The “snowflake” decorations that line a few blocks of Scott Street each holiday season are getting a fresh look this year thanks to the BIA.
The group representing downtown businesses has been busy painting all 34 of the large, metal snowflakes red.
“We've been doing them for years,” noted BIA president Doug Cuthbertson.
Indigenous veterans never have received their due recognition but a new exhibit at the Fort Frances Museum & Cultural Centre aims to rectify that.
Just in time for Remembrance Day, “Indigenous Veterans of Treaty No. 3” will open this Thursday (Nov. 8) and spotlight veterans from area First Nations who served in both world wars.
The local museum will be able to continue to provide top-notch workshops for another year thanks to the Friends of the Fort Frances Museum.
Their annual wine, cheese, and beer fundraiser gala, entitled “Novemberfest,” drew a full house of more than 100 people last Thursday evening and raised at least $4,000 with the live auction alone—about $1,000 more than last year.
The Christmas parade here will be held in December this year—as well as on a different day of the week and at a different time of day.
Following the theme, “Christmas at the Movies,” the parade is set to go at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2—a change from early Saturday evening as it's been in recent years.
November is Women Abuse Prevention Month and Fort Frances is getting involved for a fifth year with the “Shine the Light” campaign.
“We feel it's really important to bring that to our community,” said Jaquee Loerzel, a community family violence counsellor at Riverside Health Care here.
The Church of the Holy Spirit in Fort Frances is excited to be offering a new social activity!
On Friday, Nov. 23, the church is going to become a coffee house! They will open the doors at 6:30 p.m., with live music starting at 6:45.
People are invited to come in, enjoy a beverage and some goodies, while being entertained, with admission being $5/person.
Local MPP Greg Rickford doled out funding for four district farms during the Rainy River Federation of Agriculture's annual dinner and meeting Saturday night at the Millennium Hall in Stratton.
Some $44,500 was earmarked for Delton Martin's cattle operation in Stratton while $43,500 went to Allen Jolicouer to purchase a tractor for his cow/calf operation in Barwick.
The Fort Frances Legion Br. #29 kicked off its annual poppy campaign on Oct. 26 and has been canvassing at local stores, banks, and other areas around town.
Funds raised go directly into the Poppy Fund, which helps to support any local veterans and their relatives.
“The Poppy Fund is the trust fund that is set up for the vets,” noted Legion office manager Veronica Davis.
A new town council is preparing to be sworn-in next month but they won't be the only fresh faces seen around local municipal meeting tables in the coming term.
The town is accepting applications from qualified residents to serve on various boards and committees until Nov. 21 and from the looks of it, quite a few applicants are needed to fill those positions.
Here are the sunrise and sunset times for Nov. 8-14:
A reminder that several cenotaph services will be held in the district for Remembrance Day this Sunday (Nov. 11).
There first will be a church service at 10 a.m. at the Devlin Hall, followed by services at the Devlin cenotaph (11 a.m.) and the Emo cenotaph (11:45 a.m.)
The Northwestern Health Unit reports a first case of influenza has been confirmed in the region.
Having one positive case means that there are other, non-lab tested cases in the area.
Influenza cases this early in the season are rare, and the health unit is urging everyone to get a 'flu shot right away as the vaccine takes two weeks to work.
The Rainy River Owls' junior and senior girls' basketball teams have battled hard and shown good resilience so far this season.
That was exemplified even further in their wins over the visiting Red Lake Rams in the NorWOSSA 'A' regular-season finale last Wednesday afternoon.
The juniors romped to a 46-12 win over the Rams to finish with an unblemished 7-0 record.
They may have finished with the same record but the Rainy River Owls' senior and junior boys' volleyball teams had much different conclusions in the NorWOSSA 'A' regular-season finale last Wednesday afternoon at RRHS.
It's been a tale of two different seasons for the Muskie junior and senior boys' volleyball teams, but the latter was hoping that anything could happen in the playoffs.
