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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - May 30, 2019

Council concerned about e-learning

News
Staff

Members of town council are concerned with the provinces changes to public education, particularly the move to e-learning at high schools.

Councillor concerned about boundary waters

News
Staff

A town councillor is concerned about the future of the Rainy River watershed as there is an ongoing effort to bring sulfide-ore copper mining activity within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

FFPC 150,000

News
Marc Stuempfle
Summer reporter

The Fort Frances Power Corporation (FFPC) took the time Tuesday afternoon to recognized all of its employees' hard work and dedication to a safe work environment.

FFPC celebrated 150,000 safe work hours—or 11 years injury-free—and congratulated Brian White, on becoming a certified journeyman by finishing his four-year electric lineman apprenticeship.

Fatal plane crash in north

District
From the OPP

At approximately 9:50 a.m. yesterday, officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Red Lake Detachment received a report of a downed aircraft and forest fire in the area of Domain Lake, which is west of Red Lake.

Investigators have determined that both the pilot and the passenger were deceased.

Fire hazard rising across region

District
From the MNRF

The forest fire hazard has risen to be high to extreme across most of the region with an area of moderate hazard in Nipigon and northern Sioux Lookout district.

There were four new forest fires confirmed by yesterday afternoon.

Red Lake fire #12 is not under control at 20 hectares and is located near Hansen Lake, approximately 53 kilometres west of Red Lake.

Track Muskies qualify for OFSAA

Sports
Staff

The Muskie track-and-field team shone brightly at the NWOSAA championships held in Thunder Bay on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Fort High will be sending eight athletes to the OFSAA championships, which are slated for June 6-8 at Guelph University.

Among the girls, Alacea Yerxa qualified by nabbing silver in the senior 800m race (3:13.18) and bronze in the 1500m one (6:44.21).

Muskie boys' soccer team tops again

Sports
Staff

It's now almost been an entire decade of NorWOSSA dominance for the Muskie boys' soccer team.

Fort High nabbed an incredible ninth-straight league crown with a narrow 2-1 win over the host Dryden Eagles in yesterday afternoon's final.

Her-icanes, Raiders still unbeaten

Sports
Staff

It was a battle of the unbeatens but it was the three-time defending champs who came out on the right side of things.

The Fort Frances Her-cianes improved their record to 3-0 with a 5-1 win over the Renegades in Rainy River District Fastball League action last night.

The Renegades fell to 3-1 with the loss.

'No Dumping'

Photos

A Fort High student from Jody Bonner-Vickers' Grade 8 class spray painted a “No dumping drains to river” stencil by a storm sewer grate on Holmes Avenue yesterday. The students spray painted the stencil onto over 50 drains throughout the town to remind the public that what goes down the drains flows into Rainy River.

FFPC injury free hours

Photos
Marc Stuempfle

It took an 11-year commitment by all the employees at the Fort Frances Power Corp. to achieve 150,000 injury-free work hours, but they did it. The FFPC held a barbecue lunch on Tuesday to celebrate and thank everyone for their hard work and dedication.

Girls' soccer action

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Montana Plasky fired a shot towards the Kenora Broncos' goal during the first half of the Muskie girls' soccer team's 2-1 loss in the NorWOSSA final yesterday afternoon in Dryden. The Broncos now advance to the all-Ontarios, which are slated for June 6-8 in Belle River.

Speech contest

Photos
Ken Kellar

Piper Lidkea answered a question from the judging panel after giving her second-place winning speech at the Rainy River District School Board's speech contest at Robert Moore School yesterday. Lidkea's speech detailed her experience with scoliosis, with third-place winner Jenna Bailey presenting a speech about women and equality.

Welding display

Photos
Ken Kellar

Fort High student Randall McArthur tried out the welding simulator from Seven Generations Education Institute during the career symposium last Thursday at Fort High. Employers and educators from across the district were at the high school to help students learn about possible careers they might pursue in the future.

NorWOSSA champs

Photos
Jamie Mountain

There wasn't an unhappy face in this huddle as the members of the Muskie boys' soccer team were full of jubilation after claiming their ninth-straight NorWOSSA title with a 2-1 win over the Eagles in Dryden yesterday afternoon. Fort High now advances to the OFSAA boys' 'AA' championships slated for June 6-8 in North Bay.

