Thursday, January 16, 2014

Ice Box Days Underway

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Ice Box Days are underway in International Falls.

Falls Chamber President Faye Whitbeck says along with the traditional events such as the turkey bowling and smoosh races, there are a few new events.

Here is the full list of events

Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • 5:30 – 7 p.m. — History Café at The Coffee Landing, sponsored by Northland Foundation. Share your stories about this month’s theme: Downtown Restaurants of the 1900s to the present – All ages. Soup and sandwiches provided. Call ISD 361 Community Ed at 283-2571, ext. 186 for more information.
  • 5:45 – 9:30 p.m. — St. Thomas Aquinas Bingo Night at Aquinas Hall. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Sponsored by St. Thomas School, 283-3430.
  • 6:00 p.m. — Wing Eating Contest at Viking Bar. Come and test your wing-eating skills. Each person will get 12 wings. The first person to finish their wings wins. First Prize – $75, Second Prize - $50 and Third Prize – $25. Call Viking Bar for more information, 283-4000.
  • 7 p.m. — Icebox Idol Karaoke in Backus Auditorium. No age limit, everyone welcome. Fee is $5 per song to perform and $5 per person for admission. Call Backus for more information at 285-7225.
  • 7 – 9 p.m. — Cribbage at Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 1259 $5 fee. For more information contact Marc Windsness at 283-8268 or the Moose Lodge at 283-3615.
  • 7 – 8 p.m. — Red Neck Trivia at Viking Bar. There are five rounds of Trivia with 10 questions each. Each round a winner will be determined by most questions correctly answered out of 10. The winner receives a free drink for each round won. Call Viking Bar at 283-4000 for more information.

