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PED found at pig-handling facility

Alberta Pork is reporting a positive test for porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED).

The producer association made the announcement in a release late Wednesday. It said the infected sample was found in office space at an undisclosed pig-handling facility in Alberta during routine testing by Alberta Pork and the Alberta government. READ

PSAC not panicking, despite drop in price

The drop in oil prices hasn’t caused the Petroleum Services Association of Canada to hit the panic button. But the national trade association — which represents the service, supply and manufacturing sectors of the upstream petroleum industry — is forecasting a decrease in the number of wells that will be drilled in Canada next year. READ

Camp Caddy: A camp kitchen in a box

A Lacombe couple think they’ve invented an easy way to transport cooking equipment from home to campsite, and they’re counting on crowdfunding to turn their idea into an international product. READ

Rocky Mountain House Co-op Home Centre honoured

Rocky Mountain House Co-op Home Centre has been named one of Canada’s top hardware and home-improvement stores. READ

Helping the new prospective home buyer

For most people, purchasing a home is the biggest financial transaction of their lives. Yet many do so with little or no formal instruction. The Home Program helps fill this void by providing prospective buyers with education, counselling, referrals and other assistance in their quest for a house to call their own READ

Avoid the Christmas crowds and support charity with Red & White Night

Looking for a way to avoid the crowds when you do your Christmas shopping this year? Bower Place shopping centre is offering a $10 solution that will also support local charity. It’s staging a special shopping night on Sunday, Nov. 23, when participants will have exclusive access to the mall and its stores from 6 to 9 p.m. READ

Equipment expo rebrands

Tens of thousands of people attend the Agri-Trade Equipment Expo in Red Deer each year. Why? Thanks to a survey conducted at last year’s show, organizers now know it’s to research and buy new equipment, and to socialize. And that’s already prompted changes to this year’s event, which runs Nov. 5 to 8 at Westerner Park. READ

BDC economist discusses keys to success

There’s no secret formula for operating a successful business. But the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) may have come up with the next best thing. READ

All-weather tires lauded

When it comes to tires, “all-season” doesn’t necessarily include winter. That’s the message Bill Gardiner is driving home during a national tour promoting the advantages of all-weather tires. The resident mechanic on TSN’s long-running TV program Motoring says all-season tires can come up short when the temperature dips below 7C. READ

Agriculture Hall of Fame inductees made lasting impressions

It may not be as high profile as Alberta’s Sports Hall of Fame on the highway near Red Deer, but our province does have an Agriculture Hall of Fame. READ

Auto groups recognized for building import demand

A pair of Red Deer auto groups have been recognized by an industry magazine for their success in building local demand for import vehicles. The Gary Moe Auto Group and the Scottsville Group are featured on the front of the October issue of Canadian AutoWorld, an independent publication geared to members of the automotive industry. READ

There is no supervisor gene

Work in any business environment requires the co-ordination of effort. This is crucial to any organization’s success. There are numerous roles and processes that enhance productivity and positive results. Two of the critical positions are the roles of a manager and a supervisor. READ

Servicing nearing completion at Energy Business Park

You can add Energy Business Park to the list of industrial parks in and around Red Deer. Servicing of the approximately 43-acre parcel on the east side of Gasoline Alley in Red Deer County is nearing completion, with paving expected to occur early next spring. READ

September home sales set record

The “R” word hasn’t been used much in real estate circles since the heady days preceding the 2008 recession. But it’s becoming tough to discuss Central Alberta’s residential resale market without talking about records. READ

Alberta Agriculture estimates 2014 harvest nearing the end

The end to the 2014 harvest is in sight for Central Alberta farmers, with only a few clouds to obscure the finish line. READ

Red Deer among the most business-friendly cities in the country

It’s slipped a bit down the entrepreneurial pole, but Red Deer can still claim to be one of the most business-friendly cities in the country. READ

New music store downtown

Downtown Red Deer will soon have a melodious addition to its retail lineup. Music Centre Canada is preparing to open at the corner of Gaetz Avenue and 48th Street at No. 107, 4815 50th Ave. — the former site of the Business Development Bank of Canada. READ

Pig virus found at handling facility

A deadly pig virus has been found in Alberta. Alberta Pork reported on Thursday that swine delta coronavirus (SDCV) was detected at a pig-handling facility in the province during a recent check. It said the infected sample was not taken from a farm or a sick animal, and pointed out that SDCV is not transmissible to people and does not present a human health risk READ

Trail Appliances relocating to Gasoline Alley

Red Deer is losing a longtime business to Gasoline Alley. Trail Appliances plans to relocate from 2823 Bremner Ave. to 557 Lantern St., which is northwest of Cam Clark Ford. READ

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