It wasn't just the sizeable attendance at the Fort Frances Civic Centre that had an impact in this years' inaugural “Passport to Pride” march and Pride Week.
The speeches made during the flag ceremony, as well as online, by local community leaders and members, and by Canadian dignitaries, showed the impact that Pride celebrations have in even the smallest communities.
With the nomination deadline coming up next Friday (July 27), more district individuals have filed their papers to run in the Oct. 22 municipal election.
In Fort Frances, newcomer Clinton D. C. Gray is the newest candidate running for one of six seats on town council. Gray filed his nomination last Thursday afternoon.
Borderland Pride made history this weekend when over 200 people crossed over the International Bridge as part of the “Passport to Pride" march in celebration of the inaugural 2018 Rainy River District and Koochiching County "Pride Week.”
Though the mercury was high, the weather could not have been better for the first-ever event.
Some feel that a member of the LGBTQ2 community also cannot be a member of the faith community because of “traditional” messages and teachings.
But, that's not the case.
A few local churches here are showing the community that a person can truly be who they are, while also practicing their faith.
In a photo caption on page A7 of last week's Times, a quote attributed to the late Myron Hawrlyak's daughter, Annelise, instead should have been attributed to Hawrlyak's other daughter, Andrea Wilkins, who was visiting from out of town.
The Times apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused.
The Emo Agricultural Research Station (EARS) is holding an open house next Wednesday (July 25) where people can learn about the agricultural projects and research being conducted there.
The open house starts at 7 p.m.. It will be preceded by a “Soil and Crop Tour” starting at 9:30 a.m. where people will have the chance to view various farms throughout the district.
On Friday at approximately 9:46 p.m., members of the Rainy River District Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a call of a large fight with a weapon involved, at the Point Park in Fort Frances.
OPP officer Marty Singleton has been working hard to get life jackets to communities in need since the tragic passing of his dear friend and fellow officer, Bob Mainville.
In the summer of 2010 Mainville drown and since his passing, Singleton has been promoting water safety and campaigning to get as many life jackets to First Nations communities as possible.
The Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind the public to stay safe around water during the summer season and beyond. July 15-21, 2018 is National Drowning Prevention Week.
Swimming and water play are part of a healthy, active lifestyle that families often participate in, particularly during the summer months.
Kim Tarrant and Dianne Lipinski of Fort Frances were among the $40 winners in the Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River Districts' cash calendar draw for July.
Other winners included Melody Cory, L. St. Clair, Carla Baird, Sean Jackson, Linda McClymont, Doris Mengelberg, Janet Gilfix, Eileen Wilton, Hazel Larabie and Jaymie Neniska (Kenora).
Close to 20 participants of the OPP led youth engagement program, “Project Sunset,” at Crossroads School ventured out to Labelle's Birch Point in Naicatchewenin last Thursday for week two of a five week, summer-long canoeing program.
“The reason we wanted to focus on canoeing is we live in canoe country,” enthused Project Sunset senior youth engagement coordinator, Lincoln Dunn.
It is National Drowning Prevention Week (July 15-21) and the OPP-led “Project Sunset” program for youth at Crossroads School is teaching kids the importance of water safety.
“Kids love water, so we need to help them make sure to stay safe around it," stressed Lincoln Dunn, "Project Sunset” senior youth engagement coordinator.
A Minnesota man has been fined for a bait violation.
William Nielsen of Sauk Rapids pleaded guilty and was fined $1,500 for illegally bringing live baitfish into Ontario.
Court heard that on April 6, 2018, Canada Border Services Agency officers at the Rainy River port of entry contacted Nielsen and conducted a secondary inspection of his vehicle.
Al's Racquet Stringing found itself back in the win column in Borderland Soccer League women's division action last Tuesday night.
Natalie Desjardins and Hailey McEvoy netted first-half goals to pace Al's to its second win of the season with a 3-0 shutout of La Place Rendez-Vous.
