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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.

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Nursing home humour

Long-term care resident “Lance" (Rob Tovey) fondly recalled his glory days while "Jerry" (Darryl Allan) looked on in a scene from "Monday at the Manor” during a dress rehearsal last night at La Place Rendez-Vous. The comedy—written and directed by Tracy Gibson—will be performed as a dinner theatre tonight through Saturday at the Rendez-Vous.


Irish Mythen kicked off Tour de Fort's 2018-19 season Tuesday evening with a concert at the Townshend Theatre. The Irish-Canadian singer-songwriter amazed the nearly-packed house with her powerful voice, poignant songwriting, and engaging story-telling.

'treat' donations

Fort Frances Public Library CEO Caroline Goulding is hoping her office once again will be filled with donated Hallowe'en treats piled high for this year's “Trunk or Treat.” It looks like the candy drive already is off to a great start!

Voter turnout still high

Voting in the Fort Frances municipal and school board elections continues to go briskly here.

As of the end of voting yesterday, a total of 998 out of 5,179 eligible electors had voted by telephone or internet, which equals an 19.2 percent turnout so far, returning officer Lisa Slomke told the Times.

'Dress for Work' out to help women

Are you a woman who is getting back into the workforce but maybe needs a helping hand? Or do you know someone who is?

The newly-launched “Dress for Work” program is here to help.

The new non-profit program, started by local entrepreneur Jennifer Horton, will provide women in Rainy River District with outfits to go to job interviews and to get back into the workforce.

Heavy snow

Cathy Westover was among the Public Works staff out shovelling last Thursday morning for the first significant snowfall of the season. Borderland received about nine cm (3.5 inches) of white stuff overnight—and reportedly a bit more in the west end of the district—much to the chagrin of area residents. Good news is on the way, though—tomorrow will be sunny and warm, with a high