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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - January 22, 2020

Agriculture Day aims to strengthen consumer-producer relationship

News
Press Release

Canadians are being asked to raise a fork to Canadian agriculture as part of a national social media campaign to celebrate Canada's Agriculture Day on Feb. 11.

Public input sought for mill properties

News
Sam Odrowski

The town recently hired consultants to create redevelopment plans at the Shevlin Wood Yard and Mowatt Nursing Station.

Winnipeg based, HTFC Planning and Design, will be working with the town through 2020 to conduct land-use and economic feasibility studies at both of the former Resolute properties.

Mental health course set for farmers

News
Sam Odrowski

Canadian farmers face a variety of challenges in their everyday work that can contribute to deteriorating mental health, such as market volatility, poor weather, and unpredictable harvests.

Library here faces growing ebook challenges

News
Sam Odrowski

The cost to libraries for purchasing ebooks is climbing and access to new titles is being limited.

Publishers started to place an embargo on all of their new releases in Canada and the U.S., forcing readers to wait eight weeks before books become available at their local library.

Non-profit financial institution lands funding

News
Ken Kellar

A local Aboriginal Financial Institution has received funding that will allow them to support local Indigenous projects and businesses.

Volunteers wanted for owl survey

News
Submitted by Henry Miller
Tales from the Wild Side

Besides the Christmas bird count (see table for results), the Rainy River Valley Field Naturalists participate in the Nocturnal Owl Survey, which involves travelling along a pre-determined route year after year in April. The club has five routes. We begin half an hour after sunset and end at midnight, stopping every 1.6 km to play a CD of owl calls and to listen for owls.

Borderland Pride grateful for Moffat money

News
Staff

Borderland Pride received a boost in funding for their annual festivities last year which helped greatly in hosting a variety of events throughout the community.

The Winnipeg Foundation's Moffat Family Fund is a charitable organization that donates to 12 communities outside of Winnipeg each year and Fort Frances received a total of $93,000.

4-H to bestow honourary memberships

District
Press Release

OTTAWA-4-H Canada is pleased to announce the naming of Carm Hamilton, P.Ag. (Ontario), and Kim McConnell, C.M. (Alberta), as Honourary Members of 4-H Canada.

Proudly supported by RBC, 4-H Canada's Honourary Membership is a distinction bestowed upon individuals whose dedication and passionate contributions have advanced the 4-H movement in Canada.

'Country Rewind' to perform next month

District
Dave Ogilvie
Emo correspondent

The Country Band, “Country Rewind” will perform some of the greatest country hits, Karaoke Style in the Emo Legion on Feb. 8, 2020, starting at 7 p.m. The cost of admission for the evening of entertainment and dancing will be only $5. Sing along, dance and enjoy a night down memory lane with this group from Atikokan. Come out for a great evening and support the Emo Legion.

Kick up your heels in Barwick!

District
Robin McCormick
Devlin correspondent

You can kick up your heels in Barwick this Saturday, Jan. 25 beginning at 7 p.m. This “Country Jam” always proves to be fun event, with a variety of musicians performing. The cost to attend is $5, which includes pop, water, coffee and snacks.

The next Emo Country Jam is scheduled for March 13 at the Emo Legion.

Kindergarten registration coming up in March

District
Press Release

The school boards in Northwestern Ontario have teamed up to once again offer families a Regional Kindergarten Registration Week for 2020. During this special week, March 2 - March 6, schools across the region will be hosting open house events and activities to support families with registering their child for school for Sept. 2020.

Are you seeing clearly?

Health & Wellness
Press Release

Nothing is quite as important to a child starting school as the ability to see clearly. Those young minds are like sponges, soaking up information at a prodigious rate. But if they have to struggle to see the books, boards, and displays around them, their early education as well as their lifetime vision health could be seriously impaired.

CMHA helping dementia patients

Health & Wellness
Ken Kellar

In someone else's hands, an old puzzle might be just that, but in the hands of a dementia patient, it can be a game-changer.

The Fort Frances Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) recently began working with La Verendrye General Hospital to provide activation materials to the patients at the hospital who live with different types of dementia.