Friday, January 17, 2014

  • 5 p.m. — Spaghetti Dinner A savory spaghetti dinner and bake sale in St. Thomas Aquinas Hall, 810 Fifth Street. Whether you’re a runner who needs to carb up for the Freeze Yer gizzard Blizzard Run or just plain hungry, don’t miss this yummy spaghetti feed. Free will offerings accepted. Sponsored by St. Thomas School. Call Betsy Ward at 283-2590.
  • 5 – 7:30 p.m. — Gizzard Supper by Lenard’s Restaurant Sloppy joe or spaghetti with beverage. RRCC Commoms (During FYGBR registration). Everyone welcome, $5 per person.
  • 5 – 8 p.m. — Registration & Packet Pickup – “Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run” 10K and 5K: Commons at Rainy River Community College. Contact the Chamber of Commerce at 218-283-9400 or 800-325-5766. Registration fee is $40 after Dec. 31 and includes a long-sleeve Performance B-Core wicking T-shirt. Packets for participants will also be available before the run on Saturday morning. Packet info also available at
  • 6 – 7:30 p.m. — Moonlight Snowshoe Hike in Voyageurs National Park. Meet at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center, 6 p.m. Come celebrate Icebox Days at your national park. Join a park ranger for a snowshoe walk in the North Woods by the light of the moon. The full moon creates a majestic winter experience on these crisp, clear Minnesota nights. Enjoy the night sky and our snowy wonderland. Snowshoes provided. Warm up afterward with a campfire and hot cocoa. Contact Justin Olson at 283-5258. Sponsored by Voyageurs National Park.
  • 6 – 8 p.m. — Ugly Hat Contest Summer or Winter hats. So long as it’s UGLY, who Cares! Contact the Moose Lodge for more info at 283-3615
  • 7 p.m. — BARGO at the Viking Bar. BARGO is just like BINGO, but bar style. Every 10 minutes there is a chance for you to win a free drink. Cards are given out until 8 p.m. only. Buy a drink, and get a card to play for FREE! At 9 p.m., Blackout BARGO starts. Cover your entire card in a certain amount of numbers and win the Jackpot! Call 283-4000 for more information.
  • 10 p.m. — Can Crushing Contest at the Viking Bar. Contestants will be given a crusher and cans. Whoever crushes the most cans in one minute wins. First place wins $50. 9:15 p.m. — FREE TouchTunes Jukebox at the Viking Bar. Call 283-4000 for more information. Call 283-4000 for more information.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • 7 – 10:30 a.m. — Pancake Breakfast at the Elk’s Lodge No. 1599. Sponsored by Falls Education Foundation. Free will offering. Contact Kay Herman at 218-283-4024 for more information.
  • 8 – 10 a.m. — Registration for the 5k and 10 Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run at Rainy River Community College Commons. (5K registration closes at 9 a.m. & 10K registration closes at 10 a.m.) RRCC showers and locker rooms are available UNTIL 12:30 P.M. ONLY.
  • 9:30 a.m. — 5K Fun Run “Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run” 5K Run starts and finishes at Rainy River Community College. Sponsored by Boise Paper, Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Inc., Midcontinent Communications, Rainy River Community College, The Journal/North Star Publishing, Minnesota Power, KSDM/KGHS Radio, 93.1 The Border and Minnesota Energy Resources. Entry Fee is $40 and includes a long-sleeve Performance Wicking T-shirt. A premiere event of Icebox Days! Contact the Chamber of Commerce, 1-800-325-5766 or 218-283-9400. Be BOLD and RUN THE COLD!
  • 10:30 a.m. — 10K Race “Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run” 10K Run starts and finishes at Rainy River Community College. Sponsored by Boise Paper, Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Inc., Midcontinent Communications, Rainy River Community College, The Journal/North Star Publishing, Minnesota Power, KSDM/KGHS Radio, 93.1 The Border and Minnesota Energy Resources. Entry Fee is $40 and includes a long-sleeve Performance Wicking T-shirt. This is the premiere event of Icebox Days! It has been featured by media nationally and internationally. Unpredictable weather conditions for this famous 10k run is part of the adventure! Runners return year after frosty year. Contact the Chamber of Commerce, 1-800-325-5766 or 218-283-9400. Be BOLD and Run the COLD!
  • 10 a.m. — Icebox Boot Hockey Tournament at Eighth Street Rink. Get a team of 10 gals and guys together, three males & two females on the ice at all times) and join in this fun sport during the winter festival. $75 participation fee per team. 100% Payback – First, Second and Third places. Chamber-awarded cash prizes (Chamber Dollars). Contacts: Chad Korpi at 218-324-1172 or email:; Jesse Belanger at 218-324-1299 or email Adherence to rules and disclaimer-signed agreements by participants are required. (Kerry Park secondary rink venue if needed)