Both squads hosted NorWOSSA semi-final matches yesterday, with the juniors downing the Kenora Broncos 3-1 while the seniors earned a 3-0 sweep over the Dryden Eagles.
The local Cyclone swim club racked up 53 medals at the season-opening meet hosted by the Dryden Dolphins over the weekend.
On the boys' side, Gabe Gunderson took home five medals in the age 13-and-up division.
That included gold in the 25m back (21.84) and bronze in each of the 50m back (44.89), 100m back (1:33.15), 50m fly (43.65), and 100m I.M. (1:34.28).
The Muskie football team showed all season a never-say-die, never-give-up attitude—and that was much the same in their semi-final loss to the top-ranked Elmwood Giants last Thursday in Winnipeg.
A fourth-quarter touchdown proved to be the difference as the Giants outlasted the Muskies by a narrow 31-30 margin.
Things appeared to be going well for the Fort Frances Lakers heading into Saturday night's showdown against the Thief River Falls Norskies at the Ice For Kids Arena.
The Lakers had snapped a three-game losing streak last Wednesday with a 4-3 shootout win over the host Norskies, then won their second-straight Friday night after blanking the visiting Minnesota Iron Rangers 4-0.
They played all season to earn this shot and they were hoping to make the most of it.
Both the Muskie junior and senior girls' basketball teams capped off impressive regular seasons with wins last Tuesday against the visiting Kenora Broncos—and were excited at the prospect of winning gold at yesterday's NorWOSSA playoffs at Fort High.
A season's worth of hard work and dedication paid off for eight members of the Muskie cross-country team as they took part in the OFSAA championships in Hamilton on Saturday.
The first game action of the season can be unnerving for any team—and the Muskie girls' hockey squad isn't exempt from those feelings.
But any bouts of nervousness quickly faded away over the weekend as the black-and-gold compiled a 2-1 record at the annual Scott Clendenning Memorial Showcase at the Memorial Sports Centre.
It was a nice way for the Muskies to kick things off.
Volunteer Jorja Pope, top left, offered Ron Bridgeman some sandwiches while her friend, and Bridgeman's granddaughter, Piper Cross, refilled his coffee Sunday afternoon during the annual Remembrance Day Tea hosted by the Legion Ladies' Auxiliary at the Legion Hall.
Emcee Lauren Hyatt, centre, interviewed Kevin Kennedy, left, as fellow stein-holding contestant Cameron Daley focused intently on keeping his mug aloft during “Novemberfest” last Thursday evening at the museum. Ultimately, Vance Dick won the men's contest while Colleen Fawcett won for the women.
Diane Clifford, left, Val Calder, and Min Crowe had a friendly chat as music played and festive laughter filled the air on the main floor of the museum Thursday evening during “Novemberfest.”
Legion Br. #29 president Ray Watson, Legion member Rod Davis, and Mayor Roy Avis held up the poppy flag before raising it ain front of the Civic Centre last on Wednesday. The flag is a symbol of remembrance and recognition for the sacrifices made by those who fought for the country's freedom.
Laura Gosse, community engagement co-ordinator for the Fort Frances Museum & Cultural Centre, showed off a set of paddles made and donated by Friends of the Museum members Eric Fagerdahl during the live auction. One paddle has an image of the “Hallett" burned into it while the other depicts the "Owandem.”
Lori Maki, left, Lisa Belluz, Jacquee Loerzel, Tyson Dennis, Coun. June Caul, and Mayor Roy Avis held up the bright purple “Shine the Light" flag before it was raised in front of the Civic Centre on Thursday morning.
J T J Contracting Ltd. demolished the “United Church Building” at the fairgrounds in Emo on Friday morning, which will be replaced by a new 170-foot-long structure that will house food booths, a commercial kitchen, and bathrooms. The Exhibition Hall also is being renovated, with construction for both hoped to be completed in time for next year's fair.
Jordie Baird performed songs throughout most of the evening, only take short breaks for the stein-holding contests and live auction.