Muskie hoops squads wrangle Broncos

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Muskie junior and senior boys' basketball teams are aiming to get better each and every game they play and so far both squads have enjoyed success more often than not this season.

The juniors rebounded from their first loss of the season, a 49-41 setback to the host Dryden Eagles back on Jan. 9, with a solid 46-38 win over the visiting Kenora Broncos last Thursday afternoon.

Muskie skiers ready to take on NWOSSAA

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Hard work and dedication generally gets athletes rewarded and the members of the Muskie Nordic skiing team was full of smiles after reaping the benefits at the NorWOSSA championships held at the Mount Evergreen Ski Club Trails in Kenora on Friday.

Muskie boys use balanced attack to rout Broncos

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Teamwork makes the dream work and it was all hands on deck for the Muskie boys' hockey team last Tuesday night against the visiting Kenora Broncos.

The Muskies flexed their offensive muscles, getting goals from 10 different skaters as they cruised to a 16-1 rout of the Broncos in their annual “Parents' Night” game at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Muskie girls triumphant in 'Border Battle'

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The bragging rights belong to this side of the border this season.

Captain Jill Calder and Abbie Kenny both scored twice to pace the Muskie girls' hockey team to an impressive 7-0 romp over the International Falls Broncos in the finale of their annual two-game “Border Battle” exhibition series on Monday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

NLSS skaters shine at 'Ice Box Days' event

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The local Northern Lights School of Skating had 12 figure skaters participate in the ninth-annual Ice Box Days Competition, sponsored by the International Falls Figure Skating Club, held at Bronco Arena on Sunday.

A total of four skaters from the Pre-StarSkate (which is a modified learn-to-skate program with an introduction to figure skating) participated, with excellent results.

Lakers well-rested for clash with Norskies

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Fort Frances Lakers have been at the mercy of Mother Nature of late and have had plenty of time to rest and work on any weaknesses in their game.

Muskie spike squads tame Broncos

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The good times kept on rolling for the Muskie girls' volleyball teams last week against the visiting Kenora Broncos.

Both squads came away with straight sets wins to improve upon their league-best records in NorWOSSA action at Fort High last Thursday afternoon.

Rangers nab title at Atom 'A' tourney

Sports
Staff

Manny Allam single-handedly willed the Westfort Rangers to the title at the Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association's annual Atom 'A' tournament this past weekend.

The Rangers' sniper scored a whopping five times as the Rangers pulled out a 6-4 win over the Neebing Blackhawks in the 'A' final on Sunday afternoon at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Paint Nite

Photos

The Rainy Lake Gymnastic Academy's Paint Nite fundraiser saw a fun-filled night of creative activity and inspiration for all who attended the event at the Fort Frances Legion Br. 29 on Friday. Individuals were provided with the materials and guidance to paint a scenic landscape and take it home.

-Sam Odrowski photo

Lions pride

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Jodi Caul, past president of the Emo Lions Club, has been busy providing Spot Vision Screening tests to Kindergarten and Grade 1 students across the district. The Lions Club International website states, “Eighty percent of all visual impairment can be prevented or cured. The first step to prevention is awareness.” -Submitted photo

Solo beader

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Lavern Caul shared a big smile as she worked away at her beaded mitten project during a workshop at the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre last Thursday. A similar wokrshop is being held tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.

-Submitted photo

Seniors companion project

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CMHA Fort Frances geriatric mental health worker Sarah-lynn Klassen and Seniors Companion Project co-ordinator Andrea Avis led the first group of prospective volunteers through an information session for the project on Monday afternoon at the Fort Frances Public Library.

Beading pair

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Millie Witherspoon, left and Sue Hatfield worked away at their beaded mitten projects during a workshop at the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre last Thursday. The event was part of the historical centre's Ozhichigan Workshops series that's being offered until March. The Ojibwe meaning of Ozhichigan is to make something good with your hands, in a meaningful and spiritual way.

Teachers strike

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Teachers and other education workers from each of the local unions took to the streets this week in protest of the cuts and changes made by the Ontario government.

Rickford RR Tribal

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Submitted photo

Kenora-Rainy River MPP and Minister of Indigenous Affairs Greg Rickford spoke with area First Nation chiefs and members of the Rainy Lake Tribal Area Business and Financial Services Corporation following an announcement at Seven Generations Education Institue's Fort Frances campus on Jan. 10.

