Fort Frances Lakers' captain Julian Uhryniuk looked for a friendly stick to pass to during his team's 7-6 shootout loss to the last-place Minnesota Iron Rangers last night at the Ice For Kids Arena. Uhryniuk later set up the game-tying goal in the dying seconds to force overtime.
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Steam could be seen rising off the lower river on Saturday morning while, below, the rail bridge over the Ranier rapids almost looked like a painting frozen in time. The bitter cold over the weekend may have kept many folks indoors but those who braved the minus-20 to minus-30 C temperatures, plus the wind chill, were rewarded with some beautiful scenes like these.
Fort Frances Mayor Roy Avis has a positive outlook on 2018, including the town budget, which is starting off in a much better position than last year.
Leslie Barr of Tichborne's Real Estate drew the January “Trip of the Month” draw winner while Kiwanian Robin Wright looked on yesterday morning at International Travel Services. Ellen Gagné will be heading to Rome, Italy—a trip valued at $4,500. Next month's trip is an Eastern Caribbean cruise ($4,000).
Former Muskie Hailey Beaudry looked on as her teammates swept a rock into the house during the rink's 9-5 win over Kira Brunton (Sudbury) in Saturday afternoon's women's final of the U21 provincial playdowns at the Fort Frances Curling Club. Beaudry's rink now gets to represent Northern Ontario at the national playdowns in mid-January in Shawinigan, Que.
Chris Savage with a beautiful Sunset Country lake trout. They are found in many lakes across the region.
Carole Ann Myers' enjoyment was a unique sight for the Fort Frances Voyageurs Lions Club's annual “Polar Plunge" which took place on New Year's Day on Sand Bay behind La Place Rendez-Vous. Myers, who lives in B.C. and was visiting Fort Frances for the holidays, later told the Times she enjoys cold water and swims in the ocean every day when she is home.
Fort Frances High School French student Siobhan Mackintosh and teacher Erika Handberg held hands as they prepared to jump for this year's “Polar Plunge.” The class raised $2,145 for a France/Switzerland trip it will be taking in the future, with a handful of students and two teachers taking part in the icy dip.
Third Daniel Vandenbrand watched his shot intensely as Jonathon Vellinga (second) and Connor Mangoff (lead) leaned on their brooms during Saturday afternoon's men's final. The trio were part of Chris Silver's Fort Frances rink, which fell 7-4 to Tanner Horgan of Sudbury.
The husband-and-wife duo Darrol and Elana Van Deventer celebrated their successful plunge into the icy water Monday. The couple, who moved to the area from South Africa because he got a job at the New Gold mine, raised $1,000 for the Ditshego House of Laughter in South Africa.