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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.

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Energy-saving program popular with businesses

More than 30 local businesses already have signed up for the “Power Savings Blitz”—double the Fort Frances Power Corp.’s initial goal of 15.

“We’re really happy about it, but we’re going to push to get as many businesses on board as we can,” said Lori Cain, cost and regulatory analyst for the FFPC, noting the deadline to register is March 31.

Shinny anyone?

Austin Morrison, left, Everett Bannon, and Austin Fowler looked on as Eric Matthews showed off his stick-handling skills and moved in for a breakaway yesterday afternoon at the north end rink here. Taking advantage of the balmy weather, many residents could be seen out snowmobiling and walking their dogs.

Make ’em smile

Helping customers beat the winter “blahs,” Skylar Odahl and Chris McKinnon donned red noses this morning for M&M Meat Shops’ 18th-annual Red Nose Day. Staff at more than 465 M&M Meat Shops locations across Canada, including here in Fort Frances, are wearing red noses today to entertain customers.

Talking conservation

Lori Cain, cost and regulatory analyst for the Fort Frances Power Corp., spoke with Richard Boileau of McTaggarts about the benefits of the “Power Savings Blitz” program yesterday evening during the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce’s “Business After Hours” upstairs at La Place Rendez-Vous. About 30 local businesses have signed up so far.