July 2016

Clinton Ready

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 08:45 AM

Hillary Clinton has accepted the Democratic Party's nomination for U.S. President at its convention in Philadelphia.

She talked about the significance of becoming the first woman to be nominated for the presidency by a major political party in her acceptance speech.

She says this is good for everyone, both men and women.

Clinton also reached out to Bernie Sanders supporters in helping her defeat the Republican's Donald Trump this November.

Special Session Still Hopeful

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 07:45 AM

Minnesota's Senate Majority leader is still confident a special session to deal with outstanding bills from the spring sitting will get done next month.

Speaking to business leaders in International Falls, Tom Bakk says he'll be meeting with the Republican House leader next week.

Bakk says the only holdup is the Republicans reluctance to support funding for a light-rail project between Minneapolis and Eden Praire.

He says its especially important the borrowing bill get throw.

OPP Say Move Over!

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 07:38 AM

OPP want to make sure you are pulling over for emergency vehicle.

Police says they were forced to issue over 2-thousand tickets to drivers who failed to slow down or move over for police, ambulance and fire trucks last year.

The charges carry fines of up to $4-thousand.

This weekend, OPP will be doing an education campaign of the province's Slow Down and Move Over laws.

Medication Warnings From Health Canada

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 07:36 AM

Health Canada is restricting the use of two prescription medications for children.

It's recommending codeine no longer be used by those 18 or under after they've had their tonsils removed.

It's also recommending hydrocodone not be given to children 6 and under.

Health Canada says there are concerns the medications may cause serious breathing problems among the young people.

Henry Reaches Final Four

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 07:34 AM

A Fort Frances man has reached another level in Wood's Explorer Contest to find Canada's Greatest Explorer.

Josh Henry is now among the final four after earning a third place finish in a cooking challenge.

Henry says he was a little surprised by the challenge.

[CLIP] 6 seconds   OC: excited

Henry served up a plate of honey and mustard glazed trout with fiddlehead, butter and herbs, cooking in tinfoil over a camping stove provided in the challenge.


(Photo courtesy of Wood's Explorer

Local Sports Wrap for Friday, July 29

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 07:22 AM

In the Rainy River District Fastball League, Lawrence Norwegian slugged a home run as the Sabaskong Cubs dumped Rainy River 12-4.

Big Grassy was awarded a win over the Lakers by forfeit.

Brad Wakefield went yard in Barwick's 9-5 win over Stratton.

Ben Smith his a grand slam as the Northwest Bay Juniors upset Sight and Sound 18-11.

Fort Frances Braves outscored the Chieftains 16-6.

Mike Parisien and Travis Tom hit homers for the Braves .

Don Smith countered with one for Northwest Bay.

Windy's Warriors defeated Manitou 1101.

Wage Hikes

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 07:16 AM

Some staff with Koochiching County are getting a pay raise.

Non-union management and hourly employee groups will get a 2 per cent pay hike this year and a 2.5 per cent increase in 2017.

Similar wage increases are being given to the elected department heads which include the County Attorney, County Sheriff, County Recorder and County Auditor-Treasurer.

Winning Tickets Still Out There

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 07:15 AM

There's a couple of winners from northwestern Ontario from Wednesday night's LOTTO 6/49 draw.

The Ontario Lottery Corporation says the second prize was a ticket purchased in Thunder Bay.

There's also a one-thousand dollar prize ticket purchased from the Thunder Bay area.

The million dollar winning ticket was purchased on-line.

More Infrastructure Funding

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 07:14 AM

The town of Fort Frances will receive more than $1.3-million over the next three years for local infrastructure improvements.

It now receives $165-thousand from the government through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund.

Information released show that figure will increase nearly $300-thousand next year, $422-thousand in 2018 and over $640-thousand in 2019.

The town of Rainy River will see its current allotment of $29-thousand boosting to $118-thousand by 2019.

Construction Continues

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 07:11 AM

Construction of New Gold's Rainy River open pit mine is now 40 per cent complete.

The company says it's now spent half-a-billion dollars on the project, still slated to begin production in 2017.

A total of 225 employees are now working on site with 70 per cent of the hires coming from local communities.

30 per cent of that workforce is from area Indigenous communities.