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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.

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'Latch mob'

Meghan Spooner, front row left, with son, Leander, and Susan Crans and daughter, Abbi, and son, Justus, were joined by Debra Ross, back row left, with daughter, Hadley, Chantel Gallagher with son, Declan, and Bryanna Taylor with son, Fredrick, on Thursday to mark “World Breastfeeding Week" at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre.

Town, Emo to strike up recyling deal

The town will enter into an agreement with the Township of Emo for the handling, transportation, and processing of its blue box materials at the town's transfer station.

The town was contacted by Emo last month about a possible agreement.

Emo's recycling program had stalled earlier this year after the plant that recycles paper and cardboard in International Falls shut down.

Signs for bike path requested

A local resident is asking the town to put up some signs to clearly point out where cyclists should ride—and pedestrians shouldn't walk—along the La Verendrye Parkway.

“Can we have a few signs up regarding the bike path?” Cynthia Donald wrote in an e-mail to council, which it received at last night's regular meeting.

Town applies for study funding

The town is applying for funding to do a study for the two properties it recently acquired from Resolute.

The Rainy River Future Development Corp. has prepared and submitted two funding applications to complete a land use and economic development feasibility study for the Shevlin wood yard and at 420 Mowat Ave. (the old nursing station building).

Mayoral forum

Ken Perry weighed in on a series of questions posed to him by mediator Cathy Emes as fellow mayoral candidate June Caul awaited her turn to respond night during a candidates' forum last Tuesday night at the Townshend Theatre. Hosted by the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce, the event also was an opportunity for candidates running for council to introduce themselves and outline their platforms.

Breastfeeding march

Melissa Wilson of the Northwestern Health Unit, left, and Sarah DeGagne of the United Native Friendship Centre, right, were joined by Meghan Spooner, Susan Crans, Bryanna Taylor, Beth Paleczny, and their young companions during a walk Thursday to mark “World Breastfeeding Week" and support the right of children to breastfeed anywhere, anytime.

Fire safety day

Zac Beauregard watched and listened intently as Capt. Rob Dokuchie of the Fort Frances Fire & Rescue Service showed him how a fire hose nozzle works Saturday morning during the fall Fire Safety Day at Canadian Tire. Firefighters were on hand to answer the public's questions, show them equipment and fire trucks, and hand out fire safety information. This is Fire Prevention Week (Oct.

Inspirational songs

The Mine Centre Singers held a special Gospel performance Saturday morning at the Rainy Lake Square. Despite the cool temperature, the young singers hit the high notes and delighted the small number of listeners in attendance. This was the second time the singers have performed at the Rainy Lake Square this year.