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A weekend of fun begins

Photos by Stephen Dafoe

St. Jean Baptiste Festival got underway Friday night with plenty of activities in festival square. Saturday will be the big day of events in festival square and around town… […]

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Latest Francophone artwork completely off the wall

By Stephen Dafoe

Legal – The Centralta Tourism Society unveiled its 34th Francophone work of art on St. Jean Baptiste Day, but unlike the preceding 33, this one is completely off the wall – literally. At 20 feet wide and 30 feet tall, the new work of art combines the welding and fabricating talents of Louis Forcade and his family with the painting skill of John Ellenberger to create a massive three dimensional monument depicting the history of bilingualism and the history of French settlers and their relationship with the British… […]

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Morinville couple recalls Frontier Days

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – It’s only fitting in Morinville’s centennial year that residents would look back to festivals of years gone by. For 25 of those years, Ed and Anne Kryskow were at the helm of what was then known as Frontier Days. Thursday, the couple reflected back on memories of those festivals that were the inspiration for the ramped-up St. Jean Baptiste Festival of the past few years. The Krysows were interviewed by 630CHED during their Home Town Tour stop in Morinville… […]

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Morinville proves to be 100 per cent Hikk

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Morinville – Country rested in Morinville Thursday night with the arrival of country / rock band Jo Hikk, the third of a series of five concerts to rock the new Community Cultural Centre during St. Jean Baptiste Festival week.
From the moment the doors open, it was all country, all the time – with servers and staff dressed in country attire and a special guest appearance by the Six Shooters, a group of authentic looking western actors… […]

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Art in the Garden now in bloom

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Morinville – The third annual Art in the Garden opened Thursday night with a special opening gala evening, combining art, plants, wine, music and fine food into one artistic and cultural event… […]

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Chamber has new president and board

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Morinville – The Morinville and District Chamber of Commerce held its General Annual Meeting Wednesday afternoon to elect its president, vice president and directors at large. Vice President Heather Folkins of Escape Travel was elected President of the business advocacy group by acclamation. President Sheldon Fingler stepped down as Chamber president but accepted the nomination and post of vice president. The Chamber will now have eight directors at large, an increase of one board member from 2010. Board members Janet Altmiks, Sheilagh Bryan, Stephen Dafoe, Lynn Dechamplain, Linda Getzlaff, Paula Hittinger, Deborah Symanczuk, Charlene Whitfield and Simon Boersma were elected to their posts by acclamation… […]

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Beavers learn about plants by sharing

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – A pair of busy beavers made light work of getting their garden at the Morinville Centennial Community Gardens ready Tuesday night. 1st Morinville Beavers XXXX Steele and Kyle Campbell, together with leader Melodie Steele, planted a variety of plants, including potatoes, tomatoes, squash and other veggie varieties in one of the new garden plots… […]

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Robbery in Bon Accord

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Morinville – The Bon Accord Food Town was robbed Wednesday night. At approximately 6:30 p.m. Morinville RCMP responded to the call in the neighbouring community… […]

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Jimmy Flynn performs to a sold out crowd

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Maritime comedian Jimmy Flynn brought his trademark brand of humour to a midweek audience Wednesday night, giving the sold out crowd at Morinville Community Cultural Centre plenty of belly laughs.

After three-and-a-half decades of performing across the country and around the globe, the secret of Flynn’s success is … […]

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Canada Day returns to Morinville

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – After an absence of several years, Canada Day returns to Morinville this year with a low key and historically-themed celebration of the nation’s 144th birthday. Hosted by the Morinville Historical and Cultural Society, the event will provide Morinvillians and visitors with a blending of old and new as well as a blending of the cultures that were present when Morinville was born 100 years ago… […]

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Kowalski and Bertschi respond to MLA rumours

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – With a PC leadership race about to ramp into high gear and with more than three decades under his belt as MLA, there has been considerable talk about the prospect of Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock MLA and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Ken Kowalski’s plans to announce his retirement this August.

But while Twitter tweets have heralded the end of Kowalski’s run in provincial politics, the man himself said the matter is not so cut and dried, nor is it the first time he had been asked the question about his future plans recently… […]

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Morinville chooses its sign

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Morinville – Results are in from a poll conducted by the Town of Morinville and MorinvilleNews.com to break a tie between council members on just which of two new sign designs would grace the entrances to the community. […]

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Broken Walls kicks off Festival concert series

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – The 2011 St. Jean Baptiste Festival got off to a solid start Tuesday night with a spirited and spiritual performance by Aboriginal singing group Broken Walls. The three-piece band of Joseph Maracle, Bill Pagaran and Kris DeLorenzi come from Ontario and Alaska. Two of the bands members are from Ontario. Bassist DeLorenzi is from Thunder Bay and lead singer Maracle from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. Drummer Pagaran hails from Palmer, Alaska… […]