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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.

Contact him at: dhicks@fortfrances.com

Comforting son

Tammy Riordon comforted her son, Mitchell, after Monday evening’s council meeting. He had donated $20 of his own money to see a new library built back on March 23, 2007—the kick-off of the “Building for the Future” fundraising campaign.

Wiedenhoeft speaking

Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft said he supports a new library for Fort Frances, but fears the town’s potential share to pay for the current proposal could be as high as $1.5-$1.6 million during last night’s council meeting. Council eventually voted 5-2 against the contract to build the $4.7-million Fort Frances Public Library and Technology Centre.

Easter visitor

Morgan DeGagné got a present from the Easter Bunny, who dropped by the Fort Frances Children’s Complex for a visit Thursday afternoon. The youngsters enjoyed an Easter party prior to their hopping friend’s arrival.