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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

Spicy sample

Shannon McFarlane, left, got a sample of “Bert & Meg’s Chili” from Fort High student Roberta “Bert” Pringle during last Wednesday’s “Great Canadian Chili Cook-off.” Pringle made the chili along with fellow student Megan Bannon.

Crash site

A tree and lamp post (not pictured) were knocked over on the 500 block of the La Verendrye Parkway (Front Street) early this morning after a man driving a pickup truck fell asleep at the wheel and veered off the road. Fort Frances Power Corp., police, fire, and ambulance were called to the scene to attend to the driver, who reportedly received minor injuries.

Happy 50th ‘Boo’-day

Lori Green covered her front lawn on Colonization Road West with pumpkins Saturday as part of her 50th birthday party plans for her husband, Bob. With Hallowe’en over with the night before, she ended up gathering more than 50 of the orange gourds from around the neighbourhood and from friends.

Rezoning part of church’s plans to relocate

Whether residents file an appeal with the Ontario Municipal Board regarding town council’s decision Monday night to rezone property at 1345 Emo Rd. not only will affect whether the church there will be sold and converted into apartments, but whether the United Pentecostal Church will be able to carry on with its plans to relocate to the former St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.