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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - May 24, 2018

Two new fires sparked

From the MNRF

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

Red Lake Fire #31, located near Borel Lake, was listed as “not under control” at 3.8 hectares in size.

Kenora Fire #47, located south of Esther Lake, also was listed as “not under control” at 0.1 ha.

Investigation nets charges

From the OPP

Members of the Rainy River District OPP Crime Unit, along with the Community Street Crime Unit, commenced an investigation into an assault with a weapon allegation.

As part of the investigation, a search warrant was conducted at a local Fort Frances hotel room.

Officers located a quantity of crystal methamphetamine, suspected fentanyl, and a quantity of cash.

OPP kept busy with traffic offences

From the OPP

Over the Victoria Day long weekend, members of the Rainy River District OPP worked diligently to increase road safety through targeted enforcement efforts as part of Canada's Road Safety Week (CRSW).

The goal of CRSW is to reduce high-risk driving behaviours and save lives on OPP-patrolled roads.

Beavers keep on winning


The Northwest Bay Beavers ran their record to 3-0 with a 17-13 win over the Fort Frances Herricanes in Rainy River District Women's Fastball League action last night.

Darcy Smith picked up the win while Jess Woodgate was tagged with the loss.

In other games, the Manitou T-Birdies topped Sabaskong Tebinaak 15-12.

Muskie boys nab bye


The Muskie boys' soccer team (5-0-1) swept away the competition in Kenora yesterday to finish in first place and earn a bye to the NorWOSSA final here this coming Wednesday.

James Gushulak and Cam Lidkea both scored twice to pace the Muskies to an 8-0 rout of the Dryden Eagles in their first game yesterday.

Exhibit opening

Stephanie Hagenaars

Rev. Barb Miller of Knox United Church here spoke at yesterday's opening of the “We Were Taught Differently: The Indian Residential School Experience” exhibit at the Fort Frances Museum which is on loan from the Lake of the Woods Museum in Kenora.

Speech winner

Sam Odrowski

Fort High student Jenna Bailey was awarded first place for her speech on gender equality during the Rainy River District School Board's annual speech contest last night at Robert Moore School. Kayla Pater (S.C.A.P.) took second place for her speech on “Crazy Truths" while third place went to Ayiana Gagne (Robert Moore) for her speech on "The Bermuda Triangle.”

Football camp

Jamie Mountain

The Muskie football team opened its annual spring camp Tuesday afternoon at Fort High. The sessions, which run from 4:30-6:30 p.m. every week night until June 1, focus on the fundamentals, such as blocking, tackling, and basic offensive and defensive formations.

Orchestra concert

Stephanie Hagenaars

The Borderland Community Orchestra held its spring concert Tuesday evening at the Townshend Theatre. The concert, entitled “Fairy Tales and Magical Stories," also featured performances from the Rainy River High School Band, Bel Canto, and new Borderland Choir. The concert ended with an encore of "Pirates of the Caribbean,” which was greeted with a standing ovation from the audience.

Books galore

Duane Hicks

Caroline Goulding, CEO of the Fort Frances Public Library, was nearly up to her ears yesterday with donations that have come in for the Friends of the Library's annual book sale, which takes place this Saturday (May 26) from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the library. Fill a bag with books and make a donation!

Residents trapped as fire creeps closer

Kelly Geraldine Malone
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—The federal government said it is stepping up efforts to evacuate two Manitoba First Nations that are threatened by a raging wildfire.

Public Safety Canada said about 600 people were expected to be evacuated from the Little Grand Rapids and Pauingassi First Nations by the end of the day yesterday, with more to follow.

NDP's plan under Liberal, Tory attack

Paola Loriggio
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—If you believe Doug Ford and Kathleen Wynne, an NDP government would bring Ontario indefinite strikes, high unemployment, skyrocketing taxes, and farmlands lost to wind turbines.

New poll finds NDP, Tories in tie

The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The New Democrats have the same 37 percent voter support as the Progressive Conservatives even though most people believe the Tories will win the Ontario election come June 7, a new poll suggests.

According to the Leger poll being released today, the struggling Liberals trail with 21 percent support.

WestJet, pilots resume contract negotiations

Ross Marowits
The Canadian Press

WestJet Airlines Ltd. has resumed contract negotiations with its pilots in Calgary, where the airline is based.

Talks between the airline and pilots represented by the Air Line Pilots Association began Monday and moved from Halifax, where they took place last week, the airline said in an e-mail.

Neither side would say if progress has been made.

Blue Jays blow another late lead

Gregory Strong
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Blue Jays' reliever Tyler Clippard appeared immersed in thought as he sat by his locker last night after blowing a save opportunity in a 5-4 loss to the L.A. Angels.

Clippard stared straight ahead for about 10 minutes, his index finger slowly stroking his chin from time to time.

It was an outing he'd like to put behind him as soon as possible.

Celtics snatch 3-2 series lead

Jimmy Golen
The Associated Press

BOSTON—LeBron James is tired. The young Boston Celtics seem to be getting stronger.

Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points—his ninth 20-point game of the post-season—as Boston beat Cleveland 96-83 last night to grab a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final.

Caps finally seal return berth in Stanley Cup final

Fred Goodall
The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla.—Alex Ovechkin lifted the Prince of Wales Trophy, spun around, and set it back down on a table.

The rest of the Capitals joined him for a team photo after blanking the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 last night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final—a victory that sent Washington to the Stanley Cup final for the first time in 20 years.

Chance of storms tonight


More thunderstorms are possible tonight, with an overnight low of 15 C (59 F) and south-southwest winds gusting up to 20 km/h.

Tomorrow will be partly sunny, with a high of 27 (80) and low around 14 (57).

Look for west-southwest winds gusting up to 20 km/h.

A mix of sun and clouds is forecast for Saturday, along with a high of 24 (75) and low dipping to 11 (51).


Around Town

Riverside Health Care will hold its next open board meeting today (May 24) at 6 p.m. in the meeting room at the Rainy River Health Centre.

An all-candidates' meeting, hosted by the Rainy River Federation of Agriculture, will be held today (May 24) at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Way School in Stratton. Everyone is welcome to attend.