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July home sales set record

July home sales in Central Alberta were as hot as the weather, with a record-breaking number of houses sold.

It was the best July ever and the fifth best month of all time. READ

Dots closing in October

It’s the end of a clothes-shopping era for many Central Alberta women with the pending closure of the Dots Discount Designer Wear store in downtown Red Deer. READ

10.3 per cent jump in housing starts predicted

Canada’s national housing agency continues to elevate its projections for Red Deer’s residential construction sector, and is now forecasting a 10.3 per cent jump in housing starts this year as compared with 2013. READ

Rifco cites staff turnover for lower second quarter income

Rifco Inc. (TSXV: RFC) saw its second quarter income slip from a year ago — a development the company attributed to staff turnover in key departments. READ

High Arctic Energy Services revenues and earnings spike in Q2

High Arctic Energy Services Inc. (TSX: HWO) posted a year-over-year spike in revenues and earnings for its second quarter. READ

Gamehost profits improve by 16%

Gamehost Inc. (TSX: GH) posted profits of $6.5 million for the three months ended June 30 — a 16 per cent improvement over the same period in 2013. READ

AltaLink expects Western Alberta Transmission Line to be done by the middle of next year

Two decades ago, the Alberta government attempted to forecast the province’s electricity needs. READ

Edgar Farms hard hit by hail storms

Doug Edgar has seen 46 crops at his Innisfail-area farm and never faced a worse hail season. READ

Auction mart sold

A Ponoka auction mart that’s been selling cattle and other livestock since 1957 has been sold itself. READ

Housing starts continue to outpace 2013

New home construction in Red Deer continues to exceed 2013 levels, with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. reporting that there were 50 housing starts in the city last month — up from 36 in July 2013. Starts on single-detached homes numbered 36, with units in multi-family projects adding another 14. Last year, the tallies for July were 32 and four respectively. READ

Pork sanctions will hit home

Russia’s ban against Canadian pork will hit home in Alberta, but the worldwide pork shortage could soften the blow, says Alberta Pork. On Thursday, Russia announced a year-long ban on food products in response to sanctions imposed against it over the crisis in Ukraine. READ

Building permits up

Building permit values surged in Red Deer last month, with the city approving $21.4 million in construction. That marked a nearly 20 per cent increase over the $17.9 million worth of permits issued in July 2013. The residential sector remains strong, with building permits for nearly $11 million in work authorized last month, up from $8.8 million a year earlier. READ

Parkland fuel earnings drop

Parkland Fuel Corp. (TSX: PKI) has reported net earnings of $6.9 million for the three months ended June 30, a 66 per cent drop from the $20.3 million earned in the same quarter of 2013. READ

Dallas, Jablonski headed to Alaska, Idaho for conferences

Alberta International and Intergovernmental Relations Minister Cal Dallas will travel from Alaska to Idaho this month as he attends a pair of conferences. READ

NWP industries sold

An Innisfail company that’s operated in Central Alberta for more than 50 years has been sold. READ

First phase of Trinity Crossing approved

The City of Lacombe is positioned for growth, with council last week setting the stage for new residential and commercial development. Council approved rezoning for the first phase of Trinity Crossing, a new residential development in north Lacombe. READ

Former Travelaire site sold

The site of a proposed commercial centre in northwest Red Deer has changed hands. READ

Red Deer couple nominated for Entrepreneur award

A Red Deer couple are among the finalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year awards for the Prairies. READ

Companies sought for trade mission to Qatar, U.A.E

The provincial government is calling for Alberta companies to participate in a trade mission to Doha, Qatar, and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Scheduled for approximately Nov. 3 to 14, the trip will begin in Doha and then continue to Abu Dhabi, where the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference will run from Nov. 10 to 13 READ

Harvest will be above-average: crop report

A lot can happen between now and harvest, but Central Alberta farmers are currently on track for an above-average crop. A report issued by Agriculture Financial Services Corp. on Friday projected that 2014 yields for this region would be five per cent above the 10-year average. READ

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