February 2018

Muskies Open Playoffs With Win

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 07:51 AM

Fort Frances Muskies boys hockey teams scored a 4-1 win over the visiting Thomas Aquinas Saints from Kenora to open the NorWOSSA semi-final at the Duke in Couchiching First Nation.

Jake Barker, Cole Magill, Jon Busch and Kendyn Faragher provided the scoring.

Darien Klem got the win in net.

Game two in the best of three series goes tomorrow afternoon in Kenora.

Canada Day Organizers Rewarded

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 07:48 AM

Organizers of Canada Day can expect a few more dollars from the town of Fort Frances.

Council, at their budget meeting, were okay with giving the Fun in the Sun Committee $25-hundred dollars, an increase of $500 over last year.

The committee had initially request $5,000.

Councillor John Albanese was among councillors who was willing to reward the committee at little for the hard work done last year.

Another $75-hundred was also approved for the July 1 fireworks display.


(Photo courtesy Fun in the Sun/Greg Mattson/Facebook)


No Funding Increase For Chamber

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 07:40 AM

Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce won't be getting a boost in funding from the town.

It had asked for $5-thousand for tourism promotion.

Councillor Wendy Brunetta says they had explained to the Chamber that wasn't possible.

"We are also funding the tourist information centre which is part of what they're suggesting we pay for to them as well. I think we gave them our rational to them that we can't really do both."

Council did agree to provide $28-hundred, the same amount as given last year.


Tax Decrease Likely For Many Fort Frances Residents

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 07:24 AM

Could be a good news budget for homeowners in Fort Frances.

Going into Tuesday night's budget meeting, the town was looking at an operating budget was only a few thousand dollars in deficit.

Deputy Mayor Ken Perry says that's a far cry from previous budget years.

"We're not looking at $100-thousand or $200-thousand dollars in arrears. We're looking at 85-hundred we need to raise through taxation. It's a good news story."

Perry says the town is benefiting from a reduction in school taxes and higher property assessment.

Small Cities To Share in New Tax Dollars

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 07:13 AM

Koochiching County's smaller cities will get a share of tax dollars from a new transmission line being constructed.

Commissioners agreed to set aside 25 per cent of those dollars beginning in 2019.

Northhome's Dr. Jerry Struss says that will be helpful.

"It provides us with an opportunity, I feel, to provide relief to these small communities without raise taxes of people living in the outlying area."

A formula has been worked out on exactly how much money will be doled out to each cities.

The exact dollar amount to be realized is still unknown.

Mulroney Kicks Off Northern Ontario Tour

Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 09:28 AM

Caroline Mulroney thinks it's a disgrace the Ring of Fire development is taking so long.

The PC leadership candidate was in Thunder Bay where she kicked off a tour of northern Ontario.

Mulroney refers to taking part in developing a new bridge between Windsor and Detriot, noting how necessary it is for the right people to be in the right positions, in spite of having plenty of political will.

Time For New Licenses

Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 07:42 AM

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding Minnesotans that fishing, hunting and trapping licenses for 2017 expire a week from tomorrow.

2018 licenses for are now available wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold, thorugh the DNR's website or by calling a toll-free number.

The cost of fishing licences do go up three dollars.

There's also increases to the fees of other licenses including deer hunting, sports licenses and lifetime licenses.

Ice Dragons Prove Successful

Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 07:24 AM

The first ever Ice Dragons Challenge is being hailed a success.

Six teams, most from outside the area, took part in Saturday's event on Rainy Lake.

Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Club's Annelly Armstrong-Thorstad says it did better than what they thought.

Teams that traveled from Tennessee includes members from Texas, North Carolina and Georgia.

Armstrong-Thorstad says all of the outside clubs expressed an interest in coming back for their summer event.

She adds based on the success, it's likely they will hold another Ice Dragons Challenge next winter.

Queen's Park Resumes Sitting

Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 11:55 AM

Patrick Brown is a different seat when provincial lawmakers get back to work.

The Legislature is resuming today, and Brown will be sitting as an independent after he was removed from the Progressive Conservative caucus. 

The current Interim Leader of the Ontario PCs, Vic Fedeli announced the decision on Friday.

Some PC candidates, though, say they're still in support of Brown, including Thunder Bay-Superior North nominee Derek Parks.

Forest Companies Seek Small Increase In Forest Access Road Budget

Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 11:52 AM

The provincial government is being asked for a bit more money to help maintain forest access roads in northern Ontario.

Eacom operates a lumber mill in Ear Falls, and spokesperson Christine Leduc says they'd like to see $75 million earmarked for that program in the upcoming provincial budget.

"We are talking about a government that's sensitive to funds and sensitive to balanced budgets, so we think a reasonable ask for 2018 is that the program be maintained from the $74 million that it was last year to $75 million this year."