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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - June 11, 2018

Town renovations come in over-budget

News
Staff

A tender for various capital facility renovations and an addition to the Fort Frances Cemetery garage has come in $115,844 over-budget.

The tender closed on June 5 and saw only one bid submitted by local contractor Ed Kaun and Sons totalling $633,984.85, including HST and $40,000 in contingency.

This is more than town council budgeted for in its 2018 budget.

Rickford elected as MPP for riding

News
Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

KENORA—Progressive Conservative candidate Greg Rickford was elected as MPP for Kenora-Rainy River riding over New Democrat Glen Archer, Liberal Karen Kejick, and Ember McKillop of the Green Party in Thursday's provincial election.

It was a close race initially between Rickford and Archer as the first numbers poured in soon after polls closed at 8 p.m.

Four new fires in region

District
From the MNRF

Four new forest fires were reported in the Northwest Region as of yesterday.

Fort Frances Fire #12 was confirmed yesterday afternoon about six km east of Irene Lake.

Covering 0.1 of a hectare, it was not yet under control at last report.

Muskie squads solid at OFSAA

Sports
Staff

They put in a good effort but it just wasn't to be in the end.

The Muskie boys' soccer team fell 2-1 to host ÉSC L'Essor on Friday afternoon at the OFSAA 'AA' championships in Windsor to officially put a wrap on its 2018 season.

'Candy kebobs'

Photos
Duane Hicks

Young entrepreneurs Mellody Sinclair, left, and her sister, Cadance, spent a couple of hours of their day off school Friday selling their homemade “candy kebobs" during the "Mini-Market” held downstairs at Curvy Chick (256 Scott St.) The second such event held this spring, the market saw kids sell homemade products ranging from buttons to slime to magic wands.

SGEI grad

Photos
Duane Hicks

Jay Wayash-Calder, centre, received his Building Construction diploma from Seven Generations Education Institute post-secondary co-ordinator Don Eldridge, left, and Shawn Chorney, vice-president of enrolment, student services, recruitment, and marketing for Canadore College, during Thursday afternoon's ceremony at the Memorial Sports Centre.

Rickford family

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Greg Rickford, his wife, Janet, and thier two daughters, Poppy Kate and Abigail Mae, were all smiles as they celebrated his election win Thursday night in Kenora. A few dozen people were gathered at Bob's Burger Bar there to hear Rickford's celebratory speech after he was declared winner of the Kenora-Rainy River riding.

Trudeau gets support over Trump feud

National
Lee Berthiaume
Mike Blanchfield
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Leaders from across Canada's political spectrum yesterday voiced their support for free trade and opposition to U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum while denouncing the Trump administration's unprecedented attacks on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Wynne makes pitch to keep official party status

National
Paola Loriggio
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario's outgoing Liberals made a pitch to hold on to official party status Friday as they entered a period of extreme uncertainty in the wake of an election that took them from a majority government to a mere seven seats.

Ottawa to overhaul help for homelessness

National
Jordan Press
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A cornerstone federal strategy to combat homelessness is set to receive a makeover this week that's expected to focus on outcomes rather than how quickly cities are spending.

The Homelessness Partnering Strategy is the key vehicle through which federal money flows to cities for funding local efforts to help people get off the streets and into homes.

Trump’s tweets slam Canada and Trudeau anew from Singapore

National
By Rob Gillies
Ken Thomas And Catherine Lucey The Associated Press

QUEBEC — President Donald Trump took more swipes at Canada and its prime minister over trade issues as he settled in for a multiday summit with North Korea in Singapore, contending that “Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal.”

Johnson reclaims world's top spot

Sports
Teresa M. Walker
The Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Dustin Johnson is back in his spot as the world's top-ranked golfer thanks to a dominant victory capped by an absolutely amazing hole-out for eagle.

“What a cool way to end the day,” Johnson said.

Jays complete sweep over Orioles

Sports
John Chidley-Hill
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Curtis Granderson started doing some math in the Blue Jays' dugout after Toronto took a 12-run lead against the Baltimore Orioles.

