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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.

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'Stuffed' amublance

Paramedic Katie Stearns of the Rainy River District EMS found a place in the back of an ambulance for yet another food donation during this year's “Stuff-a-Cruiser” campaign held Saturday at Safeway, The Place, and Walmart here, Cloverleaf Grocery in Emo, and Beaver Mills Market in Rainy River. No information as to how many cruisers were stuffed was available prior to press time today.

Tree tags

“Christmas Kindness Pledge" tags have started to appear on the Christmas tree in the Rainy Lake Square. The public can find the tags at participating "Go Local" businesses and fill them out—pledging to do a good deed for someone else this holiday season. "Go Local” staff then will pick them up and hang them on the tree until Christmas.

FFHS Express

Fort Frances High School students boarded the “FFHS Express" for Sunday afternoon's Christmas parade here. The students won won the "Kevin McCallister Award” for best use of materials.

Nutcracker float

Dancemakers School of Dance students got bundled up to ride on this “Nutcracker"-themed float—a fitting choice considering "The Nutcracker” is a popular Christmastime two-act ballet with a score by Tchaikovsky.