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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - February 12, 2020

Construction on child care centre progressing well

News
By Ken Kellar

Work is progressing well on the new indigenous-led child care centre in Fort Frances, according to United Native Friendship Centre executive director Sheila McMahon.

Work began on the $3.2-million building in August of last year, which is located on McIrvine Road across from the sports field, and McMahon noted that everything is progressing smoothly.

Fort Frances to explore economic opportunities

News
Sam Odrowski

While the town struggles to create economic opportunities at the shuttered paper mill in 2019, council has a strong path going forward to bolster the local economy.

Fort Frances recently secured provincial and federal funding for a land-use and economic development feasibility study at the Shelvin Wood Yard and Nurses Station.

RRFN band member and 'Sixties Scoop' survivor shares story

News
Sam Odrowski

Without a case worker or assessment, a four month old native girl was involuntarily removed from her family by Fort Frances Catholic Children's Aid in the late 60s

Awareness walk shines light on local homelessness

News
Ken Kellar

Thank the weather or thank the commitment made by those who care; either way it made for a successful event focused on raising awareness and money to combat homelessness in Fort Frances.

“That was an awesome turn out,” said Fort Frances' Homeless Committee co-chair Jamie Petrin of the Coldest Day of the Year awareness walk that was held on Thursday afternoon.

MMIWG calls to action highlighted at council

News
Sam Odrowski

A local First Nations organization is working to create more allyship in the fight for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).

Loads of fun events planned for Family Day

District

Family Day is almost here. Time to pack up the kids, and have some fun together throughout the Rainy River District.

This year, the holiday lands on Monday, Feb. 17, and a variety of local groups have been busy organizing events and activities.

On the calendar this year are:

Trapper workshop offered hands-on experience

District
Ken Kellar

While there weren't quite as many people out as was hoped for, Saturday still marked another successful venture for the Rainy River District Trappers Council.

The Council held their second spring trapper workshop, since resurrecting the idea in 2019, at the Metis Hall in Fort Frances. Council president Brian Love said, all things considered, he was satisfied with the day.

Province Supporting Broadband Access to Better Connect Northwestern Ontario Indigenous Community

District
Press Release

Ontario's government is helping increase broadband access and affordability for more than 600 residents living in the Mishkeegogamang Ojibway Nation community in Northwestern Ontario.

EMO LEGION BUSTLING WITH EVENTS!

District
Robin McCormick

The Emo Legion Branch 99 is hosting a Daytona 500 event this Sunday, Feb. 16 at the Legion. Come out and enjoy the famous Daytona race on a big screen TV. Doors open at 2 p.m. with the race starting at 2:30 p.m. The bar and kitchen will both be open.

Reward offered to reolve two murders in Pikangikun

District
From the OPP

Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) continue to seek resolution of two unsolved homicides that occurred in Pikangikum more than a decade ago. James Strang and Judy Quill's Killers Still at Large.

OPP recruiting new members

District
From the OPP

The local OPP wants a few good men and women to join its local ranks.

Rainy River Rec Family Ice Fishing Derby, Feb. 22

District
Jack Elliott
Special to the Times

The centre-piece of Rainy River's Winter Festival will be the Rick Bourre Memorial Ice Fishing Derby on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020.

Local ag group combating illegal trespassing

District
Staff

Ontario farms are increasingly being threatened by trespassers and activists who are illegally entering property, barns and buildings, seizing private property and threatening the health and safety of the farm, employees, livestock and crops.

But a local agriculture group is pushing back on the issue.

Owls' junior spikers improve to 5-0 league best

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Rainy River Owls' junior girls' volleyball team has been nothing short of superb this season and may just be peaking at the right time.

Rainy River improved to a league-best 5-0 as they won both of their matches in NorWOSSA 'A' play last week against the host Red Lake Rams and St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora).

Muskie girls hockey squad feeling confident

Sports
Jamie Mountain

With the NorWOSSA playoffs fast approaching, every game is crucial from here on out for the Muskie girls' hockey team.

Muskie boys buck Broncos in 'Border Battle'

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Muskie boys' hockey team has made a habit of getting out to slow starts in games.

Fortunately for them, they've been able to overcome that and fight back to win more often than not so far this season.

Bladed Rebels nab silver medal at home tourney

Sports
Staff

The Lake of the Woods Envy scored three times in the second period en route to a 4-1 win over the Fort Frances Bladed Rebels in the Midget division's Gold-Medal Game of the Fort Frances Girls'/Women's Hockey Association's annual PeeWee and Midget tournament on Sunday afternoon at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Muskie senior spikers nab silver in Thunder Bay Volleyball tourney

Sports
Jamie Mountain

A lack of communication ultimately became their undoing, but the Muskie senior girls' volleyball team still put in a great effort over the weekend and came away with the silver medal at the annual St. Patrick Volleyball Festival in Thunder Bay.

Fort Lakers finding out what it takes to win

Sports
Jamie Mountain

After a rough month of January, the tides appear to be turning for the Fort Frances Lakers.

