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‘Wolf’-ing down

Duane Hicks

This carnivorous canine caused traffic to stop yesterday as the public watched it feed on a deer carcass on the ice not far from Rainy Lake Sports and Tackle. While there remains much debate online over whether the animal was a wolf or coyote, it certainly got its 15 minutes of fame.

Dozens stand for election


Nearly three dozen men and women have been nominated to run for Couchiching chief and council in the Feb. 24 election.

The four nominations for chief include incumbent Sara Mainville, along with Louis “Smokey” Bruyere, Scott McPherson, and Brian Perrault.

Families invited to French event

Heather Latter

The local chapter of the Canadian Parents for French, in conjunction with the Northwest Catholic District School Board, are inviting families to attend a French event—“Rencontre & Raconter”—this Tuesday (Jan. 19) from 4:30-7 p.m.

“It’s an evening of food, games, stories, prizes, and more,” enthused Aimee Matheson, who is president of the newly-established chapter.

Treaty #3 Police seeking recruits

Press Release

If you are ready to make a difference in your community, want to be part of the solution, and embrace new challenges, this is your time to join the Treaty #3 Police Service.

Interested applicants for police officer positions are invited to attend an information session with our recruiting staff.

Dance class

Duane Hicks

Laurie Witherspoon and Steve Lindberg practised their steps during a dance class led by Frank and Donna Walton yesterday evening at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. The classes will run there each Wednesday for the next seven weeks. Registrations are closed.

Dustin dynamite for Fury


Whatever plan the Boston Pizza Ball Blasters may have had to stop Bryanna Dustin last night didn’t work.

Dustin netted six goals to power the Fine Foods Fury to an 11-3 romp in the Borderland Women’s Indoor Soccer League action last night at Fort High.

Team Red falls twice


Better ahead than Red.

So went the story of Tuesday night’s doubleheader in the Fort Frances Men’s Basketball League at J.W. Walker, which saw Team Red suffer two losses.

In a hard-fought contest that went down to the wire, Team White held off Team Red 69-64.

Dustin Mowe paced Team White (2-5) with 18 points.

John Sivonen netted a game-high 29 for Team Red (2-5).

Carlson leads Knights


Fort Frances native Megan Carlson had a big hand in helping the Lynn University Fighting Knights capture top team honours at their first-annual Sprint Invitational in Boca Raton, Fla. on Saturday.

With 705 points, the Knights easily outdistanced the second-place East Stroudsberg (Pa.) Warriors, who finished with 473.

Girls’ hockey scores


It was a busy weekend for the Fort Frances Girls’/Women’s Hockey Association both here and out of town.

The Fort Frances Atom ‘AA’ Calder Legal Eagles hung in with the Gillons’ Atoms (FFMHA) before falling 1-0 on Saturday.

Several teams from the FFGWHA then headed to Dryden for the annual Kathy Sanders Memorial tournament.

Bantams take silver in Kenora


The Kenora Thistles once again were a thorn in the side of the Fort Frances Bantam ‘AA’ Canadians.

Jacob Frankcom netted a pair of goals, including the game-winner four minutes into the third period, to lead the host Thistles to a 3-1 win over the Canadians in the final of the ‘AA’ Bantam Challenge Cup on Sunday.

Brady Bodnarchuk netted the Canadians’ lone goal.

All Muskie rinks strong at qualifier


They’re heading for home—and for home-ice advantage, as well.

The three Muskie curling rinks served notice that they plan to defend their respective NorWOSSA titles to the end as all showed well at the league qualifier in Sioux Lookout, which wrapped up Tuesday.

Lakers lose again


New blood in the Fort Frances Lakers’ lineup also meant a new outcome—but not the one the squad was hoping for.

Former Laker Ben Smaha scored the game-winner in the third period last night as the host Dryden GM Ice Dogs won 4-2—their first in nine tries this season against Fort Frances.

Trio of Powerball winners

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES—An eye-popping and unprecedented Powerball jackpot, whose rise to $1.6 billion became a national fascination, will be split three ways.

The winners’ identities remain a mystery but they bought their tickets in Florida, Tennessee, and an L.A. suburb where even lottery losers were celebrating yesterday that such heady riches were won in their modest city.

Quicker spending on infrastructure mulled

Joan Bryden
Jordan Press
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Trudeau government is “actively considering” speeding up promised investments in infrastructure in a bid to stimulate Canada’s rapidly-deteriorating economy.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised during last fall’s election campaign to pump an additional $60 billion over 10 years into infrastructure projects.

‘Harry Potter’ star dies

Jill Lawless
The Associated Press

LONDON—British actor Alan Rickman, a classically-trained stage star and sensual screen villain in the “Harry Potter” saga and other films, has died.

Rickman’s family said that the actor died early today in London at age 69 after a battle with cancer.

