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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - June 12, 2019

Town remains optimistic of mill's future

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Staff

Progress is being made to reopen the mill and an announcement will be made soon, according to staff at the Rainy River Future Development Corporation.

Overpass work almost done

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Staff

There will no longer be delays for people driving east of the town and those looking to drive into town from the west.

Traffic signals for the construction at the Mill Road overpass were taken down on June 5 and construction is nearly complete.

Students learn about Experimental Lakes Area, pollution

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Marc Stuempfle
Summer reporter

Have we left the future of climate change in a state which is irreversible or can the planet's current reality be altered by providing our youth with guidance and education for a more sustainable future?

Rainy Lake Square carries forward Thursday events

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Sam Odrowski

Thursday night entertainment has been brought to Rainy Lake Square each week since mid-May, thanks to the many sponsors who support the space.

Tbaytel, New Gold Inc., the Province of Ontario, Sunset Country Ford, Gillons' Insurance, and 93.1 The Border have all helped to make events possible.

As well, TD Bank is paying to run movies at the square this year.

Funding boosts district culture

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Ken Kellar

It's a good time to be a fan of culture in the Rainy River District.

Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Don Rusnak was at the Fort Frances Museum on Friday morning to make several funding announcements from the federal government to different museums and cultural centres in the area.

Pride Week wrap

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Marc Stuempfle
Summer reporter

Wave after wave of support came crashing through Fort Frances during the Pride Week festival and just because it is over, does not mean the tank is empty.

Now that Pride Week has finished, the momentum continues to build and keeps rolling forward.

“Pride is powered by public participation, and our tank is full,” said Borderland Pride co-chair Peter Howie.

Relay to have something for everyone

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Ken Kellar

Relay for Life has been down but isn't out, and organizers are striving to make this year the best yet.

The event is slated for Saturday, June 22 from 2-11 p.m. at the Point Park.

Organizing committee chair Anneda Chabot said that this year's Relay will be a blend of old and new, focused on providing an entertaining evening for participants and visitors alike.

Provincial budget cuts subject of public forum

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Press Release

The provincial budget of April 11, 2019, calls for significant cuts to community services throughout the province.

The Northwest Community Legal Clinic is hosting a forum where members of our local community will hear from service providers about the potential local impacts of these cuts.

Public school board recognizes volunteers, employees

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Press Release

At its June 4 regular board Meeting held at the Education Centre in Fort Frances, the Rainy River District School Board announced the recipients of the Recognition of Service awards, honouring the 2019 Employees of the Year, Bus Drivers of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Community Partner of the Year.

Students disagree with Ford's changes to funding model

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Sam Odrowski

The Ford government recently announced it will be moving away from fixed funding amounts for post secondary institutions and shift to a performance-based funding model.

Sign up now for mini-royalty contest

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Staff

The 2019 Mini-King and Mini-Queen once again will be crowned here on Canada Day.

Registration is now open for this year's contest, which will take place on the “Fun in the Sun” stage at Point Park on the afternoon of July 1.

Organizer Melissa Gushulak noted the contest is open to boys and girls aged four-seven (as of July 1).

Gas tax fund to help out district

District
Ken Kellar

The Government of Canada is providing a top-up to local municipalities through the gas tax fund.

Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Don Rusnak made the announcement in the Council Chambers at the Civic Centre here in Fort Frances on Friday. The federal government will be giving $1.1-million to municipalities in Rainy River District.

Police at scene of house fire

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Press Release

The Fort Frances Fire Rescue Service responded to a house fire in the 400 block of First Street East at approximately 9:22 a.m. yesterday.

At approximately 1 p.m., the fire department was released from the scene and returned to service.

The Ontario Provincial Police remain on scene. The public is being asked at this time to avoid this area to ensure public safety.

Walk for Alzheimer's set to go Saturday

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Press Release

Create change for people affected by dementia by participating in our IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer's on Saturday, June 15 at the Sorting Gap Marina in Fort Frances.

Registration opens at 8 a.m., with the walk getting underway by 10:30 a.m. and after warm up and speeches.

OPP hiring summer students

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From the OPP

Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has received funding from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to hire two students for the Youth in Policing Initiative (YIPI).

The successful applicants will assist the detachment with the delivery of public safety programs within the Town of Fort Frances.

Moffat Fund to be distributed soon

District
Sam Odrowski

Close to $100,000 in funding will be allocated to multiple not-for-profit groups throughout Fort Frances on June 24.

At town's council meeting on Monday, Coun. Mike Behan said the $93,000 that's been allocated for local organizations this year is about a 50 percent increase in allotment over last year.

Addition, renovation approved for RRHS

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Press Release

Ontario's government is protecting what matters most by investing in new local schools to help provide our students with a world-class education system that ensures they have the skills they need to succeed.

The province has approved addition and renovation at Rainy River High School.

Seed sales up in some areas

District
Sam Odrowski

The district's agricultural community has struggled with a late spring this season and for many farmers it has delayed when they generally get their seeds planted by.

