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The Town of Morinville is looking to borrow $1 million to go toward purchase of land for the new/arena recreation centre.

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The Sturgeon County Junior Roller Derby Association will have their first bout of the season in Airdrie this weekend. A black and white scrimmage in Holden later this month and a major junior invitational event in Gibbons later this summer are evidence the association is rolling strong.

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Sturgeon Hockey Club President Wayne Gatza and his board know hockey is an expensive sport. They are working to get the cost lower.

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Morinville Community High School students played against members of the Morinville and Fort Saskatchewan RCMP Detachments in a game of floor hockey Friday afternoon. A wooden replica of the Stanley Cup was the prize. The students were victors in this first match up. The fun game of students versus RCMP is scheduled to be an annual event. Opposite page: MCHS student Tyrell Brink with the cup.

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Thirteen-year-old Sturgeon County resident Brooke Froment is looking forward to a summer of basketball with Team Alberta’s U-14 team. The former Orijen Sabretooth and current MCHS Wolves team member was recently selected to represent Alberta in four competitions taking place this summer. Sixty girls tried out for twelve spots over three sessions, one in Calgary and two in Edmonton.

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Local realtor, Morinville Kings President, and Hockeyville Morinville organizer Wayne Gatza is the new president of Sturgeon Minor Hockey. Vice President Doug Nysetvold, Secretary Donna Nelson, and Treasurer Roger Cyr join Gatza in forming the backbone of the new executive.

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The Sturgeon Hockey Club held its Annual General Meeting and Awards Night Wednesday. Below are photos of this year's award winners.

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The cool ice may be out of the Ray McDonald Sports Center for another season, but the action is about to heat up next weekend at the Morinville District Chamber of Commerce Leap Into Spring Expo.

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The Morinville Junior B Jets, shown to the left in their 2014-2015 team photo, are set to gather one more time for the annual Morinville Jets Banquet and Award Night. The event will take place Apr. 10. Team and coaching staff will unite to recall the season and hand out this year’s awards.

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A jubilant group of Hockeyville supporters turned from celebrative to contemplative about 10 seconds after learning if Morinville would be in the Top 2 communities for this year’s Kraft Hockeyville. After listening to much of Saturday night’s Hockey Night in Canada Broadcast, residents found out Morinville was the second community named as being out of the running in the west.

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More than 50 people gathered at the cultural centre Thursday night to brainstorm and vision how they would spend the $13.75 million in the budget to build an arena/rec facility. Funding options were called for by those who went over the $13 million budget. The exercise gauged whether the public interest in the facility was towards a one-time build or a phased-in approach, and what amenities were the priorities in both approaches.

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Roger Smolnicky, Director of Recreation and Community Services for the Town of Rocky Mountain House, spoke to Council at their Mar. 24 meeting on the Operational Approach to Recreation Facilities.

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The tragedy of a woman’s death will be used as the motivation for triumph – the triumph of completing 5- to 10-kilometre runs and the triumph of raising funds to provide safe shelter for victims of abuse. The Jessica Martel Memorial Run, set to take place June 21 pays tribute to the memory of Martel, killed by her common law husband in April of 2009. Organized by the Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation (JMMF), the group is hoping to raise in excess of $20,000 from the event, monies that will fund various initiatives to support victims of domestic violence.

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