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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - July 3, 2018

Several people hurt at tug-of-war

News
Staff

Several people were injured on this side of the border Saturday afternoon during the Backus Community Center's “community pull” tug-of-war between Fort Frances and International Falls, which ran in conjunction with the seventh-annual International Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival.

Rain dampens fire hazard across region

District
From the MNRF

No new fires were reported in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon.

However, July 1 saw four new fires discovered in the region.

Sioux Lookout Fire #45 was a short-lived, 0.1-hectare lightning fire north of Pickle Lake that has been declared “out.”

Mini royalty

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Last year's Mini-King and Queen, Declan Scott and Brooklyn Beckett, at left, passed on their duties to five-year-old Hope McCormick and four-year-old Grayson Idrisson after the annual mini-royalty contest held during Canada Day festivities at Point Park.

Leading the way

Photos

A group of kids decked out in red-and-white led this year's Canada Day parade on their bikes from the Sorting Gap Marina along Front Street on Sunday morning. The parade's theme for this year was “Summer Fun” and hundreds of residents lined the waterfront to watch various groups, organizations, and businesses show their Canadian pride.

-Sam Odrowski photo

Province announces changes to OHIP+

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The Ontario government no longer will offer free prescriptions to kids and young adults with private coverage, the province's new health minister announced Saturday.

Churchill residents hope propane crisis sparks railway repair

National
Kelly Geraldine Malone
The Canadian Press

CHURCHILL, Man.—People in Churchill wrapped up in scarves and mittens as they walked down the streets of the northern Manitoba community over the weekend but despite the weather, many homes maintained the chill inside.

Churchill is critically low on propane—a fuel that's used to heat many buildings.

American steel tariffs cause layoffs in Ontario

National
Alanna Rizza
The Canadian Press

SAULT STE MARIE, Ont.—A manufacturing company is laying off workers in Ontario in response to American tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.

A spokesman for Tenaris, which manufactures steel pipes, said 40 workers at the company's mill in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. would be laid off on Sunday due to changes in the export market.

Drownings claim two lives

National
The Canadian Press

Provincial police are investigating two apparent drowning deaths and the near-drowning of a child over the long holiday weekend.

Yesterday afternoon, a man was found unresponsive in the water at a campground in the Township of East Zorra-Tavistock north of Woodstock, Ont.

Transit rider simply doing 'human' thing

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A Toronto transit rider heralded as a hero after rescuing a man who fell onto the subway tracks said he couldn't have done it without the help of two strangers who jumped in with him.

Wages of public service managers frozen

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario's new premier has frozen the wages of public service managers, and ordered a review of executive and management compensation, in his latest effort to curb government spending.

Fresh grounds for coffee: Study shows it may boost longevity

Health & Wellness
By Lindsey Tanner The Associated Press

CHICAGO — Go ahead and have that cup of coffee, maybe even several more. New research shows it may boost chances for a longer life, even for those who down at least eight cups daily.

In a study of nearly half-a-million British adults, coffee drinkers had a slightly lower risk of death over 10 years than abstainers.

Bouchard wins Wimbledon opener

Sports
The Canadian Press

LONDON—Eugenie Bouchard is off to the second round at Wimbledon.

The Canadian beat British wild card Gabriella Taylor 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 today.

A native of Westmount, Que., Bouchard qualified for the main draw with three wins last week.

A finalist at Wimbledon in 2014, Bouchard was forced into qualification after seeing her ranking tumble to No. 191 before the tournament.

Jays rally but fall in 10 innings

Sports
David Alter
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Blue Jays' left-hander Ryan Borucki delivered another strong outing in just the second major-league start of his career.

But for a second-straight time, he came up short of a win.

Boys may have to dive out of cave

International
The Associated Press

MAE SAI, Thailand—A top Thai official said today that heavy rains forecast for the coming days could worsen floods in the mountain cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach were located after being missing for more than a week, forcing authorities to speed up their extraction.

