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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

Library phone blitz reaches

The “Building for the Future” fundraising campaign’s “Drive for 35” phone blitz got off to a good start yesterday, having raised $9,000 of the final $35,000 needed to meet its $750,000 goal.

Campaign chair Mark Kowalchuk said this morning that thanks to the generosity of area residents, they’ve now reached $724,000.

Public offers input on condos

Local residents showed interest in the possibility of a new condominium in Fort Frances last night as 40-50 people showed up at the Civic Centre for a public information session.

Economic development officer Geoff Gillon conducted the session, explaining the impetus for it and what residents can do to show their interest in a potential development here.

First phase of Causeway work nears completion

Construction work on the Noden Causeway continues to move according to schedule, and it’s currently expected to be fully open to traffic (and the speed reduction of 50 km/h removed) by mid-October.

MTO regional director Larry Lambert said Friday the first phase of the five year project—work on the 138-metre east low level portion—is 60 percent complete but moving along quickly.