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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

Crime stats tumble to start year

Crime statistics are down in Fort Frances for the first quarter of 2009, OPP A/Insp. Steve Shouldice reported to town council Monday night.

In a police services activity report, A/Insp. Shouldice said assaults were down 31 percent over the first quarter of 2008, break-and-enters were down 43 percent, thefts under $5,000 were down 38 percent, and drug charges were down 63 percent.