Owner devastated by loss in fire, but grateful for support

Richard Froese South Peace News An owner of a downtown building and business hit by fire has expressed her frustration. “It is completely devastating,” says Jennifer Woodcock, owner of The Pin Cushion Boutique where contents were lost to smoke and…
Dolphins qualify 26 swimmers for provincials

Richard Froese South Peace News High Prairie Dolphins sent 26 members to the Alberta Summer Swimming Championships last weekend in Edmonton. Swimmers qualified for the provincial finals after the Dolphins finished as the top team at the Peace regional finals…
Horseshoe club pitches new sport in town

Richard Froese South Peace News The new High Prairie Horseshoe Club has pitched itself as a new sport in town with a major tournament set for Sept. 2-3. “It’s an inexpensive recreational sport for all ages to get into,” says…
Kids try their hand in bark carving

Katrina Owens Spotlight Local kids had the chance to dabble in bark carving and painting last week at the Lesser Slave Lake Regional Arts Council’s (RAC) Kid’s Art Days. “We were pretty disappointed that we weren’t able to host our…
Michaud wins draw for ATV

Richard Froese South Peace News Marcel Michaud of High Prairie was the big winner of the High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo ATV Raffle. After his name was pulled on Aug. 2, he selected a 2017 Polaris Ranger. “I didn’t believe…
Tolko lays out plan to re-open in High Prairie

Richard Froese South Peace News Tolko Industries Ltd. has laid out its general development plan to re-open its oriented strand board (OSB) mill in High Prairie in early 2018. A preliminary harvesting plan for the next five years was presented…
Clean Up work continues at old fuel stations

Richard Froese South Peace News Work crews returned to sites of two former fuel stations in High Prairie along Highway 2 last week. Across from the Town of High Prairie office, crews and equipment completed regular environmental monitoring on Aug.…
Fires strike High Prairie downtown businesses

Richard Froese South Peace News Two downtown High Prairie businesses and two vehicles were struck by fire on the morning of Aug. 15. Emergency services were called to fires first at the Collett Building and then to the Pin Cushion…
Grouard set to get long awaited outdoor skating rink

Richard Froese South Peace News A new outdoor ice rink will soon be going in the ground in Grouard for the coming winter on land leased by Big Lakes County. At its regular meeting Aug. 9, county council approved a…
IDA Pharmacy open in 2 High Prairie locations

Richard Froese South Peace News IDA Pharmacy has arrived in High Prairie. RX Drug Mart purchased 27 former Rexall stores across Canada, including the two locations in High Prairie. IDA Pharmacy downtown on 49 Street opened on Aug. 9 and…
Town and county pitch in funds for horseshoe club

Richard Froese South Peace News Town and county councils have pitched in a small amount of funding to the new High Prairie Horseshoe Club to host a tournament in early September. Funding of $200 was approved upon administration recommendation by…
Slow down in hamlets in Big Lakes County

Richard Froese South Peace News Speed limits could soon be the same in hamlets in Big Lakes County, and lower in some hamlets. At its regular meeting Aug. 9, council gave first two readings to a bylaw to lower the…