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PIC – Plains supports HP hospital

Plains Midstream Canada donated $3,000 on Aug. 6 to the High Prairie Health Care Auxiliary. Standing left-right, are auxiliary president Diana Oliver and Marvin Dusterhoft, Plains facility supervisor for High Prairie. “We like to give money back to the community,”…

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News High Prairie School Division (HPSD) has presented its plan to open schools when students head back to classes in September as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues. “The plan developed to guide schools in the relaunch of…
Masks are now required in schools

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Masks will be mandatory when students return to school in September to prevent the risk and spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Students from grades 4-12 and all school staff will be required to wear masks in…

Pearl LorentzenFor South Peace News While in-class studies is the default for the fall, school boards are offering at-home learning options because of COVID-19. High Prairie School Division 2020-21 Re-Entry Handbook says the division “is able to provide learning opportunities…
PIC – Ahhh! A cold drink on a hot day

Two young sisters were selling cold ice tea Aug. 4 downtown High Prairie as summer temperatures reached around 35 C in the first week of August. Left-right, are Lindsey Caudron, 11, of High Prairie, and Charlene Caudron, 9, of Falher.
PICs – Highway upgrades complete

Highway upgrades in the M.D. of Smoky River south of Falher and in the High Prairie region wrapped up July 30. Crews completed work to repave Highway 2A between Highway 2 near Triangle and west of Highway 747. Upgrades included…

SPN Staff A blue-green algae bloom has been identified in areas of Sturgeon Lake along Williamson Provincial Park and Young’s Point Provincial Park. Residents and visitor are advised to be cautious, says an Alberta Health Services (AHS) news release July…
Forest products booming at the moment

Joe McWilliamsFor South Peace News Hundreds of log trucks on the highways isn’t necessarily a sign that times are good in the forest products industry. But as it happens… “Things are going very well,” says Ken Vanderwell, general manager of…
Obituary – Maurice Joseph Duchesneau

On April 3, 2020, Maurice passed away at the age of 56 years in Slave Lake, Alberta. Maurice battled a long fight with Thymoma cancer and said in the last days of his life “I want this to be done;…
Obituary – Gayso Matula

Gayso Matula, was born the youngest child of Jan (John) and Anna Matula on December 28, 1924, in Liptovska Osada, a village in Czechoslovakia (now the Slovak Republic). Times were tough in the late 1920s and early 30s as work…
PICs – HP farmers’ market moves outside

High Prairie Farmers’ Market moved outdoors on July 29 beside Marigold Enterprises, which operates the market. “We have moved the farmers’ market back to its original location after many years downtown,” Marigold store manager Joanne Miller says. “We hope to…
COVID-19 UPDATE – August 10, 2020

As of August 10, Alberta Health has confirmed 391 new cases in Alberta in the since August 7. August 7=134, August 8=108, August 9=101, August 10=48. There are 28 new cases in the North Zone over the last 96 hours.…
COVID-19 UPDATE – August 6, 2020

As of August 6, Alberta Health has confirmed 150 new cases in Alberta in the last 48 hours. August 5=94, August 6=56. There are 12 new cases in the North Zone over the last 48 hours. There has been 1…
COVID impact on HP businesses planned in study

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Economic impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on businesses in the Town of High Prairie may be examined in a regional study. At its regular meeting July 28, town council approved a request from Community Futures…
HP council studies broadband options

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Town of High Prairie council remains committed to improve broadband services in the community. Now the town is considering a project of its own. At its regular meeting July 28, council directed staff to schedule a…
Golden Walleye Classic cancelled

Richard FroeseSouth Peace News Anyone wanting to participate in the 32nd annual Golden Walleye Classic at Shaw’s Point Resort near High Prairie will have to wait for 2021. Organizers have called off the event planned for the Labour Day weekend,…