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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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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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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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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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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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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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By MorinvilleNews.com Staff Morinville – with just a few days to go before the start of what organizers are hoping will be the biggest and best St. Jean Baptiste Festival yet, tickets have just been printed for the latest add-on to the festival's offerings. Festival Committee member Tyler Edworthy said that 10,000 tickets have been printed and will be available for $1.00 each, giving festival goers a chance to win $5,000, an amount so large they are calling it “The Largest 50/50 Draw Ever.”

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By MorinvilleNews.com Staff Sturgeon County – Residents have five opportunities over the next couple of weeks to help shape Sturgeon County’s direction over the next 30 years. As the County moves to the second stage of revisions to its Municipal Development Plan (MDP), it is looking for more public input in shaping that document. Public engagement sessions held earlier this year allowed the County to draft a vision statement which captured residents’ vision of their community. The upcoming sessions are designed to determine the community’s values based on a variety of themes, including cultural vitality, responsible governance, social equity, economic health and environmental responsibility.

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By MorivnilelNews.com Staff Morinville – While warmer weather has caused many seeds to break open and create new plants, the same weather seems to have brought out mischief makers who have targeted the Morinville Seed Cleaning plant on 100 Street. Morinville RCMP are reporting that the plant has been struck by vandals on several occasions beginning around the end of May.

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By MorinvilleNews.com Staff Morinville – Deputy Mayor Paul Krauskopf presented Champion Petfoods President and CEO Frank Burdzy with a special certificate during the June 15 Standing Committee of Morinville Town Council. The certificate was in recognition of Champion being named Pet Food of the Year 2010-2011 by the Glycemic Research Institute (GRI). This is the second consecutive year that the Morinville-based manufacturer has been awarded the distinction of healthiest dog and cat pet food on the market.