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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - June 3, 2019

NDP candidate in place

News
Staff

Yuk-Sem Won will be the NDP candidate for the Thunder Bay-Rainy River riding in the fall federal election following nomination meetings held here and in Atikokan on Saturday and in Thunder Bay yesterday.

Won beat out Jason Storkson, an 11-year member of the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service.

Human remains confirmed as missing man

District
Staff

Human remains first located last month in an area near the community of Big Island First Nation has been positively identified as those of Bradley Kirkrude Jr., 26, of Big Island First Nation Territory.

The Ontario Provincial Police and Treaty Three Police Service commenced an investigation after Kirkrude was reported missing on Oct. 8, 2018.

Trio facing numerous drug, weapons charges

District
From the OPP

On Saturday, May 25, two members of the Rainy River District Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted a vehicle stop in the area of First Street East at Williams Avenue in the Town of Fort Frances.

The officer commenced an investigation into a Highway Traffic Act offence, and subsequently arrested the driver.

Six new fires over weekend

District
From the MNRF

There were six new forest fires in the Northwest Region by the late afternoon yesterday.

At the time of this update there were four active fires in the region, one of which is not under control.

Dryden fire #6 is a 0.1 hectare fire located off McGogy Road, approximately five kilometres north of Dryden. The fire is under control.

Prom couple

Photos
Ken Kellar

Macarthur Wilde and Shelby King posed for the crowd gathered to witness the Grand March at the Townshend Theatre on Saturday evening as part of Prom 2019. Some 74 couples took part in the annual event which preceded a dinner at La Place Rendez-Vous. Students also visited Rainycrest before the Grand March to do a mini-march for residents there.

Alumni get-together

Photos
of Sylvia Hnatiuk Johnston

Brothers Herman, Willie, and Rick Pruys—all of whom worked at the local mill over the years—posed for a photo during the Mill Alumni's seventh-annual banquet on Thursday evening at the local Legion. The event drew nearly 80 people, and after getting a big show of hands from those who attended, organizers already are aiming to have an eighth-annual banquet next year.

Autism walk

Photos
Marc Stuempfle

The Borderland Autism Awareness Walk took place Saturday afternoon along the La Verendrye Parkway. The purpose was to raise awareness on issues of early intervention, receiving a proper diagnosis, and obtaining the proper support from the provincial government for each individuals needs. The warm wether and sun kept the smiles shining all afternoon.

Splash of colour

Photos
Ken Kellar

Students and staff took part in a Colour Run at Fort Frances High School on Thursday afternoon. An obstacle course was set up on the track outside the school and had students navigating hurdles and pools of water to complete a lap, all the while being pelted with coloured powder by teachers and staff members.

Careful putting

Photos
Marc Stuempfle

Harry Klyne, right, and his skins partner Roger Morrison attempted to sink a long putt at Heron Landing Golf Course on Friday afternoon. Kylne fell just short on his birdie attempt as he tried to will the ball closer to the hole after getting a read off of Morrison's earlier putt.

Drumroll, please!

Photos
Ken Kellar

Jessica Ogden, left, of the Rainy Lake Gymnastics Academy, and Kiwanian Robin Wright read out the winning ticket for the Fort Frances Kiwanis Club's “Trip of the Month” draw for June at International Travel Services today. This month's winner is Russell Paterson, who won a trip to New York, NY, valued at $3,600. Next month's draw will be for an Easter Caribbean Cruise ($4,200).

'Purple heroin' present in Montreal, say police

National
Ugo Giguere
The Canadian Press

Montreal police are worried that a dangerous drug known as “purple heroin” has made its way into the city.

An internal note obtained by The Canadian Press says the police service's analysis and intelligence department has been informed of the drug's presence in the greater Montreal area.

Pikangikum wildfire evacuations hit 1,500

National
The Canadian Press

PIKANGIKUM, Ont.—Evacuees from Pikangikum First Nation will be taken to host cities in two provinces yesterday while a wildfire continues to grow near the northwestern Ontario community.

MMIW 'genocide' everyone's problem: report

National
The Canadian Press

GATINEAU, Que.—Hundreds of families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and survivors are filing into the Canadian Museum of History to mark the release of findings from a commission tasked with examining root causes of violence.

Canadian edibles, topicals market worth $2.7B; ramp up over 3-5 years: Deloitte

Business
By Armina Ligaya The Canadian Press

TORONTO — The Canadian market for next-generation cannabis products is worth an estimated $2.7 billion annually, with edibles contributing more than half, according to a new report from Deloitte.

Drugs make headway against lung, breast, prostate cancers

Health & Wellness
By Marilynn Marchione The Associated Press

CHICAGO — Newer drugs are substantially improving the chances of survival for some people with hard-to-treat forms of lung, breast and prostate cancer, doctors reported at the world’s largest cancer conference.

Golden State ties up series against Raptors

Sports
Lori Ewing
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The Toronto Raptors unravelled in the time it took plenty of stunned fans to file back into their seats with their halftime beers.

Eight straight missed shots and five turnovers. And just six minutes into the third quarter, the Raptors' double-digit lead had morphed into a 13-point hole too deep to dig out of.

Bruins rout Blues to take 2-1 lead in Stanley Cup Final

Sports
Stephen Whyno
The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS—David Pastrnak flashed a wry smile, brimming with confidence.

No even-strength points through the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final for the first line put plenty of pressure on Boston's best players to produce. Pastrnak shrugged it off, saying on scale of 1 to 10 they felt the pressure level was something around a 2.

Then they got on the ice and delivered.

Virginia shooter notified boss of plans to leave job

International
Ben Finley and
Michael Kunzelman
The Associated Press

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.—The gunman who attacked his colleagues at a Virginia Beach government office building resigned by email hours before the shooting, a city official said yesterday as authorities sought a motive in the assault that killed 12 people.

Gator busts through kitchen window

International
The Associated Press

CLEARWATER, Fla. —Authorities say an 11-foot (3.4-metre) alligator busted through a kitchen window and broke several bottles of red wine in a Florida home before it was captured.

Police tweeted that the gator was removed from Mary Wischhusen's Clearwater condominium early Friday. No one was injured.

Wischhusen uses a walker.

Was There: Allied troops land in Normandy on D-Day

International
By Don Whitehead The Associated Press

This story was first published on June 8, 1944, after AP journalist Don Whitehead, who became known by his colleagues as “Beachhead Don,” landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy on D-Day with the 1st Infantry Division.

Showers tomorrow

Weather

Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a low of 12 C (54 F).

Tomorrow will be variably cloudy with a couple of showers and a thunderstorm. Expect a high of 24 (75) and a low of 10 (50).

Wednesday will be mostly cloudy with a high of 23 (73) and a low of 11 (52).