May 2017

Rare Penny Sparks Interest In Kindergarten Classroom

Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2017 10:14 AM

The discovery of a single penny on the grounds of Donald Young School in Emo has sparked some new learning for a kindergarten class.

The penny, dating back to 1915, was discovery by a kindergarten student during recess.

Teacher Kim Bolen says the find sparked curiosity among the students and resulted in a whole new area to discussion inside the classroom.

Bolen says they started talking about coins, metals and treasure hunting.


Graco Recalls Select My Ride 65 Car Seats

Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2017 09:53 AM

Graco children's products have issued a safety advisory and a recall on a specific car seat..

The company issued the safety advisory yesterday, warning about certain My Ride 65 convertible car seats.

They say the defect is that the harness restraints on select seats do not meet requirements, in accordance with the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard..

This affects over 1300 seats that were sold in Canada..and they were manufactured in the summer of 2014..

Local Sports Wrap for Thursday, May 25

Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2017 07:44 AM

Fort Frances Muskies boys soccer team has won the NorWOSSA AA championship for a seventh straight year, blanking the Dryden Eagles 4-0l in yesterday's final played in Kenora.

Aaron Bujold, Christian Audette, Cam Lidkea and Liam Metke provided the scoring.

On the girls side, the Muskies got by Kenora's Beaver Brae Broncos 1-0 in their semi-final match, but lost 2-1 to the Eagles in the final.

Janissa Judson scored against Kenora while Star Martin found the twine in the final.


Early Bird Draw Winner

Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2017 07:38 AM

The early bird winner in the Riverside Foundation's Canada Day Cash Lottery has been selected.

Dede McCool of Fort Frances was the winner of the all-inclusive fishing trip to Manitou Weather Station Fishing Lodge.

The draw was made last week.

There's still the cash prizes available which will be drawn on Canada Day.

Less than 600 tickets remain and are available at a variety of locations or by calling the Foundation office.


Infrastructure Funding Flowing

Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2017 07:36 AM

Some communities in the Rainy River district have been awarded funding for sewer and water infrastructure improvements.

Both senior levels of government are kicking in dollars with feds covering half of the construction costs with the province in for another quarter through the federal government's Clean Water and Wastewater Fund..

Fort Frances is getting almost $960-thousand for an upgrade to Second Street East between Mowatt and Portage Avenues to replace water and sanitary sewer mains.

New LHIN Mandate Explained

Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2017 07:19 AM

An expanded role for the Northwest Local Health Integration Network.

It's the agency responsible for planning, funding and intergrating the area's health care services.

Director of Health Systems Jessica Logozzo says a new mandate has been presented from the province's Health Minister outlining key priorities and broad performance targets they'll be accountable on.

Logozzo says the priorities relate to putting patients at the centre and delivering care responsive to their needs.

Storm Drain Warnings Planned

Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2017 07:09 AM

Residents in Fort Frances and International Falls will soon seen images of fish painted near some storm drains.

46 drains along the Fort Frances waterfront will have the stencils next week with the words "No Dumping, Drains To River."

It's part of an awareness campaign informing people of the environmental impacts and health dangers of dropping thinkgs like soaps, oils or other toxins into the drains as they lead to the Rainy River.

Fort Frances High School students will be involved in the project and be painted the stencils next wee.

More Details Released On Park Death

Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 07:44 AM

An autopsy has confirmed that an 8 year old boy who died at Rushing River Provincial Park over the weekend drowned.

The body of Kyree Bruneau of Winnipeg was found early Sunday morning after being reported missing the night before.

It's believed the boy slipped on a rock and fell into the water.


Thunder Bay Police Chief Faces Charges

Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 07:41 AM

The chief of police in Thunder Bay is facing charges.

Charges of breach of trust and obstructing justice against J.P. Leveque stem from a RCMP investigation requested by provincial police.

The reasons behind the charges have not been disclosed.

Leveque is currently on medical leave and will make a court appearance next month.

Theft Of Gasoline Leads To Pursuit, Arrest

Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 07:38 AM

A pursuit by Ontario Provincial Police in Ignace started with a report of stolen gasoline and ended in an arrest.

The incident happened last Friday.

OPP says officers were called to investigate a theft of gas at K & S Petro Canada, later finding the suspect vehicle heading east on Highway 17.

It later turned down a side road 40 km east of Ignace.

Officers says they later located the vehicle along Highway 599 where a spike belt was deployed to slow it down.