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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

Land claim may impact towns: McCaig

The land claim agreement finalized in 2005 between Rainy River First Nations, the province, and the federal government was a historic event and a cause for celebration.

But it also may end up causing serious headaches for district municipalities down the road if senior government doesn’t provide better guidelines on how to handle the integration of “urban reserves.”

Trip draw

Pat Herr of International Travel Services, left, and local Kiwanis Club president Angie Korzinski drew the “Trip of the Month” winner for February there this morning. Ron Yellowega of Fort Frances will be heading to sunny Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic—a trip valued at $4,000.