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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - May 1, 2018

North Star School being saluted by board

District
Sam Odrowski

North Star School in Atikokan will receive the Rainy River District School Board's monthly recognition of excellence for its “I'm Here” campaign at tonight's regular meeting.

The school is being saluted for its commitment to promoting attendance to help students reach their full potential both academically and socially.

Fire crews kept busy in region

District
From the MNRF

Two new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon.

Both are small, and are located in the Sioux Lookout and Dryden districts.

There were eight forest fires in the Northwest Region over the weekend, located in the Fort Frances, Dryden, Kenora, and Thunder Bay districts.

Muskie track-and-field team impresses

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Talk about a strong showing for the Muskie track-and-field contingent at the Lake of the Woods meet yesterday in Baudette, Mn.

The black-and-gold snagged a multitude of top-five finishes across a variety of events.

Sekina Scheibler nabbed gold in boys' discus with a throw of 139',09".

Dress rehearsal

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Fort Frances High School students Jaykob Ryll (“Sir Galahad"), left, Brenden Laur ("King Arthur"), and Carmen Hebert ("Patsy") took part in the first full-scale dress rehearsal of the comedic musical, "Spamalot," last night on the Townshend Theatre stage. The musical, from the 1975 film, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” is being staged from May 2-5, with the curtain rising at 7:30 p.m.

Season tune-up

Photos
Jamie Mountain

The Muskie girls' and boys' soccer teams hosted a pair of exhibition games yesterday afternoon at Fort High against the Rainy River Owls to get prepared for their upcoming season. The Muskie girls fell by a narrow score of 3-2 while the boys were victorious with a 3-0 shutout. Both Muskie squads will be back in action this weekend as they head to Winnipeg for exhibition tournaments.

'And the winner is . . .'

Photos
Duane Hicks

Kerry Zucchiatti of 93.1 The Border drew the May “Trip of the Month” draw winner while Kiwanian Robin Wright looked on this morning at International Travel Services here. Ted Scholten will be heading to Reykjavik, Iceland—a trip valued at $4,000. Next month's trip is to Barcelona, Spain ($4,500).

Tories again trounce Liberals in fundraising

National
Lee Berthiaume
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—If money equals momentum, the federal Conservatives appear to be chugging along with a strong head of steam heading into next year's federal election.

New fundraising numbers show the Tories raked in nearly twice as much cash as the Liberals during the first three months of 2018 en route to one of the best first quarters by a federal party in a non-election year.

Law targeting new election threats

National
Joanna Smith
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The federal Liberal government wants to make it easier for Canadians to cast a ballot while making it harder for political parties—or foreign entities—to violate their privacy or persuade them who to vote for using falsehoods or vast sums of money.

Hydro One to review executive pay

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Hydro One says it is reviewing its executive compensation arrangements at the urging of the Ontario Liberal government.

The move comes weeks after Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford said he would fire the CEO and board of directors at the partially-privatized utility if his party is elected on June 7.

Firm slated to assess bus crash intersection

National
Ryan McKenna
The Canadian Press

REGINA—Saskatchewan plans to hire a private consulting firm to do a safety assessment of an intersection north of Tisdale where a hockey team bus collision killed 16 people.

The Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team was travelling to a playoff game on April 6 when it collided with a tractor-trailer.

Math scores climb except in Ontario

National
Nicole Thompson
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Students in every province except Ontario improved their performance in math between 2010 and 2016, according to a report released yesterday that examined the results of tests administered to eighth graders over the six-year period.

Administration puts off decision on tariffs for EU, others

Business
By Christopher Rugaber And Ken Thomas The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The White House is postponing a decision on imposing tariffs on U.S. imports of steel and aluminum from the European Union, Canada and Mexico for 30 days, avoiding the potential for a trade battle with Europe as the U.S. prepares for tense trade talks in China this week.

Campuses offer free menstrual products

Health & Wellness
By Adina Bresge The Canadian Press

TORONTO — It’s a whispered washroom ritual: smuggling sanitary products inside a shirt sleeve when that time of the months rolls around.

Some, short on supplies, rummage for a quarter to feed the dispenser, or as a last resort, entreat a stallmate to borrow a spare tampon or pad.

Jays hold off Twins for second-straight win

Sports
Brian Hall
The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS—Even with Josh Donaldson missing 16 games on the disabled list, Jose Bautista gone, and Kendrys Morales off to a slow start, the Toronto Blue Jays are powering up again and supplying the offence they've become used to north of the border.

Justin Smoak and Russell Martin homered, and Yangervis Solarte had three hits, as Toronto topped the Minnesota Twins 7-5 last night.

Overtime goal caps Knights' wild win

Sports
Josh Dubow
The Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif.—William Karlsson and the expansion Vegas Golden Knights proved they can handle some adversity just as well as they can thrive as front-runners like they did most of their inaugural season.

U.S. air pollution reductions level off

International
Seth Borenstein
The Associated Press

DENVER—For decades America's air was getting cleaner as levels of a key smog ingredient steadily dropped.

That changed about seven years ago when pollution reductions levelled off, a new study found.

This means when tighter federal air quality standards go into effect later this year, many more cities may find themselves on the dirty air list.

America’s air isn’t getting cleaner as fast as it used to

Science
By Seth Borenstein The Associated Press

DENVER — For decades America’s air was getting cleaner as levels of a key smog ingredient steadily dropped. That changed about seven years ago when pollution reductions levelled off, a new study found.

This means when tighter federal air quality standards go into effect later this year, many more cities may find themselves on the dirty air list.

Royal wedding: At hotels, $50K packages, Union Jack condoms

International
By Beth J. Harpaz The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Hotels are getting in on royal wedding mania, offering $50,000 packages fit for a queen, handing out condoms decorated with the Union Jack and hosting Champagne parties where the wedding will be shown on big-screen TVs.

Australian cardinal to face trial on sexual abuse charges

People
By Rod McGuirk THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australian Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis, on Tuesday officially denied charges of sexual abuse spanning decades after his lawyers failed to sway a court to dismiss them.

No guns allowed at NRA convention when Trump, Pence speak

People
The Associated Press

DALLAS — Attendees at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Dallas can carry their firearms ‚Äî except during the forum where President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence speak Friday.

A White House official said Monday that Trump will attend Friday. Pence had already been slated to speak at Friday’s leadership forum.

Spatzle Primavera is made with vegetables, cream and cheese

Recipes
By Sara Moulton The Associated Press

Springtime is the right time for Pasta Primavera, which is, after all, the Italian word for spring. There’s some controversy about who invented this wonderful dish, but everyone agrees that it was made famous in the late ‘70s at New York’s Le Cirque restaurant. In any case, the recipe consists of spring vegetables, cream and cheese. How far wrong can you go?

Wasabi Cracker-Crusted Salmon is a quick weeknight meal

Recipes
By Sara Moulton The Associated Press

Wild salmon season starts very soon, so be on the lookout for it at your local market. But, you say, I can find salmon at my supermarket all year-round. Yes, you can, because farmed salmon, which is what you find fresh at the store all the time, doesn’t really have a season; wild salmon does.

Provencal Fish Stew

Recipes
By Katie Workman The Associated Press

A bowl of this stew is like a tiny little trip to the Mediterranean. It’s unbelievably easy, but I would serve it to guests in a heartbeat (and it would be a pretty special Mother’s Day lunch or dinner). It’s hearty, but still so light and clean and simple.