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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.

Contact him at: dhicks@fortfrances.com

Safe and sound

Shelly Mallet, a Healthy Babies/Healthy Children worker at the United Native Friendship Centre here, properly installed a child car seat Friday morning during a free clinic at the Rainy River District EMS ambulance garage.

Default ribbon workshop

Taryn Bruyere used a sewing machine to stitch ribbon onto her skirt Saturday afternoon during a workshop at the Nanicost building. Instructor Dorothy Friday taught the session, which was just the first in a series of “Indigenous Arts Workshops Supported by the Rainy River District Community.”

Voter kits in the mail

Local electors have begun receiving voter information letters in the mail but they'll have to wait until at least Oct. 15 to actually vote.

“If you haven't received yours yet, there's potentially more being mailed,” Fort Frances clerk and returning officer Lisa Slomke told the Times

Ribbon workshop

Taryn Bruyere used a sewing machine to stitch ribbon onto her skirt Saturday afternoon during a workshop at the Nanicost building. Instructor Dorothy Friday taught the session, which was just the first in a series of “Indigenous Arts Workshops Supported by the Rainy River District Community.”

Newspaper fashion

Cadence Smith-Anderson put the finishing touches on Jorja Fournier's outfit during the “Tween Club” held Monday afternoon at the Fort Frances Public Library. Tweens put on a newspaper fashion show. Youths aged nine-12 are urged to come by the library each Monday from 4-5 p.m. for fun and informative activities geared towards them.