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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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Sending a message

Tying into April being Cancer Awareness Month and Friday, April 24 being Arbor Day, the regional Youth Action Alliance! tied 80-100 ribbons to trees around town that day. The ribbons have tobacco industry “demoralization facts” attached to them. YAA!

World ‘tour’

Kassidy Fryer, left, and Carly McKinnon compared passports Friday afternoon during the “Around the World in a Day” PD Day activities at the Fort Frances Museum. The full-day camp saw about 20 children “visit” Argentina, Australia-New Zealand, France, Guatemala, Iran, Italy, Nubian territory (Egypt/Sudan), and South Africa, doing activities and having snacks along the way.

Smith can’t promise ‘Sunset Country’ will stay

While the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association and several other groups are speaking out against the proposed re-drawing of travel regions across the province, which would see Sunset Country folded into a massive region stretching from Sault Ste. Marie to the Manitoba border, Tourism minister Monique Smith said she can’t promise what will happen down the road.

Ministers pledge support

In these hard economic times, Natural Resources minister Donna Cansfield, Northern Development and Mines minister Michael Gravelle, Tourism minister Monique Smith, and Municipal Affairs and Housing minister Jim Watson all vowed Friday that they are doing what they can to help regional municipalities cope now and pave the way for a more prosperous future.