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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

Generous support

Brianna Gray, centre, helped Kathy Lampi and Heather Calder of M. Wu Dentistry load up the Iron Range Bus Lines bus Saturday afternoon during the “Stuff-A-Bus" to collect school supplies for the annual "Backpacks for Kids” campaign at Walmart. The public can continue to donate supplies, backpacks, or cash at Causeway General Insurance (229 Scott St.) or M. Wu Dentistry (1201 Colonization Rd.

Frosty treat

Dairy Queen owner Christin Thompson, left, served up a thick and frosty “Blizzard Treat" to Melissa St Amant last Thursday during DQ's 15th-annual "Miracle Treat Day." Proceeds from every "Blizzard Treat" sold that day at the Dairy Queen here will be donated to the Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, one of 14 Children's Miracle Network member hospitals across Canada.

Health care bear

Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition, and Jules Tupker, co-chair of the Thunder Bay Health Coalition, stood by the giant teddy bear that they took around Northwestern Ontario last Friday through this past Monday.

Making donation

Alison Ouelett dropped donated crayons, markers, and glue sticks into a cart during the “Stuff-A-Bus" drive, done in conjunction with Iron Range Bus Lines to collect school supplies for the annual "Backpacks for Kids” campaign, on Saturday morning at Walmart. The public can continue to donate supplies, backpacks, or cash donations at Causeway General Insurance (229 Scott St.) or M.

Japanese tradition

Lyla Moen carefully unwrapped her piece of dyed fabric yesterday afternoon at the Point Park during the weekly “Open Air Art Studio” organized by Community Living Fort Frances and District. The day's activity was Japanese Shibori dyeing—a traditional method using indigo dye, and pleating and binding techniques.

Treats for charity

Sydney Martel demonstrated that her Blizzards passed the thickness test yesterday during the 15th-annual “Miracle Treat Day” at the local Dairy Queen. Martel and other DQ staff were kept hopping all day long, making a whopping 1,051 Blizzard Treats for local residents—about 50 more than last year.

Blizzards galore

Nancy Armstrong, left, Adam George and Candice Kadikoff were just a few of the Dairy Queen staff who were extremely busy this morning preparing orders of Blizzards at the local DQ for the 15th-annual “Miracle Treat Day." Proceeds from every "Blizzard Treat" sold today at the Dairy Queen here will be donated to the Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, one of 14 Children's Miracle Network

Piece by piece

Jorden Herrly thoughtfully arranged pieces of coloured glass to make a mosaic stepping stone yesterday evening at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. Expert Nichole Lowey led the session which was part of the library's “Simple Pleasures” workshop series.