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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

'Felons' wanted for annual fundraiser

Ever want to put someone you know behind bars and raise money for a good cause at the same time?

The Fort Frances Voyageur Lions are giving you that chance.

The club will hold its annual “Bail or Jail” fundraiser on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Fort Frances Curling Club, in conjunction with the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce's Business and Community Expo.

Service installation billing sent back for further review

It's back to the drawing board.

Town council on Monday night voted 3-2 against a recommendation to keep the current pricing method for the installation of sewer and water services for properties in Fort Frances, meaning the issue once again will be referred back to the Operations and Facilities executive committee for further review.

Itsy bitsy bikinis

Aria Brady, left, Colby Bodnarchuk, and Aela Drombolis were among the youngsters who delighted the crowd of parents and other relatives with a cute performance of “Itsy Bitsy Tennie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini” last Thursday evening.

'Welcome Home'

The “Welcome Home" Fort Frances Family Centre is now open at 272 Scott St. (the old Bonnie Blue). The former Fort Frances Women's Centre moved over the weekend and re-opened its doors there as of Monday. The more downtown location provides ample room for drop-in centre services and programming, as well as "Melinda's Unique Boutique" and local vendors located there.