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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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Terry Fox Run here draws small but dedicated group

While the number of participants in this year's Terry Fox Run may have been down, the Canadian icon's legacy of hope lives on in their hearts.

The 26th-annual fundraiser for cancer research here Sunday afternoon saw 45 dedicated women and men of all ages raise more than $3,000.

“The numbers were down,” noted lead organizer Judy Koski of the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau.

Rare honour

Ted and Ruth Brockie of Brockie's Jewellers were touched and honoured to be presented with the James Paul Award by Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce president Mark Caron during the Chamber's 22nd-annual business awards Wednesday night at La Place Rendez-Vous. It is a rare award given to individuals or businesses for their outstanding contribution—and years of dedication—to the community.

Top pledger

Samantha Halliday (at left) ran to the finish line during Sunday afternoon's Terry Fox Run here. She was the top fundraiser at this year's event, bringing in $1,662.70 in pledges. She once again ran in memory of her late uncle, Robert McNay. While some participants took it easy in the afternoon heat, more experience runners like Jake Tytler of Sault Ste.