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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

Under investigation

Police tape surrounded the area on the 800 block of Scott Street as police continued to investigate the death of a 20-year-old Fort Frances man in the early-morning hours of Thursday. As of press time today, police had not provided any new information, including the identity of the victim nor whether an arrest has been made.

Family fun

John Stevens helped his grandson, Kaiden Jansen, build a small “gingerbread” house made of graham crackers, icing, and candy yesterday evening during a Christmas family night at J.W. Walker School. Given its gym remains under repair, the school held a family night instead of a traditional Christmas concert this year.

Con college sale

Stacy Wilder, left, secretary of the Student Union of Confederation College Inc. (SUCCI), sold John Hendrickson some holiday treats Saturday during a Christmas bake sale at the local campus. SUCCI held the sale, which also featured photos with Santa, to raise funds to offset the expensive cost of graduation photos.

Second La Vallee history book set to arrive here

Just in time for Christmas, a second book about the history of the Township of La Vallee, as well as Dance, is here.

“Further Connections,” a follow-up to “Connections,” published in February, 2004 to coincide with La Vallee’s centennial, was shipped last week and will be available at the La Vallee municipal office starting tomorrow (Dec. 18).

Christmas goodies

Sara Roach looked over the baked goods at a fundraiser sale for the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau on Saturday at 279 Scott St. (the old Leisure Audio next to The Den). The sale, which features arts, crafts, and Christmas baking, will continue to run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day this week until Saturday (Dec. 20). All proceeds will to go towards the annual community Christmas dinner on Dec.

Songs of hope

Nicole Cain, left, Wendy Brunetta, and Nadia Felix, along with the rest of the Fort Frances Choraliers, performed this year’s Christmas cantata, “Hope Has Hands,” on Sunday afternoon at St. Mary’s Church here.