After weeks of waiting, the town has received word back from LM Architects of Winnipeg stating it could not construct a new double-rink ice facility here within the $4.9-million budget. CAO Bill Naturkach informed the committee of the whole of council at Monday’s meeting after speaking with the company by […]

It’s too early to make an accurate count but it’s estimated more than 100,000 fry have safely hatched and started feeding at the Manitou Rapids sturgeon hatchery. “It’s hard to tell because we haven’t inventoried them yet,” aquaculture technician Joe Hunter said Monday, adding they had to wait until the […]

Mountain biking–it’s not a sport for the weak of heart or timid in spirit. You have to ride up hills normally reserved for black-diamond ski runs in the winter. You have to rush through narrow trails where even walking would be difficult. You have to be careful to watch for […]

If numbers speak for themselves, the tourism industry has been doing lots of talking here since May 15. Over the last two weekends alone, some 3,900 visitors have walked through the doors at the Ontario travel centre here–a good indication the local tourist season is about to shift into high […]

Joel Morris tore up the trail at the annual “Sapling Snapper” mountain bike race Sunday at the Quadna Hill Resort in Hill City, Mn., finishing second in the 18-34 age class and third overall among “beginners.” Morris, 21, part of Team GT/Skates and Blades from Fort Frances, finished the 7.6-mile […]

Mayor Glenn Witherspoon gave his word but council didn’t pass a bylaw Monday night prohibiting casinos, including charitable gaming clubs, inside town limits. That has the Fort Frances Ministerial Association going back to its membership next month to decide what to do next–and chairwoman Rev. Mary Whitson noted it might […]

Fort Frances native Bill Selman was honoured with the John MacInnes Award at the 1998 American Hockey Coaches Association awards banquet earlier this month in Naples, Fl. The award recognizes individuals who have shown great concern for amateur hockey and youth programs, and who have had a high winning percentage […]

After an opening night last week which saw a poor draw in terms of both attendance and cars, the Emo Speedway seems to be having trouble getting off the starting line this season. With the Speedway making the switch to Thursday nights this year, and now under the direction of […]

Seventeen riders are gathering pledges this week as the Northwestern Ontario Therapeutic Riding Association gears up for its third-annual “Freedom Ride” on Saturday. The ride is slated to start at 1 p.m. (or at the same time Sunday if it’s raining). But instead of making the trip to Wasaw Lake […]

Kim Kirk was the top Aquanaut at the Thunder Bay Thunderbolts swim meet over the weekend, finishing second in the final of her 100m free event. Jeff Plumridge was the only other local swimmer to make a final, placing sixth in his 200m breast event. Kim Murray, Andrea Boileau, Sarah […]

Heading into his third campaign as head coach of the Muskie senior football team, Bob Swing knows exactly what he has in terms of returning talent as he prepares to ‘three-peat’ as NorWOSSA champs. But what he wants to find out is what’s out there in terms of future talent. […]