The Sabaskong Tebinaak managed to earn a split in a pair of make-up games in Rainy River District Women's Fastball League action on Monday night.
Candi Jelly earned the pitching victory as the Tebinaak (2-10-1) topped the Dawson Tigers 12-11 in a make-up game for the one that was postponed on July 2.
Cass Teeple suffered the loss for Dawson (5-9).
Playing second fiddle wasn't an appealing option for Brody Strachan on Saturday night.
The Emo native battled it out with Devlin's Jamie Davis and claimed the checkered flag in the WISSOTA Modifieds division in Borderland Racing Association action at the Emo Speedway.
It was the third feature win of the season for Strachan, who now sits atop the points standings with 519.
A suspension failure put an abrupt end to Steve Arpin's winning aspirations on Saturday.
The Loenbro Motorsport driver and Fort Frances native, who was competing in his first race of the season, was forced to retire on Lap 1 of the first six-lap semi-final.
What a way to end the regular season.
Jaden Gustafson was stellar on the pitching rubber to pace the Fort Frances Braves to a 14-0 drubbing of the Sabaskong Goldeneyes on Monday in a make-up game for the one that was postponed back on May 31.
The Braves finished with an unblemished 16-0 record and will head into the playoffs as the top seed.
Seven Generations Education Institute (SGEI) has donated 22 refurbished iPod touches to the Kenora/Rainy River Districts Alzheimer Society's Music Project.
Rossana Tomashowski, executive director for the Alzheimer Society's Kenora/Rainy River Districts branch said that prior to the donation, the Kenora/Rainy River branch had a waiting list of patients awaiting MP3 players.
District volleyball players will be put to the ultimate test at the Ontario Summer Games.
Three girls and eight boys were selected to represent the Region 1 14U teams at the Games, which are slated for Aug. 2-5 in London, Ont.
Making up the girls' squad are Fort Frances natives Aurora Hutton and Kaylyn Levesque along with Ciera Ogden of Emo.
Prairie Sky, left, Vida Lamour Decosmo, Jack Doff, Lady Quinnzarr, and Pharaoh Moans struck a pose in front of the “Welcome to Fort Frances" sign in the east end prior to giving their energetic performances to a packed house at the "Fort Fabulous Friday” Pride Week event held at From the Grind Up last Friday evening.
Piper Lidkea performed during the “BBQueer" lunch held at the Rainy Lake Square as part of the festivities Saturday afternoon. Lidkea also performed the national anthem in both International Falls and Fort Frances for their respective ceremonies during Borderland Pride's "Passport to Pride” march.
Lilly Wider, left, and Naomi Dunn carried the Knox United Church banner down Church Street as part of Borderland Pride's “Passport to Pride” march on Saturday. Participants of the march walked from Smoky Bear Park in International Falls, Mn. to the Civic Centre here.
Raina Johnson, left, and Macey McMillen took to the podium to say a few words during a flag ceremony at the Fort Frances Civic Centre on Saturday in honour of Pride Week. The ceremony was part of Borderland Pride's “Passport to Pride” march which took place earlier that day.
Kalesi Armstrong, two, was concentrating hard on her tie dye creation last Tuesday (July 10) at a workshop held at the United Native Friendship Centre's Circle of Life Centre on Mowat Avenue. The workshop was one of many activities that celebrated Pride Week, including an arts and crafts session held at Rainy Lake Square where participants made Pride flags and ribbon wands.
Pharoah Moans gave an enthusiastic performance while reading, “Don't Touch This Book,” to children and parents at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre on Sunday. The library hosted Drag Queen Story Hour as part of Borderland Pride's 2018 Pride Week activities.
Over 200 people marched across the International Bridge on Saturday in Borderland Pride's “Passport to Pride." Participants walked one mile from International Falls, Mn. to the Civic Centre here where a flag ceremony was held. From there, the party gathered at Rainy Lake Square for a "BBQueer” lunch.
