November 2017

A Windy Morning

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 12:23 PM

Strong winds moved across the Rainy River district and northern Minnesota overnight with gusts reaching in excess of 60 kilometres an hour in some locations.

They hit the 50 km/h mark in Fort Frances.

Across the river, Northome topped out at 70 km/h.

They were a bit lighter in International Falls at 60 km/h.

No reports, though, of anyone losing power as a result.

Fake Speeding Tickets Finding Some Computers

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 12:10 PM

Another scam to be aware of in northwestern Ontario.

This one involves fake speeding tickets.

A listener reached out to our newsroom to report receiving an email claiming to be from the government on Canada and idenfityings a Speed Penalty Notice.

It lists specifications of the violation, including the date, and says the vehicle was going 30 miles per hour over the posted 75 mile per hour speed limit.

There is also a photo attached showing two separate cars and states the person receiving the email has a legal responsibility to comply.

Another Busy Construction Month

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 12:07 PM

An active month for building in Fort Frances in October.

The town issued twelve building permits that month for work valued in excess of $164-thousand.

All were related to housing projects and including things as new roofs, indoor renovations and at one home, an addition costing $60-thousand.

Final Day For Parade Registration

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 09:23 AM

The Fort Frances Community Christmas Parade goes this Saturday.

It is a week later than usual.

Organizer Scott Krienke-Turvey says it was done at the request of some groups who were having troubles taking part in the past.

This is also the deadline to register your participation.

You do so through the website

More volunteers are also wanted.

Scholarships Offered

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 07:32 AM

Almost 100 high schools students have been offered scholarships through the Rainy River Community College's Foundation.

Fifty-nine graduating seniors are eligible for $6-thousand as 'Top of the Class' recipients for having a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.5 or better.

Thirty-eight others are up for $2,000 for 'Academic Achievement' - GPA's of less than 3.5 to 3.

Students have until February 17, 2018 to claim their scholarship.

Local Sports Wrap for Thursday, November 30

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 07:29 AM

Siobhan Mackintosh and Taylor Crosswell notched hattricks as the Fort Frances Muskies girls hockey team skated to a 9-0 win over the Queen Elizabeth Warriors in Sioux Lookout last night.

Annalise Hayes had a six point night with two goals and four assists.

Jenna Clendenning chipped in a goal and 3 helpers.


Fort Frances Lakers' Jaedin Ness had a goal and an assist to help Team USA to a 5-2 win Team Canada at the SIJHL's 'Border Battle' All-star game in Eveleth.

Lakers defenceman Anthony Antonelli also picked up an assist for the US.

Library Receives Good Marks From Most Residents

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 07:26 AM

The Fort Frances Public Library and Technology Centre is receiving kudos from most residents.

The Library has released the results of a community survey done as part of efforts to become accredited.

Chief Executive Officer Caroline Goulding says a majority of the comments were positive with people liking what the Library had, its staff and the programming offered.

The few negatives comments cited a small collection, the need for more help using available technology and its hours.

Chief Coroner To Probe Children's Deaths.

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 07:01 AM

The deaths of eleven children in the province are being investigated by the Chief Coroner of Ontario.

He established an expert panel that will be look into the deaths that occurred from January of 2014 to July of this year.

All of the victims were children in the care of Children's Aid Societies or Indigenous Well-Being Organizations at the time.

Dr. Dirk Huyer calls this a review rather than an inquest.

Accident Involves School Bus

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 06:56 AM

No injuries reported following an accident west of International Falls Tuesday morning involving a school bus.

Minnesota State Patrol says a pick-up truck was trying to pass the bus on Highway 11 near Pelland Junction at around 8 a.m. when it lost control, struck the bus before rolling into the ditch.

The driver was wearing a seatbelt.

The bus had two passengers on board, but they and the driver, were also not hurt.

School Boards Seek Your Opinion

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 06:53 AM

Still time to comment on a new calendar for the next school year.

Public, Catholic and French School Boards within the Kenora and Rainy River districts are gathering input toward establish a common calendars.

A survey has been posted online until this Friday.

A link to the survey is available here.