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Fort Frances council has agreed to reach out to the lone runner-up in the 2022 municipal election to fill the position vacated by David Kircher. That would be Kaleb Firth. Mayor Andrew Hallikas says he is a firm believer in anyone who stands up and takes part in democracy. "I think we all can see that we have our ...
Randy Thoms May 28, 2024
The city of International Falls still hopes to tear down the burned-out band shell at Smokey Bear Park by July 4th. The facility was destroyed in May. City council approved the appointment of a firm to do the design work. Public Works Manager Ted Brokaw says it is going to take some time before a new facility is constr...
Randy Thoms May 28, 2024
The District of Rainy River Services Board is recognizing some of its staff. Several paramedics have been honoured for their actions while on duty. Three are recognized for their involvement in the births of a child. Fifteen other employees were cited for reaching years-of-service milestones. Saves in the Field Matt ...
Randy Thoms May 27, 2024
Fort Frances town council is expected to decide tonight how to fill the seat vacated earlier this month by David Kircher. Kircher resigned after the town's Integrity Commissioner found he violated several sections of the Council Code of Conduct. A report from the town clerk's office outlines four options for filling th...
Randy Thoms May 27, 2024
An act of vandalism in Atikokan. OPP say damage was caused to the Caboose at the Atikokan Museum. It is believed to have occurred sometime during the winter. Police were only informed earlier this month after staff had checked on the rail car. Windows were smashed with further damage caused on the inside. OPP are now s...
Randy Thoms May 27, 2024
Dylan Tessier and Jeff Judson are this year's winners of the Emo Walleye Classic. They finished the two-day fishing tournament with a catch of 18.59 lbs. That was more than four pounds better than the second-place team of Ted Heyens and Kelvin Caul. The winning team took home $6,700 for their efforts. A total of 38 ang...
Randy Thoms May 26, 2024
An opportunity to be a part of the planning for this year's Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship. It is looking for five new directors. Volunteer Coordinator Jeannette Cawston says they will take over from members who are making this year's tournament their last. "This is why there's the urgency to get people o...
Randy Thoms May 25, 2024
Voyageurs National Park is reopening two campsites closed because of eagle nesting areas. The sites are on Kabetogama Lake. Park officials say nearby nests were not occupied for breeding this spring. One site on Namakan (NAMM-mih-kunn) Lake is still close. The park has closed water and land sites near eagle nesting sit...
Randy Thoms May 25, 2024
The MP for Thunder Bay-Rainy River is looking for some initial action from the federal government regarding the International Bridge. Local concerns about toll fees and the condition of the bridge linking Fort Frances with International Falls are outlined in a letter Marcus Powlowski has written to four federal Cabinet...
Randy Thoms May 25, 2024
Here are the results after the first day of fishing at the Emo Walleye Classic 1st - Team 4: Jim Steele and Jessica Steele (12.73lbs) 2nd - Team 5: Ted Heyens and Kelvin Caul (10.31lbs) 3rd - Team 30: Dylan Tessier and Jeff Judson (5.81lbs) 4th - Team 19: Darwin Thompson and Jesse Thompson (5.77lbs) 5th - Team 10: Les ...
Randy Thoms May 25, 2024
Some clarification of the procedures regarding school fundraising from the Northwest Catholic District School Board. Parents will be required to sign a form that they acknowledge the procedures of money raised when trips are cancelled. Assistant Superintendent of Education Jen Rathwell says situations did arise during ...
Randy Thoms May 24, 2024
A traffic stop in Fort Frances has resulted in several charges against a resident of Emo. OPP say they stopped the vehicle in Fort Frances initially to check on its insurance status. This led to police finding an unspecified amount of methamphetamine. The 42-year-old driver was arrested. They were also charged with; &m...
Randy Thoms May 24, 2024
Stepped-up enforcement by the Ontario Provincial Police during the May long weekend traffic resulted in hundreds of charges being issued. Almost ten percent of traffic-related charges laid in Ontario were in northwestern Ontario. Of the 1,532 charges, more than 900 were for speeding. OPP also found 33 people not wearin...
Randy Thoms May 24, 2024
Fort Frances has secured provincial funding for two road projects. Over $2 million will be used toward the reconstruction of a section of the four-laners on Third Street West between Central and York Avenues. Another $1.6 million will go to fixing up another section of Scott Street, this time between Reid and Mosher Av...
Randy Thoms May 24, 2024
Flows have been increased from Rainy and Namakan Lakes. The International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board's Water Levels Committee issued the directive in response to the recent rain storm. Logs were pulled from dams at Squirrel Falls and Kettle Falls on Tuesday. Gates at the Rainy Lake dam were opened on Wedne...
Randy Thoms May 24, 2024
An individual wanted on outstanding warrants is now facing a drug trafficking charge. The 24-year-old Fort Frances man was arrested on Thursday while OPP were patrolling in the area of Fourth Street West. During his arrest, officers would find unspecified amounts of illegal substances, including methamphetamine. Other ...
Randy Thoms May 24, 2024
Restrictions imposed on visits to Rainycrest Long Term Care in Fort Frances have been lifted. They were imposed because of a COVID outbreak first identified at the end of April. It was declared for the west wing before spreading throughout the rest of the facility. Riverside Health Facilities says the outbreak has now ...
Randy Thoms May 22, 2024
There is still concern about increased traffic on Highway 11 in International Falls with new customs and a hospital to be situated in proximity of each other. The new U.S. customs is being shifted east of its original site. That has drawn concerns from the community about traffic being directed east of International Fa...
Randy Thoms May 22, 2024
The town of Fort Frances is rejecting a request to consider a lower speed limit in the downtown core. The request was made two years ago by the Downtown Business Improvement Association because of safety concerns of people trying to cross Scott Street. But a report from town administration says a review of traffic and ...
Randy Thoms May 21, 2024
Two people remain missing after two canoes went over Curtain Falls on Iron Lake in the Boundary Wilderness Canoe Area. This incident happened early Saturday evening. St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says two men, a 47-year-old and a 43-year-old from Ham Lake, Minnesota, were rescued and airlifted to hospital in Duluth...
Randy Thoms May 21, 2024
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