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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.

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Classic cars

Classic car enthusiast Steve Riggs got a look under the hood of this 1928 Ford Model “A,” owned by Jim Sheppard, on Saturday morning during the sixth-annual “Scott Street Show & Shine.” Presented by the Business Improvement Association and International Early Iron Car Club, people came downtown to check out the dozens of vehicles parked on Portage Avenue and at nearby lots under sunny skies

Looking back

Duane and Grace Cridland looked over some photos albums and scrapbooks of Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce-related activities from over the years during an open house there early yesterday afternoon celebrating its official date of incorporation 100 years ago (June 11, 1909). Cake and refreshments also were served.

Biomass boiler testing underway

FORT FRANCES—Compliance testing on the biomass boiler at the AbitibiBowater mill here is underway this week, and will continue next week.

“We’re testing the boiler at 50 percent of it rating capacity, and 100 percent of its rating capacity to make sure we pass all our testing,” mill manager John Harrison said Thursday morning.

Town able to keep lid on tax hike


face only a

1.1% jump

Tax bills indicating a slight tax hike for all property classes will be mailed out shortly after town council approved the 2009 budget Monday night.

Several members of council noted how pleased they were that what started out as a daunting budget year ended up seeing only a 1.1 percent tax hike to residential ratepayers.