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Visitor Information Centre looking to make a mark

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Morinville – The little red brick building on 100 Ave. has had an active couple of years, according to Morinville and District Chamber of Commerce President Sheldon Fingler. The Chamber president made a presentation to Morinville Town Council July 13, outlining the activities of the centre over the past two years and addressing future plans for 2011.

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TV personalities entertain area children

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Spending fifteen minutes with Lee and Sandy Paley before their afternoon performance, one is left with the certainty that the couple, best-known for their long-running children’s program Ballooner Landing, truly love performing for children.

The Calgary couple, who have been writing and performing children’s songs for a quarter century, gave two area performances July 14 …

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County to introduce new burning bylaw

By Stephen Dafoe

Sturgeon County – A new bylaw that would send less firefighters out to warn residents about their unsafe burning habits and give peace officers more tools to fine those who regularly break the rules unanimously passed first and second reading during the July 13 Sturgeon County Council meeting.

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RCMP release photos of McCann motor home

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Edmonton – While the search for missing St. Albert residents Marie Ann and Thomas McCann continues; RCMP report they have now concluded the ground search of the area surrounding the burned out motor home, found abandoned and ablaze in a cutline outside Edson July 5.

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Morinville mayor to seek another term

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – A direct question posed to Morinville Mayor Lloyd Bertschi by Councillor Joe Gosselin at the end of last night’s council meeting led to the answer the latter had been seeking as well as a brief but heated exchange between the two municipal politicians.

During the period reserved for media questions, Gosselin asked Mayor Bertschi if it was his intention to run again, stating that it was the community’s right to know. […]

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Council approves Assessment Review Board appointments

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Sturgeon County – The appointment of six county residents to the Assessment Review Board was unanimously approved by Sturgeon County Council at its July 13 regular meeting. Joe Tetro, Frank Schoenberger, Anne Plante, Neil McDougal, Dianne Reid and John Bowes will begin serving this fall when assessment complaint hearings begin.

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Festival numbers higher than anticipated

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Morinville – The figures are in from this year’s St. Jean Baptiste Festival and festival chair Joel Chevalier couldn’t be happier with the results.

“Our goal was about 2,000 and we have estimates anywhere between 2,500 and 3,000-something went through,” Chevalier said of this year’s festival goers, adding that reports indicate there were times when the popular children’s game and craft tent had approximately 200 children under the awning. “You couldn’t move.”

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Missing couple’s family appeals to public

By Stephen Dafoe

Edmonton – The search for a missing St. Albert couple took a personal turn at RCMP “K” Division headquarters in Edmonton this afternoon. Bret McCann, the son of Lyle and Mary Ann McCann, was joined by his wife Mary-Ann and family friend Darrell Stang to talk to media about the couple who were last seen in St. Albert July 3 purchasing gas for their motor home. The vehicle was discovered engulfed in flames July 5, parked in an isolated cutline outside of Edson near Minnow Lake. The McCanns were reported missing July 10 after failing to meet a family member at a scheduled rendezvous.
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Country Soul Stroll begins this weekend

By Étienne Thevou

Sturgeon County – There is nothing like a weekend drive in the country to put the hectic work week behind us, but this weekend may just be the best weekend to do so this summer. July 17 and 18 marks the kickoff to the Edmonton Regional Tourism Group’s 8th Annual Country Soul Stroll, an opportunity to stroll through some of the regions farms, gardens and museums, as well as an excellent opportunity to visit some of the region’s artists and artisans.
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Mayor wants bitumen upgrading in region

By Stephen Dafoe

Sturgeon County – With a catchy slogan and a serious economic message, Sturgeon County Mayor and Alberta Industrial Heartland Association (AIHA) Chair Don Rigney launched a new campaign last week in Edmonton to get people thinking about how much of Alberta’s raw bitumen is flowing south of the Canadian border. The Refine It Where We Mine It campaign and website seeks to educate Albertans about the importance of adding value to the province’s natural resources.
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St. Albert seniors’ motor home found, couple still missing

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Edson – RCMP report that a missing St. Albert couple’s motor home was found burned near the Minnow Lake campground outside Edson. The green and white 1999 Gulf Stream Sun Voyager had been engulfed in flames and was extinguished by the Edson Fire Department on July 5.

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