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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

Ready for take-off

Navigator Al Fraser (front seat), pilot John Hall (background), and spotters Grace Shedler and Tom Park (rear seats), with the Winnipeg Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) team, got ready for take-off Saturday morning at the Fort Frances Airport.

New business

Karen Melanson, owner of new business Northern Frenchy’s Quality Used Clothing, checked over the dress rack Saturday morning shortly after opening the door at its 1533 King’s Highway location. Northern Frenchy’s sells children’s, men’s, and women’s clothing, and is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Rafferty willing to mediate Point deal

With the clock ticking down until the Pither’s Point Park lease expires come May, Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP John Rafferty said he’s willing to step in and help the parties involved come to an agreement regarding the future of the land.

“The park is very important for all of us in this part of Northwestern Ontario,” Rafferty said Monday. “It’s a historical piece of property.

Prayer symbols

The symbol of World Day of Prayer 2009 was a combination of the cross and the bilum—a hand-woven bag which is widely used among Papua New Guineans to carry everything from food to a baby. Sitting on the table in front of the cross were symbols of disunity, violence, sickness, and bondage laid there during the Prayer of Confession and Forgiveness.