October 2017

Red Lake Death Investigated

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 07:31 AM

OPP are investigating the death of a man in Red Lake.

He was found Sunday morning in the area of Howey Street.

A post mortem exam was scheduled for Monday in Kenora to help determine his cause of death.

No name has been released.


Two Charged During Accident Clean Up

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 07:30 AM

Two men have been charged after gun shots were heard near the scene of a weekend accident involving a cattle truck.

The transport tipped over after failing to negotiate a corner Saturday on the Trans Canada Highway near Marathon, causing some of the animals to leave the trailer and wander way.

OPP say it was the next day that shots near the area were heard.

The men, both 43-years-old and from Marathon, were charged with careless use of a firearm and theft.

Clinic Operator Forcing Flu Shots

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 07:28 AM

Essentia Health, which has 11 clinics in Minnesota including one in International Falls, is requiring its employees, vendors and volunteers to get flu shots or lose their jobs.

The United Steel Workers union represents 2,000 of those workers, and says the policy would be a violation of their contract and its members' civil rights and has taken the matter to court.

The union's lawyer, Justin Cummins, said Essentia hasn't been willing to bargain or compromise.

Road Renaming Proponent Disappointed By Council Decision

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 07:07 AM

The man who spearheaded the petition calling for a renaming of Colonization Road in Fort Frances is expressing his disappointment by town council's decision.

Council voted last Monday to take no further action on the request.

Dawson Mihichuk says he wishes council would have at least sought out more input.

Mihichuk doesn't see it becoming a dead issue.

He anticipates it will come up against during municipal election campaign next year.

Hundreds Still Without Power

Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 11:44 AM

The end could soon be in site for people suffering through a days long power outage.

About 11-hundred Hydro One customers around Kenora and Sioux Narrows are still without power following last Thursday's snow storm.

Spokesperson Nancy Clark says crews from across the region now trying to restore electricity despite challenging conditions.

She says outages in other areas, such as in the Rainy River district have been resolved, allowing crews to be sent to Kenora.


Long College Strike Predicted

Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 11:01 AM

There is now talk the province-wide college strike may go on for at least another six weeks.

It's now into its third week with no new talks planned and both sides in the dispute far apart.

Ontario Public Service Employees Union Rebecca Ward accuses management of attempting to increase fear in faculty and in students.

Ward says they're also putting out messages that a student has never lost a semester, she calls "very ambivalent statement."

Ward adds three-quarters of college staff are precarious workers with no union protection and little pay.

Wynne Prepares For Election

Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 10:48 AM

Premier Kathleen Wynne says she's standing up for fairness.

She was officially nominated as the Liberal Candidate in her riding of Don Valley West yesterday.

Wynne says she'll continue to run on a campaign promoting fairness and opportunity.

Many Older Homes Found In Fort Frances

Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 08:50 AM

Almost half of all homes in Fort Frances were constructed before 1960.

It's among new information contained in the 2016 Census.

Another third of the nearly 34-hundred homes were built between 1960 and 1980.

Only about 100 have been erected since 2000.

Town officials have previously stated a lack of available lots have hindered new housing starts.


Poppies Now On Sale

Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 07:06 AM

It's time again to get the little red flower and remember the big sacrifice it symbolizes.

The Poppy campaign is underway until November 11th.

Donations collected from poppy sales fund a lot of programs and services for Canadian veterans provided by the Royal Canadian Legion.

It includes housing accommodation and care facilities, funding for Veteran Transition Programs directly related to the training, education and support needs of vets and their families.

Local Sports Wrap For Monday, October 30

Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 07:04 AM

Fort Frances Muskies girls hockey team ended the annual Scott Clendenning Showcase with a 3-1 win yesterday over the Dryden Eagles.

Jillian Calder, Annalise Hayes and Reece MacQuaker provided the scoring.

Saturday, the Muskies beat Kenora's Beaver Brae Broncos 8-0 and the Thunder Bay Fury 4-1.

Their only blemish was a 2-0 loss to the Thunder Bay Queen's on Friday.


Fort Frances Lakers dropped a pair of games over the weekend to the Thief River Falls Norskies, who extended their win streak to 12 games.