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Bike ride honours memory of fallen resident

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – It has been many years since Roger Champagne was gunned down in Las Vegas by a man looking to feed his drug habit, but the Morinville man, well known for his kindness in the community, has never been forgotten by friends, family or the hundreds of MCHS students who were born some years after the man’s passing. Such is the legacy of Roger Champagne whose memory is honoured each year by MCHS students who take to the mountains for a bike ride that bears his name… […]

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Happy Birthday Morinville

One hundred years ago today Omer St. Germain, Morinville’s first mayor, leaned over a table, signed a document and Morinville became a town. One hundred years to the day later and that historical event will be recreated in the local parish hall Monday night to officially mark Morinville’s centennial and act as the kick-off of homecoming week, seven days of remembering where we came from and looking to where we’re going… […]

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Tories introduce new mortgage rules

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Ottawa – Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced Monday the government was tightening rules on government-backed insured mortgages. The new rules, set to come into effect this spring, will reduce the maximum amortization rate on mortgages from 35 years to 30, and will reduce the amount a person can borrow to refinance their home from 90 per cent of the property’s value to 85 per cent… […]

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Heartland Transmission Project community hearing session dates set

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Edmonton – The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) announced Tuesday it had set dates and times for community hearing sessions as part of its enhanced public hearing process for the Heartland Transmission Project (HTP) application.

Evening sessions have been selected for Morinville, Bon Accord, Fort Saskatchewan, Spruce Grove, Sherwood Park and South Edmonton… […]

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County Council narrowly passes 2011 budget

By Stephen Dafoe

Sturgeon County – County ratepayers will see a 6.2 per cent increase in their 2011 property taxes now that County Council has approved the 2011 budget. The budget passed with a 4-3 vote Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Don Rigney and Councillors David Kluthe and Don McGeachy voting against the $54 million budget on the basis of the increase.

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Area firefighter one of ten finalists in CBC competition

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Morinville – The Morinville Fire Department provided the backdrop to a CBC news crew last month when 54-year-old St. Albert firefighter and Canadian Aid for Fire Services Abroad (CAFSA) founder Victor Fernandez was filmed receiving two fire trucks from the department …

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County could face 6.2 per cent tax increase

By Stephen Dafoe

Sturgeon County – The County’s proposed 2011 budget ended up very close to where it began when three full days of budget deliberations closed Friday afternoon. Originally suggested as a 6.1 per cent tax increase when the initial discussions began Nov. 19; the final proposed figures ended up at 6.2 per cent at the end of discussions Dec. 3. The tax increase had rose as high at 10.24 per cent during Council’s discussions of next year’s budget, but was trimmed back down Friday.

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Library to host crafty fundraiser this weekend

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – The Morinville Public Library is taking over the Morinville Parish Hall this Saturday to host a Christmas Craft Fair. The annual event, which takes place during Morinville’s Christmas Festival weekend, brings together local craft makers to showcase what they have to offer to local Christmas shoppers.

But while the craft show provides one-stop-shopping that can help people whittle away at their Christmas gift giving list, it also helps the library throughout the rest of the year.
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November is Family Violence Prevention Month

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Edmonton – The Alberta government is reminding Albertans that knowledge is a critical aspect in supporting the safety and well-being of children, youth and families. During November, a focus will be placed on reminding Albertans of the resources available to those experiencing family violence first hand … […]

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Legal selects its councillors

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Legal – Voters went to the polls Monday to select five of seven candidates to serve on Legal Town Council. Unique among communities in Sturgeon County, Legal does not hold a vote for mayor. Rather, the elected council, once sworn in, will hold an organizational meeting to select from amongst their number one to serve as mayor.

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Bertschi maintains his seat as mayor

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Incumbent Mayor Lloyd Bertschi defeated one term Councillor Joseph Trapani in the race for the mayor’s chair Monday. Bertschi received 964 votes compared to Trapani’s 823.

After mayor and council were acclaimed in 2007, Trapani had decided in the eleventh hour to take a run at the mayor’s seat rather than seek another term on council so as to force an election, but the defeat … […]

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Council candidates divided on pool [Audio]

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff
Morinville – The topic of a swimming pool for Morinville surfaced as one of the questions moderator Paul Smith asked of council candidates at Wednesday night’s All-Candidates Forum. Like the public themselves, candidates were divided on the issue.

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