Labour groups showed their support of Borderland Pride's 2018 Pride Week, including these two men who crossed the International Bridge on Saturday holding a Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) banner.
Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services held a breakfast in celebration of “Pride Week” last Thursday at the behavioural health services location on Kings Highway. Dozens of people from various communities stopped by to take part in the festivities while enjoying a meal of pancakes and sausages.
Retired OPP auxiliary officer Don Marquis, rear, Monica Empey, middle, and Serena Cousineau, front, paddled up to Labelle's Birch Point and received canoe instructions from 7 Fires Outdoors during “Project Sunset's" summertime programming.
Dave Brynes, lead singer of local rock band, Kings of None, belted out a tune at the Rainy Lake Square on Thursday evening, as drummer Todd Wrolstad beat the skins. Meanwhile, Ted DeBenetti grooved on the bass, as lead guitarist Tyler Gagne (not pictured) played some serious licks.
Christine Jourdain, left, and Shane Guimond from Couchiching First Nation showed off their Pride colours on Saturday at the Fort Frances Civic Centre after taking part in the “Passport to Pride” march, where over 200 people crossed the International Bridge. Jourdain also held the Two-Spirit flag which represents LGBTQ2 members of the Indigenous community.
John Desaulniers focused in on where he wanted to fire his pitch during the fourth inning of the Sight & Sound Wolves' 10-2 win over the Sabaskong Goldeneyes in Rainy River District Fastball League action Thursday night at VanJura.
Jeff Gustafson and John Peterson will be looking for five big bass like this one while fishing in the FFCBC this week.
Speakers and worship participants from surrounding “affirming” churches delivered various segments of the service on Sunday, including Rev. Frances Flook, left, and Doug Judson who each spoke during the opening litany which described the different colours of the rainbow and what each represents.
Fort Frances High School teacher Vince Gouin, above, gave some helpful hints and tips to a couple of students during the Confederation College carpentry camp held last week at the high school.
7 Fires Outdoors canoe instructor James Woods taught youth in “Project Sunset" about the "J-stroke” and other paddling techniques during their visit to Labelle's Birch Point last Thursday.
Mika Kooistra of Al's Racquet Stringing had her eyes locked on the incoming ball during her squad's 3-0 win against La Place Rendez-Vous in Borderland Soccer League women's division action last Tuesday night at the St. Francis Sports Field. Al's snapped its two-game losing streak with the victory.
Parker Sisco and his sister, Peyton, posed for a photo with Minnesota Wild forward Eric Staal at the Fountain Tire Summer Classic that was held in conjunction with the Staal Foundation Open at the Whitewater Golf Course on July 9.
Lois Faragher showed her latest creation which will be part of her exhibit at the Fine Line Art Gallery on Mowat Avenue. Faragher, who's been painting since 2003, will have a selection of her watercolour and acrylic artwork for sale there until early September.
Pat Temple and the Hi-Lo Players entertained the audience at Cornell Farms in LaVallee on Thursday evening. The opening act was Paul Caruso. The next concert there will be Mark LaBelle on Aug. 23.
Myla Angus of La Place Rendez-Vous looked to move the ball up the pitch quickly while she was pursued by her Al's Racquet Stringing opponents during her squad's 3-0 loss in Borderland Soccer League women's division action last Tuesday night at the St. Francis Sports Field. The two teams squared off again last night with the outcome not known as of press time.
WASHINGTON — Three officials who played vital roles in combating the 2008 financial crisis say they worry that the painful lessons from the banking system’s near-collapse a decade ago may be forgotten.
“It is important that people focus on the lessons,” said former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. “We are not sure people remember everything they need to remember.”
WASHINGTON — A record 10 home runs. A slew of strikeouts.
The all-or-nothing All-Star Game mirrored what baseball has become.
Astros teammates Alex Bregman and George Springer homered on consecutive pitches to begin the 10th inning, and the American League beat the National League 8-6 Tuesday night for its sixth straight win.