January 2017

Rural Mailboxes Busted

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 07:43 AM

Rural mailboxes were the targets of vandals over the weekend.

OPP say several mailboxes located around the township of Alberton were damaged or destroyed some time early Sunday morning.

Police say it appears a baseball bat may have been used.

Canada Post's community mailbox at Pihulak Rd was not touched.

OPP are now hoping someone with information will come forward to aid in their investigation.

Teachers Deal Reached

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 07:10 AM

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association says it has reached a tentative agreement on a contract extension with the provincial government.

While details haven't been released, it's beieived it's for another two years, bringing the deal to 2019.

The current agreement was set to expire at the end of August.

Salvation Army Cuts Ribbon On New Building

Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017 11:43 AM

The Salvation Army has taken the wraps off its new building in Fort Frances.

An open house and the first worship service in the new Scott St. location were held over the weekend.

Lieutenant Ryan McDonald says it builds on the work they now provide to the community and district.

Divisional Commander Major Shawn Critch says it has been a long time coming, but expressing his pleasure with the new surroundings and the community support received.

The new building provides for expanded space for worship, office staff and the Thrift Store.

Council Meeting With Government Officials

Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017 09:39 AM

Some members of Fort Frances council will get a chance to discuss its concerns with the provincial government today.

They're attending the Rural Ontario Municipal Conference in Toronto where's they'll meet with provincial cabinet ministers and other government officials.

Chief Administrative Officer Doug Brown says it includes talks with Finance Ministry officials over the impact of property reassessment, an effort to change  the way railways are taxed and the municipal costs associated with alcohol abuse.

Travel Ban Concerns

Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017 07:41 AM

The Canadian government is working to clarify the impact of a travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump.

The ban was imposed specifically on seven predominately Muslim countries.

In a statement issued through Facebook, Trump defends the move saying it's similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months.

Trump insists it's not a ban on Muslims, noting the seven countries named are ones previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror.

Municipality Looking To Renew Parks Agreement

Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017 07:36 AM

Two provincial parks in Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls should be open again this summer.

The town is currently in negotiations with Parks Ontario for the continued operation of Caliper Lake and Sioux Narrows Parks.

Mayor Jerry O'Leary says he's hoping for some concessions in the new five year agreement.

O'Leary says the town does subsidize the operation of the both parks, but calls it a worthwhile investment.

Awards Vote Underway

Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017 07:34 AM

Voting is now underway for the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

A total of 61 businesses, organizations and individuals have been nominated for the nine awards up for grabs.

The Chamber has set up an on-line voting system for the public to cast ballots.

A link can be found here.

The deadline to vote is this Friday.

Fireworks Mark Start of Race

Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017 07:22 AM

Some residents on both sides of the border startled this morning by a loud explosion and flashes of light.

It was apparently a small fireworks display to mark the start of the Arrowhead 150, an ultra marathon race between International Falls and Tower.

A number of  competitors are running, skiing or biking the 150 mile course.

The noise led to a few people calling our station and International Falls Police.

Local Sports Wrap For Monday, January 30

Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017 07:13 AM

Fort Frances AA Atom Canadians came up a goal short in their bid for gold at their tournament at the Memorial Sports Centre over the weekend.

Canadians reached the final, but lost 4-3 to the West End Bruins of Thunder Bay.


Annalise Hayes with a four-goal weekend as the Fort Frances Muskies girls hockey team took a pair of games from U.S. high schools.

Hayes scored twice in a 4-1 win Saturday over Eveleth-Gilbert.

Reece McQuaker and Jenna Clendenning with goals in that game as well.

Less Passengers Through Ft. Frances Airport

Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2017 12:01 PM

A drop in the number of aircraft using the Fort Frances airport in 2016.  

Final numbers show almost 25-hundred take-offs and landings, 200 less than in 2015, but slightly higher than in 2014.  

The number of people using Bearskin last year is also down.  

About 32-hundred took the nearly 900 flights made available out of Fort Frances.  

That's 300 less than in 2015.