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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

Riding in style

Santa and Mrs. Claus waved from high atop their fancy new float late yesterday afternoon during the annual Christmas parade in downtown Fort Frances. The stylish new ride, courtesy of TD Canada Trust and the Voyageur Lions Club of Fort Frances, was among the 26 entries in the parade.

Christmas celebrity

Bristol Moen was all smiles as she posed for a photo with Santa Claus late yesterday morning at the Rainy Lake Square. About 100 children dropped by to meet the jolly old elf, get their photo taken by Travis Glowasky of Studio Gibbous, and enjoy hot chocolate compliments of Tim Hortons here.

Up for bid

A handful of items donated for the “Spirit of Christmas” currently are on display at the La Verendrye General Hospital tuck shop. The hospital auxiliary's silent auction fundraiser, to be held this Sunday (Dec. 2) starting at 2 p.m. in the Copper River Inn ballroom, will feature a wide array of arts and crafts, handcrafted holiday decorations, and gift ideas.

Santa to be in new sleigh

The annual Christmas parade, this year entitled “Christmas at the Movies,” is all set to go this Sunday (Dec. 2) and it's shaping up to be a holiday event to remember.

The parade will be held along Scott Street at 3 p.m., starting at Reid Avenue and ending at TD Canada Trust at Mowat Avenue.

Kindness pledge

Mayor-elect June Caul showed off the tag she filled out this morning for the new “Christmas Kindness Pledge" initiative. Go Local Fort Frances and the Town of Fort Frances are inviting local residents to go to participating "Go Local" businesses and fill out tags, promising to do a good deed this holiday season.

'Angel' program to help kids get gifts

Christmas is a time when magical memories that last a lifetime are made, so why not make sure this one is special for all district children?

The Kenora-Rainy River Districts Child and Family Services' annual “Adopt an Angel” campaign is underway again, with trees now up at Walmart, The Bargain Shop, and Taggs Source for Sports here, as well as Tompkins Hardware in Emo.