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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

No need to still run taps

With warmer temperatures here to stay, it's finally okay for residents to stop running their taps.

Operations and Facilities manager Travis Rob said this morning that the town recently has been notifying residents and businesses with a history of frozen water lines that they no longer have to “bleed” them to avoid freeze-up.

Returning office

Election clerk Gord McCabe, left, and returning officer Ian Simpson checked out the map of the Kenora-Rainy River riding at the newly-opened Elections Ontario returning office here. It is located in the old public library at the corner of Church Street and Victoria Avenue.

Election office opens doors

With the provincial election coming up on June 7, the Elections Ontario returning office for the Kenora-Rainy River riding opened its doors today.

And it's already a beehive of activity.

Returning officer Ian Simpson said staff at the returning office, located at 363 Church St. (the old public library), have been busy since moving in there on May 1.

Speed sign

Motorists on Colonization Road West will be made more aware of their speed as the town earlier this week moved its mobile electronic speed sign there from Fifth Street West.

Speed sign moved

One of the town's two electronic speed signs has been moved from Fifth Street West to Colonization Road West to remind motorists just how fast they're going.

The mobile sign was set up at the new site on Tuesday, Operations and Facilities manager Travis Rob told the Times.

Admiring gift box

Cynthia Hudson, left, and Chantal Derendorf admired a gift box up for bid in the silent auction at Sunday afternoon's “Mama Needs to Relax” fundraiser at Robert Moore School gym. The event once again saw the generous support of district businesses and residents when it came to donated items.

McTaggarts facelift

In the spirit of the work done on Scott Street last year, as well as the building of the Rainy Lake Square, McTaggarts is getting a facelift. Kyle Glowasky Contracting began work last week on the storefront of the Scott Street mainstay and will be giving it a full makeover in the next month or so.

Jewellry display

Nicole Broman, left, and her niece, Madison Rheault, checked out a soap set on display along with some jewellery in the “Retreat Boutique" section of the "Mama Needs to Relax” spring luncheon here on Sunday afternoon.