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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - May 22, 2019

Fish fry enjoys sunny skies, good turnout

News
Ken Kellar

What a difference the weather makes.

After a day last year that was a bit washed out by stubborn rainfall, the 49th-annual Manitou fish fry at Rainy River First Nations' pow-wow grounds enjoyed the sun and a steady stream of hungry visitors on Friday.

“I think it's been fantastic,” said Robin McGinnis, chief of Rainy River First Nations.

Mayor Caul, Reeve Ford thrilled over funding

News
Ken Kellar

If Fort Frances mayor June Caul and Alberton reeve Mike Ford are seen doing a happy dance this week, it's not hard to understand why.

Bonot named Grand Marshal of next month's Pride March

News
Press Release

Borderland Pride announced yesterday that Trevor Bonot has been named Grand Marshal of the organization's LGBTQ2 Pride March, as part of 2019's PRIDE WEEK+ festival in the Fort Frances and International Falls area.

Bonot was born and raised in Stratton, Ont. He made a name for himself and his community through his local curling club.

Judson voices concerns around judicial vacancy

News
Sam Odrowski

While the Rainy River District has one of the highest per capita criminal case loads in northern Ontario, it has been without a sitting judge since 2012.

Homlund Financial plans for future

News
Sam Odrowski

Holmlund Financial recently expanded its team and the long-term vets of the business are working hard to pass along their knowledge to some fresh faces.

Adrian Chapman, who has six years of experience in the financial services industry, joined Holmlund Financial mid-April as a financial advisor.

Old storybook tells tale of children's concern for caribou  

News
Press Release

The recent discovery of a children's storybook about saving caribou shows that fear for the animal's future is not new.

Nearly 20 years ago, elementary students at Schreiber Public School wrote the book to voice their concern that caribou on the Slate Islands off the northern coast of Lake Superior could disappear. 

Final 'Marzie Days' to be held Saturday

District
Sam Odrowski

One grandmother has grown and sold thousands of plants over the last six years to give back to an organization that gives so much to her grandchild.

Since first hosting the sale, Barb Redford has raised over $35 thousand for the Children's Rehabilitation Foundation in Winnipeg.

EARS begins planting for year

District
Sam Odrowski

Knowing which crop varieties grow best in northwestern Ontario can be difficult to gauge without the proper agricultural resources.

To help producers and farmers know which crops grow best and can produce the highest yields, the Emo Agricultural Research Station (EARS) runs a series of crop trials through the year and shares the data they collect.

OPP looking for stolen vehicle

District
From the OPP

Yesterday at approximately 8:30 a.m., members of the Rainy River District Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received two reports of stolen vehicles from callers residing in the Town of Fort Frances.

Rainy River to host first LGBTQ Pride event

District
Press Release

The Rainy River branch of the Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) is pleased to announce that on Saturday May, 25, Rainy River will be having their first LGBTQ Pride event and we invite all in the community to take part with us.

United Beef Club hosts first meeting

District
Submitted by
Kennah LeBlanc

The United Beef Club's first meeting was held at the home of David and Shari Peters on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

The United Beef Club has 15 members this year, ranging from Barwick to Rainy River.

To start off the meeting, youth leaders, Alanna Gerula and Aynsley Williams planned an ice breaker activity that involved skittles and questions about 4-H.

MNRF surveying black bears in Ontario

District
Press Release

Black bears have a keen sense of smell. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry plans to take advantage of that to update our bear population data for the province.

Starting this month, ministry staff will conduct barbed-wire hair trap surveys in several parts of Ontario.

Owls' squads ready for playoffs

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Anything can happen in the playoffs and both the Rainy River Owls' girls' and boys' soccer teams hope things will land in their favour this week.

The girls' squad ended the NorWOSSA 'A' regular season with a loss and a draw to the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora) in Red Lake last Wednesday and Thursday to see their record fall to 3-2-1.

Williamson nabs first-ever feature win

Sports
Staff

A great night of racing led to Tanner Williamson's first-ever feature win at the Borderland Racing Association's season-opener Saturday at the Emo Speedway.

The Fort Frances native had four top-five and six top-10 finishes to his credit last season in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds division but was unable to secure that elusive first checkered flag.

Local curling rink to receive funding

Sports
Press Release

The Fort Frances Curling Club, Curl Moncton, and the Sydney Curling Club in Sydney, N.S., were each recipients of low-interest $25,000 loans from Curling Canada to improve their respective facilities.

Muskie boys pleased to clinch first place

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Muskie boys' soccer team set two goals for themselves heading into this season.

The first was to clinch a first-place bye to the NorWOSSA final and the second was to advance to OFSAA.

Fort High has already accomplished the former, dispatching both the Kenora Broncos and host Dryden Eagles last Wednesday to secure the first-place bye with a perfect 4-0 record.

Lynx romp all over Mud Dogs

Sports
Staff

You could say the Big Grassy Lynx bit a chunk out of the Fort Frances Mud Dogs.

The Lynx jumped all over Mud Dogs' starter Jodie Hood en-route to a 12-run first inning and never looked back in a 21-12 romp in Rainy River District Women's Fastball League action last Wednesday night at the St. Francis Sports Field.

Braves slug 6 HRs in rout of Warriors

Sports
Staff

All signs are indicating that the Fort Frances Braves will be the ones to beat yet again this season.

In an all-out blitz of power, the two-time defending champions slugged six homeruns en route to a 16-2 thrashing of Windey's Warriors in Rainy River District Fastball League action last Thursday night at VanJura.

Muskie track squad rounding into form

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Steady improvement and a desire to succeed is what any coach hopes to see from their team over the course of the season.

