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Rain, snow a welcome relief

Richard Froese South Peace News Firefighters and farmers in the High Prairie region welcomed an unseasonal heavy wet snowfall on May 19-20 to soak the dry conditions. It allowed the Slave Lake Wildfire Management Area to drop the wildfire danger…

by Jeff Burgar Anybody driving by the east end of High Prairie can’t help but like the signs of construction happening there. UFA is putting up a new building. The East Gate development is going ahead with the Peavey Mart.…

Richard Froese South Peace News SuperNet connections could be extended to the Grouard and Faust municipal buildings soon. At its regular meeting May 25, Big Lakes County council approved a recommendation that administration explore the possibility to connect to SuperNet,…
PIC – 50 wonderful years

High Prairie Royal Canadian Legion president Don Ebbett, right, receives a 50-year pin for his continuous service to the Legion on May 18. Presenting the award is Murray Couch, himself a 59-year member and current vice-president of the local Legion.…

Chris Clegg South Peace News Several regions in the High Prairie area received FireSmart grants May 18. The Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta approved 34 projects valued at $4.1 million. Local projects include: * Peavine Metis Settlement – Unit…
Rookie drivers make the grade in bus roadeo

Richard Froese Spotlight Two rookie drivers placed in the top three at the Zone 5 (northwest) School Bus Roadeo in High Prairie on May 14 at High Prairie Regional Aquatic Centre. Jamie Bilyk of High Prairie finished first among 20…

Spotlight Staff Don Fish, long-time resident of McLennan, Alberta, passed away at his home on May 15, 2016. Don was born in Canwood, Saskatchewan on September 12, 1934. Don grew up in McLennan, joined the RCAF in 1959 and retired…
Artifact of the Week – May 25, 2016

The High Prairie and District Museum has an old photographic projector. It is believed to have been used at Grouard Mission in the late 1800s before the Grouard boom in the early 1900s. It was donated by Aime Belanger of…

1914: The Grouard Oldtimers defeat the Federals 10-9 on a Victoria Day baseball game to open the baseball league season. Allen scores in the bottom of the ninth on an error to win the game. 1971: Lana Louise Bliss, 13,…

Richard Froese South Peace News First Nations are a step closer to greater economic prosperity with provincial support. In coming months, the government will engage First Nations to begin a comprehensive review of Alberta’s consultation policy, one that strives for…
PIC – Let the show begin!

Students at Prairie River Junior High School showcased their performing arts skills in the annual Prairie River’s Got Talent show May 13 at the Gordon Buchanan Recreation Centre performing arts theatre. With 14 acts, students sang, danced and recited poems.…
Students smash records at annual meet

This year’s High Prairie School Division Track and Field Meet was held under perfect conditions in High Prairie May 16. The early spring allowed for early training, and the result was evident as 13 records fell [see list below]. All…

Commentary by Katrina Owen My family back in Ontario will have a laugh at this week’s commentary, mainly because of my unrealistic fear of bees and wasps. My phobia reached an all time high last year. I almost made my…
PTA opens new Triangle Hall

Chris Clegg South Peace News A capacity audience jammed into the new Pioneer Threshermans Association Triangle Hall to celebrate its grand opening May 7. It was a dream come true for many, but perhaps no more than two original members…