Nadal captures 11th French Open

Sports
Howard Fendrich
The Associated Press

PARIS—In full control of the French Open final, a rather familiar position for him, Rafael Nadal suddenly was worried.

He led by two sets plus a break early in the third when the middle finger on his racket-wielding left hand was cramping so badly he couldn't straighten it.

After serving a fault, Nadal took the unusual step of heading to the sideline in the middle of a game.

Pit strategy sparks Bowyer to rain-shortened win

Sports
Noah Trister
The Associated Press

BROOKLYN, Mich.—After 120 laps and two stages, the race now could be official.

Any driver in the lead conceivably might win if rain intervened.

Clint Bowyer had finished second to teammate Kevin Harvick in the second stage, and both came to pit road.

Bowyer took only two tires—and felt that decision by crew chief Mike Bugarewicz ultimately won him the race.

UN chief calling for denuclearized Korean peninsula

International
The Associated Press

SINGAPORE—United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to seize the opportunity “to support a peaceful, prosperous, secure, and verifiably-denuclearized Korean Peninsula.”

Justify defies odds in winning Triple Crown

International
Beth Harris
The Associated Press

NEW YORK—Justify defied all the odds on his way to achieving Triple Crown immortality.

The late bloomer won the Belmont Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths on Saturday, giving the sport its 13th Triple Crown champion.

American Pharoah ended a 37-year drought in 2015 and now just four years later, racing is celebrating another sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont.

Can’t beat ‘em? Eat ‘em! Berlin captures, cooks crayfish

International
By Kirsten Grieshaber The Associated Press

BERLIN — In the heart of Germany’s largest city, fisherman Klaus Hidde wades through the shallow ponds and creeks of Britzer Garten park shortly after dawn to check his 17 traps. The spoils are rich. As he shakes out the nets, hundreds of crayfish tumble into his basket.

South surveying war-split kin for planned Korean reunions

International
The Associated Press

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — South Korea on Monday began surveying South Koreans who would be willing to meet their war-separated relatives in North Korea for temporary reunions planned between the rivals as reconciliatory steps.

Seoul’s Unification Ministry says the surveys conducted through home visits, phone calls and letters will continue through Aug. 10.

80-story 3 World Trade Center to open after years of delays

International
By Karen Matthews The Associated Press

NEW YORK — An 80-story office building set to open this week at the World Trade Center will be the third completed skyscraper at the site where the twin towers stood.

Tiny ancient Qur’an on display in Israel for Ramadan

Life
By Caron Creighton The Associated Press

JERUSALEM — A tiny 10th century Qur‚Äôan is on display for the first time as part of a collection of Islamic texts being shown at Israel’s National Library to mark the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Curator Raquel Ukeles said this week that the exhibition is aimed at drawing attention to Islam and minority cultures in the Jewish state.

Suffragette cities: Centenary of women’s vote marked in UK

Life
By Jill Lawless The Associated Press

LONDON — Thousands of women turned cities in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales into rivers of green, white and violet Sunday to mark 100 years since the first women won the right to vote in the U.K.

Scientists in Germany seek to find mass of ‘ghost particle’

Science
The Associated Press

BERLIN — Researchers in Germany have started collecting data with a 60 million euro ($71 million) machine designed to help determine the mass of the universe’s lightest particle.

Fungus associated with bat disease detected in South Dakota

Science
The Associated Press

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The National Park Service says a fungus that causes a deadly disease of bats has been detected on bats in South Dakota for the first time.

The fungus that causes white-nose syndrome was detected on one western small-footed bat and four big brown bats in Jackson County at Badlands National Park last month.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to visit Australia, Fiji

People
The Associated Press

LONDON — Kensington Palace says Prince Harry, and his wife, the former actress Meghan Markle, will be touring Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand this fall.

The royal couple, now known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will be making the tour around the time of the Invictus Games in Sydney, which is set for Oct. 20-27.