This is the time for that lovely harbinger of spring. Almost as soon as the snow goes we start looking for those familiar crinkly, curly leaves and someone reports, “Rhubarb’s up!” It is almost like a tonic and it does have medicinal properties. Only the stalks are eaten as the […]

Press release

Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) has been notified that a COVID-19 variant of concern has beenidentified in a case related to the outbreak at Walmart in Dryden. Variants of concern spread more easily,faster, and can result in more hospitalizations and deaths than the non-variant form of COVID-19.There are now known VOC […]

By Jocelyn Galloway
Special to the Times
jgalloway@fortfrances.com

Through her 25 years of egg dying, Laurie Bedard has discovered an appreciation for the intricate detail, time and thought put into a decorated Easter egg. “The colours mean things. The symbols mean things. It is more than just an egg,” said Bedard. “Some of the designs are more contemporary, […]

By Natali Trivuncic
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
ntrivuncic@fortfrances.com

As of Friday morning, from the vaccine allotment the Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) has received, 7,570 doses of the Moderna vaccine have been given. While the number of vaccinations given are continuing to rise, Dr. Kit Young Hoon, medical officer of health at the NWHU said there is still some […]

(FORT FRANCES, ON) – A suspect being held in connection to a serious assault in downtown Fort Frances has had his charges upgraded to Attempt murder. A 30-year-old Big Grassy First Nation man has now been charged with Attempt murder. The OPP had previously charged the man with Aggravated assault […]

By Merna Emara
Staff Writer
memara@fortfrances.com

Sales have already begun for three columbaria that were recently placed at the Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances. Prior to this purchase, Fort Frances already had three columbaria, two at the Riverview Cemetery, which have been fully sold, and one at the Fort Frances cemetery. With the installation of the […]

Press release

Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) has identified that there was a low level risk of COVID-19 exposure in many business locations throughout Dryden between March 9 and March 24, 2021. All individuals who had high risk exposure to COVID-19 have been notified and given specific instructions. Anyone who has shopped in […]

By Merna Emara
Staff Writer
memara@fortfrances.com

The Fort Frances council had their last biweekly meeting of March on Monday. During the meeting, both the recommendations to rename Colonization Roads and to amend Erin Crescent lot prices were approved. A budget presentation was also given by treasurer Dawn Galusha. Colonization Road Council unanimously approved the recommendation put […]

By Merna Emara
Staff Writer
memara@fortfrances.com

Council aims to bring lots in line with market value Fort Frances council approved the recommendation to sell the 27 lots on Erin Crescent for a cheaper price tag than what had originally been advertised. This item was recommended during the last Planning and Executive Committee meeting when municipal clerk, […]

The debate is over, and votes are cast – Colonization Road East and West are getting new names. A 30-day process has begun, during which community members are asked to submit name suggestions. Council will choose five to be presented in a public meeting on April 26. If you have […]

(FORT FRANCES, ON) – A community and family are in mourning after a tragic accident on Lake Despair. Shortly before 11:00 pm on March 18, members of the Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) that had broken […]

Vaccination clinics have opened across the District, with those aged 75 and over now eligible to register for a COVID-19 vaccine. According to the Northwestern Health Unit, the clinics have been designed with safety in mind, to limit contact between clients. Each clinic has signage indicating entrances, parking, exits, and […]