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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

Youth jail

The Ge-Da-Gi-Binez Youth Centre, Canada’s first secure custody facility for aboriginal youths, opened here Monday. Seen here is the secure outdoor recreation area to the east of $13.2-million facility, which is located at 512 Eighth St. E. Check out video clips of the opening at www.fortfrances.tv

SAPT set to learn its fate

The Rainy River District Substance Abuse Prevention Team will find out its fate tomorrow (March 26) when Finance minister Dwight Duncan delivers the 2009 Ontario budget.

The program’s funding expires March 31—and there’s been no firm commitment from the province at this point as to whether it will continue.

Historic moment

Seine River Chief Earl Klyne, left, Nigigoonsiminikaaning Chief Gary Allen, Rainy River First Nations Chief Jim Leonard, Pwi-Di-Goo-Zing Ne-Yaa-Zhing Advisory Services executive director Richard Bruyere, Couchiching Chief Chuck McPherson, Naicatchewenin Chief Wayne Smith, and Stanjikoming Chief Janice Henderson were among the delegates gathered for the ceremonial ribbon-cutting yesterday at the

Abzac seeks lower taxes

Town council will receive a request tonight from Abzac Canada-Fort Frances Division to reduce its current tax levy at 840 Fifth St. W.

Plant manager Peter Engberg said Friday that Abzac, which produces paper cores for use in rolls of paper at AbitibiBowater and other area mills, is looking for ways to keep its operations viable.

Volunteer dinner

Capt. Les Marshall, public relations director for Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario divisions of the Salvation Army, spoke on the importance of volunteerism during a volunteer appreciation dinner Friday at the former St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church here. Several dozen volunteers enjoyed a Chinese food buffet dinner as a show of thanks.

Spring social

Angela Halvorsen admired a handbag donated for the silent auction at the “Goodbye Winter—Hello Spring” fundraiser social for the “Community Chest” on Friday night at the Memorial Sports Centre auditorium.

Chamber asking members for input

The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce is asking its members what the top issues impacting their businesses are with a new policy issues survey.

“Something we do regularly throughout the year, each year, is send out something to our membership asking for any issues or concerns that they have,” Chamber manager Dawn Booth noted yesterday.

Fantasy character

Kurt McGuire put the finishing touches on the wizard he created yesterday at the Fort Frances Museum. Tying into the exhibit, “Comics & Fantasy: Featuring the Art of Kari-Ann Anderson,” the museum offered March Break activities for children all week long.