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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

TFW cap impacts labour shortage: Kobly

Think Alberta’s labour shortage is severe now? Wait until July 2016. That’s when the federal government’s cap on the number of low-wage temporary foreign workers that a business can employ will have been ratcheted down to 10 per cent of its workforce — a reduction that, when combined with Alberta’s current labour shortfall of about 50,000 people, will leave a provincial deficit of 90,000 employees. READ

Tilted Kilt slated to open this week in Bower Plaza

Central Albertans will soon be able to munch on Irish nachos, Gaelic chicken, shepherd’s pie and a variety of other British Isles-themed dishes. And they’ll have a choice of 36 draft beers and an assortment of bottled beverages with which to wash that food down. READ

Facility vows to end abuse

The chairman of the Western Hog Exchange says his organization is taking steps to prevent the kind of animal abuse that was shown on video broadcast by CTV’s investigative program W5 on Saturday. READ

No shortage of opportunities to donate to charity

Derek, I am interested in ways to donate to charity — what are some ideas here? I strongly applaud and encourage charitable interests during your lifetime and through your estate. Each of us knows of a charity that is close to our heart and there is certainly some benefit in helping these charities succeed. READ

Red Deer jobless rises

Unemployment in the Red Deer region moved upward last month, despite an overall decrease for the province as a whole. Statistics Canada’s latest labour force survey found a jobless rate of 4.0 per cent for the area in September, up from 3.7 per cent in August. The rate a year earlier was 3.7 per cent. READ

Warm weather hastens harvest

Recent warm weather has given Central Alberta farmers a boost in their efforts to bring in the 2014 crop. READ

September a strong month for housing starts

September was a prolific month for multi-unit home construction in Red Deer, based on the latest report from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. READ

Restaurateur jumps into barbecue big leagues

The activities of teenage boys are many and varied, but Dylan Cave pushed the boundaries with one of his youthful pursuits. The self-described “carnivore” developed an early affinity for barbecuing, especially the wood-smoked variety. After experimenting with charcoal and wood chips on a propane barbecue — with delicious results — he jumped into the barbecue big leagues. READ

Red Deer County calls for more monitoring on livestock feed

Red Deer County has thrown its support behind a call for increased provincial monitoring for a toxin found in livestock feed. Ergot is a difficult-to-detect toxin that is increasingly getting in cereal grains and processed livestock feed. READ

Red Deer Chamber policies adopted by national chamber

Three policy resolutions from the Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce have been adopted by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. READ

Reverse Dealer: A different way to sell a car

Chris Schellenberger is looking to shake up the auto resale industry. The Blackfalds resident is poised to launch Reverse Dealer — a business that will offer buyers and sellers of used vehicles a hybrid between dealerships and private sales. The result will be extra money in the pockets of both parties, he said. READ

Info session offered for getting into farming

Are you thinking of a career in farming but not sure if or how to proceed? Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development will offer some guidance on Oct. 30 during a day-long seminar in Airdrie. READ

Leaders at work

By all reports, the 2014 Leadership Conference held in Red Deer on Sept. 22 and 23 was a great event. The lineup of keynote and session presenters offered useful and inspirational messages on a range of topics. READ

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