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Duane Hicks

Duane Hicks has been a staff writer/photographer for the Fort Frances Times since 1998. Raised in Fort Frances, he left town in 1993 to attend the Journalism program at Carleton University in Ottawa. He returned in the spring of 1998, being hired at the Times shortly thereafter. He covers a variety of news beats, including municipal politics which he has covered since 2001. He also makes a mean salsa which he shares with the rest of the Times staff on his birthday.

Contact him at: dhicks@fortfrances.com

Christmas tradition

Jeff Rousseau, left, Capt. Dave Crichton, Capt. Wayne Riches, and Brad Townson were among the Fort Frances Fire Brigade members who performed the daunting task of packing 160 Christmas hampers for local individuals, couples, and families yesterday morning at the Salvation Army food bank here. The brigade has made it a Christmas tradition to pack the hampers.

Sounds of the season

Diane Maxey directed the Fort Frances Choraliers in a performance of “Good News from Home” yesterday afternoon at the Townshend Theatre here. A few hundred people enjoyed the upbeat Christmas cantata, which the Choraliers also performed the previous Sunday over in International Falls.

'Stuffed' amublance

Paramedic Katie Stearns of the Rainy River District EMS found a place in the back of an ambulance for yet another food donation during this year's “Stuff-a-Cruiser” campaign held Saturday at Safeway, The Place, and Walmart here, Cloverleaf Grocery in Emo, and Beaver Mills Market in Rainy River. No information as to how many cruisers were stuffed was available prior to press time today.