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Duane Hicks

Duane Hicks has been a staff writer/photographer for the Fort Frances Times since 1998, becoming editor in 2019. 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

Recital finale

Dancers of all experience levels took to the stage one last time after performing the finale in Dancemakers School of Dance's recital, “Twenty Years of Unforgettable Memories,” on Friday evening at the Townshend Theatre. This event marked the dance school's 20th year, with each dance number being a flashback to a past recital starting with the first one in 1999.

Free tax help offered

While figuring out their income tax may not be difficult for some, it can be stressful to others—especially if they can't afford to hire a service to do it for them.

As such, the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau once again is offering a helping hand through the Canada Revenue Agency's Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVIP).

Town now waiting on any mill updates

Following last week's announcement that Resolute Forest Products had rejected the bid from Rainy River Packaging Inc. (formerly known as Repap Resources) to purchase and restart the mill here, and that Resolute is entering into an agreement with a community re-developer that may demolish the property, town officials are waiting for any new word about the future of the shuttered property.

Firm chosen for wood yard study

The town has chosen its consultant to conduct a land use and economic development feasibility study for the Shevlin wood yard and former Resolute Forest Products' nursing station.

HTFC Planning and Design out of Winnipeg will be awarded the Request for Proposal (RFP) once all funding from senior levels of government is secured, council agreed at its regular meeting Monday night.

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.