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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.

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Tennis courts closed for safety reasons

The tennis courts at the Memorial Sports Centre are closed indefinitely to the public for reasons of safety.

Council received a report from Community Services manager George Bell at its regular meeting Monday night, which recommended they be closed as the town continues to pursue an agreement with the local public school board to build new tennis courts near the high school.

Number of sidewalks being cut

With a few local residents expressing alarm after reading in Friday’s Daily Bulletin that the sidewalk on the east side of Portage Avenue from Second Street East to Third Street East, and from Fifth Street to Sixth Street, will be removed next year, the Times got more input from the town as to the reason for this decision.