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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

Youth detainees shipped out after incident

Six detainees at the Ge-Da-Gi-Binez Youth Centre here have been removed temporarily from the facility after a pair of staff members were assaulted there last Wednesday evening.

An altercation took place in the recreation yard which resulted in five male youths assaulting two staff, Anne Smith, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, reported this morning.

Getting ready

“Friend of the Library” and retired librarian Juliana Sprovieri moved yet another load of books in preparation for the annual book sale at the Fort Frances Public Library tomorrow (May 30) from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Book donations can be dropped off at the library up until this evening.

Retaining wall to be repaired

The Town of Fort Frances will repair the south beach retaining wall at Pither’s Point this summer as soil subsidence has created a tripping hazard.

In a report from Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown received by council Monday night, he noted the wall was last repaired in 2002 after major flooding here.