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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - January 4, 2016

Driver nabbed

District
From the OPP

On Jan. 1 around 2:40 a.m., the Rainy River District OPP conducted a traffic stop near Portage Avenue and First Street East.

After speaking with the driver, it was determined she had been drinking.

The driver, 31-year-old woman from Naicatchewenin First Nation, failed the roadside test and subsequently was arrested.

Muskie girls claim tourney title

Sports
Staff

The Muskie girls’ hockey team stared defeat in the face and made it blink.

Annalise Hayes netted the game-winner 3:28 into overtime as the sixth-seeded Muskies erased a 2-0 deficit in the third period to beat the fourth-ranked St. Francis/North Branch Fighting Saints 3-2 in the Red Division final of the 2015 Schwan Cup in Blaine, Mn. on Friday.

Lakers win pair

Sports
Staff

Happy New Year, same old story.

Pierce Dushenko was brilliant with 49 saves, and Roshen Jaswal had a goal and an assist, as the Fort Frances Lakers edged the host Dryden GM Ice Dogs 4-3 in SIJHL action last night.

Beaudry has shot at semi-finals

Sports
Staff

It was nothing personal; just business that Hailey Beaudry had to take care of.

Beaudry opened with a four-ender, then finished with a five-ender in a 16-2 rout of fellow Fort Frances skip Ashley Payne last night at the junior women’s provincial curling championships in Sioux Lookout.

Third goal

Photos
Joey Payeur

Laker Dylan Kooner (10) shoved the puck past English River Miners’ goalie Reid Kilburn late in the third period Saturday night at the Ice For Kids Arena to give the hosts a 3-1 lead. The Lakers went on to a 4-1 win.

Taking the plunge

Photos
Cameron Penney

Joanne Ogden, left, and Danette McIntyre jumped into the icy waters of Sand Bay on New Year’s Day for the annual “Polar Plunge” organized by the local Voyageurs Lions Club. Some 19 jumpers took the plunge this year and raised a total of $7,222.

Trip draw

Photos
Staff

Kiwanian Pam Buttner and her husband, Larry, drew the “Trip of the Month” draw winner for January this morning at International Travel Services. Heather Johnson of Fort Frances is heading to Paris, France—a trip valued at $4,950. Next month’s trip is to Roatan, Honduras ($4,200).

Top CEOs saw slight pay dip

National
Alexandra Posadzki
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Canada’s highest-paid CEOs saw their compensation dip two percent from 2013 to 2014 but they still raked in an average of $8.96 million each, according to a new study.

The think tank that conducted the research, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, said that’s 184 times more than the average wage in Canada.

Twins born ‘year’ apart

National
The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO—Twins in San Diego are getting some attention because, though born just minutes apart, one has a birthday in 2015 and the other in 2016.

Jaelyn Valenica was born New Year’s Eve at 11:59 p.m.

Her twin brother, Luis Valencia Jr., arrived at 12:01 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

Mammoth tusk found

National
The Canadian Press

SASKATOON—A woolly mammoth tusk believed to be between 12,000 and 15,000 years old has been discovered at a gravel pit east of Saskatoon.

Tim Tokaryk of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum said the fossil was found by Inland Aggregates at its work site last fall.

Tokaryk said the tusk will help expand knowledge of where woolly mammoths once roamed.

Wonky weather having impact on winter roads

National
Kristy Kirkup
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Wonky weather conditions are prompting aboriginal leaders to raise concerns about the impact of climate change on winter roads, which serve as lifelines for food, fuel, and other necessities in several northern communities.

Carolina, Denver top seeds

Sports
Tim Booth
The Associated Press

Carolina closed out its remarkable season by wrapping up home-field advantage in the NFC.

Denver turned to Peyton Manning to take advantage of New England’s slip-up in the AFC.

And Rex Ryan made certain to continue the N.Y. Jets’ playoff drought.

Ducks beat Jets

Sports
The Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif.—After a miserable start to the season, the Anaheim Ducks have climbed all the way back into playoff position.

That might not seem like much in the jumbled Pacific Division, but for now they’ll gladly take it.

Vikings win to nab division title

Sports
Genaro C. Armas
The Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis.—A smiling Adrian Peterson held the football high in the air as if he had just won a trophy.

The Minnesota Vikings are back atop the NFC North.

Armed protesters at Oregon wildlife refuge call militia from around nation to join them

International
The Associated Press

BURNS, Ore. The remote high desert of eastern Oregon became the latest flashpoint for anti-government sentiment as armed protesters occupied a national wildlife refuge to object to a prison sentence for local ranchers for burning federal land.

Draining will turn Paris Canal Saint-Martin into puddle, then dry ditch for cleaning

International
The Associated Press

PARIS A Paris canal will be drained this week for cleaning, first into a puddle and then into a dry ditch.

Canal Saint-Martin, popular with Parisians and visitors alike for its arched bridges, locks and trendy surrounding neighbourhood, will be emptied for the first time in 14 years beginning Monday.

After Saudi-Iran cut, kingdom’s allies start scaling down their ties to Iran as tensions soar

International
By Ali Akbar Dareini And Jon Gambrell The Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran Allies of Saudi Arabia followed the kingdom’s lead and on Monday began scaling down their diplomatic ties to Iran in the wake of the ransacking of Saudi diplomatic missions in the Islamic Republic, violence that was sparked by the Saudis’ execution of a prominent Shiite cleric.

Two-year twins: Babies born to San Diego couple minutes apart, but in 2015 and 2016

People
The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO Twins in San Diego are getting some attention because, though born just minutes apart, one has a birthday in 2015 and one in 2016.

Jaelyn Valenica was born New Year’s Eve at 11:59 p.m. Her twin brother, Luis Valencia Jr., arrived at 12:01 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

White House South Lawn becomes first lady’s grassy stage

People
By Darlene Superville The Associated Press

WASHINGTON Michelle Obama’s affection for the White House South Lawn has grown just like the sweet potatoes and carrots she plants there.

During seven years as first lady, Mrs. Obama has often used her family’s temporary backyard as a grassy stage from which to promote a lifestyle built around plenty of fresh, nutritious food and lots of exercise.