The Muskie track-and-field team has done that in spades so far this season and took another giant leap in their development at the Last Chance Invite varsity meet held in Baudette, Mn. last Thursday.

Funding announcement

Photos
Ken Kellar

Fort Frances mayor June Caul, left, Alberton reeve Mike Ford and Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford pose for a photo after Rickford's funding announcement at the Fort Frances Tourism Centre on Friday. Both Fort Frances and Alberton will be receiving funding through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure program for crucial reconstruction and repair work.

Mini horse

Photos
Ken Kellar

Sarrinna Thomopolous was ready to ride Sawyer the miniature horse off into the sunset as Shelby Kellar held his lead rope at the Public Farm event held at The Spry Farm in Devlin on Saturday. A cold northeastern wind didn't keep families from making the drive to spend time with the animals on the farm, which, in addition to miniature horses, includes goats, pigs and chickens.

CLFFD dinner

Photos
Ken Kellar

Aaron Mishibinijima, left, received his certificate for five years of service with Community Living Fort Frances and District (CLFFD) from Denise Bliss, CLFFD president Julie Crichton and CLFFD CEO Alanna Barr during their 60th anniversary dinner at La Place Rendez-Vous on Thursday.

All shook up

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Award-winning Elvis Presley tribute artist Daylin James sang classic Elvis hits to a packed Rainy Lake Square on Thursday evening. His performance kicked off the 2019 Rainy Lake Concert Series. The free-to-attend show was sponsored by Tbaytel. The next outdoor concert at the square will feature Rae Spoon on June 6 at 6 p.m. It is being hosted by Borderland Pride.

Celebrating 60 years

Photos
Ken Kellar

Harold Ogier, left, Jerry Zub and Sonja Arch took a moment to have their picture taken at the photo booth put up by Community Living Fort Frances and District for their 60th anniversary dinner at La Place Rendez-Vous here Thursday evening.

Holmlund Financial

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Adrian Chapman, left, Tyler Ruppenstein, Susan Bodnarchuk, Lori Shoemaker, and Jean Dick of the Holmlund Financial Team shared some smiles on Thursday in-between serving clients. The Holmlund Financial team welcomed Chapman and Ruppenstein aboard in late April.

RRFN fish feast

Photos
Ken Kellar

Volunteers worked to serve up walleye and smoked sturgeon to a line of hungry people at the Rainy River First Nations' annual Manitou fish fry on Friday afternoon. RRFN Chief Robin McGinnis said that around 1,000 people attended the event this year to celebrate the First Nations' treaty rights and spend time with the community.

Hops trial returns

Photos

The hops trial at the Emo Agricultural Research Station (EARS) is coming along well this season and will need to be strung shortly as they continue to grow. The first hops trial in the district was grown at EARS last year and saw great success considering the district's climate. -Submitted photo

At bat

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Cole Tymkin fouled off a tough pitch during the Fort Frances Braves' 16-2 romp over Windey's Warriors in Rainy River District Fastball League action last Thursday night at VanJura. Tymkin crushed a lead-off homer in the third inning to help the two-time defending champion Braves start the season with a 2-0 record.

All

Photos
Submitted

Trent Wilson of Donald Young School ran his way to a fourth-place finish in the boys' 800m race at the Last Chance Invite varsity meet held last Thursday in Baudette, Mn. The junior high athlete also grabbed a silver in the 1600m race as part of an impressive Muskie showing at the meet.

Underhand pitch

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Nancy Indian looked to uncork a great pitch during the first inning of the Big Grassy Lynx's 21-12 romp over the Fort Frances Mud Dogs in Rainy River District Women's Fastball League action last Wednesday night at the St. Francis Sports Field.

Surrounded

Photos
of Michael Christianson/Dryden Observer

Declan Webb (#22) was surrounded by a pair of Dryden Eagles as he attempted to fire the loose ball away during the Muskie boys' soccer team's 4-1 win last Wednesday afternoon in NorWOSSA action in Dryden.

Throwing ball

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Christian Bourgeois of the Fort Frances Braves quickly fielded a grounder and made the toss to first base to record the out during his squad's 16-2 rout of Windey's Warriors in Rainy River District Fastball League action last Thursday night at VanJura.

Woman batter

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Heather Wright had her eyes locked in as she squared up to hit an incoming pitch during the Fort Frances Mud Dogs' 21-12 loss to the Big Grassy Lynx in Rainy River District Women's Fastball League action last Wednesday night at the St. Francis Sports Field. The Mud Dogs are off to an 0-2 start to the season heading into tonight's games.

Ball battle

Photos
of Michael Christianson/Dryden Observer

Pasquel Shortreed was locked in a battle for the ball with a Dryden Eagles' opponent during the Muskie girls' soccer team's 2-2 draw last Wednesday afternoon in Dryden. Montana Plasky scored her team-leading third goal in the Muskies' 1-0 win over the Broncos earlier that day while Kathryn Fischer and Alina Eldridge bulged the twine in the draw with the Eagles.

Woodland caribou

Photos
of Paul Tessier

The population of caribou along the Lake Superior coast and its islands has plummeted in recent years. Caribou populations on the mainland are also declining.

First feature win

Photos
Submitted

Tanner Williamson claimed his first feature win while racing in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified division Saturday night during the season opener for the Borderland Racing Association. Williamson started the feature in eighth position out of 11 cars and wheeled his car to victory lane for the first time.

Sea dragon exhibit dazzles visitors at California aquarium

Science
By Julie Watson The Associated Press

LA JOLLA, Calif. — At first glance, it looks like a branch of kelp, but then an eye moves among its leafy appendages, and ridges of tiny, translucent fins start to flutter, sending the creature gliding through the water like something from a fairy tale.