A few weeks ago there was issues with excess moisture and only recently, over the past few weeks, have night-time temperatures moved away around the freezing mark.

CBP officers seize sound bars

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Press Release

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers at the International Falls Port of Entry targeted a rail container destined to arrive in Ranier, Minnesota.

CBP officers inspected the rail container and discovered sound bars in violation of intellectual property rights (IPR) regulations.

Dancers raising funds to compete in nationals

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Staff

A group of 17 Borderland dancers, including about a half-dozen from this side of the border, are raising funds to be able to compete in a national dance competition on July 10-15 in Wisconsin Dells.

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Dancin' with Darcie's “Stars” performing line will take place on Thursday, June 20 from 5-7 p.m. at the Couchiching Multi-use Facility.

Cash calendar winners named

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Rick Payne and Denise Parker of Fort Frances were among the $30 winners in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association's cash calendar draw for the week of June 2-8.

Other winners included Joe and Bev Kozachenko (Devlin), Lynda and Terry Mann (Emo), Brad Haw (Stratton), Bill and Cathy Behan (Eganville, Ont.), and Jeremy Wadge (Headingly, Man.).

Tough outing for Muskie boys at OFSAA

Sports
Jamie Mountain

You have to score to with regularity in order to be successful at the all-Ontarios.

The Muskie boys' soccer team found that out firsthand as they compiled a 1-3 record and only scored a total of two goals at the OFSAA 'AA' boys' championship held in North Bay last Thursday through Saturday.

Fort High finished fourth in Pool 'D' and failed to advance out of round robin play.

Renegades nab third-straight win

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Staff

The Renegades are keeping pace with their fellow juggernauts in the Rainy River District Women's Fastball League standings.

They won their third-straight on Monday night, edging the Big Grassy Lynx 18-17 in a high-scoring thriller.

Karma Andy nabbed the win for the Renegades, who improved their record to 6-1.

Nancy Indian was saddled with the loss for Big Grassy (4-2).

Young skater nabs rare achievement

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Jamie Mountain

With all the hours put into practising and competing, it's nice to get recognized for all that hard work.

Local youth figure skater Bryden Strachan, who competed as part of the CanSkate program this year with the Northern Lights School of Skating, recently was chosen as the recipient for Skate Canada's 2019 Skate Ontario Section CanSkater of the year Award.

Scheibler takes unusual route to join Rifles

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Jamie Mountain

A former Muskie football star is taking his talents to Winnipeg.

Sekina Scheibler, who was a standout running back with the black-and-gold, recently officially signed on with the Winnipeg Rifles of the Canadian Junior Football League.

Lambert, Kellar claim first feature wins

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Staff

It was a night of firsts at the Emo Speedway on Saturday.

Both James Lambert of Fort Frances and Dean Kellar of Devlin were able to nab their first-ever feature wins in Borderland Racing Association action.

Ryll commits to Saint Mary's Huskies

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Add Jaykob Ryll's name to the list of former Muskie football players who will be taking their games to the next level this year.

The Grade 12 Fort High student—who played centre for the Muskies—recently committed to attend Saint Mary's University in Halifax, N.S. where he will also play for the Huskies.

Wolves walkoff Lakers for another victory

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Staff

The Sight & Sound Wolves are starting to show that their bite matches their bark.

Aaron Caul hit a walkoff homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Wolves to their third-straight win in a 2-1 decision over the Sabaskong Lakers in Rainy River District Fastball League action last Thursday night at VanJura.

Future looking bright for track Muskies

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Jamie Mountain

The knowledge and insight gained from competing in a provincial championship is invaluable for any athlete. And for the seven members of the Muskie track-and-field team that were able to compete at the OFSAA championships this year, that experience could prove vital as they move forward in their athletic careers.

Mann qualifies for nationals

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Jamie Mountain

Even an injury couldn't keep Hudson Mann down for long.

The Mighty Mustang youth wrestling program product, who was born in Fort Frances but now resides in Minnesota, overcame a torn pectoral injury that sidelined him for weeks to qualify for the nationals at a competition two weekends ago in Ada, Ohio.

Local riders shine in opener

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Staff

Local riders shone the brightest at the Superior Dirt Riders' season-opening races held in Atikokan back on June 1.

Landon Flinders of Fort Frances roared his way to first place in the 85cc age 7-11 category.

Alex Kreger of Emo nabbed third spot followed by Ozzy Hanson of Fort Frances in fourth and Kali Tessier of Devlin fifth.

Kenton Creations opening

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Ken Kellar

Allie Brechtefeld, centre, cut the ribbon to officially open her store, “Kenton Creations,” last Thursday with help from building owner Jennifer Horton, left, and contractor Nathan Caul. Brechtefeld's store, located in the basement of Curvy Chick (256 Scott St.), offers a wide range of products for newborns, infants and toddlers.

Drag show

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Marc Stuempfle

“True North” got the crowd worked up during the Fort Fabulous Drag Show at Club 88 on Friday night. True North displayed some slick moves with greased back hair, manly muscle, and a boisterous attitude. The audience cheered and clapped begging for more, energizing the performance.

