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An adult male was robbed at gunpoint in his vehicle by an armed Caucasian male Friday. The incident took place at approximately 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Mac's store in Gibbons.

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On Jan. 1, Morinville’s new pet bylaw officially came into effect. Among other things, this bylaw upheld the Town’s previous requirement stating no pets—dogs or cats—are allowed to roam freely in town. That provision—which was almost removed when the bylaw was redrafted last year—is one way the Town is encouraging residents to keep their pets safe in the winter, particularly in a region where cold weather can be downright dangerous.

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Canadian Blood Services will be back in Morinville Jan. 31 for another Blood Donor Clinic. The clinic, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and Morinville Lions Club, runs from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Rendez-Vous Centre (9913 - 104 Street ).

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It has been many years since a local family worried endlessly whether their daughter was going to make it or not. Today that young woman, Kali MacDonald, has a busy life. She finishes school at Morinville Community High School this month, works at the Morinville Sobeys, and spends time singing with her sister as one-half of the MacKs. But as she goes about an active daily life, she remains the starting point for a charitable cause, now in its 15th year, that has raised millions of dollars for cancer research and benefited Make-A-Wish Northern Alberta and Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.

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The Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation (JMMF) Board members President Lynne Rosychuk and Director of Fund Development and Public Relations Kris Porlier accepted a $1000 cheque on behalf of the Foundation. The cheque was presented on Monday night by Morinville Lions Club President and Past President Francis Fryters. The monies were raised through the Lions golf tournament and the meat draws.

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Museum attendance was down throughout the province in 2016, but the Musée Morinville Museum held to consistent numbers from previous years, something Musée Morinville Museum Operations Attendant Donna Garrett said she was thankful for.

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The government is inviting Albertans to share their priorities and other ideas on the 2017 budget. Albertans are encouraged to provide their comments and suggestions over the next few weeks as the government prepares for Budget 2017. Minister of Finance Joe Ceci will host meetings with community leaders and the public while visiting towns and cities around the province.

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Nominations for the Alberta Community Justice Awards (ACJA) are now open and the government is encouraging Albertans to nominate groups or individuals who have made outstanding contributions to community safety.

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The province is reminding motorists to be cautious at intersections. Each year, police, community peace officers and sheriffs put their focus on the Alberta Traffic Safety Calendar, which ascribes a particular traffic safety to each month. January is Intersection Safety Month, and local police will be out looking for rolling stops and other intersection infractions.

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Morinville RCMP are looking for public assistance in locating a wanted’ man who discharged bear spray and robbed a liquor store in Sandy Beach at approximately 6:15 p.m. Dec. 30, 2016.