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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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Sturgeon County selects councillors for its contested divisions

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Sturgeon County – Voters in Divisions 3, 4 and 5 went to the polls Monday, each selecting a councillor to join Divisions 1, 2 and 6 acclaimed candidates Don McGeachy, Tom Flynn and Karen Shaw, all of whom were unopposed in their re-election bids.

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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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Bertschi and Trapani differ on dealing with odour problem

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – During Wednesday night’s All-Candidates Forum held at Smith Music, mayoral candidates Lloyd Bertschi and Joseph Trapani offered different approaches to dealing with residents’ concerns about the odour coming from Champion Pet Foods, Morinville’s largest rate payer … […]

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Residents question candidates at driveway forum

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Twelve of Morinville’s 15 mayoral, council and school trustee candidates braved a chilly evening to gather in a South Glens driveway Tuesday night, answering questions from about two dozen residents of the roughly 280-home subdivision located southeast of Morinville proper. Candidates Lucie Roy, Ben Van De Walle and Kerry Knight did not attend, although Knight sent regrets that she was double booked that evening.
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Candidates make their pitches to business owners

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By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Morinville – Fourteen of Morinville’s 15 mayoral, council and school trustee candidates came out to the October luncheon of the Morinville and District Chamber of Commerce Wednesday afternoon to make their pitch at business voters and to answer questions from Morinville’s business communities.
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Chamber invites candidates to its October luncheon

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Morinville – Candidates have less than two weeks to brush up on their positions, particularly those that might be of interest to Morinville’s business community. The Morinville & District Chamber of Commerce put out an open invitation … […]

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Three candidates running for two Morinville trustee seats

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Three candidates have put their names forward to fill Morinville’s two seats on Greater St. Albert Catholic Regional Division No. 29’s seven-member board. The division pulls four trustees from St. Albert, two from Morinville and one from Legal. Cathy Proulx was acclaimed as Legal’s trustee, but Morinville’s race is between incumbent trustee Lauri-Ann Turnbull and newcomers Noreen Radford and Heather Thiessen … […]