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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

Doctor recruitment has more leads

More doctors could be on the way.

Town council heard a verbal update Monday night from Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft regarding the physician recruitment and retention committee, which he said is “very dedicated” and continues to foster possible recruits.

“They're very active in pursuing general practitioners [GPs], general anaesthetists, [and] surgical doctors,” he noted.

Raising awareness

Alzheimer Society of Kenora-Rainy River Districts board member Carol Derksen, left, joined Mayor June Caul and Mary O'Connor, the local Alzheimer Society's client services co-ordinator, in raising the flag at the Civic Centre on Friday morning to mark January as “Alzheimer Awareness Month" in Fort Frances. The annual "Forget Me Not” charitable dinner is set for Saturday, Feb.