Margarita-loving bear takes a dip in a California hot tub

Life
By Alina Hartounian The Associated Press

Mark Hough had barely taken a sip of his Friday afternoon margarita when he heard twigs snapping and leaves rustling in his lush Altadena, California, backyard.

At first he brushed it off as the sounds of his neighbour pottering next door, but the noise grew louder.

Syrian group uncovering IS mass graves needs help

International
By Bassem Mroue The Associated Press

BEIRUT — Activists working to uncover mass graves in northeastern Syria ‚Äî a region until recently controlled by the Islamic State group ‚Äî need help to preserve evidence, identify human remains and shed more light on the unspeakable horrors perpetrated by the militants during their reign there, an international watchdog said Tuesday.

Thai official: Boys may have to dive from cave despite peril

International
By Tassanee Vejpongsa The Associated Press

MAE SAI, Thailand - A top Thai official said Tuesday that heavy rains forecast for the coming days could worsen floods in the mountain cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach were located after being missing for more than a week, forcing authorities to speed up their extraction.

Coffee may boost longevity: study

Lifestyles
Lindsey Tanner
The Associated Press

CHICAGO—Go ahead and have that cup of coffee, maybe even several more.

New research shows it may boost chances for a longer life—even for those who down at least eight cups daily.

In a study of nearly half-a-million British adults, coffee drinkers had a slightly lower risk of death over 10 years than abstainers.

This summer, drink your vinegar as part of a delicious shrub

Recipes
By Elizabeth Karmel The Associated Press

When I picked up my Community Supported Agriculture box at Amber Waves Farm a few days ago, I was invited to take a bunch of rhubarb. It was beautiful and about 3 feet long. I had never seen such pretty or long stalks of rhubarb before, so I took it but I had no idea what I was going to do with it. I usually make a pie or a crisp with rhubarb but I wanted to do something different.

A cookie maybe better than a ‘smore and without the campfire

Recipes
By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

S’mores may conjure memories of warm nights and sleep-away camp, but it doesn’t need to be summertime to capture the flavours of this treat; the combination of wheaty graham crackers, rich chocolate, and sweet, gooey toasted marshmallow is good any time of year.

This gazpacho shines after a sherry vinegar marinade bath

Recipes
By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

Hand-cut vegetables marinated in seasoned vinegar are the key to this stellar gazpacho.

Chopping the vegetables by hand ensured they retained their colour and firm texture. Letting them sit briefly in a sherry vinegar marinade guaranteed well-seasoned vegetables, while a combination of tomato juice and ice cubes (which helped chill the soup) provided the right amount of liquid.

The secret to keeping chicken moist on the grill is brine

Recipes
By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

Barbecuing is the perfect method for cooking fatty cuts of pork or beef, but relatively lean chicken is another story. For barbecued pulled chicken with a smoky flavour and moist, tender meat, we’d have to come up with some tricks.

Make delicious Boston baked beans slowly - very slowly

Recipes
By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

The deep flavour and creamy texture of Boston baked beans is the product of simple, yet judiciously chosen ingredients and slow—very slow—cooking. It seemed a natural recipe to adapt to the slow cooker and, given our location, we were under pressure to get this recipe just right.

Flavourful, well-marbled short ribs with a crunchy crust

Recipes
By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

Flavourful, well-marbled short ribs seem like the perfect candidate for grilling, but getting the texture just right can be a challenge. We wanted meltingly tender meat with the nicely browned exterior that the grill provides—without having to constantly fiddle with the fire.

Watermelon Strawberry Smoothie

Recipes
By Katie Workman The Associated Press

Holy mother of summer, it’s gotten HOT. My dog is sleeping in our shower because the tiles are cool. I’m testing recipes in the morning because I don’t want my oven cranking all afternoon. And (this is how I know it’s really hot), I may be coming close to drinking my daily recommended amount of water.

But water can get a little boring.