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LGI arrives, expects Red Deer to be Alberta hub

The name LGI Industrial and Construction Supplies may not be well known in Alberta. But Paul Lantz is working to change this — one business at a time.

Lantz owns the LGI Industrial and Construction Supplies franchise in Red Deer and is the business’s regional director for Alberta. He’s been building a local customer base over the past few months and plans to open his shop at No. 5, 7875 48th Ave. next week. READ

Red Deer AG Foods now SuperValu

A longtime Red Deer grocery story has returned to its Loblaw roots. Red Deer AG Foods, which is located at 3518 Gaetz Ave., rebranded last week as SuperValu. The new name is a Loblaw Companies Ltd. banner, with the national grocery giant now supplying the Red Deer store. READ

AltaLink sale shouldn’t impact customers: ministers

Albertans will be protected from negative impacts that result from the pending sale of AltaLink to an American company, say a pair of provincial government ministers. READ

Wendy’s at 6781 Gaetz Ave. demolished

Anyone craving a Baconator and Frosty will be disappointed if they stop at the 6781 Gaetz Ave. Wendy’s in Red Deer. READ

One in four businesses affected by fraud in past year

A quarter of Alberta businesses have been affected by fraud in the past year, with the figure jumping to nearly one-half when only retailers are considered. READ

RDC to accept Aeroplan points for tuition

Aeroplan members have long used their points to buy everything from airplane tickets to electronics and other merchandise. Now they can apply those points toward a degree, diploma or certificate from Red Deer College. READ

Agriculture and Food Council to take new approach to AGM

The Agriculture & Food Council of Alberta is putting an innovative twist on its 2014 annual general meeting. READ

Oliver rejects report calling for spending to create jobs, less focus on deficit

Finance Minister Joe Oliver is rejecting a recommendation from a report issued by the C.D. Howe Institute that he focus more on creating jobs than eliminating a tiny deficit. READ

‘Quebec is open for business’

Mario Lévesque has one word for oil and gas companies looking for new development opportunities. Quebec. READ

Cielo announces investor for waste-to-fuel refinery

Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. says it has entered into a joint venture agreement with a Toronto-based investor for funding for its first commercial-scale waste-to-fuel refinery. READ

Student residence also aimed at conference industry

Olds College Centennial Village, which should be ready to house students by the fall of 2015, is being developed with an eye to the conference industry. READ

Second busiest June ever for local realtors

The Central Alberta Realtors Association is reporting that last month was its second busiest June ever, and the fourth highest sales month for the region on record. READ

Local crops could use more moisture

Mark Cutts’ weather wish isn’t one shared by golfers and others who favour clear skies. “A rain would be welcome,” said the Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development crop specialist. READ

Loonie stronger than expected in July

TORONTO — The recent strength of the Canadian dollar has been a surprise, given that many economists expected it to stay weak throughout much of the year. READ

'Serially disappointed’ about economy, Poloz keeps stimulative rates in place

Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz says the economy is still not strong enough to stand on its own and will likely need the boost from super-low interest rates for longer than he thought even three months ago. READ

Minimum wage in 2013 same as 1975 in constant dollars: Statistics Canada

The average minimum wage has remained unchanged in real terms for almost four decades, but economists say more recent increases are likely to continue in the coming years. READ

The best investments aren’t always Canadian

“Derek, my neighbor says it is safer to invest in Canadian companies. Is that true?” While I enjoy a good hockey game with some bacon and maple syrup as much as the next Canadian, I’m not always as patriotic when it comes to my investment choices. READ

Air Spray busy during fire season

With forest fires raging in Alberta, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories — as well as in the United States — Air Spray Ltd. has been moving its aircraft like chess pieces in an effort to defeat the flames. READ

Building blitz in Blackfalds

If residential growth is an indicator of economic health, the town of Blackfalds is hale and hearty. READ

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