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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

Point forum

Gilbert Smith of Naicatchewenin FN said he would like to see the town and four chiefs sit down and come up with a solution to the Pither’s Point Park lease issue during last night’s public forum at the East End Hall. About 50 people from Fort Frances and the surrounding First Nations attended.

Talking safety

Wendy French, left, Manitoba provincial lead for Safe Communities Canada, chatted with Grace Silander, administrative co-ordinator of the Rainy River Valley Safety Coalition, at a strategic planning session yesterday at La Place Rendez-Vous, where 35 district representatives gathered to discuss priorities for the RRVSC.

Bags galore

Joan Allison, chair of the Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s special events committee, was up to her ears in handbags, purses, satchels, and other carrying devices donated for the Foundation’s upcoming “Old Bags Lunch.” Organizers reported yesterday afternoon that tickets for the third-annual fundraiser, which will take place this Saturday (April 4) at noon at Fort Frances High School, now