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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

Celebrating 20 years

RRFDC chair Russ Fortier, left, received a trio of plaques from Northern Development and Mines minister Michael Gravelle on behalf of three area businesses—the Fisheries Resort, Ross’ Camp, and the Emo Inn—that initially were helped out by the NOHFC 20 years ago.

Break from the cold

Thomas LePine, left, and Avery Adrian made good use of the milder weather yesterday afternoon to brush up on their hockey skills at the East End rink. Other youths also were out skating there. Temperatures are expected to remain warmer for most of the week, only to plunge again Friday.

NOHFC Funding

Following Tuesday’s announcement of more funding for the new technology centre here, Deputy Mayor Sharon Tibbs, left, Northern Development and Mines minister Michael Gravelle, and library board chair Joyce Cunningham are looking forward to using this shovel for a ground-breaking ceremony in the spring.

Some icicle

While icicles normally aren’t a common sight until it gets warm enough for snow to melt or because of heat escaping from inside a building, this six-footer off an unheated shack must be the result of the sun reflecting off its metal roof.

Cold snap not making life easy

FORT FRANCES—Local residents most likely will be looking forward to the end of a frigid cold snap that saw wind chills plunge below minus-40 C, school bus cancellations, car troubles, and the town unable to improve slippery road conditions.

On the bright side, the heavy snow that’s fallen so far this winter has provided sufficient insulation to stave off frozen water lines.