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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

'Walk for Dog Guides'

A small but dedicated group of dog owners came out for the Fort Frances Voyageur Lions Club's 13th-annual “Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides" along the La Verendrye Parkway yesterday. The fundraiser for the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides training school in Oakville, Ont. raised $703—although the club has topped up the amount to $800.

Books galore

Caroline Goulding, CEO of the Fort Frances Public Library, was nearly up to her ears yesterday with donations that have come in for the Friends of the Library's annual book sale, which takes place this Saturday (May 26) from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the library. Fill a bag with books and make a donation!

Square dream now a reality

It was a celebration years in the making.

The grand opening for the Rainy Lake Square was held Thursday afternoon in downtown Fort Frances, drawing about 120 business owners, dignitaries, and residents.

“It's been a long journey to be where we are today,” Fort Frances Mayor Roy Avis said from the stage at the square.

Dog walks set to go

Support for dog guides is growing right across Rainy River District.

Not one but two “Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides,” organized by two of the district's Lions Clubs, are set to go this Sunday (May 27) in Fort Frances and Emo.

Here in Fort Frances, the Fort Frances Voyageur Lions Club will be hosting its 13th-annual dog walk.

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.