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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

Lidkea speaking

Dr. Bruce Lidkea of Lidkea Optometry was the master of ceremonies for Thursday's grand opening. As a business owner just down the block from the Rainy Lake Square, he said he is “very, very please with our new neighbour.”

Square cake

Deb Emes cut the delicious cake, made by Shelley Wepruk of Sweety Cakes, that was served up Thursday afternoon after the speeches and ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Her father, the late George Emes, was instrumental in getting the BIA to support the development of the Rainy Lake Square.

New look

The makeover of the front of McTaggarts looks to be complete with a new sign, lights, siding, and other upgrades to give it a fresh, modern look in line with the new Rainy Lake Square and some other Scott Street businesses that have undergone recent renos. The work was done by local contractor Kyle Glowasky Contracting.

Grand opening

International Falls Mayor Bob Anderson, left, joined Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Don Rusnak, Fort Frances Mayor Roy Avis, BIA president Doug Cuthbertson, and Natasha Gaudio, economic development co-ordinator with the Rainy River Future Development Corp., for the ribbon-cutting to commemorate the grand opening of the Rainy Lake Square last Thursday afternoon.

Getting ready

Summer student Averi King washed down the docks at the Sorting Gap Marina yesterday afternoon—just one of the duties to get it prepped to open tomorrow morning. The marina hours will be Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., and then 8 a.m.-10 p.m. on Friday through Sunday.

Drain stencilling

Roman Spuzak, a student in Fort High teacher Jody Bonner-Vicker's Grade 8, invited mayor and council to take part in the storm drain stencil initiative the class will be undertaking on May 30 along the riverfront here.