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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.

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Trade show filling up

With the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce’s 21st-annual TBayTel home and leisure show coming here in just over a month, more and more exhibitors are signing up.

But for those undecided about getting involved, Chamber office manager Dawn Booth said there’s still time to book space for the show, which will run May 1-2 at the Memorial Sports Centre.

High-energy performance

Matthew Harder of “House of Doc” put everything into the group’s performance Friday night at the Townshend Theatre as part of the “tour de Fort” concert series. The Winnipeg-based quartet performed an energetic blend of bluegrass, folk, and gospel. The final “tour de Fort” concert for 2008/09 is Aaron Lines on April 15.

Bags a-plenty

Maria Sanders, of the Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s special events committee, enlisted Barb Jodoin and Lisa Beck-Allison to model a mere sampling of the handbags, purses, and other items donated for the Foundation’s upcoming “Old Bags Lunch.” Tickets for the third-annual fundraiser, which will take place Saturday, April 4 at noon at Fort Frances High School, cost $15 each.

dining room

Above, the dining room is where residents get their three square meals a day. Rainy River First Nations Chief Jim Leonard, at right, spoke on how previous ways of dealing with youth in conflict with the law don’t work, and how the aboriginal-specific approach taken by the new Ge-Da-Gi-Binez Youth Centre will be an improvement.