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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

Fantastical fibre

“Wilfred the Wizard" is one of the 26 pieces that comprise the new "Fibre Arts Festival" exhibit on display in the small gallery upstairs at the Fort Frances Museum as of this morning. The judging for the juried show, featuring the work of local fibre artists, will be conducted tomorrow afternoon. The exhibit will be up until the end of March.

Tree pick-up

Volunteer firefighter Mike Barlow grabbed a tree from in front of a Fifth Street East home during the Fort Frances Fire Brigade's annual Christmas tree pick-up on Saturday afternoon. This might be the final year for the pick-up as fewer and fewer residents have real Christmas trees.

New west-end business

The drive-thru oil change facility is up at the future site of the Great Canadian Oil Change at King's Highway (just west of Boston Pizza). The businesses will sit vacant until its utilities (electricity, gas, sewer, and water) are installed in the spring, after which time it will be open for business.

'Catch the Ace' to take a break

The Rainy River Regional Abattoir committee will be taking a break with its “Catch the Ace” progressive raffle for a few months after the grand prize jackpot was won Friday night.

Richard Norman of Alberton was the lucky winner in the draw held at the Emo Legion. His ticket was drawn and he had selected envelope #17—which ended up containing the ace of spades.

Doctor recruitment has more leads

More doctors could be on the way.

Town council heard a verbal update Monday night from Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft regarding the physician recruitment and retention committee, which he said is “very dedicated” and continues to foster possible recruits.

“They're very active in pursuing general practitioners [GPs], general anaesthetists, [and] surgical doctors,” he noted.