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Re: Today in High Prairie The following entry to this article says the following: “1752 — Betsy Ross, Made First American flag.”But according to the U.S. government, there is no proof that Betsy Ross made the first Stars and Stripes…

Chris Clegg Ever see something and wonder why it is the way it is?Usually, we forget about it before we have a chance to ask Miss Google, who knows everything! She’s even smarter than a wife or girlfriend!I stumbled across…

Richard Froese The first month of 2023 has almost reached the halfway point and spring will soon return.Everyone looks forward to spring! Many popular community events will also be back after being cancelled the past two years by COVID-19 restrictions…

Jeff Burgar As storytellers and reporters, it’s always interesting for us to look back on a year just past to see what people were interested in as far as news and opinions went.There is a slightly morbid saying in the…

Richard Froese Well, another year is almost behind us and it’s on to the next!What will the news be in 2023?That’s the big question everyone wants to know as we open a new year on the calendar.Looking ahead to the…

Chris Clegg As we turn another page and look forward to 2023, it is only natural for people to reflect on 2022.The fact is, 2022 was not a good year. We had far too many tragic events, coupled with an…

Pearl Lorentzen At a conference, a friend was asked if the things she is busy with bring her joy.This has stuck with me since she passed it along, because I am chronically busy. I often respond to the ubiquitous question,…

Jeff Burgar Many people argued that Travis Toews, running against Danielle Smith for the Alberta UCP leadership, was actually the best candidate for the job. So why did he lose?Many retired politicians looking back on their careers, and also many…

Chris Clegg There will be no Christmas tree in Churchill Square in Edmonton this holiday season.So, should the good people in High Prairie, McLennan, Falher and Peace River be concerned about their holiday traditions?Not likely, thank goodness!Edmonton’s Downtown Business Association…

Chris Clegg Former High Prairian Denis Peyre used to tell me, “If you want to learn about economics, read the sports pages.”In the last few weeks, forums and websites are littered with disgruntled fans complaining about the advertisements on boards…

Joe McWilliams A lot of people seem to want very badly to believe there is something ‘out there,’ to which ordinary explanations don’t apply.It may be something in our cultural DNA.It goes for UFOs, Bigfoot, gods, spirits (good ones or…

Richard Froese A new vision to build rural and northern Alberta communities is being set out by Premier Danielle Smith.After the new cabinet was sworn in Oct. 24, the new premier has stated her priorities and strategies in mandate letters…

Richard Froese Christmas is just five weeks away and the calendar of events will soon fill up.It could be a busier Christmas season after COVID-19 restrictions in 2021 and 2020 cancelled major gatherings such as school concerts, community festivals and…

Jeff Burgar Last week, two important elections happened. At least, important to Albertans!Probably the most important, because of environment, economic and cultural impacts it will likely have on Canadians and Albertans, was the American ‘mid-terms.’The past six years, four under…

Jeff Burgar A few weeks ago, I was writing a story for the 50th anniversary of Slave Lake’s newspaper, the Lakeside Leader.Editor Joe McWilliams had asked me for “maybe about 400 words.” In between editorial and opinion columns like this…