The Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship is only a week away as the anticipation continues to build for one of the largest events of the year.
The Fort Frances Public Library has met 100 percent of the Ontario Public Library Guidelines and has been recommended for accreditation.
While libraries only need 90 percent to pass, the local facility has gone above and beyond to meet all of the guidelines in 166 separate categories.
Running crop trials and studying their results have taken up the summers of two local college and university students.
Claire Hyatt, who's currently studying at Carleton University and Confederation College student Nicholas Donaldson, are both spending another summer at the Emo Agricultural Research Station (EARS), under the direction of crop research technician, Kim Jo Bliss.
There are few buildings as versatile as a barn.
Somewhere across the country, and around the world, a barn has been repurposed for almost any function that can be imagined. A restaurant operates out of a converted barn in Smithville, OH, while, coincidentally, in Smithville, NJ a historic barn functions as an inn.
Once upon a time in Fort Frances, you could hear bells coming down the street on a hot summer day.
Chances are, if you spend any time outside this summer, you'll hear them again.
Willem Kirk, nine, and sisters, Ainsley, nine, and Abi Matheson, seven, make up the Kooler Kidz, a licensed business venture that has resurrected ice cream on wheels.
Throughout the summer hundreds of children in Fort Frances are going to be stopped by police and ticketed for their behaviour.
But the charges themselves are predominately aimed at rewarding youth for practising bicycle safety and doing good deeds.
The Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) is encouraging residents and visitors to enjoy the beautiful weather this summer by getting active and exploring the great outdoors.
Whether you are hitting the trails, out on the water, playing at a park, or having fun at the beach there are things you can do to ensure you, your family and friends stay safe.
It isn't every day someone climbs a mountain as a fundraiser.
Yet that's exactly what district residents Brennin Chamberlin and Lisa Loney are doing this month in support of a South African charity.
Chamberlin and Loney will be starting off on their trans-continental journey on July 15 as they depart for one of the most famous mountains in the world.
Riverside Health Care is pleased to announce Henry Gauthier as its executive vice-president and Chief Operating Officer (EVP and COO).
The EVP and COO position is accountable for the day to day operations, including integration, alignment and development of programs in
collaboration with directors.
The Ford government campaigned on a promise to end hallway medicine, but reduced investments in the health care system have caused local advocates to sound the alarm.
A Sault Ste. Marie-based filmmaker recently travelled to Fort Frances to direct a short film that gives a snapshot of urban indigenous culture and the United Native Friendship Centre.
The production, “Zaa-gi'idiwin,” was a community project and primarily the vision of the UNFC.
The province recently announced it will be introducing the next phase of its plan to license private cannabis stores, but entrepreneurs in the Rainy River District are again unable to apply.
Ontario will be conducting a second lottery for 50 private cannabis retail stores with eight of them being located on First Nation reserves.
Many, many local residents in our small community (and the entire district) have volunteered, purchased and supported “Marzie Days.” This event has taken place the last seven years.
Hailey and James Burns of Atikokan won the $1,000 Canada Day prize in the Rainy River District Mutural Aid Association cash calendar draw earlier this month.
Faith Adair (Fort Frances) and Peggy Advent (Stratton) each won $100 in the cash calendar draw for the week of June 30-July 6.
The Emo & District Hospital Auxiliary recently completed their pledge to the Riverside Foundation for Health Care to purchase two Spirit Select beds and specialised mattresses for the Emo Health Centre.
Jerry Zub, Norm Wood, Dale Wepruk, and Sam and Jean Arbuckle of Fort Frances are among the $40 winners in the Kenora-Rainy River Alzheimer Society's cash calendar draw for July 2019.
The Rainy River Health Centre has reopened its Emergency Department observation and treatment areas following five months of repairs initiated after a main sprinkler break.
Due to significant water damage, the Rainy River Emergency Department was temporarily relocated to inpatient rooms to avoid any disruption in emergency care.
They clawed away but just couldn't muster up quite enough offence in the end.
