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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

Fantastic visions

A selection of fantasy art created by Fort Frances native Kari-Ann Anderson, including this piece, is part of the Fort Frances Museum’s new “Comics and Fantasy Art” exhibit. The public is welcome to drop by and check it out, which also will tie into activities for March Break (March 16-20).

Drawing a winner

Kiwanis past-president Robert Sletmoen and Pat Herr, of International Travel Services, drew the March “Trip of the Month” winner this morning at ITS. Laurie Witherspoon of Devlin will be heading to New York City—a trip valued at $2,600.

Chest dinner

Ray Coran checked out a beer cooler donated by Labatt for the live auction at the 11th-annual “Community Chest” benefit dinner last night at La Place Rendez-Vous. The dinner and auction raised $14,775 to provide financial aid to local families facing medical expenses.

Customer service challenge to start by mid-March

The Rainy River Future Development Corp. is getting ready for its sixth-annual customer service challenge, with the “mystery shopping” to start in a few weeks.

RRFDC officer manager Cynde Milette said 29 district businesses signed up for the challenge as of the Feb. 20 deadline, including 20 from Fort Frances and nine from communities in the west end of the district.

Chiefs propose extension of Pither’s Point lease

Chiefs of four local First Nations are proposing an extension of the 99-year lease of Pither’s Point Park at “fair market value,” not the current rate of $35 per annum.

But with the mayor and several councillors out of town at present for a conference in Toronto, the chiefs will have to wait until at least next week before they get any response.