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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - January 6, 2016

Big splash

Photos
Cameron Penney

Ingrid Ellis, left, along with Kenzie Begin and Claudia Ellis, were chilled to the bone once they made a big splash into Sand Bay during the annual “Polar Plunge” on New Year’s Day. A total of 19 jumpers raised $7,222.

‘Polar Plunge’ offers a thrill for jumpers

News
Cameron Penney

Although the Fort Frances Voyageur Lions Club’s annual “Polar Plunge” survived the threat of thin ice, fewer jumpers than expected plunged into the frigid waters of Sand Bay on New Year’s Day here this year.

Nineteen jumpers took the plunge and raised $7,222.

Rusnak rolling up sleeves

News
Duane Hicks

Pre-budget consultations and working with a new Northern Ontario Liberal caucus are just two of the items on the agenda for rookie Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Don Rusnak to kick off 2016.

Safe perimeter

Photos
Staff

A 34-year-old man from Fort Frances surrendered to police and was taken into custody around 9:35 a.m. today after he had barricaded himself in a residence on the 200 block of Second Street East just after 10 p.m. last night. A police perimeter remained up this morning until the arrest was made but all roads have since been re-opened to the public.

Six firms make bid to design market square

News
Duane Hicks

The town now will start the process to choose an architecture firm to design an open-air market square at the site of the former Rainy Lake Hotel.

It received six proposals as of yesterday’s 2 p.m. deadline, which were opened publicly in the committee room at the Civic Centre.

The firms and their the prices include:

Avis hopeful for ‘prosperous year’

News
Duane Hicks

While there’s plenty of work to be done, Fort Frances Mayor Roy Avis is bullish that 2016 will be “a prosperous year.”

Finding a buyer for the local pulp and paper mill remains a high priority on council’s radar.

“The biggest and the most concerning issue to me is to make sure we can get the mill in Fort Frances repositioned and reopened,” said Mayor Avis.

New Year’s baby

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Submitted

Shawna Jones proudly held her daughter who was the first baby born in Rainy River District in 2016. The newborn, who was not named as of press time, arrived on Sunday, Jan. 3 at 8:55 a.m. at La Verendrye Hospital here, weighing in at nine pounds, five oz. Each year, gifts and gift baskets are provided for the New Year’s baby by local merchants.

Christmas season hailed as success for Salvation Army

District
Heather Latter

The Christmas season once again was deemed a success by the local Salvation Army, which aims to help out families during the holidays.

“Overall it was a huge success,” enthused Lt. Ryan MacDonald while also noting it was a very busy time of year.

District leaders bullish on ’16

District
Heather Latter

Municipal leaders from the west end of the district were pleased with 2015 in the respective communities and are looking forward to the year ahead.

Work on New Gold’s Rainy River Project was the highlight in the Township of Chapple, where the mine is located.

Reeve Peter Van Heyst noted there was quite a lot of building construction in Chapple in 2015.

Lining up hit

Photos
Joey Payeur

Jake Gushue of the English River Miners was standing on the tracks as the train driven by Lakers’ forward Cole Tymkin prepared to crash head-long into him during the first period of the host team’s 4-1 victory here Saturday night.

Post-holiday fitness options plentiful here

Sports
Joey Payeur

It’s the most popular New Year’s resolution—and typically the least successful one.

The changing of the calendar always brings a resounding chorus of pledges from people seeking to get themselves in better physical shape.

Muskie girls claim first Schwan title

Sports
Joey Payeur

Faith can move mountains but having a team with a ton of talent doesn’t hurt, either.

Weather hindering ice-makers

Sports
Joey Payeur

The mild winter so far has brought a smile to just about everybody’s face in Fort Frances.

Trevor McKinnon is not among them.

The supervisor with the Town of Fort Frances has been fighting what’s so far been mostly a losing battle to get the community’s three outdoor ice rinks up and running for public use thanks to the above-average temperatures of late.

Junior run ends for local rinks

Sports
Staff

It was their worst end at the worst possible time.

A five-ender in the second for Tiana Gaudry (Thunder Bay) was the beginning of the end for the Fort Frances rink skipped by Hailey Beaudry, which lost 10-2 in six ends in the second tie-breaker yesterday morning at the junior women’s provincial curling championship in Sioux Lookout.

North Korea said it conducted a powerful hydrogen bomb test, but South casts strong doubt

International
By Foster Klug The Associated Press

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of North Korea said it conducted a powerful hydrogen bomb test Wednesday, a defiant and surprising move that, if confirmed, would be a huge jump in Pyongyang’s quest to improve its still-limited nuclear arsenal.