Showing art

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Stacey Cridland, left, Grace Cridland, Lori Ford and Christine Cridland shared their artwork from Paint Nite at the Fort Frances Legion Br. 29 on Thursday evening. The event helped support the not-for-profit Rainy Lake Gymnastics Academy and generated $930. -Submitted photo

Gussy pic

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Submitted

Getting a break from winter in Sunset Country down Florida is a nice getaway.

Machura skiing

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of Zahraa Hmood/Kenora Miner and News

Kayli Machura blasted her way to a silver-medal finish during the senior girls' 4K race at the NorWOSSA Nordic skiing championships held in Kenora on Friday.

Looking to pass

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Jacob Albright looked for an option to pass to as he skated with the puck behind the Kenora Broncos' goal during the third period of the Muskies boys' hockey team's 16-1 rout last Tuesday night in NorWOSSA action at the Ice For Kids Arena. The Muskies scored early and often in what also was their annual “Parents' Night” game.

Fighting to score

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Jamie Mountain

Sean Huziak fought through some great defence from the Kenora Broncos in attempt to score while underneath the basket during the fourth quarter of the Muskie senior boys' basketball team's 58-40 win last Thursday afternoon in NorWOSSA action at Fort High.

Spiking it over

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Jamie Mountain

Jamie Spencer had her athletic ability on full display as she attempted a killshot over the hands of her Kenora Broncos' opponents during the second set of the Muskie senior girls' volleyball team's 2-0 win over the Kenora Broncos here last Thursday.

Full steam ahead

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Jamie Mountain

Caleb Allan had a full head of steam as he powered his way down the court during the fourth quarter of the Muskie senior boys' basketball team's 58-40 romp on Thursday afternoon here. Allan scored eight points to help pace the Muskies to their fifth NorWOSSA win of the season.

Blizzard Run

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Submitted

For the third consecutive year, Priscilla Miller, pictured here crossing the finish line, took first place at the “Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run” during the 40th Annual Icebox Day in International Falls on Saturday. Miller was the first female of 97 to cross the finish line in the women's 5K race, clocking in with a time of 25:06.

Rounding the net

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Jamie Mountain

Kathryn Fischer skated around the stick check of Kenora Broncos' defender Anna Johnson and worked her way out of the corner in the offensive zone during the Muskie girls' hockey team's 7-1 win in NorWOSSA action last Tuesday night at the '52 Canadians Arena. The Muskies improved to 5-1 in league play with the win.

Calming puck

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Boden Councillor of the Emo Express Green did his best to settle the puck down during first-period play of the 'B' final on Sunday afternoon.

Eyeing puck

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Jamie Mountain

Parker Wiersema of the Exmo Express Green, left, tried to keep his International Falls Squirts' opponent from getting possession of the puck during the second period of his squad's 4-0 loss in the 'B' final of the Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association's annual Atom 'A' tournament on Sunday afternoon at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Chance in front

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Jill Calder slipped in behind the International Falls Broncos' defence and had a glorious scoring chance on Broncos' goalie Macey Marcotte during the first period of the Muskie girls' hockey team's 7-0 rout in the finale of their annual two-game “Border Battle” exhibition series on Monday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Muskie jr. block

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Leah Seguin (16) and Emma Yerxa formed a brick wall on defence to execute a perfect block on a kill attempt during the first set of the Muskie junior girls' volleyball team's 2-0 win over the Kenora Bronocs in NorWOSSA action last Thursday afternoon at Fort High.

Headed for basket

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Ashton Barnes turned on the jets as he cut towards the basket with the ball during the second half of the Muskie junior boys' basketball team's 46-38 win over the Kenora Broncos in NorWOSSA action last Thursday afternoon here.

Chance of flurries tonight

Weather

Tonight will be mainly cloudy with a chance of flurries and freezing drizzle with a low of -11 C (12).

Tomorrow will see a mix of sun and cloud, becoming cloudy overnight, with a high of minus-five (23) and a low of -11 (12).

Friday will be cloudy with cloudy periods overnight and a high of minus-two (28) with a low of -11 (12).