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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

Library campaign to launch phone blitz

FORT FRANCES—The “Building for the Future” fundraising campaign for the new Fort Frances Public Library is undertaking a telephone blitz next week (Sept. 22-26) to get the final $35,000 needed to meet its $750,000 goal.

Called the “Drive for 35” phone campaign, a dedicated group of volunteers will be calling area residents next Monday through Friday to try and get pledges.

Safe disposal

Ann Hinton, operations manager of Winnipeg-based CleanHarbors Environmental Services Inc., sorted through paint cans at the Public Works building during the Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste Day on Saturday, which saw district residents line up along Fifth Street West to drop off everything from oil to turpentine.

Blood clinic

A Canadian Blood Services clinic assistant prepped Dave Gosman, who’s given blood more than 60 times over his life, to donate “the gift of life” once again late yesterday afternoon during the first day of the fall blood clinic at Fort Frances High School. The clinic wraps up today from noon-3 p.m. and 5-8:30 p.m.