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An arena for the ages

The Edmonton Oilers haven’t had much to brag about in recent years. But that should change next year, when the NHL team moves from tired Rexall Place to shimmering Rogers Place Arena.

“The facilities are going to be phenomenal; it’ll be world class in every way,” said Patrick LaForge, president and chief operating officer of the Oilers Entertainment Group. READ

Outdoor show more than just fishing and hunting

After 49 years, you’d think the Red Deer Sportsman & Outdoor Adventure Show would have built up a substantial following. But Jeff Chocholacek, who’s managed the Red Deer Fish & Game Association-organized show for the past decade, thinks the event isn’t drawing the people that it should. READ

Livestock welfare can be a matter of trust

Those who work with livestock can take great pride in their vocation — but they also shoulder great responsibility. READ

Central Alberta Co-op adding stores in Timberlands North

Central Alberta Co-op is expanding its retail network in Red Deer, with a grocery store, gas bar and liquor store proposed for Timberlands North. READ

The biggest threat is fear, irrational decision-making: Hirsch

In his 1933 inauguration speech, then United States president Franklin D. Roosevelt suggested that “the only thing we have to fear is . . . fear itself.” READ

Fallout from BSE case temporary: Minister

Alberta is not expecting its international beef markets to start slamming shut their doors after the latest case of mad cow disease, says the province’s agriculture minister. READ

Home sales down in January

Central Alberta January home sales were down almost 23 per cent from a year earlier as the oil price slump made its presence felt. “The sharp slowdown from very strong levels just one month earlier closely mirrors activity in the rest of the province, as low oil prices have shaken consumer confidence,” says Central Alberta Realtors Association president Lorna Moore in her monthly update released on Thursday. READ

Fatburger thrilled with location at Gasoline Alley

Frank Di Benedetto oversees nearly 45 Fatburger restaurants in Canada. His latest, which officially opens in Gasoline Alley tomorrow, could be in one of the best locations. READ

Busy target pharmacy moving

Consumers’ response to Target coming to Canada might have been tepid, but their support of the retail chain’s Red Deer pharmacy was anything but. READ

New restaurant opening in Rocky

A journeyman plumber/gasfitter from Rocky Mountain House who showcased her culinary skills on national TV is preparing to open a restaurant. READ

Always something new to learn in agriculture

It’s invigorating to learn new things and meet enthusiastic people, and I’ve had a good winter dose of that this year! Broadening horizons is good for the view. READ

iHotel rebrands as a Radisson Hotel

One of the world’s most recognized hotel brands is now on display in Red Deer. READ

Avoiding mistakes by first time investors

Derek, what are some common mistakes that first-time investors make? I’d like to think that we can all be great investors from Day 1, but the reality is that all too often mistakes are made when we are first learning about anything, and investing is no different. READ

Northwestern Air pulling out of Red Deer

Northwestern Air Lease Ltd. is pulling the chute on its operations at the Red Deer Airport. READ

Uncle Ben’s RV sold to Go Auto

Uncle Ben’s RV, one of Western Canada’s oldest recreational vehicle dealers, has changed hands. The dealership, which is located on the east side of Gasoline Alley, has been purchased by Go Auto. The deal took effect Feb. 1. READ

Northwestern Air grounds passenger service to Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray

Northwestern Air Lease Ltd. will end passenger service to Grande Prairie and Fort McMurray from the Red Deer Airport starting next week. READ

Freshii opens in Bower Place

A rapidly growing restaurant chain that bridges the gap between fast food and healthy eating has set up shop in Red Deer. READ

RDC group among best in simulation

A group of Red Deer College students have proven they can produce and sell bicycles with the best — at least on a computer screen. Rylie Schaefer, Jordan Collier, Sam Debree, Mike Dobrowolski and Ryan Dahmer outpaced most of their international competition in a simulated business ventur READ

‘We’re not in the same position as 2008’

Sub-$50 oil has some Central Albertans reflecting fearfully on 2008 and the associated recession. Not Lorna Moore. READ

The future of restaurant service?

A pair of Red Deer entrepreneurs believe they’re on the cusp of revolutionizing the food service industry. READ

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