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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

Busy first year for Rainy Lake Square

The first season for the Rainy Lake Square has proven the locale to be a vibrant hub of activities for the community.

Tannis Drysdale, economic development consultant for the Rainy River Future Development Corp., told council Monday night that in advance of the square opening in mid-May, organizers developed a brand for the square similar to the Fort Frances “Boundless” one.

West End Motors

Roy Avis pointed out photos of West End Motors from 1946 to when it expanded in 1996 and then renovated again in 2016. Avis was nominated earlier this year with a prestigious industry award—an Ambassadorship Laureate from the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association.

Make and bake

Harper Gunderson, left, and Logan McPherson got a closer look at their clay creations before putting them into the oven late Monday afternoon at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre.

Clay creation

D.J. McKay made a polymer clay creation as Marcy Loveday looked on yesterday at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. The workshop, where participants made shapes out of clay and then baked and shellacked them, marked the last of Community Living Fort Frances and District's “Open Air Studio” sessions for the summer.

Sidewalk replacement

A crew from Makkinga Contracting was removing the sidewalk at the corner of the 300 block of Scott Street and Portage Avenue on Tuesday. The job will be exactly the same as that done on the 200 block last summer, replacing the interlocking bricks currently in place with grey and black paving stones. Trees on that block already have been cut down although the stumps haven't yet been removed.

Business awards gala set to go

The nominations are in for the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce's 22nd-annual business awards, with winners to be announced during the gala next Wednesday night (Sept. 12).

The Chamber put out a call early last month and received nominations for 41 different individuals or businesses, executive director Jennifer Soderholm told the Times last week.