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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.

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Town pessimistic about pre-budget consultation with province

While the Town of Fort Frances will provide input at the 2009 Ontario pre-budget consultation in Thunder Bay on Dec. 1, administration and council said Monday evening they’re not sure it will make any difference.

CAO Mark McCaig said he’d like to have gotten more notice of the consultation from the Ministry of Finance—the town only got it last Thursday.