  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. — “Free Water Painting the Northwoods” Water Color Painting Demonstration by Sharon Arnold, Kathie Fluke and Kat Ruelle. Back room of The Coffee Landing.
  • 10:45 a.m. — Awards Ceremony 5K Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Fun Run held at Rainy River Community College Commons. Hosted by the infamous Gizzard Girls!
  • 11:45 a.m. — Awards Ceremony 10K Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run held at Rainy River Community College Commons. Hosted by the infamous Gizzard Girls!
  • Noon — Dart Tournament at Border Bar & Pizza House. $5 entry, 300% payback. Sign up at 11 a.m. Call Bob at 283-9919 for more information.
  • 1 p.m. — Toilet Seat Toss at Viking Bar. Great event for both kids and adults! Come to the Viking Bar and test your toilet-seat-tossing skills. Those that toss the seat the furthest, win! Winning child gets a certificate for $20 to Dairy Queen. Seats provided by Viking Bar. Winning adult gets a certificate for $25 to the Viking Bar, 283-4000.
  • 1 – 3 p.m. — “Chili Challenge” at Backus. Chili recipes: eat for $6. Includes chili, toppings and beverage. Kids under age 12, accompanied by a paid adult, eat for $2. Vote for your favorite chili, trophies for 1st and 2nd place awarded. Individuals, groups and businesses encouraged to enter! Call Backus at 285-7225 for more information.
  • 1 – 3 p.m. — “Turkey Bowling” FREE outdoor event, and one of our most famous events. Bowling lane outdoors at Backus Community Center. Throw a frozen gobbler down the lane to knock down as many pins as possible. Prizes awarded. Supervised by Falls High Student Council. Call Backus at 285-7225 for information. Disclaimer agreements required.
  • 1 – 3 p.m. — Kids Activities. Free indoor fun for the kids at Backus Community Center. Sponsored by Falls High School Student Council. 285-7225
  • 1 p.m. — Bingo at the Loyal Order of Moose Club 1259: Contact the Moose Club, 283-3615.
  • 1:30 p.m. — Redneck Winter Wonder Wear Contest at the Viking Bar. Dress in your best Redneck Winter Clothing. Winner will be judged on creativity and receives $50 cash. Contact the Viking Bar at 283-4000 for more information.
  • 2 p.m. — RRCC Womens Basketball game against Mesabi at RRCC. Call Tammy Wood at 285-2267 for more information.
  • 2:30 p.m. — KID SMOOSH Races return at Viking Bar. Third year for Icebox Days Smoosh Races for kids 14 and under! Form a team with two kids and be at the Viking Bar (Downtown Int’l Falls) by 2:15 pm. $20 to the winner! Everyone will receive a prize for participating! Contact Chris at 218-324-0391 for more information! Will supply kids’ Smoosh boards & hot treats!
  • 3 p.m. — ADULT SMOOSH Races at Viking Bar. It’s time for the famous Icebox Days Smoosh Races. Form a team of four people and be at the Viking Bar by 2:30 p.m. $100 to the winner by the Chamber of Commerce. Ages 15 and older! Contact Chris at 218-324-0391 for more information!
  • 4 p.m. — RRCC Mens Basketball game against Mesabi at RRCC. Call Tammy Wood at 285-2267 for information.
  • 6 – 8 p.m. — Runners Reception at Border Bar and Pizza House, 415 Third Ave. Admission/food with provided white ticket. First drink at 1/2 price for all runners with blue ticket. Enjoy DVD of 2013 races, snacks, coffee, water. FREE for registered runners. Non-runners $5 fee for snacks. Cash bar, FAMOUS BEACH PARTY follows in same locale! Cool contests – Cool Prizes.
  • 6 p.m. — FIREWORKS by the City of International Falls!! Returning under the winter sky in Smokey Bear Park. Gather along Third Street area.
  • 7 p.m. — RRCC Women’s Hockey vs NDSU – Bronco Arena
  • 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. — The Famous Beach Party! This year at the Border Bar and Pizza, 415 Third Ave. Zany contests! Come as you are or dress for the beach. Dance party is open to adults of legal drinking age.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • 12:00 p.m. — RRCC Women’s Hockey vs NDSU – Bronco Arena
  • 1:30 p.m. — Bridge Tournament at First Lutheran Church. Cash prizes in Chamber Dollars by the Chamber of Commerce. Everyone welcome to participate, folks should come with a partner. Contact Byrne & Carole Johnson at 218-286-5225.
  • 1 – 4 p.m. – Hot Dog Roast at the Tilson Creek Ski Trailhead on Highway 11 east. Bring your cross country skis and enjoy a day on the Tilson Trail – Afterwards enjoy hot dogs and cocoa as you warm by a toasty bonfire. Cancelled if below 0°F. Polar Polers Ski Club: Teresa, 286-2036, for more information