Metis Pride

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Ken Kellar

Kimmy Daley, left, and Sarah Marusyk of the Sunset Country Métis held up their signs in support of Pride at the Rainy Lake Square on Saturday. The pair expressed their support of the Pride movement in the district and also asked for a moment of thought for missing and murdered Indigenous women. “Reclaim your power and stay resilient,” Daley told the crowd.

Pride Drummers

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Marc Stuempfle

Mayor June Caul, far left, Borderland Pride co-chair Peter Howie, and Pride March Grand Marshal Trever Bonot watched the Agency One Drum Group drum and sing to open the ceremony Saturday at the Rainy Lake Square for the 300 participants who took part in the Passport to Pride March.

March across border

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Ken Kellar

The lead walkers of the 2019 Passport to Pride March, including Grand Marshal Trevor Bonot, centre, and 93.1 The Border's Caitlin Hartlen, crossed the bridge between International Falls, Mn. and Fort Frances on Saturday.

RRDSB award

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Ken Kellar

RRDSB chair Raymond Roy, left, presented Doug Olson and Jackie Dupuis-Brandli with Employee of the Year awards last Tuesday. Olson is a custodian at Crossroads School while Dupuis-Brandli is the librarian at Fort Frances High School.

Spoon concert

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Marc Stuempfle

Rae Spoon rocked the stage Thursday evening during the second concert in the Rainy Lake Square Concert Series. Spoon, an award-winning non-binary musician and author performed songs from their newest album, “Rae Spoon With Jesus And His Judgemental Father.” Many people turned out to enjoy the musical festivities which had the crowd fist pumping, clapping and howling along with the music.

Confederation College graduate

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Ken Kellar

Hilary Tuesday, left, received the Academic Award of Excellence from Anne Renaud, the Dean of Confederation College's School of Access and Success during the college's 2019 convocation Monday at the Townshend Theatre.

Canoe for change

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Glenn Green and Carol VandenEngel got ready to set off from the Point on the last leg of their cross-Canada journey on Thursday. The pair began their 8,515 km canoe journey in 2017 as they set off from Ottawa towards the east coast, with the following year seeing them complete a journey from Vancouver, BC to just outside of Fort Frances.

Pride March

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Marc Stuempfle

Waves of people marched from Smokey Bear Park across International Bridge back into Canada on Saturday morning during the Passport to Pride March. Once everyone cleared customs, more members of the surrounding communities joined in the festivities parading down Church Street.

RRDSB recognition

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Ken Kellar

Percy Champagne, left, received a Bus Driver of the Year award from Nikki Wilson during the school board's meeting last Tuesday evening. Champagne drives the Nestor Falls school bus and was lauded for his friendly, professional relationship with the students and his investment to the school by attending school events.

New restaurant

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Ken Kellar

Rachel Ball, left, helped Megan Ross and Dennis Roach navigate the menu at Neighbours Modern Diner on Thursday morning. The new restaurant, located in the old Pizza Hut building, opened for its first day of business at 6 a.m. that day. Neighbours Modern Diner offers customers a selection of home cooked comfort food for any time of day.

Big winner

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Submitted

Marlene McQuaker won more than $550,000 at Seven Clans Casino in Warroad on Saturday.

Strachan

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File

Bryden Strachan, pictured with Northern Lights School of Skating owner/director Ashley Cumming at the NLSS's achievements and awards gala back in March, was recently honoured as Skate Canada's 2019 Skate Ontario Section CanSkater of the year.

Scheibler signing

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Submitted

Sekina Scheibler, centre, recently signed on with the Winnipeg Rifles of the Canadian Junior Football League. The Muskie standout will look to make his mark in Winnipeg later this year as he chases his athletic and academic dreams.

Smash hit

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Jamie Mountain

Jason Kabel of Fort Frances smashed the ball to his opponents' side of the court during his and partner Bob Tkachuk's loss to John Viviano (Iowa) and Clint Barton (Fort Frances) in the championship game of a men's doubles tennis tournament held at the multi-use tennis courts here Saturday afternoon.

Ryll

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Former Muskie football player Jaykob Ryll, pictured here with retired Edmonton Eskimos' wide receiver Henry “Gizmo” Williams during his time with the NISSAN Kickoff Project back in November, will be taking his talents to Halifax next season.

Acrylic artist

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Sam Odrowski

Local artist Penny Faragher taught St. Francis School students how to use acrylic paint as a medium during an art workshop for Grades 4 to 6 on Wednesday. Faragher joined fellow artists Emily Hyatt, Jean Richards, Nichole Lowey, Linda Guimond and Dylinda George in conducting workshops covering a range of artistic styles from stained glass to beadwork.

Generous donation

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La Verendrye General Hospital Auxiliary was pleased to donate $72,629 for a new cleaner-disinfector for the sterile processing department at La Verendrye Hospital. Pictured here with the new equipment on Friday were auxiliary members Shirley Scofield, Dixie Badiuk and president Judy Webster with MDR technicians Kristine Gustafson and Allison Eide.