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Editorial: Champion Petfoods situation stinks

With little more than a week left in August many of us are wondering why we can still smell cooked meat wafting through the air like an abattoir on gossamer wings. Last January we were informed by Champion Petfoods President and CEO Frank Burdzy that come August his company expected to have the plant’s odour problem licked as clean as a bowl of his company’s Orajen pet food… […]

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Local News

Melville says this is the year for the Jets

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Current and prospective Morinville Jets hit the ice this Friday for the first of five training camps, an annual ritual to prepare and position the Jets heading into the 2011-2012 Capital Junior Hockey League Season. Jets’ President Brent Melville said he is anticipating big things for the Morinville Jets this season, building upon the strong foundation laid by Dan and Roland Blackburn over the last half decade… […]

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Force Pro Wrestling brings larger-than-life show to Morinville

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Saturday night’s wrestling event at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre proved two things: the new $12 million venue can successfully hold entertainment some would consider less than cultural, and Force Pro Wrestling is a force to be reckoned with. While some may still hold up their nose at the idea of wrestling in a facility designed for more refined concerts, Force Pro can hold their heads high for coming out of the gate with an inaugural show that was not only a truly engaging performance but one that seemed larger than life. For two-and-a-half hours, Morinvillians were treated to six professional wrestling bouts that kept the cheers and cat calls escalating from the opening match through to the headline bout… […]

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Province

RCMP contract extended to 2032

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Edmonton – Public Safety Minister Vic Toews and Alberta’s Solicitor General Frank Oberle announced Friday morning the federal government has agreed to extend RCMP contract services another two decades. The current contract, set to expire in 2012 has been extended to 2032, marking a full century of RCMP policing in the province… […]

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Arts & Culture

Best Gardens Competition selects 2011 winners

By Stephen Dafoe

Article contains photo gallery.

Morinville – The fourth annual Best Gardens Competition wrapped up Wednesday morning with judges viewing the handiwork of six local gardeners competing in four separate categories. As has been the case in previous years, there was no shortage of horticultural creativity in the front and back yards of Morinville homes despite a growing season that has seemed like more rain than sun… […]

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Local News

Alexander First Nation signs new health care agreement with AHS

By Morinvillenews.com Staff

Edmonton – A new health care agreement with Alberta Health Services (AHS) will extend funding for 21 continuing care beds at the Kipohtakawkamik Elders’ Lodge in Alexander. AHS staff from Seniors Health and Aboriginal Health joined the Alexander First Nation Chief and citizens for the signing of the agreement… […]

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Chicken chariot race sends council feathers flapping

By Stephen Dafoe

Legal – Some residents have decided not to put all their eggs in one basket with respect to next year’s Fête au Village festival, but as far as council is concerned, and with respect to the idea of hosting chicken chariot races in town, it is better to poulet than draw negative attention on the town… […]

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Council defeats rezoning request

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Legal – Third reading of a bylaw that would rezone a property on Main Street from commercial to R3 to make way for a proposed 4-plex was unanimously defeated at third reading Monday night. Councillors were unanimous in their desire to see Legal’s commercial properties remain available for commercial purposes… […]

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Tomorrow Project underway in Morinville

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Mayor Lloyd Bertschi and Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock MLA Ken Kowalski were among the first people to take part in the Tomorrow Project Monday afternoon. The cancer research project is in town this week at Vanier School, looking to collect research data from a wide variety of Albertans between the ages of 35 and 69. The Alberta Health Services (AHS) initiative seeks to enrol 50,000 Albertans who have never had cancer by 2012, people who answer a non-intrusive questionnaire and who undergo some basic tests in the hopes of one day providing the data necessary to prevent if not defeat cancer… […]

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Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock MLA Kowalski plans to run again

By Stephen Dafoe

Barrhead – Ken Kowalski ended speculation Sunday afternoon he may not run in the next provincial election. The Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock MLA and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly told members of his constituency association and the media he would seek the nomination for the Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock PC Association for the next election, whenever that election may be… […]