Fort Frances Museum continues to plan for the summer with hopes that they will be able to reopen soon. Sarah Marusyk, attendant at the museum, said this is a difficult time to plan because it is hard to know what restrictions will be in place come summertime, but their focus […]


The kids’ garden plots are back at the Fort Frances Community Garden. After a one-year hiatus, due to fluctuating COVID restrictions around community gardens, plots are now being reopened to children, who are interested in managing their own plot. The cost is $15 for a a 10-by-10 plot. All seeds […]

By Ken Kellar
Local Journalism Initiative reporter

It’s a win – if only a temporary one – for those who are fighting to keep northern Minnesota and the Rainy River Watershed Basin’s waters free from polluting mine by-products. In a release published on March 22, 2021, which is also recognized as World Water Day, the Save The […]

TORONTO —The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is imposing a provincewide emergency brake as a result of an alarming surge  in case numbers and COVID-19 hospitalizations across the province. The provincewide emergency brake will be effective Saturday, April 3, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. […]


In an effort to clean up the community and make use of the proliferation of deer droppings an enterprising entrepreneur from Manitoba has come up with a plan to clean up Fort Frances while generating extra power. The concept, dubbed Pelletonne, revolves around the idea of incinerating deer waste in […]


Government officials are considering changing the sound of train horns after a study citing long-term health concerns to individuals living close to the tracks was released. Given Fort Frances is a border town, with trains constantly crossing over to the United States, doctors and researchers involved in the study expressed […]


With this winter being very mild in terms of snow inches and rain levels, it marks a season Fort Frances has not seen in years. While many people thanked mother nature for the break from the brisk cold weeks, the concern of low river levels was floated at one of […]

By Oswald Thatendswald
Special Contributor

Fear not, gentle reader, that the days of smelling that oh-so-familiar smell are behind you now that the Fort Frances paper mill is coming down. Entrepreneurial souls from across the smell-o-verse are enterprising to ensure your olfactory organ will still revel in that most singular of scents thanks to their […]

It’s a rescue device for a couple who’ve reached the breaking point. Call it what you will, growling stomach, the rumbly in my tumbly, the gallywobbles, it pushed Edna and Wally Trumpeter to the brink of marriage dissolution. After 47 years, 7 children, 13 grandchildren and many happy times on […]

As we approach the Easter holiday and spring break, the northern Medical Officers of Health are asking all community members in northern Ontario to work together to prevent another surge in COVID-19. In many parts of northern Ontario, COVID-19 infection rates have been at some of the highest levels since […]

By Merna Emara
Staff Writer

When the snow melts and flowers begin to bloom, bunnies and people cheer, welcoming the spring season. With only a few days until Easter, crafters are displaying their work to welcome the new season with colour and joy. Lowey’s Greenhouse is currently holding a spring market where local vendors showcase […]

By Natali Trivuncic
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

On March 24, Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board Peter Bethlenfalvy released Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy. The 2021 budget is the next phase of Ontario’s response to COVID-19 and is the second budget the government has delivered during the pandemic. It builds […]