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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

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.

Oktoberfest games

Maria Sanders, left, tested her skill at the bottle cap toss while Tammy Kellar tried out the ring toss yesterday evening during a meeting of the Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s special events committee in preparation for its “Oktoberfest” party coming up Oct. 4 at the Memorial Sports Centre auditorium.

Causeway work

As work continues on the Noden Causeway, the overlay on the westbound lane is scheduled to be placed tomorrow and Wednesday (Sept. 23-24). During the placement of the overlay, traffic will be reduced to 10 km/h over the structure, controlled by flaggers and a pilot vehicle, to prevent the fresh concrete from being adversely affected by vibration.