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Labour Minister Gray defends minimum wage hike during stop in Red Deer

The Alberta government’s strategy of tackling poverty by boosting minimum wages is hard to swallow, complained local restaurant owners on Wednesday.

Labour Minister Christina Gray got an earful from restaurateurs opposed to hiking minimum wage for servers who also receive tips during a two-hour Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce luncheon. READ

Pop-up radio station pays tribute to the Hip

As The Tragically Hip arrives in Alberta, a Red Deer man is paying tribute to Canada’s beloved band by launching an experimental pop-up radio station online that plays all Hip music, all the time. READ

Rocky pet bylaw focuses on responsible ownership

The Town of Rocky Mountain House has a new tougher dog and cat bylaw that focuses more on pet owners. READ

RCMP arrest five drunk drivers, hand out suspensions to others

Red Deer RCMP were busy last weekend arresting and charging five people with impaired driving, as well as suspending other drivers who had been drinking. READ

Red Deer tops among Alberta’s major cities on Crime Severity Index

Red Deer’s Crime Severity Index (CSI) is higher than Alberta’s other four major cities, recently released Statistics Canada information reveals. READ

Town of Sylvan Lake approves pay hike for next council

Sylvan Lake’s next mayor will get a 30 per cent pay increase and councillors 24 per cent. READ

Arena demolition expected to begin Thursday

The public will be able to witness the demolition of the old Arena and the subsequent rise of the new Red Deer Downtown Arena live online, beginning on Thursday. READ

Regional wastewater project wins Project of the Year Award

North America’s longest pressurized sewer system has earned the admiration of a Missouri-based construction group. READ

County urges province to control weeds in ditches

County of Stettler wants the province to get busy weeding. READ

Ride The Zipper if you dare

Adrenaline junkie is not exactly my middle name. READ

Schalk on trial for alleged sexual assault

A local pastor and operator of several affordable housing developments was on trial in Red Deer provincial court on Thursday for allegedly sexually assaulting a female employee. READ

Heroic clown entertains at Westerner Days

There was no clowning around when Doo Doo the Clown rescued two women from a random assault in downtown Toronto in broad daylight last winter. READ

City revisits marijuana plant

City residents will have the opportunity to weigh in on a proposed zoning change that would allow a controversial new business in Red Deer. READ

Former Red Deer Mountie sentenced on assault charge

A Mountie whose career started in the Red Deer city detachment has been given a conditional discharge for punching a man he had arrested on suspicion of impaired driving. READ

Missing man makes contact with family

A woman from B.C. who came to Red Deer two weeks ago desperately searching for her missing brother was much relieved this week after he contacted her. READ

Books on the Bus pilot project a success

Red Deer’s Books on the Bus program has captured the attention of transit riders and readers. READ

Red Deer canoeist has close call on Red Deer River

“It could have been a lot worse.” READ

Parade will kick off 125th Westerner Days

The 125th Westerner Days parade on Wednesday morning will fittingly feature just over 125 entries. READ

Naloxone: More than 100 overdoses reversed in past year

Turning Point has been saving lives with take-home naloxone kits for just over one year with 130 known opioid overdoses reversed. READ

Westerner Days: the little fair that could

Hang on to your lunch — it’s back! READ

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