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Morinville and Gibbons dominate firefighter challenge

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Rushing into a blazing building to save lives and fight fires is a serious enterprise that requires a proper mixture of skill and stamina, something few people get to see close up. But last weekend’s St. Jean Baptiste Festival provided attendees the unique opportunity to see firefighters from Thorhild, Viking, Namao, Gibbons and Morinville putting those skills to the test during the Morinville Fire Department’s Fire Within Combat Challenge.
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Peace light now lit in Morinville park

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Morinville – The town’s military families in particular and Canada’s armed forces in general were honoured June 27 with a new lamp post erected in St. Jean Baptiste Park and lit during last weekend’s festival. But unlike the other lights in and around town this one won’t turn on and off with the sun and moon.

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Chamber president says more support of local businesses needed

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Sitting behind his counter beneath a sign advertising 40 per cent off, Wyatt Waters’ face carries a certain degree of sadness for which there is good reason. After seven years in Morinville, Waters will be closing his GOBIKE business in a couple months, a business that has long supported community events, most notably and ironically Waters was one of the main people that lobbied for the town’s skateboard and bicycle park.

GOBIKE is the latest in a string of business closures in town and … […]

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Marathon of Freedom arrives in Morinville

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Watching para athlete Sonny Davis rolling down 100 Street in his wheelchair, one is left with the impression that it is easy. His hands seem to glide as effortlessly over the wheels as the ever-present smile glides across his face. But for a number of people who took the opportunity to follow Davis up and down the streets of Morinville in a wheel chair, any inclinations that it is as easy as Davis makes it look were soon shattered … […]

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Seniors’ housing benefits from Sturgeon County golfers

By MorinvilleNews.com staff

Sturgeon County – Two local seniors’ housing organizations will benefit from the generosity of the 172 golfers who took part in this year’s Mayor’s Golf Tournament held at Goose Hummock Golf Resort June 11. A total of $19,608 was raised at this year’s event. Of that amount, $16,807 is being donated to the Sturgeon Foundation and the remaining $2,801 will be given to the West Sturgeon Aging in Place Foundation.
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St. Jean Baptiste Festival begins tomorrow

Not that you will want to miss a moment of what is going on in Morinville over the next three days, but there are some highlights you definitely won’t want to miss on any of the three days.
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Arson charges laid in Cardiff fire

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Morinville – A man has been charged in connection with last Friday’s fire that destroyed a Cardiff Echoes home. Mitchell Robert Hurst was charged with one count of arson, one count of mischief over $5,000 and one count of mischief under $5,000.

Hurst made his first appearance in Morinville Provincial Court June 24 via closed circuit television. […]

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Gibbons tables water bylaw, for now

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Gibbons – After a lively and sometimes heated twenty-minute debate, Gibbons Town Council agreed to table its water bylaw for a couple months until administration can filter some of the content councillors found objectionable.

Central to the opposition to the bylaw was just who was ultimately responsible for water bills for rental accommodations and exactly how big a deposit renters would have to pay the Town to get their water turned on.
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County severs agreement with St. Albert

By Stephen Dafoe

Sturgeon County – Despite eleventh-hour protestations from St. Albert Council, Sturgeon County withdrew from a nearly decade-long municipal planning agreement with the neighbouring municipality June 22.

Council voted unanimously on all three readings of a bylaw to repeal their participation in the intermunicipal development plan (IDP) it has shared with St. Albert since 2001, an alliance that governed how developments were handled along the two municipalities’ shared border.

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Morinville celebrates its mayoral heritage

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Bagpipes and Red Serge preceded the Honourable Ken Kowalski into packed council chambers June 22. Kowalski, Speaker of the Alberta Legislature and Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock MLA, was given the honour of investing Morinville Mayor Lloyd Bertschi with the Town’s first chain of office, new ceremonial regalia that pays homage to Morinville’s administrative and mayoral heritage.

“What we’re doing tonight is doing something that basically has its tradition and its history that goes back nearly a thousand years … […]

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Arson suspected in Cardiff fire

By Stephen Dafoe

Cardiff – Sturgeon County Deputy Fire Chief Pat Mahoney said a fire that destroyed a Star Key Place home last Friday may have been arson.

“It’s still under investigation,” Mahoney said. “The RCMP were on scene as well and it’s believed to be arson at this time. There was one male individual that was taken into custody for it.”

The Deputy Fire Chief said the fire, which broke out around 12:45 in the afternoon, was the third fire in the Cardiff area that day.
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