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Richard Froese South Peace News When cannabis (marijuana) becomes legal on Oct. 17, Big Lakes County appears to be closed for business. At its regular meeting Aug. 8, council set a public hearing for Sept. 12 after giving first reading…
PIC – In the  spirit of fun!

Two boys get all prettied up and into the spirit of the 25th anniversary of the Penny Carnival at the High Prairie Municipal Library on Aug. 9 in the Funny Photo Booth. Left-right, are Tao Cloutier, 9, and Christian Anderson.…

Richard Froese South Peace News Gift Lake Metis Settlement has been granted provincial funding for Culture Days on the last weekend in September. The local Metis Settlement was one of 14 celebration sites selected for northern Alberta by Alberta Culture…
Jam-packed afternoon of fun promised

Chris Clegg South Peace News It’s hard to imagine a place where there are so many games to be played in such a short time. Or, so much fun! But each year, hundreds of children attend the High Prairie Municipal…

H.P. court docket July 30, 2018 Judge D.R. Shynkar A young man was handed a heavy fine for being in the driver’s seat of a vehicle and being extremely intoxicated. Dustin Conrad McRee of Slave Lake was fined $1,500, plus…

Richard Froese South Peace News Applications for minor development in the direct control district in Big Lakes County will no longer need the blessing from council. At its regular meeting July 25, county council approved a recommendation that applications related…
Indigenous culture returns to rodeo

Richard Froese South Peace News Indigenous culture returned for the first time in about 50 years to the High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo held July 31 and Aug. 1. The Treaty 8 Tipi Camp presented local communities with seven tipis…
Gospel Sing celebrates cultures

Chris Clegg South Peace News A small but appreciative audience celebrated Christ in many languages at the Community Gospel Sing July 29 at the High Prairie Church of the Nazarene. Due to several other activities, many who normally attend did…

2019 construction targeted Richard Froese South Peace News A plan to construct broadband Internet service for the Big Lakes County region is set to be ready in 2019. At its regular meeting July 25, county council awarded a contract to…
PIC – Food for the food bank

High Prairie and District Food Bank Society held its annual hamburger barbecue fundraiser July 31 during the 58th annual High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo after the parade. Left-right, are society secretary Elizabeth Fraser, Shawna Rich, daughter Renee Rich, 6, and…
The Page – August 8, 2018

Congratulations to everybody who pitched in with floats and cars and trucks for the super huge High Prairie Elks Rodeo Parade July 31. You can see pictures of many floats and entrants on our website at southpeacenews.com. Click on the…

Richard Froese South Peace News Reports of fecal coliform contaminating drinking water in the West Prairie River in early June has drawn concern from Big Lakes County. At its regular meeting July 25, council tabled a decision to partner with…

SPN Staff Carillion is out and Emcon Services is in as the new maintenance contractor for highways in the High Prairie area. Carillion Canada sold its highway maintenance operations in Alberta and Ontario to Emcon Services Inc., a highway and…

Chris Clegg South Peace News A McLennan man is dead following a single-vehicle rollover near Grouard on July 31. High Prairie RCMP Sgt. George Cameron says police and Emergency Services responded to a call about 30 km northeast of High…

Chris Clegg South Peace News A Fort Saskatchewan man is dead following an accident 130 kms northeast of High Prairie July 29. High Prairie RCMP Sgt. George Cameron says police and Emergency Services were called July 29 at 6:45 p.m.…
Demolition scheduled; NLC finds temporary home

Richard Froese South Peace News Northern Lakes College has taken a big step to construct a new consolidated campus in High Prairie. Work to demolish the main academic campus on the east side of town is set to start while…