Ball chase

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Angel McCormack of Al's Racquet Stringing charged down the pitch with the ball during the second half of her squad's 6-0 loss to La Place Rendez-Vous in the Borderland Soccer League women's division season-opener on Tuesday night at the St. Francis Sports Field. Claire Sobkowicz scored twice while Rochelle Douglas, Jennie Dyck, and Rindy Veldhuisen also bulged the twine in the lopsided win.

Afghan memorial opens tomorrow

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Department of National Defence says its memorial for those killed in Canada's mission in Afghanistan will open to the public tomorrow afternoon.

People who aren't military members, veterans or their families will have to register for visits in advance but will be guided to the memorial in the department's new headquarters in western Ottawa when they arrive.

Girl believed to be tiniest newborn weighed as much as apple

Health & Wellness
By Julie Watson And John Antczak The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — When she was born, the baby girl weighed about the same as an apple.

A San Diego hospital on Wednesday revealed the birth of the girl and said she is believed to be the world’s tiniest surviving micro-preemie, who weighed just 8.6 ounces (245 grams) when she was born in December.

Blues beat Bruins 3-2 in OT, tie up series

Sports
The Associated Press

BOSTON—Blues defenceman Carl Gunnarsson bumped into coach Craig Berube in the bathroom before the start of overtime and told him: “I just need one more.”

“He hit the post in the third there, and he just felt good about himself, obviously. Which he should have," Berube said. "I liked hearing it.”

Tracking microbes people carry may predict future health

Technology
By Lauran Neergaard The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — We share our bodies with trillions of microbes that are critical to staying healthy, but now scientists are getting a much-needed close look at how those bugs can get out of whack and spur disease.

Facebook isn’t deleting the fake Pelosi video. Should it?

Technology
By Barbara Ortutay THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN FRANCISCO — When a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi one altered to show the Democratic leader slurring her words began making the rounds on Facebook last week, the social network didn’t take it down. Instead, it “downranked” the video, a behind-the-scenes move intended to limit its spread.

'Egg Boy' donates $70,000 to victims

International
The Associated Press

SYDNEY, Australia—The Australian teenager who cracked an egg on the head of a politician for his remarks about the New Zealand mosque massacre has donated almost $70,000 to people affected by the killings.

Newborn girl weighed as much as apple

International
Julie Watson
John Antczak
The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO—When she was born, the baby girl weighed about the same as an apple.

A San Diego hospital yesterday revealed the birth of the girl and said she is believed to be the world's tiniest surviving micro-preemie, who weighed just 8.6 ounces (245 grams) when she was born in December.

The girl was born 23 weeks and three days into her mother's 40-week pregnancy.

D-Day still takes an emotional toll on vets, 75 years on

People
By Danica Kirka The Associated Press

SOUTHWICK, England — Leonard “Ted” Emmings has had a mission for 75 years.

Wild beer flavours on rise

Lifestyles
The Associated Press

Anyone for steak and onion Kolsch? Or a macaroni and cheese pale ale?

Those were among the flavours at the Strange Brew Festival in Reno, Nevada, this month, where competition for attention has intensified as craft beers have boomed.

New US diabetes cases fall as obesity rises: report

Lifestyles
Mike Stobbe
The Associated Press

NEW YORK—The number of new diabetes cases among U.S. adults keeps falling, even as obesity rates climb, and health officials aren't sure why.

New federal data released Tuesday found the number of new diabetes diagnoses fell to about 1.3 million in 2017, down from 1.7 million in 2009.

E-cigarette flavourings may pose heart risk: study

Lifestyles
Lauran Neergaard
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—E-cigarettes aren't considered as risky as regular cigarettes, but researchers have found a clue that their flavourings may be bad for the heart.

Longtime smokers who can't kick the addiction sometimes switch to e-cigarettes, in hopes of avoiding the cancer-causing chemicals in tobacco smoke.

Sunny again tomorrow

Weather

Tonight will be mainly clear with a passing shower and a low of 10 C (50 F).

Tomorrow will be sunny. Expect a high of 21 (70) and a low of six (43).

Saturday will see periods of both cloud and sun with a high of 18 (64) and a low of two (36).

Atown

Around Town

Rainy River District Victim Services Program is a hosting a free BBQ in front of their office (334 Scott Street) on Friday, May 31, from noon-2 p.m. in conjunction with National Victims and Survivors of Crime Week. They will have several service providers on site to provide assistance and answer questions on how their organizations can be of assistance to victims and survivors of crime.