennett met with the families of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Winnipeg yesterday and said she noticed a different tone from similar meetings in other cities.

“Today we heard many things a little bit different than other places,” Bennett said halfway through the day-long meeting.

Students lobby for free education

National
Jordan Press
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Facing higher-than-average unemployment and a growing threat of bankruptcy, post-secondary students are lobbying the federal government this month for billions in new spending to help cover the cost of university and college education.

Fortis buying electric transmission company ITC for $6.9B

Business
The Associated Press

NEW YORK Canadian utility Fortis is buying electric transmission company ITC Holdings in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $6.9 billion as it looks to further diversify its business.

ITC owns and runs high-voltage transmission facilities in Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.

Canadian investors staying the course despite market volatility: poll

Business
The Canadian Press

TORONTO Falling stock markets have not changed how most Canadian investors view their portfolios, a new poll suggests.

The online poll released Tuesday and conducted for CIBC (TSX:CM) found that 58 per cent of people surveyed say they’re sticking with their long-term investment strategy despite the recent market volatility.

Red-hot Raptors win again

Sports
Noah Trister THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

AUBURN HILLS, Mich.—When Andre Drummond’s shot from about 80 feet dropped straight through the net to end the third quarter, Toronto’s lead was down to five points and it looked like this game against the Detroit Pistons might come down to the wire.

Instead, Kyle Lowry and the Raptors put it out of reach pretty quickly.

Sens beat Lightning

Sports
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—For the first time in a long time, the Ottawa Senators are feeling good about themselves.

The Senators beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 last night, with Mark Stone leading the way with two goals and an assist.

Stone now has five goals and three assists in his past four games after having gone eight-straight without a point.

Jets sign ‘Big Buff’ to extension

Sports
The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS—“Big Buff” is off the NHL free-agent market.

NHL teams looking to add a rental defenceman before the trade deadline will have to look elsewhere as the Winnipeg Jets signed Dustin Byfuglien to a five-year, $38 million (U.S.) extension.

Panthers, Patriots early favourites to win 2017 Super Bowl

Sports
By Scott Sonner The Associated Press

Carolina and New England are the early favourites at Nevada sportsbooks to win the 2017 Super Bowl, followed by the Seahawks, Packers and Steelers.

The Panthers were listed Monday at 7-1 and the Patriots 8-1 at the William Hill Race & Sports Book, while Pregame.com set the line for New England at 9-1 and Carolina 10-1.

More registered drone operators than licensed pilots

Technology
By Joan Lowy The Associated Press

WASHINGTON The Federal Aviation Administration says there are now more registered drone operators in the U.S. than there are licensed pilots.

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told a legal forum on Monday that the agency passed the milestone last week when it topped 325,000 registered drone owners. There are 320,000 licensed pilots of manned aircraft.

Train crash in Germany kills at least 9, injures 150

International
By Matthias Schrader And Kirsten Grieshaber The Associated Press

BAD AIBLING, Germany Two commuter trains crashed head-on Tuesday morning in a remote area in southern Germany, killing at least nine people and injuring some 150, some of whom had to be cut out of the wreckage and transported across a river for medical care, police said.

S. Korea: North blew up rocket stage to confound analysts

International
By Eric Talmadge THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

TOKYO Minutes after North Korea launched its rocket, South Korea’s navy detected a rain of fragments falling into the sea and then a sooner-than-expected disappearance of the rocket from their radar, suggesting a possible failure. News outlets working in real time jumped on the idea. But it quickly proved wrong.

Indian scientists study chunk that fell from sky, killed man

International
By Nirmala George The Associated Press

NEW DELHI Scientists are analyzing a small blue object that plummeted from the sky and killed a man in southern India, after authorities said it was a meteorite.

7 steps to pairing great wines with hearty winter roasts

Recipes
By Michelle Locke The Associated Press

Nothing pairs quite so well with a midwinter day as an herb-crusted slab of meat roasting alongside a few root vegetables. And to toast that roast you’ll want a rich, flavourful wine that can stand up to the snappiest of cold snaps.

Here, experts dish up seven tips to pair with heartier fare.

IT’S OK TO ORDER THE MERLOT