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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

Condo designs

Developer Robert Zanette, left, went over plans of the Mariday Suites Condominiums, a recent condo project of his in Thunder Bay, with Bev and George Mylenchuk during last Thursday’s open house at the Civic Centre here.

Biomass road work cruising along

The reconstruction of a portion of Nelson Street, Victoria Avenue, and Portage Avenue is well underway, with crews replacing pipes, moving poles, and building parking lots all at the same time.

Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown told council last night the major project started May 4, and that work has carried on for 17 days so far.

Walking for a cause

A group of walkers departed from the Super 8 Motel yesterday afternoon at the start of the seventh-annual “Walk for Memories” here. The event saw 12 pledged participants raise $922 for the Alzheimer Society of the Kenora-Rainy River District. Bernie Collier of Fort Frances was the top fundraiser with $233 in pledges.

Condo interest

Peggy and Gerry Armstrong looked over condominium plans yesterday during an open house at the Civic Centre. Local residents dropped by from 4-8 p.m. to view drawings and have their questions answered about the proposed La Verendrye Parkway Village condominium project.