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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

'Connect 4'

Zaila Rose, left, Kellyanne Legg, and Nova Dallas played a game of “Connect 4” on Monday morning at the Fort Frances Public Library, which hosted some free drop-in activities based around STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) for Family Day. The library was a popular spot; some families even were outside waiting for the doors to open at 10 a.m.

Canada Post working to get delivery on track

Some local residents have seen far less frequent mail deliveries this winter—sometimes waiting more than a week to get mail—but Canada Post said it's trying to remedy the situation.

“The winter weather has been difficult on our employees. We've had days where we weren't able to deliver and . . . we've had some injuries,” Canada Post's media relations told the Times.

From the heart

Tess Coish of Tess's Kitchen here baked 4,000 cookies for groups, workplaces, and individuals in time for Valentine's Day last week. She also received help with icing and bagging the cookies from numerous individuals. This year's charity cookie campaign was dedicated to the late Samantha (Sam) Pearson, who passed away on Jan. 28.

Council laser-focused on mill's future: mayor

It's a little over two months since the new town council was sworn in, and since that time the future of the local mill has been the biggest blip on its radar.

“Our main focus has been to work co-operatively with both Resolute Forest Products and The Repap Group to achieve a sale of the Fort Frances mill,” Mayor June Caul said at Monday night's council meeting.

Tea for two

Sheri De Gagne, left, and Josie Miller socialized during a tea yesterday afternoon to celebrate the opening of the new “Fibre Content" exhibit at the Fort Frances Museum & Cultural Centre.