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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

Pioneer photography

Local historian Merv Ahrens pored over a selection of photos by pioneer photographer William Tener yesterday at the Fort Frances Museum. Ahrens is creating a book showcasing some of Tener's photos for “Canada 150.” See story, more photos on page A5.

'Yeti Squad' capping first year here

The new youth division of the Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club is getting kids active outdoors.

The “Yeti Squad,” which was organized by Tara and Brian Tolley, got started in January to introduce youths aged seven-12 to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

“The Yeti Squad was started in order to take advantage of an opportunity in the community,” Tara Tolley told the Times.

Black-and-gold fever

Ron and Yvette Beck's house at 906 Second St. E. was named the best-decorated home in the OFSAA planning committee's “Paint the Town Black & Gold” contest with this fun tribute to the Muskie boys' hockey team. Nexus Community Savings took first place in the business category, with Taggs Source for Sports taking second and Northwoods Gallery & Gifts placing third.

Sign of spring

This ring-billed gull was spotted perch atop a post at the end of a dock along Front Street here Monday evening. Along with swans, ducks, and Canada geese, the gulls recently began reappearing in Borderland. Local lore has it that once the gulls return, there only are three snowfalls left before spring arrives for good.

Library makes cuts to budget

The Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre is making some cuts to help town council balance its 2017 budget.

After taking a close look at library operations in recent weeks, the library board and town administration found ways to reduce this year's municipal contribution to the library by $12,693.

Fair-weather friend?

Just in time for the official start of spring, ring-billed gulls have begun reappearing in Borderland, including this one seen at the Sorting Gap Marina yesterday evening. Local lore has it that once the gulls return, there only are three snowfalls left. Let's hope that's true.

Library budget trimmed

A revised library budget, which includes $12,000 in savings, will come before town council at its next regular budget meeting Monday at 4 p.m.

The Fort Frances Public Library board and CEO met with town reps twice last week to review the library budget and together were able to trim it down.

'Go Muskies!'

With the OFSAA 'A/AA' boys' hockey championship running here next week, Cousineau Real Estate Ltd. is among the many local businesses that have decorated their window in support of the Muskies. The OFSAA planning committee has asked local homes and businesses to decorate with Muskie colours, or the colours of their favourite NHL team, for its “Paint the Town Black & Gold” contest.

FFPC pilot

Jeremy Nussbaumer, technical customer service representative for the FFPC, demonstrated how iPads are used in conjunction with the FFPC's GIS system to perform inspections of the utility's electrical assets.