Shaw selling media division

The Canadian Press

CALGARY—Shaw Communications is selling its media division to Corus Entertainment for $2.65 billion—a deal that will help fund the telecom company’s purchase of Wind Mobile.

Shaw Media includes the Global Television network and 19 specialty channels, including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, and Showcase—formerly part of the Canwest business group before it was split up.

Cable news network Al Jazeera America to shut down


PASADENA, Calif. The Al Jazeera America cable news network said Wednesday it will shut down two and a half years after its launch, a victim of a rough business environment and political headwinds it could not conquer.

’Wolves mired in skid

The Associated Press

HOUSTON—The Houston Rockets finally are on a roll, playing the way they expected to—but didn’t—to start the season.

James Harden had 27 points and 11 assists as the Rockets got their season-high fifth-straight win—a 107-104 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves last night.

“We’re playing for each other. That’s the most important thing,” said Harden.

Leafs fall to Blue Jackets

Kyle Cicerella
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Toronto coach Mike Babcock knew his team was in trouble once they had to climb out of an early hole.

Rookie Joonas Korpisalo made 41 saves, and Boone Jenner opened the scoring in the first period, as the last-place Columbus Blue Jackets held on for a 3-1 win over the Maple Leafs last night.

Anglicans sanction US Episcopal Church over gay marriage

By Rachel Zoll The Associated Press

NEW YORK Anglican leaders on Thursday temporarily restricted the role of the U.S. Episcopal Church in their global fellowship as a sanction over the church’s acceptance of gay marriage.

Brazen attacks in Jakarta leave 5 gunmen, 2 others dead

By Niniek Karmini The Associated Press

JAKARTA, Indonesia Attackers set off explosions at a Starbucks cafe in a bustling shopping area in Indonesia’s capital and waged gunbattles with police Thursday, leaving bodies in the streets as office workers watched in terror from high-rise buildings.

French Jews ask: Is wearing your faith a risk, or a right?


PARIS Religious Jews in Marseille are facing a wrenching choice: Whether to wear the skullcap that proclaims their religion or tuck it away in hopes of staying safe.

China faces nuclear energy choice: reprocess or not?

By Matthew Pennington The Associated Press

WASHINGTON China is coming to a crossroads as it hurriedly increases nuclear power production to cope with rising electricity demand and cut carbon emissions: Should it reprocess its nuclear waste or store it?

The Food and Drug Administration says a potato genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine

By Keith Ridler The Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho The Food and Drug Administration says a potato genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine is as safe as any other potato on the market.

$1.6 billion Powerball jackpot goes to 3 winners in 3 states

By Andrew Dalton The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES An eye-popping and unprecedented Powerball jackpot whose rise to $1.6 billion became a national fascination will be split three ways.

The winners’ identities remain a mystery, but they bought their tickets in Florida, Tennessee and a Los Angeles suburb where even lottery losers were celebrating Thursday that such heady riches were won in their modest city.

California Lottery: Winning Powerball ticket sold in LA area

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES A winning ticket in Wednesday night’s record $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot was sold in suburban Los Angeles, a spokesman for the California lottery says.

It could take several hours before officials know whether any winning tickets were sold elsewhere. The winning numbers were 4-8-19-27-34 and Powerball 10.

Australia resists US pressure to boost efforts against IS


CANBERRA, Australia Australia said Thursday that it was among 40 countries urged by the United States to increase their military contributions in Iraq and Syria following the Paris attacks in November. But Australia told the U.S. that its commitment would remain largely unchanged.

@Headline:Border Patrol reunites mother, baby separated at border

By Astrid Galvan The Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. A mother and her young child were reunited by U.S. Border Patrol agents after they were separated by a smuggler while trying to cross into the United States illegally, officials said Wednesday.

The reunion occurred after agents near Douglas apprehended a Guatemalan woman who was carrying a baby boy about 15 months old who wasn’t hers.

@Headline:North Korea says nuclear test shows it could ‘wipe out’ US

By Edith M. Lederer The Associated Press

North Korea’s U.N. mission claimed Wednesday that its successful nuclear bomb test showed that it could now “wipe out” the United States, as the U.N. Security Council grappled with a response to the underground blast.

Average age of new US moms at all-time high, now over 26

By Mike Stobbe The Associated Press

NEW YORK The average age of first-time mothers is at an all-time high in the U.S — over 26.

The change is largely due to a big drop in teen moms. But more first births to older women also are tugging the number up, said T.J. Mathews of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Super Bowl sliders

By Sara Moulton The Associated Press

Big provisions are required to watch the big game, and nothing’s more substantial than a burger, even in its mini form ‚Äî the slider.

Donna Hay recipes for porchetta, roasted squash salad, share cookie

The Canadian Press

In her most recent cookbook, “The New Easy,” Donna Hay offers ways to make life easier for home cooks.

She thinks there are two separate agendas weeknights and weekends.