The Fort Frances Her-icanes fought valiantly but an early 6-0 deficit was just too much to overcome as they dropped a 10-8 decision to the Couchiching Raiders in Rainy River District Women's Fastball League action on Monday night at VanJura.
Time and again this season local riders have put in great performances.
That rang true once again on Saturday as the Superior Dirt Riders held its fourth race of the season in Kakabeka Falls.
Dylan Tessier of Devlin had the top showing among the local riders, cruising to top spot in the MX3 Beginner race.
The impact that Barney Maher had on the Muskie hockey program can't be overstated.
Born in Manchester, England on Nov. 27, 1922, the young Maher immigrated to Meaford, Ont. on the shores of Georgian Bay.
As he grew into his teens, he exhibited some characteristics that would remain central to him for the remainder of his life.
What a difference a year can make when it comes to bass fishing.
After finishing in 25th spot last year, the International Falls duo of Larry Foss and Joel Pagnac rebounded in a big way as they claimed the title at the 19th-annual “Castin' For Cash” tournament hosted by Lake Despair Lodge on Friday and Saturday.
It was a night of perfect 10s for the Fort Frances Braves.
The Braves pounded out 10 runs in a shutout of Windey's Warriors as they improved to a league-best 10-0 in Rainy River District Fastball League action on Thursday night at Couchiching.
The Sioux North Warriors (Sioux Lookout) athletics will be taking a step up next season.
The Warriors are slated to join the NorWOSSA 'AA' division in basketball, volleyball, and soccer for the 2019-20 season.
This does not affect NorWOSSA hockey, as there is only one division for girls and boy's hockey.
If you come at the king, you best not miss.
That's what all of the other drivers are starting to find out in the WISSOTA Modifieds division of the Borderland Racing Association.
Brody Strachan of Emo roared to his division-leading fifth checkered flag of the season on Saturday night at the Emo Speedway.
Registered nurse and bargaining unit president for the Ontario Nurses Association (ONA) Local 81 Janine Webb spoke out against the Ford government's “chaotic overhaul” of health care services at a rally hosted outside of La Verendrye Hospital last Wednesday.
-Sam Odrowski photo
Lisa Loney, left, and Brennin Chamberlin will be setting off for Tanzania and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro as part of a fundraising effort for the Sandton SPCA out of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Tara Milson, left, Samantha Brown, and Pearce Spooner waved flags outside of La Verendrye Hospital at a Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and Ontario Council of Hospital Unions' (OCHU) rally last Wednesday to protest the Ford government's changes to health care.
Steph Legree of the Couchiching Raiders was able to beat the throw to home to score a run during the first inning of her team's 10-8 win over the Fort Frances Her-icanes in Rainy River District Women's Fastball League action on Monday night at VanJura. The Raiders are sitting with a league-best 11-1 record heading into tonight's game.
Daymond Morrisseau of Windey's Warriors held off on putting a swing on a high inside pitch during his squad's 10-0 loss to the Fort Frances Braves in Rainy River District Fastball League action on Thursday night at Couchiching. The two-time defending champion Braves were off to a perfect 10-0 start to the season heading into last night's game.
After spearheading the Muskie hockey program and the local chapter of Ducks Unlimited Canada, Barney Maher will be inducted posthumously into the Fort Frances Sports Hall of Fame next month.
Jeff Gustafson and Karl Engstrom held up part of their winning catch at Shoal Lake over the past weekend.
Joel Pagnac, left, and Larry Foss proudly showed off their hardware after claiming the title at the 19th-annual “Castin For Cash” bass tournament hosted by Lake Despair Lodge on Friday and Saturday. The International Falls duo topped the 47-team field with a two-day total of 30.32 pounds to take home their first title together.
Nicholas Donaldson, left, and Claire Hyatt shared big smiles from the Emo Agriculture Research Station (EARS) where they have both worked the last several summers under the direction of crop technician Kim Jo Bliss. -Sam Odrowski photo
Al Christiansen demonstrated various skills to the local youths on hand for a junior tennis introductory clinic yesterday morning at the Multi-Use Tennis Courts here. With an aim at growing the sport locally, the sessions ran Monday through this morning to get all those interested comfortable with the skills of the sport.
