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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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C.W.L. bags

The Catholic Women's League of St. Mary's Parish here proudly showed off the “Blessing Bags" they packed with donated items last Thursday afternoon at the "Welcome Home” Fort Frances Family Centre.

New 'Dressed for Work' program closer to launch

A women's clothing and bake sale fundraiser in support of the soon-to-be-launched “Dress for Work” program is slated for this Saturday (April 28) from 8-11 a.m. downstairs at Curvy Chick (256 Scott St.)

“Dress for Work” is a new non-profit program that will provide disadvantaged women in Rainy River District with outfits to go to job interviews and to get back into the workforce.

Titan interior

A portion of the new location of Titan Manufacturing is being used to continue to make roof and floor trusses as it has done since 2015. The trusses are made from finished wood that has been machine stress-tested and graded beforehand while glulam manufacturing uses under-utilized wood and cuts out the defects.

Titan machinery

The finger joint machine at Titan Manufacturing is key to the operation, making it possible to manufacture glulam boards from shorter pieces of wood by cutting finger joints in them to create a high-strength longitudinal bond between the pieces.

Indigenous doulas bringing back knowledge

Indigenous knowledge of pre-natal, delivery, and post-natal care is being shared with a new generation in order to reconnect women and families with the ways once practised before colonization.

Some two dozen area women now are certified indigenous doulas after attending two separate sessions of workshops last week and the week before at La Place Rendez-Vous here.