Trustees Supportive Of Keeping Schools Open

It's appears three elementary schools in the west end of the district will not be consolidated as one.

It wasn't an official vote, but trustees with the Rainy River District School Board were supportive  at a meeting Wednesday of maintaining Sturgeon Creek and Crossroads Schools while building a new one of replace Donald Young  in Emo.

The trustees feeling mirror that of recommendations from three separate accommodation review committees, but goes against a recommendation from administration that suggesting the three schools become one.

A final vote is expected at the trustees next meeting in February. 

Chair Mike Lewis says if approval is given, they could start the process to rebuild the Emo school almost immediately.

New Safety Concern Around Fort Frances School

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A build up of snow around J.W. Walker School in Fort Frances is causing concern for parents.

School council spokesperson Anne Renaud says students who walk to school have recently taken to the snowbanks, creating some new safety hazards with the potential of children sliding into the path of vehicles.

Renaud says they had been under the impression that the town would be taking quicker action to remove snow in the area with the implementation of the Kiss and Ride initiative set up to improve traffic congestion.

Renaud says it also illustrates the need for a sidewalk which the town's traffic safety committee has request council consider when it begins its budget talks.

Council has said it is supports the project, but would like other to hel pay for half of the estimated $65-thousand cost.

New Safe Winter Driving Campaign Launched

OPP are out with a new Safe Winter Driving Campaign.

It's Highway Safety Education Committee is launching a website as part of the initiative.

Sergeant Dave Bel says they've identified road user safety issues.

The Ministry of Transportation, Gillon's Insurance and Acadia Broadcasting are among groups backing the effort.

Kenora Teen Charged For Sexting

A Kenora teen is facing charges in what police call a "sexting" incident.

OPP allege the 16-year-old boy electronically distributed explicit photographs of a 17-year-old girl through a mobile device.

The boy will now appear in court next month on a charge of distribution of Child Pornography.

Man To Be Sent Back To Alberta

The Toronto man arrested in Dryden this week for allegedly kidnapping his two sons will have his case heard in Alberta.

29-year-old Illhami Butin made a brief court appearance yesterday after arrested by OPP Tuesday.

He'll remain in custody until Edmonton Police arrive to bring him back to Alberta.

He had been wanted for abducting his 3-year-old and 4-year-old sons in Edmonton.

Two Area Projects Part Of Governor's Bonding Proposal

Minnesota's Governor is recommending two projects in Koochiching County be approved for funding as part of a nearly one-billion dollar bonding bill.

Mark Dayton's list of projects includes two-million dollars towards a new airport terminal at the International Falls airport.

He's also supporting an $8.5 million commitment toward construction of sanitary sewage treatment facilities for areas in and around Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness areas.

Legislators will debate the bill next month.

Reaction To Resolute Decision

Reaction continues to come in over Resolute Forest Products decision to halt production of its last operating paper machine at the end of this month.

About 150 employees will be laid off, leaving a workforce of about 60.

A number of computer users commenting on our Facebook page are saddened by the news.

One sees the impact will having ripple effect throughout the region.

Another sees it being an opportunity for Fort Frances to open up new ventures and make the town a destination.

You can still join in on  the discussion by going to our Facebook page.
 Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP John Rafferty is also weighing in on Resolute's decision.

He's hopeful that operations can resume sometime in the future.

Rafferty isn't expecting much a response from the federal government suggesting it's been more interested in oil and gas out west than it has been about the forestry and mining sectors in northern Ontario.

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Cambell says she's also concerned for the workers and families impacted by the halt in operations.

Campbell says the job loss at Resolute has become her main priority and they can be restored.

Osisko Reviewing Takever Bid

Osisko Mining says its still reviewing a takeover bid from Goldcorp, but views the offer as being "very low" and opportunistic."

Goldcorp announced Monday its intent to acquire Osisko in a deal worth about $2.6 billion dollars.

Osisko says it has formed a special committee to study the offer and will communicate with shareholders "as appropriate."

Local Adjusting Company Get New Owner

A northwestern Ontario adjusting company has new owners.

Claims ProToronto has acquired North Country Adjusters.

ClaimsPro, Canada's largest independent adjusting company, says it strengthens its presence in both northwestern Ontario and eastern Manitoba.

North Country Adjusters was formed in 1998 in Fort Frances, servicing the Kenora and Rainy River districts and Thunder Bay.