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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - July 16, 2018

First Pride Week a resounding success

Press Release

Seven days of activities recognizing LGBTQ2 equality and inclusion in the Borderland region have come to a close. Organizers of the first-ever Pride festival for the Rainy River District and Koochiching County are calling public enthusiasm and participation in the events “unprecedented" and "inspiring”

Rash of new fires

From the MNRF

It was another active day for forest fires out on the landscape in the Northwest Region. By early afternoon yesterday, there were 23 new fires in the Red Lake, Kenora and Sioux Lookout districts.

Marching with 'Pride'

Stephanie Hagenaars

Over 200 people marched across the International Bridge on a hot and sunny Saturday morning for Rainy River District and Koochiching County's inaugural “Passport to Pride" march. The march was led by high school students Raina Johnson and Macey McMillen, who carried the "Pride" banner.

Canoeing safety

Sam Odrowski

OPP Community Safety Officer, Yenta Davidson, rear, and volunteer, Sheri De Gagne, middle, took Crossroads School children from the OPP led youth empowerment program, Project Sunset, for a paddle around Labelle's Birch Point last Thursday. Project Sunset participants built their canoeing and camping skills while practicing water safety and drowning prevention.

Drag queen story

Stephanie Hagenaars

Winnipeg drag queen Prairie Sky read a story by her uncle Leo Yerxa entitled, “Ancient Thunder," at the Drag Queen Story Hour & Craft Time event held at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre yesterday afternoon as part of "Pride Week.” Lady Quinnzarr, Pharoah Moans and Vida Lamour were also in attendance, each reading children's storybooks to the group.

Hail to the Kings

Duane Hicks

Kings of None, including Tyler Gagne (lead guitar), Todd Wrolstad (drums), Dave Byrnes (vocals, rhythm guitar), and Ted DeBenetti (bass), rocked the Rainy Lake Square on Thursday evening—the third concert in this summer's Rainy Lake Series. The local band was joined on stage for several songs by guest stars Danette McIntyre and Piper Lidkea. The next concert in the series is Iskwé on Aug.

Pride speech

Stephanie Hagenaars

Borderland Pride's “Passport to Pride" stopped at the Fort Frances Civic Centre on Saturday for a flag ceremony and speeches from various Canadian dignitaries and special guests. During the inaugural "Pride Week” ceremony, Borderland Pride co-chair Doug Judson shared a few words with the hundreds of people that joined in the day's festivities.

Banff holds bison ceremony

The Canadian Press

BANFF, Alta.—Several Indigenous elders are to be flown by helicopter into the backcountry of Banff National Park today for a blessing ceremony as officials prepare to let recently reintroduced bison roam free.

The trip organized by Parks Canada is part of the overall plan to release the bison into a larger area of the park.

Repealing curriculum will hurt kids: Horwath

Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The leader of Ontario's Opposition said Friday that Doug Ford's decision to repeal Ontario's modernized sex-ed curriculum and replace it with a 20-year-old version was a move to please social conservatives and one that would hurt the province's children.

Prime time: A day of deals at Amazon, and at its rivals

The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Amazon is extending its annual “Prime Day” promotion to 36 hours this year and will try to lure more deal-seekers to the aisles of Whole Foods. Shoppers will have plenty of sales to choose from as other retailers offer promotions to try to take a share of the spending.

Bogaerts, Holt help red-hot Red Sox enter break with win

Ken Powtak
The Associated Press

BOSTON—The Boston Red Sox rolled through the pre-All-Star game portion of their schedule piling up wins. Now, they'll have a few days to sit back, relax and enjoy their historic start.

French celebrate unifying victory

Elaine Ganley
The Associated Press

PARIS—It was a victory for all of France and the home crowd did it justice, pouring into Paris' Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate in an explosion of joy.

France's 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow yesterday marked the second time in 20 years that France has won the World Cup, and came at a time when the people feel needy.

Shifting culture set to play out in All-Star Game

Ben Walker
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—David Ortiz can now laugh, sort of, at the shifting culture of baseball. For J.D. Martinez, Nolan Arenado, Aaron Judge and every other All-Star hitter, dealing with different defensive alignments is just part of the game.

Tune in tomorrow night and no telling where fans will see fielders. Especially in what's become merely an exhibition—why not try a five-man outfield?

Baseball’s shifting culture set to play out in All-Star Game

By Ben Walker The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — David Ortiz can now laugh, sort of, at the shifting culture of baseball. For J.D. Martinez, Nolan Arenado, Aaron Judge and every other All-Star hitter, dealing with different defensive alignments is just part of the game.

Russian bots, trolls test waters ahead of US midterms

By Naira Davlashyan And Angela Charlton The Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — The sponsors of the Russian “troll factory” that meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign have launched a new American website ahead of the U.S. midterm election in November. A Russian oligarch has links to Maryland’s election services. Russian bots and trolls are deploying increasingly sophisticated, targeted tools.

Trump-Putin summit opens without talk of election meddling

By Jonathan Lemire
Jill Colvin And Vladimir Isachenkov The Associated Press

HELSINKI — President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin opened their summit Monday with serious expression all around and the American president declaring that “the world wants to see us get along.” Trump laid out a list of topics for discussion that notably did not include Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Obama to make rare high-profile speech on Mandela’s legacy

By Andrew Meldrum The Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG — In a speech marking the 100th birthday of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, former U.S. President Barack Obama will urge youth around the world to work for human rights and fair societies, highlighting the late South African leader’s example of persevering in the struggle for democracy and equal rights for all.

Pan-Seared Fish with Tomato Basil

By Katie Workman The Associated Press

It’s summer. It’s hot. And we still need to make dinner.

We want it to be light, and we want it to be fast, and we want it to be seasonal. We want it to be easy, and we want it to be delicious, and if we are lucky it will also be pretty.

Clams sing when chorizo, thyme and dry vermouth are added

By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

To infuse this simple clam dish with big flavour, we added Spanish chorizo, thyme, and dry vermouth for a potent broth in which to steam our shellfish.