Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Crash Victims Identified

OPP have released the names of those killed in yesterday's accident east of Fort Frances.

82-year-old David Chambers and his wife, 75-year-old Louise Chambers, both of Fort Frances, died after the vehicle they were in come into collision with a logging truck on Highway 11, in the area of Windy Point Bridge and Reef Point Road, about 15 kilometres east of town.

The driver of the pulp truck was not injuries.

Two Dead In Accident

Two people are dead following an accident east of Fort Frances.

OPP says both of the victims where in a vehicle, heading west, that came into collision with a commercial motor vehicle heading east on Highway 11 last snight at around 5 p.m. in the area of Windy Point Bridge and Reef Point Road, about 15 kilometers east of town.

A woman passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver was taken to hospital in Fort Frances where he later succumbed to his injuries.

No names are being immediately released.

The accident shut down the highway down for almost three hours.

Four Arrested In Meth Investigation

Four people face charges following the seizure of methamphetamine in Fort Frances.

The two men and two woman were arrested Thursday after OPP issued a search warrant at a home in the Walleye Trailer Park.

Police seized a variety of drugs including seven grams of crystal methamphetamine, street valued at $14-hundred dollars, marijuana and cocaine, along with a quantity of cash, fifteen communication devices, packaging material and debit lists.

OPP say it's the first such discovery of meth in the Rainy River district.

The accused will appear in court in January.

Snow Week

It's going to be a snowy week.

The system, which moved into the Borderland yesterday, brought more than 5 centimeters to the area with more to come.

Both Environment Canada and the National Weather Service out of Duluth predict that by the time it moves away tomorrow night, the region could see as much as 20 to 25 centimeters.

All highways in the Rainy River district are identified as snow covered with icy sections.

Similar road conditions are listed for Highways in Koochiching County.

Motorists are adviced to use extreme caution today while driving.

Stuff A Cruiser Fills Ten In Atikokan

OPP have a good start to their Stuff-A-Cruiser Campaign in the Rainy River District.

A total of ten cruisers were filled with non-perishable food items in Atikokan on Saturday.

The items have been turned over to the Atikokan Native Friendship Centre, Atikokan Christmas Cheer and the Faith Lutheran Church Food Bank.

The next events take place in Fort Frances, Emo and Rainy River December 14.

Safeway Food Drive

Canada Safeway has launched a food drive of its own.

Customers are being asked to purchase five or ten dollar "care packages" that will be given to local food banks.

Spokesperson Betty Kellsey says the packages contain items most urgently needed by food banks at this time of year.

Items purchased at the Fort Frances store will go to the Salvation Army.

Energy Plan Released

The Liberal government has released it's long term energy plan.

Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli says the plan should save rate payers over $70 billion by 2030.

Chiarelli says that is made possible by some big changes.

He says the average consumer can expect to see $523 less in the near term and over $38-hundred over the life of the plans.

Chamber Elections Underway

Elections are underway for the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce.

It includes a race for board president with incumbent Mark Caron of M..L. Electric up against Robin Payeur of Causeway Insurance.

Four people are vying for the first vice-presidency and two for the position of second vice-president.

The Chambers also filling two director spots with four people running.

Voting, by ballot, will continue until December 13.


Robin Payeur - Causeway General Insurance
Mark Caron - ML Caron Electric

Jordan Forbes - Salteaux Consulting & Engineering
Myles Kuharski - Gillons' Insurance Brokers
Robin Payeur - Causeway General Insurance
Jennifer Greenhalgh - NCDS
George Emes - Emes Financial


Jordan Forbres - Salteaux Consulting & Engineering
Annely Armstrong - NCDS

DIRECTOR (Two to be elected)

Jordan Forbes - Salteaux Consulting & Engineering
Ben Morelli - From the Grind Up
Bob Hamilton - Little Beaver Cultural Centre
Leo Melanson - 93.1 The Border.

Stop! The Fox

At Fort Frances High School, students are trying to shut the fox up.

The song, called "the Fox," performed by Ylvis is continually being played between classes this week in an effort to raise money for Typhoon Haiyan relief in the Philippines.

Students are being asked to donate with the hopes of reaching $500.00 before the music is stopped.

The fundraiser began yesterday with about one hundred dollars being raised.

Question of the Week

How would you rate the Festival of Frost?

Let us know on our website 931theborder.ca.

Festival Of Frost Awards

Award winners of the Festival of Frost have been announced.

Dancemakers picked up two awards for the best business display and the people's choice award.

The Christian Fellowship Chapel was named the Best Church Group.

Running Horse Ranch earn the Best Non Profit Organization award.

The Nordic Ski Club earned the award for the Best Recreational display.

Falls Parade Winners

Awards have been handed out as part of the "Twas the Lights Before Christmas" parade in International Falls.

The entry from the local Girls Scouts, Brownies and Daisies, entitled "Gingerbread House and Gifts" earned first place money of  $300.00.

Koochiching Economic Development Authority entry was second while the International Falls Chamber of Commerce's "Gizzard Girls" and Moose Lodge tied for third.

Sassy, a Yorkshire Terrier, owned by Dixie Kalstad was winner of the cutest pet contest.

Festival Of Trees Sell Out

There was good success in the first ever Festival of Trees.

A total of fourteen trees went on the auction block last week as part of a fundraiser for the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce and the Fort Frances Kiwanis Club.

Spokesperson Samatha Manthy says all of the trees sold, raising $752.00.