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Fort Frances Time Online Edition - December 9, 2016

Muskie girls fall to Eagles

Joey Payeur

It was a toss-up whether the “Teddy Bear Toss” ever was going to take place last night.

The bears—and the Muskie girls’ hockey team’s offence—finally came out of hibernation, but it turned out to be too late in terms of a win for the black-and-gold.

Boys open with win


The Muskie boys’ hockey team is starting things off right.

Six different players lit the lamp as Fort High beat the Neepawa Tigers 6-1 last night in its opening game in Pool #2 at the Crocus Plains Victoria Inn tournament in Brandon, Man.

Sinclair breaks out


Katie Sinclair is getting back to her old scoring ways.

The Fort Frances native had a season-high four points to lead the Lakehead Thunderwolves to a 10-3 shellacking of the Wisconsin-Stout Blue Devils on Sunday in ACHA Division 2 women’s action.

Sinclair’s second-period goal put the Wolves up 3-1.

Top teams stay close


Kiss My Pass served notice last night to the defending league champs and current leaders they’re not going away anytime soon.

How I Set Your Mother and Kiss My Pass both earned the maximum six points to widen their lead on a lighter-than-usual night of action in the Fort Frances Women’s Volleyball League.

Gingerbread houses


In the spirit of the season, Riley Windego, left, and Lily Jourdain, Grade 5 students at Robert Moore School, decorated gingerbread houses there yesterday.

New graduate

Heather Latter

Ryan Hoel, mine manager at New Gold’s Rainy River Project north of Barwick, shook hands with George Councillor as he handed him his diploma for the Haul Truck Training Program he recently completed. A graduation event was held yesterday at the Copper River Inn for the eight graduates of the program, as well as 13 graduates of the Mill Operators training program.

Teddy Bear Toss

Joey Payeur

Madison Bliss, centre, was a great help to Muskie girls’ captain Janelle Kaemingh, left, and assistant captains Avery Cates and Annalise Hayes in rounding up the numerous plush toys heaved onto the ice as part of the team’s annual “Teddy Bear Toss.” Hayes scored the Muskies’ only goal late in the third period of last night’s 2-1 loss to the Dryden Eagles in NorWOSSA action at the ’52 Canadians

Season to give

Duane Hicks

“Meals on Wheel” committee members Marg Rousseau, left, Roz Calder, and Gaby Hanzuk got help from volunteer Nicole Cain in packing up Christmas treat bags for “Meals on Wheels” clients last night at the Zion Lutheran Church. The bags, which are an annual tradition, include Christmas cakes donated by the local Kiwanis Club since “Meals on Wheels” started here more than 45 years ago.

First Nation lays claim to downtown Ottawa

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A Quebec First Nation has filed a lawsuit seeking aboriginal title over much of downtown Ottawa, including Parliament Hill.

“The Algonquin Anishinabe Nation has never surrendered its title to the Kichi Sibi lands,” says the band’s statement of claim filed Wednesday in Ontario’s Superior Court.

Black activist to grace banknote

Joanna Smith
The Canadian Press

GATINEAU, Que.—It had been some time since Viola Desmond last visited the cinema.

The hairdresser and entrepreneur opted to sit close to the front of the theatre as her poor eyesight made it difficult to see from the balcony—the section where black people were expected to sit in those days.

Australian-Chinese consortium wins bid for cattle empire

By Kristen Gelineau The Associated Press

SYDNEY, Australia — The Australian government on Friday approved the sale of the nation’s largest cattle empire to Australia’s richest woman and her Chinese business partner, ending a drawn-out battle over foreign ownership of farmland.

US life expectancy falls, as many kinds of death increase

Health & Wellness
By Mike Stobbe The Associated Press

NEW YORK — A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago.

In most of the years since World War II, life expectancy in the U.S. has inched up, thanks to medical advances, public health campaigns and better nutrition and education.

Late surge propels Raptors

The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The Toronto Raptors spoiled Andrew Wiggins’ northern homecoming with another sizzling shooting night from Kyle Lowry, but head coach Dwane Casey was not in a celebratory mood afterward.

Lowry scored 25 points with 11 assists as the Raptors pulled away in the fourth quarter last night for a 124-110 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Price blows cool as Habs dump Devils

The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—After being run into for a second time in one period, the usually cool and calm Carey Price lost it.

NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights denied trademark for nickname

The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS — The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has denied the Vegas Golden Knights’ trademark application a little more than two weeks after the new NHL franchise unveiled its name and logo.

The office cites potential confusion with the team name for the College of Saint Rose in New York, which is also the Golden Knights. The Las Vegas franchise is set to take the ice next season.

Gov’t proposal envisions phone calls on airline flights

By Joan Lowy And David Koenig The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Airlines could let passengers make in-flight phone calls using Wi-Fi under a proposal from federal regulators.

Flight attendants and others have complained that the calls could be disruptive. But the Department of Transportation said Thursday that it envisioned allowing the calls if airlines tell all customers about the policy when they buy their tickets.

What’s Bundespraesidentenstichwahlwiederholungsverschiebung?

The Associated Press

VIENNA — For all those who don’t speak German and indeed for those who do here is Austria’s word of the year, adding to the challenges or reading and speaking the language.

It’s “Bundespraesidentenstichwahlwiederholungsverschiebung,” or “postponement of the repeat of the runoff of the presidential election.”

South Korean president impeachment tarnishes family legacy

By Foster Klug The Associated Press

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Park Geun-hye could always rely on one unwavering gift throughout a political career that saw a triumphant return as South Korea’s first female president to the palatial Blue House where she’d lived as a girl: She always enjoyed the reflected devotion, some might say worship, that half the country felt for her late dictator father.

Extreme Wyoming cold frosts even Moscow Ballet

The Associated Press

CASPER, Wyo. — It got so cold in Wyoming, even the Moscow Ballet couldn’t move.

The travelling ballet group famous for performing “The Nutcracker” this time of year couldn’t start their buses Thursday morning in Casper.

The temperature in the central Wyoming city plunged to 31 degrees below zero overnight.

Coke targets “foodies” as more people move away from sodas


NEW YORK — What beverage goes best with lobster rolls, a bagel sandwich stuffed with whitefish, or a bowl of ramen? Coke wants you to think of soda.

Dino tail feathered

The Canadian Press

REGINA—Researchers say they’ve found the 99-million-year-old tail of a theropod dinosaur preserved in amber and a Canadian is key to the discovery.

The specimen was purchased from a Myanmar amber market in 2015 by Lida Xing, a professor at the China University of Geosciences, who recognized its potential.

First American to orbit Earth dies

Seth Borenstein
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—He became a hero as the first American to orbit the Earth, then served as a longtime U.S. senator.

But John Glenn, who died yesterday at age 95, continued to defy gravity decades after his initial flight.

Bitter cold frosts ballet

The Associated Press

CASPER, Wyo.—It got so cold in Wyoming, even the Moscow Ballet couldn’t move.

The travelling group famous for performing “The Nutcracker” this time of year couldn’t start their buses yesterday morning in Casper.

The temperature there plunged to 31 degrees below zero F overnight.

The group’s bus and equipment trucks had to be defrosted over several hours.