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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.

Contact him at: dhicks@fortfrances.com

Jail classroom

In addition to offering traditional teachings, aboriginal history, and cultural ceremonies for those in custody, the new facility has two classrooms where youths will continue their education, as well as take anger management and life skills programs.

Jail 'cell'

First and foremost a secure custody facility, resident rooms at the Ge-Da-Gi-Binez Youth Centre are modest, consisting of a bed and a simple desk and chair. Bathroom facilities are across the hall from the rooms. Males and females will live in separate areas.

Jail speaker

Wes Bell, northern regional director of Youth Justice Services, spoke on the importance of having an aboriginal-specific secure custody facility for youths during Monday’s opening ceremony of the Ge-Da-Gi-Binez Youth Centre on Eighth Street.

Fantasy creation

Lily Matthews admired the princess she made last Thursday at the Fort Frances Museum. Tying into the exhibit, “Comics & Fantasy: Featuring the Art of Kari-Ann Anderson,” the museum offered March Break activities for children all week long.

Report details mayor, council pay

A new report received by town council Monday night shows how much mayor and councillors were paid in 2008, with Mayor Roy Avis ranking as the highest-paid and having the most expenses.

Mayor Avis, who also sits on the Fort Frances Power Corp. board of directors and local Police Services Board, had expenses and remuneration totalling $37,534.12.