The Lakers compiled a 2-1-1 record in four games last week, which was capped off by home-and-home split against the Thief River Falls Norskies over the weekend where they claimed three of a possible four points.

Muskie skiers are ready to tackle the trails at OFSAA

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Muskie Nordic skiing team never fails to impress and that rang true once again at the NWOSSAA championships in Atikokan last Thursday.

A total of four Muskies qualified for OFSAA later this month, which included the senior girls' team sweeping the podium in the high school division.

The smile on Muskie coach Jordan Baird's face couldn't have been bigger.

Muskie curling rinks stellar in claiming NorWOSSA gold

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Muskie boys', girls' and mixed curling teams headed into the NorWOSSA championships in Kenora on Sunday and Monday to kick butt and chew bubblegum—and they were all out of bubblegum.

Both the boys' and girls' rinks claimed NorWOSSA gold while the mixed team snared silver as they all represented Fort Frances with pride.

Trapper workshop

Photos
Ken Kellar

Rainy River District Trapper Council president Brian Love worked on his otter skin during the trapper workshop put on by the council at the Métis Hall on Saturday. Visitors to the workshop were able to learn more about trapping as a trade, watch experienced trappers at work, or even try their own hand at skinning. See more photos and a story A3.

Trappers hands on

Photos
Ken Kellar

Aidan Smith, left, and his dad Joe of International Falls watched as local trapper Trevor Mills did some delicate work around a weasel scent gland during the trappers workshop put on by the Rainy River District Trappers Council at the Metis Hall on Saturday.

Puzzling pieces

Photos
Jack Elliott

Members of the Rainy River Fix It Club (l to r) Len Ricci, Rebecca Wood, and Len Moen, stand behind the Club's latest project. It is all disassembled, and awaiting restoration. Do you know what it is? Come to rainy this summer at see it at RailRoad Daze.

Hat donation

Photos

St. Patrick School principal Jessica Veenbaas, left, Rainy River District EMS paramedic Kirt Pfeifer and North Star Community school vice-principal Carly Skrenski showed off some of the warm toques that have been donated to the schools in Atikokan as part of an initiative undertaken by Safe Communities Rainy River District.

Coldest day screening

Photos

Participants in the Coldest Day of the Year awareness walk were invited to watch a screening of “US & Them,” a Canadian documentary on homelessness, after lunch was finished at the Out of the Cold Warming Centre on Thursday. The documentary follows filmmaker Krista Loughton as she develops friendships with, and tells the stories of, four people in Victoria, B.C.

Coldest day walk

Photos

Above, community partners and supporters kicked off the Coldest Day of the Year awareness walk put on by the Fort Frances Homeless Committee and Northwest Community Legal Clinic on Thursday afternoon.

Trappers beaver

Photos
Ken Kellar

Jim Rognerud, 78, of International Falls demonstrated his skill, honed by years of experience, as he took a beaver from whole animal, left photo, to nearly finished skin during the workshop put on by the Rainy River District Trapper Council on Saturday. Rognerud has been trapping for 60 years and is well known by local trappers for his versatility, skill and speed when it comes to skinning.

Uzelman with puck

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Kyle Uzelman of the Fort Frances Lakers skated his way towards the Thief River Falls Norskies' net with the puck during the first period of the Lakers' 2-1 win in SIJHL action on Saturday night at the Ice For Kids Arena. Uzelman notched a goal in the second period to help the Lakers nail down their 15th win of the season.

Down in front

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Jace Jackson, above, looked to check Jaxon Germain of the International Falls Broncos off of the puck during the second period of the Muskie boys' hockey team's 4-3 win in the finale of their annual two-game “Border Battle” exhibition series last Tuesday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Muskie curlers

Photos
Submitted

It was a job well done for Muskie curlers as both the boys' and girls' squads nabbed gold and the mixed team took silver at the NorWOSSA championships held in Kenora on Sunday and Monday. Pictured are members of all three teams. Back row, from left to right, are Brayden Sabbe, Owen Riches, Jordon Bazylewski, Brent Schram, Kian McEvoy and Rylee Booth.

Tori Toriseva at NWOSSAA

Photos
of Mike McKinnon/Atikokan Progress

Tori Toriseva was among four members of the Muskie Nordic skiing team that were able to qualify for OFSAA at the NWOSSAA championships held in Atikokan on Thursday. Toriseva finished third overall in the senior girls' division to book her ticket to the all-Ontarios later this month in Huntsville.

Firing away

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Above, Piper Miller of the Fort Frances Bladed Rebels unloaded a shot on the Lake of the Woods Envy's net during the first period of her squad's 4-1 loss in the Midget division's Gold-Medal Game Sunday afternoon of the Fort Frances Girls/Women's Hockey Association's PeeWee and Midget tournament at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Temperatures plummet tonight

Weather

Tonight will be clear and cold with a low of -32 C (-25 F), -38 (-36) with the wind chill.

Tomorrow will be mainly sunny and frigid throughout the day and overnight with a high of -19 (two below) and a low of -28 (-18).

Friday will be sunny but not quite as cold, bringing a chance of flurries overnight with a high of -11 (12) and a low of -13 (nine).