Friday, November 8, 2013

Crimestoppers Seek Assistance in Bank Threat

Crimestoppers in Fort Frances are still trying solve a bank threat in the community.

The incident occurred on September 12th after someone left a duffle bag outside the back door of the Northern Lights Credit Union.

A note was left that threatened retaliation to area banks, schools, and businesses until the bag was filled.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crimestoppers at 800-222-8477.

Deer Hunting Season Opens Tomorrow in Minnesota

The Minnesota firearms deer hunting season begins this Saturday morning.

And it should be another good year for hunters according to Department of Natural Resources Big game program leader Leslie McKinley.

McKinley says she expects Minnesota hunters to harvest about 185 thousand deer this year.

Special Recognition for Kiss and Ride

The Rainy River District School Board is paying tribute to the local “Kiss ’n Ride” program by presenting a “Recognition of Excellence” award.

The program was put into place at the beginning of this school year here in Fort Frances.

Kiss ’n Ride is meant to keep school buses separate from the traffic of other vehicles.

It also makes drop off and pick up safer and more efficient for students and their families.

The Fort Frances Traffic Safety Committee has worked with volunteers and partners here in the community to implemented the program.

Beyak Supports Senator Suspensions

The only senator from northwestern Ontario says she approves of the suspension of three senators
this week.

Lynn Beyak believes Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau got exactly what they deserved.

Beyak voted in favour of suspending the three because she says it was the right thing to do.

Beyak added the gross negligence with taxpayers' dollars is a serious issue and stressed if you claim an expense you have not incurred then you are robbing the taxpayer.

Grassy Narrows Concerns Heard At Queen's Park

The Grassy Narrows First Nation claims the Minister of Natural Resources is making false
statements about plans for clear cut logging in the Whiskey Jack Forest.

This morning in the Ontario Legislature, David Orazietti says there are no wood harvesting blocks in Grassy's Traditional Land Use Territory.

However, Kenora-Rainy River M.P.P. urged the government continues to interfere.

Grassy maintains that the government has plans to carry out clear cut logging activity within the next decade.

NAN Chiefs Adopt Education Treaty

The Nishnawbe Aski Nation is making a call to the Federal Government, demanding that they control education on their own NAN territory.

Over two hundred delegates met to create the Right to Education treaty.

Grand Chief Harvey Yesno says it's too bad that communities must deal with legislation put in place by the feds.

Yesno added that his role is to engage other Grand Chiefs across the country.

Horwath Disappointed With Fall Economic Statement

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is less than impressed with the Provincial Government's Fall Economic Statement.

The speech was made Thursday by Finance Minister Charles Sousa.

Horwath says what's really disappointing is how Northern Ontario is neglected.

Horwath adds the bad policies in the economic statement will be felt first in the North.

NorWOSSA Finals in Dryden Today

The Fort Frances Muskies girls basketball teams have guaranteed themselves at least a silver medal today at the NorWOSSA finals.

The Musky girls have byes into the gold medal games this afternoon in Dryden.

They will play the winner of today's semis between Beaver Brae from Kenora and Dryden.

Both the Fort Frances boys volleyball teams will have to take the long way to the
finals, as they play Beaver Brae in the semis this morning.

The Junior games get underway at 10:00, while the seniors hit the court at 11:30.

OPP Warn of More Delays on Highway 17

The OPP say it could take days for the wreckage to be cleared away from a
multi-vehicle accident between Kenora and Dryden.

Last night, police closed both lanes again for about an hour in order to clean
up some debris.

Today however, traffic is moving normally again.

The Trans-Canada was closed for almost nine hours yesterday following an
early morning accident near Nelson Granite.

A total of 14 transports were involved in the collision.