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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

New look

The makeover of the front of McTaggarts looks to be complete with a new sign, lights, siding, and other upgrades to give it a fresh, modern look in line with the new Rainy Lake Square and some other Scott Street businesses that have undergone recent renos. The work was done by local contractor Kyle Glowasky Contracting.

Grand opening

International Falls Mayor Bob Anderson, left, joined Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Don Rusnak, Fort Frances Mayor Roy Avis, BIA president Doug Cuthbertson, and Natasha Gaudio, economic development co-ordinator with the Rainy River Future Development Corp., for the ribbon-cutting to commemorate the grand opening of the Rainy Lake Square last Thursday afternoon.

Getting ready

Summer student Averi King washed down the docks at the Sorting Gap Marina yesterday afternoon—just one of the duties to get it prepped to open tomorrow morning. The marina hours will be Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., and then 8 a.m.-10 p.m. on Friday through Sunday.

Drain stencilling

Roman Spuzak, a student in Fort High teacher Jody Bonner-Vicker's Grade 8, invited mayor and council to take part in the storm drain stencil initiative the class will be undertaking on May 30 along the riverfront here.

Museum exhibit

Museum summer student Naomi McManaman checked out “We Were Taught Differently: The Indian Residential School Experience,” the new exhibit on loan from the Lake of the Woods Museum in Kenora, which currently is on display on the main floor of the Fort Frances Museum.