Looking Back – June 1st

1915: The Grouard Board of Trade commends the Grouard News for returning to a four-page format.

1965: South Peace News apologizes to its readers for being six hours late. The reason is a recent move to its new location two doors east of the High Prairie Co-op from the Park Hotel.

1967: High Prairie christens Planet High Prairie, a float dedicated to the opening of the UFO landing pad at St. Paul.

1970: Losses are estimated at $90,000 after a fire of unknown origin destroys Mullen Motors.

1970: Joan Fankhanel is appointed the new district home economist in High Prairie.

1974: Northern Alberta Railways Company announces that rail passenger service between Edmonton and Dawson Creek through High Prairie stops.

1976: FabriCorner opens its doors offering fabrics and notions.

1979: Helmer Schmerbauch opens Helmer’s Auto Body Shop south of town.

1982: Dan Vandermeulen is elected acting chairman of HPSD. The move officially restores locally elected control after 10 months of official trusteeship.

1982: Wally Stokes takes over managing the High Prairie Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise.

1983: South Peace News reports the High Prairie landfill may be illegal. It has operated for 10 years without a proper licence.

1983: Commercial fishermen and tourism leaders call for millions of dollars to be spent upgrading docks on Lesser Slave Lake.

1987: Brian Panasiuk and Dorothy Armstrong of the newly-formed High Prairie Tennis Club approach the High Prairie recreation board about building new tennis courts or upgrading the existing ones.

1988: LB’s Fashions moves to the bigger former Pogo Ceramics location.

1989: Al and Marge Johnson take over as managers of the High Prairie Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise.

1991: Pro Hardware closes its doors.

1993: South Peace News reports Gary Daubert opens Gary’s Pool Hall in the old pool hall building.

1994: The Catholic school board announces full kindergarten will operate at St. Andrew’s School in the fall.

1998: Brent and Colleen Trenholm open B.C. Trainers Fitness Studio in the Sports Palace.

2005: Warrant Officer II Mathew Hiron wins the prestigious Cadet Medal of Excellence at the High Prairie Air Cadet Squadron’s Inspection Day.

2005: Snowflake Video manager Jim Taylor says big box stores are a real threat to the High Prairie business community. Snowflake later closes its doors.

2005: South Peace News reports that Radio Shack will reopen soon under the name of Circuit City.

2005: High Prairie pastors gather at Arnie Wyllie’s home for a barbecue to bid Anglican Church Rev. Roy Dickson farewell.

2006: Const. Mark Morrical begins work with the Town of High Prairie joining Alan Bloom.

2008: Thomas Goodson aces the Par 3 second hole at the High Prairie Golf Course.

2008: A first place tie highlights the Faust Walleye Tournament held at the Bayshore Resort. Murray Butler and Bob Hill win the tiebreaker over Robert and Richard Kallbom and win $10,000.

2014: Marlin Haugen is recognized for decades of service after being selected for Hockey Alberta’s Peace Zone Referees’ Award.

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