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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.

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Woodland feline

“Elusive Cat" by local artist John Walraad is just the kind of painting the Fine Line Art Gallery here would like to see entered into its spring art show. The theme this year is "Woodland," with the deadline for entries being the end of April. The "Woodland” exhibit then will kick off with an open house slated for sometime in May.

Sweet treats

Sue Ball checked out the baked goodies for sale yesterday during the La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary's Valentine's lobby sale and staff appreciation coffee break. Tasty treats and crafts were on sale for the fundraiser.

Music lesson

Jim Curtis taught youngsters the basics of playing ukulele last Wednesday afternoon at the Fort Frances Public Library. This was the first session of the new “Music Lessons in the Library" series there. The five-week ukulele program is for kids aged nine-12.

Foundation memories

Allison Cox, left, director for the Riverside Foundation for Health Care, and Jan Beazley, chair of the Riverside Health Care board of directors, looked over one of several scrapbooks of newspaper clippings marking the 20-plus years of the Foundation's history during an open house yesterday to mark the new location of the Foundation's office (now in the main lobby of La Verendrye Hospital).


Diane Lovisa browsed through some of the items for sale in the new Betty's “pop-up” shop located within the gift shop at La Verendrye Hospital here.

Made with TLC

Logan Dallas carefully trimmed around a laminated paper heart during the Craft Club for Kids held Saturday morning at the Fort Frances Public Library. The craft club runs there every Saturday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult for this free activity.

Cutting up meat

Dale Ossachuk of Pinewood removed the castor sacs from a beaver Saturday morning during a fur-handling demonstration at the Métis Hall here. These are the scent glands beavers use to mark their territory. Later that day, Ossachuk did a demonstration on a fisher.