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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - November 18, 2019

OPP officer almost struck by vehicle

District
From the OPP

Members of the Dryden Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received information of a suspicious vehicle on Railway Avenue in the Municipality of Machin last Wednesday at approximately 12 p.m.

Police later located the vehicle at 7-Eleven in the City of Dryden.

Post office closed due to suspicious substance: OPP

District
From the OPP

Shortly after 11 a.m. last Wednesday (Nov. 13), members of the Rainy River District detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were called to the Canada Post office in Atikokan.

The Atikokan Fire Department, Rainy River District Emergency Response Service (EMS) were also called to attend.

Lakers snap losing streak

Sports
Staff

Kyle Uzelman had an impressive debut for the Fort Frances Lakers as he collected the game-winner early in overtime and dished out four assists as his new side withstood a big comeback by the expansion Wisconsin Lumberjacks to nab a wild 6-5 decision in SIJHL action on Saturday night at the Spooner Civic Center.

Muskies claim first WHSFL title

Sports
Staff

The Muskie football team was able to cap an impressive season with a championship.

An electrified offence scored early and often and the defence got stops when it need to as the third-ranked Muskies snared their first-ever WHSFL title with a 65-49 win over the fourth-place Churchill Bulldogs in the Canad Inns Bowl on Saturday afternoon at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg.

No undefeated teams in hoops league

Sports
Staff

Week 4 action in the Fort Frances Men's Basketball League saw the BDO Ballerz and Arctic Cat suffer their first losses of the season.

The Muskies took on Sunset Landscaping in the early game, with each side having poor attendance with only four players dressing for their squads.

Muskie boys win Dryden tourney

Sports
Staff

It's been a great start to the season for the Muskie boys' hockey team.

After dispatching the host Kenora Broncos by a 13-0 count last Tuesday, the black-and-gold followed that up by going 4-0 and snaring the title at the annual Dryden Eagles' tournament held Friday and Saturday.

The Muskies opened play on Friday morning with a 6-1 win over the Red Lake Rams.

Christmas bazaar

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Rochelle Duchnicki, left, Sandy McKinnon, and Sally Stewart enjoyed a cup of hot tea at St. Mary's Parish yesterday afternoon for the Catholic Women's League's Christmas tea and bazaar. The perennially-popular event featured mini-draws, prize tables, a silent auction, Christmas table, and a variety of items for sale.

Riverside opening

Photos
Ken Kellar

Rainy River District Victim Services (RRDVSP) volunteer co-ordinator Sue Carlson, left, Riverside Health Care president and CEO Ted Scholten, RRDVSP program manager Peggy Loyie, Riverside Health Care nurse manager Lori Green, Riverside Community Counselling Services community family violence counsellor Jacquee Loerzel, Riverside Health Care director of inpatient and emergency services Julie Cou

Kettle kickoff

Photos
Ken Kellar

Fort Frances mayor June Caul, left, Salvation Army Corps Officer Arthur Heathcote, and Danny Smith celebrated the kick-off to the Salvation Army's annual Christmas Kettle campaign at Walmart on Friday afternoon. The kettles will be at various businesses around town until Dec. 24, and all proceeds from the campaign will go to help families in the district.

Hoisting cup

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Sean Huziak, left, Wyatt Richards, Brady Meeks, Aaron Scheibler, and Ayden Gushulak-Kelly were among the Muskie football team players who were nothing but smiles as they celebrated and hoisted the Canad Inns Bowl trophy as the Currie Division ('A') champions after a thrilling 65-49 win over the Churchill Bulldogs in the title game on Saturday afternoon at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg.

Lecce calls on teachers' unions to try mediation

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Education Minister Stephen Lecce is calling on Ontario's major teachers' unions to enter into mediation as most take steps toward strike action.

He says disagreements remain at the table on key issues, including compensation, and having an independent, third party would help reach deals.

Boy killed in crash

National
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—One child is dead and another is fighting for her life after a crash involving two vehicles and a moose in western Quebec.

The collision occurred yesterday afternoon, when a vehicle hit the moose on route 323 in Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix, about 150 kilometres northwest of Montreal.

2,000-year-old bison skull returned to Blackfoot

National
Lauren Krugel
The Canadian Press

SIKSIKA, Alta.—A more than 2,000-year-old bison skull unearthed during utility work in downtown Banff, Alta., has been returned to a southern Alberta Indigenous community.

“It's like a welcome home to the buffalo skull,” Siksika Nation councillor Eldon Weasel Child said Friday.

Sourtoe Cocktail made dad famous: daughter

National
The Canadian Press

WHITEHORSE—A ceramic urn in the shape of a human toe will soon hold the ashes of the founder of the legendary Sourtoe Cocktail, the whisky drink that comes with the touch of a pickled human big toe.

Blue Bombers bound for Grey Cup

Sports
Donna Spencer
The Canadian Press

REGINA—Zach Collaros is happy to ride the whirlwind.

A Winnipeg Blue Bomber for less than six weeks, the quarterback helped his new team to a 20-13 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders in yesterday's West final and to a berth in the Grey Cup.

Vikings overcome deficit to beat Broncos

Sports
Dave Campbell
The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS—The Minnesota Vikings had barely moved the ball at all, when they gathered in a humbled locker room after an awful first half.

Picking up the pace with the two-minute offence was about their only hope of a comeback. They delivered one in stunning fashion against the Denver Broncos.

Temperatures to drop again

Weather

Tonight will see a chance of flurries with a low of one below zero C (30 F).

Tomorrow will bring a chance of flurries or rain, with flurries continuing overnight and a high of two (36) and a low of minus-five (23).

Wednesday will have continued chances of flurries all day and lasting overnight, with a high of minus-three (27) and a low of minus-ten (14).