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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - October 14, 2015

Ripped apart

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Duane Hicks

A backhoe tore into a rear wall of the Rainy Lake Hotel on Friday as JMX Contracting continues to make rapid progress demolishing the old building. Onlookers have noted how skillfully the heavy equipment has picked away at the structure since demolition began last week. The 200 block of Scott Street will be closed to traffic this Friday through Monday (Oct.

Restaurant makeover

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Duane Hicks

Renovations to Flint House, the new restaurant set to open at 232 Scott St., are moving ahead at full speed thanks to Esselink Construction. Owner Duane Cridland hinted the restaurant will feature furnishings and other pieces of local history that have been reclaimed, adding he’ll be open for business “before the snow flies.”

Skinning beaver

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Atikokan High School student Blade Lemieux tried his hand at skinning a beaver during the Seven Generations Education Institute’s annual “Fall Harvest” preparations workshop last Wednesday at the Nanicost grounds here.

Wrapped up

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Joey Payeur

Muskie defensive back Hunter Koles (22) had a good handle on the situation when it came to slowing down Kenora Broncos’ running back Lyndon Hensrud in the fourth quarter of Friday’s game here.

Shaw office here to close

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Duane Hicks

The Shaw retail office in Fort Frances will be closed as of Nov. 13.

The local office is among the most recent wave of imminent closures.

The same wave includes retail offices in Dryden and Kenora, as well as Swift Current, Sask., Chethan Lakshman, vice-president of External Affairs for Shaw Communications Inc., said yesterday.

King’s Highway project slated to wrap up shortly

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Duane Hicks

The work on King’s Highway should be over early next month.

Bay City Contractors has completed the watermain on the south side of the highway and is in the process of flipping over to finish off the one in front of West End Motors, Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown told town council last night.

Advance poll turnout ‘tremendous’

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Duane Hicks

Advance polls in Thunder Bay-Rainy River riding saw a strong turnout over Thanksgiving weekend.

Overall, the riding saw a total of 7,017 votes cast over the four days.

This included 5,001 votes during the first three days, and an additional 2,016 on Thanksgiving Day.

Jobs key issue here

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Mike Behan

The economy—and specifically jobs—was the biggest local issue this campaign for most of the candidates seeking to represent Thunder Bay-Rainy River in Ottawa following Monday’s election.

“Job loss in Northwest Ontario in the number-one issue in Thunder Bay-Rainy River,” incumbent MP John Rafferty (NDP) said in his e-mailed response to the Times.

Candidates making final pitches

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Mike Behan

The finish line finally is in sight.

With the 11-week campaign now down to its final few days, the three main candidates vying for Thunder Bay-Rainy River are making their final pitches to voters leading up to election day this Monday (Oct. 19).

Good season for area tourist camps

District
Joey Payeur

The Canadian economy has been a central topic of the federal election campaign.

But it was the recovering U.S. economy that helped out local tourist camp owners this year.

That was part of the message portrayed by members of the North Western Ontario Tourism Association during their annual fall meeting Thursday in Emo.

Syrian refugee fundraiser coming up

District
Staff

Area United churches have come together to respond to the Syrian refugee crisis with a fundraiser they’re calling “Open Hearts—Open Doors.”

“We had planned to do an event, we’ve done it in the past, to raised money for a different organization,” explained Rev. Frances Flook.

“And so we had planned to do the event anyhow.

Local doctor set to run for a cause

District
Heather Latter

Dr. Lorina Jenks is using her love of running to give back to the community.

Set to participate in her sixth marathon—the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon—this Sunday, she also is running to kick-start a campaign to raise funds to purchase a much-needed piece of equipment for infants at La Verendrye Hospital known as a BiliSoft LED Phototherapy System, or biliblanket.

Idea to sponsor family pitched

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Heather Latter

Kathy Mueller was waiting for someone locally to step forward with a way to help families amid the conflict zone in the Middle East.

When no one did, she decided she would—by proposing the community of Fort Frances and wider Rainy River District sponsor a refugee family.

Muskies get spanked by Broncos

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Joey Payeur

The Kenora Broncos scored 31 unanswered points to turn a close game into a 45-16 romp in WHSFL action here Friday afternoon.

“It’s the same mistakes again,” noted Muskie head coach Mike Cuzzolino, whose team dropped to 2-2 on the season to sit tied for sixth place in the Currie Division (‘A’) with the Neelin Spartans (2-3).

Hall induction ceremony now a biennial event

Sports
Joey Payeur

What originally was intended to be an annual affair now will be held every other year.

Fort Frances Sports Hall of Fame organizer Terry Ogden said Friday that there will be no induction ceremony next summer.

Instead, new inductees will be added every second year, with the next round slated for 2017.

Lakers extend win streak

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Joey Payeur

Wayne Strachan is no mad scientist but his latest experiment may end up exploding in the rest of the SIJHL’s face.

Cubs win NL Division Series, beat Cardinals 6-4 in Game 4

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By Andrew Seligman The Associated Press

CHICAGO For the Chicago Cubs and their ever-hopeful fans, this bash was a long time in the making.

Kyle Schwarber, Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez homered and the young Cubs clinched a post-season series at Wrigley Field for the first time ever, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 Tuesday to win the NL Division Series in four games.

Self-proclaimed “cult” food magazine Lucky Peach ventures into cookbooks with easy Asian fare

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By Michele Kayal The Associated Press

Disney princesses reimagined as hot dogs and drunken rants by name-brand chefs are de rigueur for quarterly food magazine Lucky Peach. But a new cookbook from the journal’s editors leaves most of that on the table, favouring instead a just-campy-enough approach to Asian home cooking.