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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

Chamber ups board appointees

The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce passed a bylaw at its general membership meeting here Tuesday to broaden the scope of appointed representatives to its board.

Chamber manager Dawn Booth said that up until now, the board has had appointees from the Town of Fort Frances, AbitibiBowater, Rainy River Future Development Corp., Business Improvement Association, and Couchiching FN.

Drawing a winner

Irene Laing, left, looked on as fellow Kiwanian Dr. Robert Lidkea drew the winner for the Kiwanis “Trip of the Month” draw for May this morning at International Travel Services. Tara Morrison of Fort Frances will be embarking on a 10-day “Glimpse of Europe Tour,” valued at $6,500. Next month’s trip is to Palm Springs, Fla.