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Picture the past

Photos
Duane Hicks

Curator Sherry George showed off several of the portraits donated to the Fort Frances Museum by local resident Rose Bernardi. These photos—and many more—are part of the new exhibit there focusing on portraits.

Town vows to ‘Fight the Blight’

News
Duane Hicks

The town will be rallying the whole community to do some extra spring cleaning this year.

As part of its ongoing efforts to address initiatives set out in its current strategic plan, the town will facilitate a community-wide clean-up campaign in May known as “Fight the Blight,” Fort Frances CAO Mark McCaig announced at Monday night’s council meeting.

Seniors look to revive fix-it shop

District
Heather Latter

Those who want to carve, cut, drill, saw, and create might not realize there is a space in Fort Frances where they can apply their woodworking skills—at no cost.

The Sister Kennedy Centre’s Fix-It Shop, a heated facility containing a variety of tools, has been under-utilized for some time and there’s an effort underway to revitalize it.

Fix-it shop

Photos
Heather Latter

Ken Noble showed off some of the tools in the Fix-It Shop at the Sister Kennedy Centre here last week. Seniors there are trying to rejuvenate the shop and those interested are invited to a meeting this Monday (Jan. 18) at 6:30 p.m. to share their ideas and ask questions.

More technology being used in local classrooms

District
Heather Latter

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) co-ordinators Brad Gushulak and Shane Beckett have been introducing new apps and technology in classrooms throughout the Rainy River District School Board for learning and communication purposes.

“They really have an impact on the students,” Gushulak told trustees at the board’s regular meeting here last Tuesday night.

Campbell aims to make mark

District
Heather Latter

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell believes there will be opportunities for her to make a difference this year.

And with plenty of challenges on the horizon, she has pledged to work diligently on behalf of the constituents of Rainy River District.

‘Summer Nights’

Photos
Duane Hicks

Kenzie McClain, left, and Sophia Black sang “Summer Nights” from “Grease” last Wednesday evening at McMillan Hall (Knox United Church) during auditions for the upcoming “Show Us Your Talent” fundraiser for the Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts. That concert will be held Thursday, Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at McMillan Hall.

Chief ‘positive’ about future

District
Duane Hicks

Chief Sarah Mainville is positive about opportunities for Couchiching First Nation in 2016.

And with the band election set for Feb. 24, she is hopeful she’ll get another two years to work with the band council and continue the work they’ve started to see those plans carried through.

Canadians fourth at home tourney

Sports
Staff

They didn’t get the results they wanted but it wasn’t from a lack of trying.

The Fort Frances PeeWee ‘AA’ Canadians settled for fourth place at their home tournament this past weekend—losing a pair of games Sunday that saw them get down but never quit trying to get back up.

Close tabs

Photos
Joey Payeur

Warroad Warriors’ defenceman Blake Norris (4) kept close tabs on captain Matt Spence of the Fort Frances PeeWee ‘AA’ Canadians during the third period of Warroad’s 6-3 semi-final win in the Canadians’ home tournament Sunday at the ’52 Canadians Arena.

Silver rink wins Bantam regionals

Sports
Joey Payeur

Andre Morin never should have woken the sleeping giant.

The Red Lake skip gave his Fort Frances counterpart, Chris Silver, more than a bit of trouble in the latter’s opening 8-7 win Friday at the Region 1 Bantam boys’ curling championships in Sioux Lookout.

Strachan opts to bring home twin brothers

Sports
Joey Payeur

The phone line couldn’t conceal the enthusiasm of Nolan and Davis Ross as they get set to finish their junior hockey careers in front of the people who know and love them best.

Thanks to a swap Sunday just ahead of the CJHL trade deadline, the 20-year-old twins will lace up the blades for their hometown Lakers beginning tonight against the host Dryden GM Ice Dogs.

Winnipeg doctor’s equation helping physicians predict kidney failure

Health & Wellness
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG A Winnipeg doctor’s study on preventing kidney failure is getting recognition in the medical community.

Dr. Navdeep Tangri created a model to predict kidney failure, which was developed at the Seven Oaks Hospital Chronic Disease Innovation Centre.

Tangri developed an equation which can be used to predict which patients are at risk of kidney failure.

Self-driving cars improve, but still need human help

Technology
By Justin Pritchard The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES Google’s futuristic self-driving cars needed some old-fashioned human intervention to avoid 11 crashes during testing on California roads, the company revealed Tuesday, results it says are encouraging but show the technology has yet to reach the goal of not needing someone behind the wheel.

Search for missing Malaysian airliner has found a second 19th century shipwreck in the Indian Ocean

International
By Rod McGuirk THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CANBERRA, Australia The undersea search for the Malaysian airliner that vanished almost two years ago has found a second 19th century shipwreck deep in the Indian Ocean off the west Australian coast, officials said Wednesday.

Goodbye ‘God Save the Queen’? UK debates new England anthem

International
By Jill Lawless The Associated Press

LONDON Will England bid goodbye to “God Save the Queen”?

British lawmakers agreed Wednesday to consider replacing the royalist song that serves as England’s anthem at sporting events.