Mike Badiuk and Ryan McDowall were all smiles as they showed off their Day 2 haul during the top five boat parade on Saturday afternoon. The Devlin natives finished as the runners-up at this year's tourney with a two-day weight of 29.54 pounds.
Fort Frances Public Library CEO Caroline Goulding, left, and library board chair Robin Dennis enjoyed lunch together in the library's Shaw conference room on Monday during a farewell luncheon held for Goulding. Friends, library staff, town officials and members of the public gathered in the conference room to say their goodbyes and wished the outgoing CEO well.
Connor Carlson and Hunter Calder tossed out some goodies to the spectators on hand during the top five boat parade on Saturday afternoon. The duo left the docks sitting in fourth place that morning but ended up slipping down to 16th with a two-day total of 21.92 pounds.
Jeff Gustafson and Karl Engstrom held up part of their winning catch at Shoal Lake over the past weekend.
Renowned guitarist Sean Ashbhy will play tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Cornell barn.
Brian Beachum proudly hoisted up the biggest bass that he and his father, Matthew, had caught as pair of an 8.70-pound Day 2 haul on Saturday at the 19th-annual “Castin' For Cash” bass tournament hosted by Lake Despair Lodge. The duo wound up in 31st spot with a two-day total of 15.80 pounds.
Kooler Kidz Ainsley Matheson, left, and Willem Kirk pose with one of their restored ice cream bikes. The duo—along with Matheson's younger sister, Abi—will be hitting the streets and events around town this summer to sell ice cream and frozen treats.
Gordon McTaggart got his hands a little dirty as he assisted Rainycrest Activation staff member Elizabeth Logue with some gardening at Rainycrest Long Term Care on Saturday. The community at Rainycrest worked together with the local Alzheimer Society to plant “Seeds of Hope" in the garden there.
Pictured here in front of her new bed is Marg Woollard, along with Emo & District Hospital Auxiliary members Wilma Wielinga, back left, Christine Harty, Cecile Cole, and auxiliary president Mary Curtis.
Honourary Lt.-Col. Woody Linton, left, Kenora Mayor Dan Reynard, Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls Mayor and honourary Lt.-Col. Norbert Dufresne, Kenora MP Bob Nault and Commanding Officer of the 26th Field Regiment, Lt.-Col. Shawn Fortin posed in front of the new LAV III monument in Sioux Narrows on June 29.
CALGARY — Canada’s largest oil producers are calling on the Alberta government to reward companies that commit to adding crude-by-rail capacity by easing their oil curtailment levels.
MEXICO CITY — The Beetle is dead. Long live the Beetle.
The modern edition of the iconic Volkswagen model is set to cease production Wednesday, but people in Cuautepec on the outskirts of Mexico City still rely on the original no-frills version, praising it for its affordability, reparability and, most of all, its dexterity at handling the district’s steep streets.
CLEVELAND — For one night, the pitchers took back the power.
Hours after an awesome Home Run Derby got everyone buzzing even louder about monster shots and juiced balls, only a couple flew out of Progressive Field in the All-Star Game.
Hunger is growing and the world is not on track to end extreme poverty by 2030 and meet other U.N. goals, mainly because progress is being undermined by the impact of climate change and increasing inequality, a U.N. report said Tuesday.
CHARLES CITY, Va. — Sturgeon were America’s vanishing dinosaurs, armour-plated beasts that crowded the nation’s rivers until mankind’s craving for caviar pushed them to the edge of extinction.
More than a century later, some populations of the massive bottom feeding fish are showing signs of recovery in the dark corners of U.S. waterways.
Tonight will be clear with a low of 11 C (52 F).
Tomorrow will see a mix of clouds and sun. Expect a high of 25 (77) and a low of 16 (61).
Friday will be mostly sunny and pleasant, with a high of 25 (77) and a low of 11 (52).