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Former winner Skinner still in the hunt at Senior Men's Golf Championship

Tom Skinner is far from out of the running for the Guardian Capital Senior Men’s Golf Championship at the Red Deer Golf and Country Club and he knows exactly what he needs to do to stay in contention.

“My putter needs to cooperate,” he said following an opening round two-over par 74 Tuesday. READ

A complicated harvest

Recent rains will help crops but also complicate the harvest on many farms, says a Central Alberta crop specialist. Harry Brook, with Alberta Agriculture, said the precipitation will spur on fresh growth in fields from seeds that have been dormant in dry soil. “You’re going to have crop that’s mature and ripe. Then you’re going to have this stuff that’s as green as grass. Trying to harvest it is going to make it difficult because it invites a storage problem. You have quality issues as well,” Brook said on Monday. READ

Loonie drop is a reflection of economy

“Derek, why is the Canadian Dollar so much less than the US Dollar?” Since we typically use Canadian dollars on a day-to-day basis the change in value compared to other currencies should matter all that much. However, with that in mind many of us travel, own property outside of Canada, run a company, or partake in online shopping and the value of our dollar is important. Compared to this time last year, our loonie has declined roughly 16% when compared to the US greenback. So what’s causing this? READ

New meat shop opens Friday

Longtime Lacombe-area bison rancher Armin Mueller is hanging his shingle on a new shop. Mueller and partner and master butcher Jakob Jud will swing open the door on Friday on a new storefront location in Lacombe featuring frozen natural meat, mostly from surrounding producers. Rangeland Meat Shops is the first of what could be a string of stores offering bison, elk, chicken, pork and beef free of antibiotics and growth hormones. READ

Crop yields shrivelling in the heat

“PDQ” is how Alberta Agriculture crop specialist Harry Brook sums up how soon Central Alberta farmers need some decent rainfall. READ

Two new fitness clubs planned for Parkland Mall

Side-by-side fitness clubs operated by the same company are planned at Parkland Mall next year. Located in the former Sears site at the mall, a 63,000-square-foot GoodLife Fitness and a 12,000- square-foot Fit4Less by GoodLife are expected to open next spring. READ

An all-women brew

The latest beer to emerge from the Olds College brewmaster and brewery operations management program is a pale ale that owes its existence to a woman’s touch — or, more accurately, the touch of seven women. READ

Cineplex to offer UltraAVX

Red Deer will officially become an UltraAVX community on Friday. Movie enthusiasts will recognize the UltraAVX name as Cineplex Inc.’s premiere offering, with its sharpest picture, crispest sound and most comfortable seating. It was rolled out in a handful of Canadian theatres in 2010, and has since spread to about 60 locations. “They’ve been hugely popular,” said Mike Langdon, director of communications with Cineplex. READ

News outlet will take to cyberspace

It’s been 5 1/2 years since CHCA-TV went black and Red Deer lost its only local television station. But a former videographer and producer at the station now hopes to fill part of the lingering void. READ

Agri-Trade will have an international flavour

There will be plenty of farm talk at Westerner Park when the Agri-Trade Equipment Expo kicks off on Wednesday. But if you listen carefully, you might also hear Spanish, Turkish and other languages. READ

Hog exchange owner reacts to video showing abuse

Hidden-camera video shot at Western Hog Exchange’s handling facilities in Red Deer has attracted the scrutiny of CTV’s investigative program W5. READ

DataCan buys Lee’s Specialties

The business formerly known as Lee Specialties has been purchased by DataCan Services Corp. READ

Evraz going public, will offer shares

Evraz North America, which operates a pipe plant north of Red Deer, announced on Friday that it plans to go public. READ

Bower Place Shopping Centre rebranding

Bower Place Shopping Centre has rebranded itself as Bower Place. READ

Local companies make Venture provincial list of highest revenues

Central Alberta companies have strengthened their presence on Alberta Venture magazine’s annual list of the provincial companies with the highest revenues. Parkland Fuel Corp., High Arctic Energy Services Inc. and Gamehost Inc. of Red Deer, and Agriculture Financial Services Corp. (AFSC) of Lacombe all remained on The Venture 250 for 2014, and improved their placement from last year’s list. READ

Five levels of an entrepreneur

In his online article in “The Owl” in early August, Todd Hirsch, chief economist with ATB Financial, reported some revealing statistics. In June 2014, 395,991 companies were registered in Alberta. According to Statistics Canada, nearly 60 per cent of those companies were “micro-businesses,” employing just one to four people. Another 17 per cent employed fewer than 10 people. READ

Business confidence up in August

Alberta business owners regained some of their swagger in August, according to the latest survey conducted by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. READ

Plenty of opportunities for growing hemp

Ruth DeSantis has a word of advice for Central Alberta farmers who are tired of seeding canola and grain. Hemp. READ

Central Alberta companies making a global impact

Garett Cupples knows his way around an atlas. His company, GenTex Oilfield Manufacturing Inc., has sent oilfield heating and pumping equipment to nearly 20 countries. In fact, exports have accounted for 30 to 50 per cent of his Red Deer company’s sales over the years. READ

2013 a strong year for residential construction in Red Deer

The value of residential construction and renovation work in Red Deer jumped more than 27 per cent in 2013, according to a report commissioned by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association — Alberta. READ

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