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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - October 27, 2015

Carving pumpkin

Heather Latter

Adrienne Lake helped her son, Parker, carve a pumpkin this morning during the Fort Frances Nursery School’s Hallowe’en party. Parties will continue there for sessions tomorrow and Thursday, with youngsters participating in a variety of Hallowe’en-themed activities.

End of highway project nearing

Duane Hicks

The reconstruction of King’s Highway is nearly complete, with the town hoping that paving will take place this weekend.

Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown told council last night that Bay City Contractors completed three watermain tie-ins yesterday, with one more scheduled for today.

No new fires here

From the MNRF

No new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region between Oct. 22 and Oct. 26.

There are three active fires in the region, all of which are reported as “being observed.”

The forest fire hazard is “low” across the entire region.

A prescribed burn in the Sioux Lookout/Dryden districts continues to be monitored by fire management headquarters staff.

Fire closes school


Sturgeon Creek School is closed temporarily today after a small fire in the electrical room there yesterday afternoon.

“As a precaution, resulting from a fire alarm that wasn’t a scheduled drill, the school was safely evacuated,” noted Darlene Madill, communications officer for the Rainy River District School Board.

Dushenko nabs award


The fortunes of both Pierce Dushenko and his team definitely are trending upward.

Thanks to backstopping the Fort Frances Lakers to a pair of wins last week, Dushenko yesterday was named the Amyotte’s Awards & Promotions player-of-the-week in the SIJHL.

Sneaky snowbirds could get clipped

Jim Bronskill
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Snowbirds beware: the federal government will use its planned border exit-tracking system to avoid paying hundreds of millions of dollars in social benefits now going to those who shouldn’t receive them due to absences from Canada.

Doer’s post ending

The Canadian Press

WASHINGTON—It’s the end of an era for Canada’s most important diplomatic post as Gary Doer confirmed yesterday that his longer-than-usual stint as ambassador to the United States is about to conclude.

The popular former premier said he’ll help prepare the transition to a new Liberal government and will leave it to the incoming government to pick the specific departure date.

Trudeau not moving to 24 Sussex

Kristy Kirkup
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Justin Trudeau will not move into the traditional prime minister’s residence at 24 Sussex Dr.—at least until further notice.

Instead, the prime minister-designate and his family will live at Rideau Cottage, a 19th-century home located on the grounds of Rideau Hall, the Governor General’s residence.

Reserves don’t have to post finances: ruling

The Canadian Press

SASKATOON—A federal court judge has ruled five First Nations don’t have to open their books to the public pending a challenge to a federal law.

The First Nations Financial Transparency Act, passed in 2013, requires all reserves to post salaries and audited financial statements online.

Community mailbox plan halted

Terry Pedwell
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The country’s national mail carrier has halted the installation of community mailboxes—one week after the Trudeau Liberals were elected with a pledge to scrap the move away from door-to-door delivery.

Judge stalls approved Montana coal mine expansion in 2nd successful suit citing climate change

By Matthew Brown The Associated Press

BILLINGS, Mont. The U.S. Interior Department should not have approved the expansion of a southeastern Montana coal mine without taking a closer look at its effect on the environment, a federal judge said about a lawsuit arguing the government ignored coal’s contributions to climate change.

Mets, Royals personalize lucky gloves

Ben Walker
The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Royals’ reliever Ryan Madson was in a real jam.

Standing on the mound, he realized he had the wrong glove.

He meant to wear a mitt with son Luke’s name stitched on the thumb. Instead, this one said “Sean”—the boy’s younger brother.

“It threw me,” Madson said. “I didn’t know what to do.”

Then a funny thing happened.

Cardinals beat Ravens

The Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz.—Chris Johnson rolled to victory.

His Arizona Cardinals had to hold on to win.

Johnson rushed for 122 yards, including 62 on a play where he rolled over the belly of a big defender and kept on running to set up a field goal, as the Cardinals held on to beat the luckless Baltimore Ravens 26-18 last night.

Leafs’ rally comes up short

Dhiren Mahiban
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—If head coach Mike Babcock could change one thing about his Toronto Maple Leafs last night, it would be their penalty kill.

Max Domi and Shane Doan scored first-period power-play goals as Toronto fell to the Arizona Coyotes 4-3.

Russian police find half a ton of caviar in speeding hearse

The Associated Press

MOSCOW Police in Russia’s far east stopped a hearse speeding on a highway ‚Äî only to find half a ton of caviar stashed inside.

US appeals court backs Yale in dispute over ownership of van Gogh painting worth $200 million

The Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Conn. A federal appeals court has sided with Yale University in a dispute over the ownership of a $200 million Vincent van Gogh painting.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week upheld a 2014 ruling by a lower court that dismissed the claims of Pierre Konowaloff. He says the Dutch painter’s “The Night Cafe” was stolen from his family during the Russian Revolution.

Stigma and other challenges abound for 5 million US children who’ve had a parent behind bars

By David Crary The Associated Press

Three years ago, the little girl would hide under a table when confronted with reminders that both her parents were in prison.

Blind woman reunites with guide dog that jumped in front of bus to save her

The Associated Press

BREWSTER, N.Y. A blind woman who was struck by a school minibus while crossing a suburban New York street says her goal for recovery was to bring home the guide dog that jumped in front of the bus to save her.

Audrey Stone and Figo (FEE’-goh) the dog were reunited at her Brewster home on Monday, after nearly four months of recuperation for both.

It’s time to give a veggie main dish its due at Thanksgiving


This year we decided to reverse engineer the vegetarian Thanksgiving.