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1912: The first issue of the Grouard News rolls off the press with Roy S. Burns as publisher. The four-page broadsheet costs five cents per paper. Subscriptions are $2 per year. It’s the first paper in the Peace Country. 1912:…
Artifact-of-the-Week August 10, 2016

The High Prairie and District Museum has an old stirrup used for an old English riding saddle in its collection. It was donated by Hilda Poloz, date unknown. Records indicate the stirrup was brought overseas to Canada from England in…

by Jeff Burgar Maybe someone, somewhere, is outraged how High Prairie town council cavalierly breaks its own rules. Then some councillor mumbles justification that is so ludicrous, it is hardly worth comment. Maybe somewhere there is outrage. Certainly not in…

by Richard Froese Summer is almost over and parents are getting their children ready to head back to school in a few weeks. Be a good citizen and shop at home to support your local community. With many businesses struggling…

ARIES – Mar 21/Apr 20 It may take a little extra effort to solve a particularly puzzling problem this week, Aries. It’s not an insurmountable obstacle, just one that takes patience. TAURUS – Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, all of your…
Wiebe returns as town’s treasurer

Richard Froese South Peace News A former treasurer for the Town of High Prairie is back in her previous position. Terri Wiebe returned as treasurer April 20 to a role she previously served from 2009-11. “I never thought I would…
PIC – Ride-em, cowboy!

Action in the ring thrilled the crowds at the 56th annual High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo on Aug. 2-3. Over the two days, riders competed in various events. In the photo, Ryan Smith, 5, of High Prairie, hangs on in…

Do you know what they mean? by Ken Melnyk, High Prairie Fire Chief The High Prairie Fire Department is implementing the Green Light Program starting Sept. 1. Do you know what it means if you see a car with a…

Elder Spencer Roundy Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints This week’s article was contributed by Elder Spencer Roundy. Elder Roundy has just completed a two-year service mission in our area, the Canada Edmonton Mission for the Church of Jesus…
PICs – Thrills and spills highlight rodeo

Action in the ring thrilled the crowds at the 56th annual High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo on Aug. 2-3. Over the two days, riders competed in various events such as bareback riding, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, bull riding, tie-down roping,…
Obituary – Ernest J. Bertin

Ernest J. Bertin was born on May 20, 1932 and passed away July 14, 2016 at the age of 84 years. Ernie was born in New Brunswick, the son of Arthur and Mary Bertin. He was predeceased by his wife…
Obituary – George Francis Dow

George Francis Dow was born on March 30th, 1941 in High Prairie. He was the second of eight children born to Eddy and Addy Dow. Francis, who passed away July 4 at the age of 75 years, lived in Faust…
Obituary – Denis Lawrence Peyre

Denis Lawrence Peyre, of High Prairie, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home on July 18, 2016. He was 73 years old. He is survived by: his wife of 42 years, Jackaline [nee Fisher]; son Brent Peyre; daughter…
Putt! Putt! Putt! And they’re off!

Spotlight Staff Lawn tractor races were held at the Smoky River Agriculture Society’s grounds by Donnelly during the afternoon of July 30. Three sets of races were held as heats, then the third place racers from each heat raced each…

Spotlight A province-wide search is on for Alberta’s outstanding volunteers, and people can help by nominating their own local hero for a Stars of Alberta Volunteer Award. These awards recognize the exemplary service of volunteers whose contributions have made a…