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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

'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.