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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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Comics creator

Piran Erwin checked over reference materials while creating his very own “Bionicle” comic Saturday morning at the Fort Frances Museum. The workshop was held in conjunction with the new exhibit, “Comic Books: A History,” which runs there until Nov. 17. The public is welcome to drop by and read materials on loan for the exhibit.

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.