Jean Richards last week got the silent auction ready for the Fine Line Art Gallery's upcoming “Christmas Extravaganza.” From now until the open house this Saturday (Nov. 10), people are urged to drop by 529 Mowat Ave. and bid on upwards of 25 items. The bids will be drawn during the open house, which will run from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and feature a variety of unique gift ideas for sale.
“From the Grind Up" owner Ben Morelli, left, chatted with "Friends of the Museum" volunteer Sarah Marusyk during the "Novemberfest” fundraiser gala Thursday evening at the Fort Frances Museum & Cultural Centre. The sold-out event saw nearly 100 people enjoy live music, games, a live auction, and beer, wine, and food—all in support of museum programming. See story, more photos on A5.
Debbie Collett was dressed in the spirit of the event as she enjoyed a plate of Bavarian fare. Flint House served up a smorgasbord of tasty food, ranging from bratwurst and Black Forest ham to soft pretzels and cheese dip.
Darren and Chantal Derendorf of Gold Star Taxi took won first place in the “Brightest" category at the annual "Trunk-or-Treat" event that took place last Wednesday at the Fort Frances Public Library parking lot. The display was decked out in "Jurassic Park”-themed decorations and provided a prehistoric feel to the young trick-or-treaters who stopped by.
The appeal of German desserts made upstairs at the museum a popular stop for the those attending “Novemberfest.” Here, Jason and Barb Kabel each indulged their sweet tooth.
BIA members showed off the newly-repainted “snowflake” decorations that will be hung on streetlights along Scott Street next week. Pictured here are Heather Gill (TD Canada Trust), Duane Cridland (Flint House), Pat Gartshore (Garth's Pub), Doug Cuthbertson (Northwoods Gallery & Gifts), Ed Gackley (Flint House), and Katie Trigg (TD Canada Trust).
Mike Reid with a trophy musky that he caught and released earlier this week on Lake of the Woods.
Tatum Glowasky looked to drive to the hoop during the second half of the Muskie junior girls' basketball team's 29-19 win over the visiting Kenora Broncos in the NorWOSSA regular-season finale last Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 30). Glowasky netted five points to help pace the Muskies' offence in their league-leading seventh win of the eight-game season.
Fort Frances Lakers' forward Brett Hahkala did his best to tip a shot in front of Minnesota Iron Rangers' goalie Nick Corneliusen during the third period of his squad's 4-0 win Friday night at the Ice For Kids Arena. Hahkala scored a second-period goal to help pace the Lakers to their seventh win of the season.
Cole Allan of the Fort Frances Lakers looked to blast a shot top-shelf over Thief River Falls Norskies' goalie Fletcher Bolda during his squad's 3-1 loss Saturday night in SIJHL action at the Ice For Kids Arena. Unfortunately for Allan and Lakers, the scoring chance went high and wide.
Isabella Fortes had her eyes focused on where the puck was going, and did her best to keep it from entering the net, during the first period of the Muskie girls' hockey team's 5-0 loss to the Fort Frances Bantam 'AA' Canadians on Saturday morning at the annual Scott Clendenning Memorial Showcase at the Ice For Kids Arena.
TORONTO — Canadian youth can now access mental health support through a free bilingual texting service being rolled out across the country by Kids Help Phone.
The charitable organization is introducing the 24/7 texting support option through a service partnership with U.S. based helpline and technology pioneer Crisis Text Line.
TOKYO — Attention Simone Biles: They’re building a venue in Tokyo where you can add to the four Olympic gold medals you won in Rio de Janeiro.
The 2020 Olympic gymnastics venue is halfway completed and should be finished by this time next year.
COMPIEGNE, France — Adolf Hitler went in wartime for revenge. Angela Merkel plans a pilgrimage in the name of peace. Two German chancellors, with opposite aims and the same destination: a train car in a French forest.
If you know anything about Texas Red Chili, then you know the one thing that is NOT in this recipe.
If you have just yelled “BEANS!”, then you are correct (and you knew you were correct and did not need me to tell you, thank you very much).