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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

Manning BBQ

Volunteer Ray Luck was kept busy grilling up a whole lot of “auger dogs" during "Snoasis 7” here Saturday. Any hotdogs left over from the event were donated to the Fort Frances Family Centre across the street from the museum.

Mtis volunteers

Sunset Country Métis volunteers once again took part in “SnOasis” this year. Pictured here, dressed in their warm capotes (blanket coats), are Sarah Marusyk, left, Kimmy Daley, Caren Fagerdahl, Sheri De Gagné, and Barb Marusyk.

Face painting

Maria Dorado, left, held very still as she got her face painted by volunteer Joelle Tibbs during “SnOasis 7” on Saturday. Activities held inside the Fort Frances Museum gave families a chance to warm up.

Lions on the prowl for 'felons'

The Fort Frances Voyageur Lions Club is giving you or someone you know the chance to raise bail for a good cause—or do hard time behind bars.

Its annual “Bail or Jail” fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 27 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.

'SnOasis 7' chilly but fun

Even though the wind made it feel cold as heck, “SnOasis 7" still ended up being "Snowflake Heaven” for dozens of families here Saturday afternoon.

Although the chilly temperature seemed to keep some people away, children and adults still came out to the Rainy Lake Square from noon-2 p.m. for the Friends of the Fort Frances Museum's seventh-annual winter fun day.

Fresh off the grill

Ben and Alexis Gosman got ready to enjoy some spiral-cut “auger dogs" fresh off the grill Saturday afternoon during "SnOasis 7: Snowflake Heaven" at the Rainy Lake Square. Despite the chilly wind, dozens of families came out for the event, which featured activities both outdoors and inside the Fort Frances Museum.