August 2016

Hunter Brothers Farm Celebrates Blue Jays 40th Season With Corn Maze

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 11:04 AM

For the past 16 years, the Hunter Brothers Farm in Florenceville-Bristol, New Brunswick, have made corn mazes and this year's maze is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Lee Hunter says his grandmother came up with the idea.

Hunter says his grandmother is the biggest Blue Jays fan, adding she's already been to three games this year.

The design stems from Jose Bautista's iconic bat flip from last season.

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Arrest Made In Burglary Case

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 12:31 PM

An arrest has been made in connection with a break-in in lnternational Falls.

Falls Police says 18-year-old Cole Gordon Helderman is facing a charge of burglary related to a weekend break-in at The Outdoorsman Headquarters on Third Avenue.

Police released a surveillance video photos in hopes of catching the suspects.

Police says two others in the photos have been identified.

Tentative Deal Reached In Postal Workers Dispute

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 09:10 AM

The threat of a disruption in postal services has diminished.

A tentative agreement has been reached in talks between the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and Canada Post for both the urban and rural bargaining units.

While no details are being revealed, Canada Post says it is for two years, instead of the traditional four-year contract.

Canada Post says that will allow for discussions to continue on pensions and the decline of mail delivery.

Wages and pensions had been the main sticking points.

Energy East Hearings On Hold

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 09:08 AM

The National Energy Board is suspending hearings into the proposed Energy East pipeline project.

It comes in the wake of protests that disrupted hearings in Montreal.

The N.E.B. is also dealing with motions calling for some members of the panel to step down because of conflicts.

One of those motions comes from a Kenora-based group.

The Energy Board says hearing won't resume until its ruled on those motions.

Mammograms To Resume

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 09:00 AM

Breast imaging services are resuming at Riverside Health Care's LaVerendrye Hospital..

Services, including mammograms, will once again be available beginning tomorrow.

Riverside has stopped offering Breast imaging services earlier this month after a service that read the images was no longer available.

It's now receiving support through Dr. Neety Panu, a radiologist out of Thunder Bay who provides similar support to the hospital in Sioux Lookout.

MNR Winding Down Fire Operations

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 08:57 AM

The forest fire season in northwestern Ontario appears to be winding down

Just three small fires continues to burn, including two island fires at Little Turtle Lake, north of Mine Centre and Crooked Lake in Quetico Provincial Park.

That's allowing the Ministry of Natural Resources to downsize.

Fire crew levels have been reduced by about 35 per cent with seasonal staff contracts coming to an end and others returning to school.

The MNR says it still have adequate resources to handle any new fires that may arise over the next few weeks.

Construction Of Power Line Nearing

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 08:50 AM

Minnesota Power is preparing for the start of construction on a new 500 kilovolt transmission line.

It's to connect with one planned in Manitoba, drawing power to the Iron Range.

The Utility's Environmental Compliance Specialist Jim Atikinson says the project will be done in four phases with the first likely to start by the end of the year.

Crews are schedule begin clearing the right-of-way on an 88 kilometre stretch between an area southwest of Baudette into Koochiching County.

Trade Training Facility Set Up

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 08:38 AM

The province is investing $1-million into a trades training facility in Thunder Bay.

The state of the art facility will offer updated skills curriculum with specialized equipment.

The union, the Carpenters' Local 1669, is invested over $5-million into the program.