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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

Town budget deficit still being whittled

While the 2019 budget process is not over yet, the financial picture is looking clearer—and somewhat rosier—than two months ago.

The operating budget deficit, which started out at $795,277 during the first committee of the whole budget meeting held back on Jan. 21, has been reduced substantially.

At the March 4 budget meeting, the operating budget deficit was $349,326.

Snow dump

Public Works has been using the former Shevlin wood yard to dump snow this year. With the mercury rising, the snow piles are melting but the town has taken steps to make sure adjacent properties aren't at risk of flooding.

'She shoots, she scores!'

“A.J." was all smiles after scoring a goal while playing "Shoot the Puck at the Duck" during "SnOasis 7: Snowflake Heaven" here Saturday at the Rainy Lake Square. "Fun in the Sun" volunteers were running the activity to promote their "Rubber Duckie” raffle tickets for the race slated for Saturday, June 15 at the Sorting Gap Marina. See story, more photos on A5.

Manning BBQ

Volunteer Ray Luck was kept busy grilling up a whole lot of “auger dogs" during "Snoasis 7” here Saturday. Any hotdogs left over from the event were donated to the Fort Frances Family Centre across the street from the museum.