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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

Big winners

Chef Carl Scott, left, Maren Scott, Caitlyn Morrison, and Sharon Wiebe of Carl's Eatery showed off their Customer Service Award (Business) during the 21st-annual Rainy River District Business Awards last Thursday evening at the Copper River Inn. Carl's Eatery went on to win Business of the Year while Morrison was named Employee of the Year.

Carl's Eatery a triple winner

Carl's Eatery was the big winner at the 21st-annual Rainy River District Business Awards gala held last Thursday night at the Copper River Inn.

Not only did the restaurant—owned and operated by chef Carl Scott—win Business of the Year and the Customer Service Award (Business), but Carl's Eatery employee Caitlyn Morrison captured Employee of the Year.

Gala attendees

Lynne Savage, left, and Chantelle Morris were looking glamourous as they socialized at the “Pre-Grammy Awards Gala” on Saturday night. While only a couple of people dressed as celebrities, nearly everyone was dressed to the nines for the glitzy event.

Grammy gala a shining success

A year of planning has paid off for the local Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

While the final fundraising total for their first-ever “Pre-Grammy Awards Gala” here Saturday night still was being tallied as of press time today, organizers are confident they exceeded their $10,000 goal to buy new chairs for the Legion Hall.

Juggling act

Two-time Canadian juggling champion Robin Chestnut wowed the crowd with his talents Thursday evening—juggling everything from pins to balls to knives while even getting audience members in on the act.

Volunteer Bureau looking for funds

The Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau is hoping the town can find money in its 2017 budget to give them a helping hand.

This includes a one-time grant for $20,000 to help cover the cost to repair the roof on the old CN station, said Matt Soprovich, the new executive director of the Volunteer Bureau.

He noted the roof has needed to be replaced “for quite some time.”