November 2017

Survey Created For Food Charter

Posted on Thursday, November 23, 2017 07:46 AM

A Food Charter is still in the works by Dryden-based Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op.

The Co-op, with help from other districts and Lakehead University, have now put together an online survey to gather the public's opinion.

Spokesperson Andrea Habinski says the questions are focused on problem areas in communities for food and access to affordable or traditional food.

Habinski says all data will be reviewed and used to draft a version of the charter that should be released early in the new year.

There's some incentive to complete the survey.

Stay Off The Ice

Posted on Thursday, November 23, 2017 07:32 AM

Cold weather is here and emergency officials on both sides of the border are reminding you to stay off all ice-covered bodies of water.

Ice is forming on Rainy Lake and Rainy River, but way to thin to support a person trying to walk on it.

Parents, guardians and teachers are also encouraged to speak to their children about the dangers of walking on ice covered lakes and rivers, and the risk of injury or death associated with exposure to cold water.

Good Deer Hunting Season In Minnesota

Posted on Thursday, November 23, 2017 07:31 AM

Deer hunters in Minnesota continue to find success this season.

The state's Department of Natural Resources says more than 161-thousand deer have been harvested since the firearms season opened three weeks ago.

That's a 16 per cent increase over last year.

In Zone 1, which includes Koochiching County, the harvest is up 36 per cent.

The season in that area ended Sunday.

Travel Safe This Weekend

Posted on Thursday, November 23, 2017 07:29 AM

Today is Thanksgiving in Minnesota, and the state's Department of Transportation is suggesting motorists plan ahead if your travelling this U.S. holiday weekend.

It recommends allowing for extra time in the event of travel delays, and to drive accordingly to road and weather conditions.

For up to the minute conditions, you can also download the state's 511 app which also includes a link to the National Weather Service.

Go Jump In The Lake For A Cause

Posted on Thursday, November 23, 2017 07:26 AM

An opportunity to go jump in the lake for a good reason.

The Voyageur Lions Club is now accepting registration for its annual Polar Plunge.

It takes place January 1 on Rainy Lake near the La Place Rendez-Vous.

Spokesperson Bill Michl says participants use it to raise money for their favourite charity or organization.

"And they raise pledges and we let them keep 50 per cent of what they raised with the rest going to the Voyageur Lions. This way we share with the entire community."

To register call Bill at 276-1334.


Local Sports Wrap for Thursday, November 23

Posted on Thursday, November 23, 2017 07:06 AM

Fort Frances Lakers dropped their third straight game, losing 4-2 in Thief River Falls to the Norskies.

The teams were tied 2-2 going into the third period.

Skylar Lentz and Nick Lucas scored the goals for the Lakers.


The SIJHL has named English River Miners forward Michael Di Lullo as player of the week for past week.

Ian Tookenay was the Fort Frances Lakers nominee.

Former Laker netminder, Brandon Bodnar, who now plays for Thunder Bay, was the North Stars nominee.


Angler Found On Ear Falls Area Lake

Posted on Thursday, November 23, 2017 07:02 AM

A northwestern Ontario man has been found dead on Pakwash Lake near Ear Falls.

64-year-old Patrick Wagner of Red Lake had initially been reported missin Tuesday after failing to return from an ice fishing trip the day before.

OPP say his body was discovered late Tuesday by searchers.

A post mortem exam is being conducted in Kenora to determine exact cause of death.


Federal Auditor Finds Trouble Contacting CRA

Posted on Thursday, November 23, 2017 07:01 AM

It's not easy getting through to the Canada Revenue Agency, and when you do the information provided may not always be accurate.

That according the Canada's Auditor General's office.

Auditor Michael Ferguson says it's based on their own test of the system.

"Unfortunately, we found that getting through to the Agency’s call centres requires persistence, three or four attempts in a given week on average. Based on our testing, the odds of getting a wrong answer is almost 30 %.

Minnesota House Rep Steps Down

Posted on Thursday, November 23, 2017 06:55 AM

A Minnesota politician is stepping down amid sexual harrassment allegations toward a lobbyist.

In a statement, Republican Tony Cornish says his resignation is part of an agreement with the person that includes an apology for what he calls 'unwelcome behaviour.'

A Democrat House Rep has also accused Cornish of sending unwanted and inappropriate text messages.