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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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Rezoning part of church’s plans to relocate

Whether residents file an appeal with the Ontario Municipal Board regarding town council’s decision Monday night to rezone property at 1345 Emo Rd. not only will affect whether the church there will be sold and converted into apartments, but whether the United Pentecostal Church will be able to carry on with its plans to relocate to the former St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.


X-ray technologist Mark Addison explained how the new Toshiba Aquilion 64-slice CT scanner at La Verendrye Hospital works during one of the many tours that went through the diagnostic imaging department last Thursday.

Let ’em fly

Encouraging them to get rid of the worrisome thoughts that roll around in their heads like Bingo numbers in a cage, Thunder Bay comedienne “Ivanka” (Jo-Ann Waytowich) told the audience to “Let Your Balls Fly” as part of her “10-Point Personal Tune-Up” on Saturday afternoon at the Townshend Theatre. “Ivanka” was the entertainment at the third-annual Seniors’ Lifestyle Expo.

Smoking ban sought at arena entrances

Town council will receive a written request from Dr. Lorena Jenks at tonight’s meeting to have a bylaw banning smoking outside both main entrances to the Memorial Sports Centre.

“My understanding of the current provincial law is that there is to be no smoking nine metres from the entrance to a public facility, such as hospital and schools,” Dr. Jenks wrote in a letter to council.

Healthy eating

Rita Bagacki, left, handed Sabrina Stoessinger, LTC/health services co-ordinator for the Sunset Country Métis, her order form for a “Healthy Living Food Box” at the third-annual Seniors’ Lifestyle Expo on Saturday at Fort Frances High School.