Turn the page

Times change, people change.

I will be leaving the Fort Frances Times this month to pursue employment elsewhere. It’s time to do something new.

I first started working at the Time in June 1998 and at that time, had no idea I would end up being employed here more than 21 years later.

But time flies, as they say, and here we are at the end of 2019.

Being a reporter up until April of this year, it has been rewarding work.

I have grown as an individual and learned so much about Rainy River District and the people who live here

Municipal, provincial, and federal politics. Education and health care issues. Treaty rights and community fundraisers. Human interest stories. With the exception of sports, I’ve probably written about it or taken photos of it.

And besides broadening my knowledge of various topics, the job’s given me a far better appreciation for our community and the generous, hardworking, caring and creative people who live here. You can’t put a value on that.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Jim Cumming, Linda Plumridge, and Don Cumming for giving me the opportunity to spread my wings and experience all that I have over the past two decades.

I’d also like to give thanks to everyone I have worked with over the years, both at the Times and within–and without–Fort Frances and the surrounding district. The phrase “too many to mention” truly does apply here.

In closing, I wish the Times’ staff all of the best in 2020. The newspaper has been, and continues to be, a vital community resource which should be valued and cherished.

It’s time for me to turn the page.

–Duane Hicks