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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

Lucky winner

Fire safety specialist Wayne Riches, left, and Canadian Tire owner Paul Sunstrum congratulated Kole Pitkanen, 12, as winner of the local “Fire Prevention Week” draw, who earned himself a new bike and helmet from Canadian Tire. The two other draw winners were Jenna Bailey, three, and Riley Booth, six, who each got fire safety packs. “Fire Prevention Week” ran Oct. 5-11.

Here’s to the future

Looking forward to a partnership that will see construction of a new library and technology centre start in April, “Building for the Future” campaign chair Mark Kowalchuk, middle, shared a few words at the site of the future facility on Friday before presenting Mayor Roy Avis, second from left, and deputy mayor Sharon Tibbs, far right, with a cheque for $825,096.