March 2018

Soldier Killed Originally From I. Falls

Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2018 14:22 PM
A US soldier originally from International Falls, Minnesota, has been identified as one of two killed  in Syria last Thursday.
The US. Department of Defense says
36-year-old Master Sgt. Johnathan J. Dunbar died as a result of injuries when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated. 
A British soldier was also killed while five others were injured. 
Dunbar was born in the Minnesota city, but moved to Texas with family several years later.

You Aren't Being Sued - It's a Scam!

Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 11:56 AM

You answer your phone and a disembodied voice advizes you are being sued.

They may even have left a message on your answering machine.

If you don't respond - you WILL be sued, the voice says.

Don't respond.

Don't answer.

Don't call your lawyer.

You aren't being sued - it's yet another telephone scam and they want your cash or even just information about you.

College Homecoming Tonight

Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 07:58 AM

A night of getting together and sharing memories.

Confederation College is holding a series of Homecoming events at its campuses across northwestern Ontario.

President Jim Madder says the events were supposed to happen last year as part of the College's 50th anniversary celebrations but were pre-empted by a faculty strike.

The Rainy River District Campus in Fort Frances will host its event tonight from 5 p.m .to 7 p.m.

Both alumni and other members of the public are welcome to attend.

Man Wanted By Police

Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 07:52 AM
Police are asking the public to be on the lookout for a federal offender who is wanted on a Canada wide warrant.
39-year-old James Houle is known to frequent northwestern Ontario with previous stops in Thunder Bay.
Houle is described as 6'2", 194 lbs.
He has a tattoo on his left shoulder of a tiger and Chinese lettering on his right shoulder.
Houle also has a snake tattoo on his left forearm.

Local Sports Wrap for Wednesday, March 28

Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 07:48 AM

Northern Ontario is officially out of the running at the Canadian Senior Women's Curling Championship in Stratford.

Peggy Taylor's Kenora rink, with Lisa Penner of Fort Frances playing second, lost both their games yesterday to Quebec and Nova Scotia, leaving them with a 3-5 record at the bottom of the championship pool.

They will close out their competition with games today against New Brunswick and Saskatchewan.


On the men's side, Thunder Bay's Al Hackner beat both Ontario and Nova Scotia to improve to 7-1 in the championship pool.

Treatment Program Made Easier

Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 07:44 AM

The federal govenrment wants to make its easier for someone to receive treatment for opioid addiction.

It's lifted restrictions to allow doctors to prescribe methadone treatment without requiring federal approval.

Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor says that requirement was leading some physicians to not prescribing that treatment.

"If they choose that is the appropriate treatment, we simply want to ensure we remove that barrier for the doctors and their patients to make that determination."

Rainy Lake Square Rules Pass

Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 07:10 AM

Alcohol will be available at select events held at the Rainy Lake Square.

Fort Frances town council gave their approval to a set of rules governing the Square's use at their meeting

It includes allowing alcohol to be sold by those legally licensed.

Councillor June Caul was the lone dissenting vote, noting her opposition to the sale of alcohol at the open-air site on Scott St.

Smoking will also be banned and there's now a fee in place for certain users.

The new rules will be in place for a year with a review to be conducted then.

Education Funding Boost

Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 07:53 AM

New funding for special education.

The province is announcing more than 300-million dollars over the next three years on programs and initiatives to help children with special needs.

Premier Kathleen Wynne says it will lead to the hiring of two-thousand new education workers in schools.

New Gold Reduces Board Of Directors

Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 07:23 AM

New Gold is downsizing its board of directors.

The mining company is replacing just two of four directors will plan to retire.

This will bring the number of directors to seven.

The company says the reduction is the result of a review done to determine the best size of board that meets its needs.

Randall Oliphant, the former president of New Gold, is among those retiring.