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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

'Under the sea . . .'

Laura Gosse, community engagement co-ordinator for the Fort Frances Museum, pinned up “Floating Honu," an example of the high-quality fibre art comprising the new exhibit, "Fibre Content,” which opened today in the main floor gallery. The travelling exhibit, which features impressive fibre art from abroad, will be up until the end of March.

Fire safety being urged

With Borderland in a deep freeze for about a week now, residents are doing what they can to stay warm and deal with cold-weather problems such as frozen pipes.

But after responding to two fires since Saturday, the Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service is warning people to keep fire safety in mind.

Winter survival

Members of 116th Independent Field Battery of the Royal Canadian Artillery set up a second Arctic tent in the field north of the Fort Frances Curling Club on Saturday afternoon. Braving the bitter cold, reservists practised the use of skis and other specialized equipment, as well as basic winter survival skills.

Red-hot blues

“The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer," namely Shawn Hall, left, and Matthew Rogers, respectively, tore down the house last Thursday night at the Townshend Theatre. The Vancouver-based blues duo, accompanied by Winnipeg's Andrina Turenne on back-up vocals, was the most recent concert in the 2018-19 "Tour de Fort” series.