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DeWit beats Fox for PC nomination

Incumbent floor-crosser Rod Fox could not hold onto the Progressive Conservative nomination in the Lacombe-Ponoka constituency.

Instead Peter DeWit, a Gull Lake-area businessman, is the PC’s choice. READ

Health levy raises concerns

Central Albertans are willing to dig deeper to pay for “non-essentials” in order to “do their part” in tough times. As of Friday, Albertans paid 16 cents more for a bottle of wine, 90 cents more for a 12-case of beer and $5 more for a carton of cigarettes. But it is the newly-introduced health-care levy that raised concerns among shoppers in Red Deer on Sunday. READ

‘Wolves are still very much misunderstood’

Biologist Sadie Parr grew up in Toronto thinking she would one day help save gorillas and elephants. Then she came West, and one day found herself in Golden, B.C., at a wolf education centre. The effect on her was profound. “With every ounce of my being, fibre, I began learning about them and learning how I could effectively contribute to wolf conservation across Canada.” READ

Man arrested in connection with bank robbery at BMO on March 14

RCMP have arrested a man in connection with an armed robbery at a north Red Deer BMO bank on March 14. READ

Toboggan hill named for Ponoka avalanche victim

A toboggan hill in Ponoka will be named for a local avalanche victim. The rise that’s under development in Kinsmen Recreation Centre Park will be known as the Tom Hamilton Memorial Hill, in memory of the young community builder who died near McBride, B.C., on Saturday while snowmobiling in the mountains. READ

Former Red Deer student pursuing post-graduate work at McGill

A former Red Deer student will be using his excellent university math skills to study a white-cell disease that affects people receiving chemotherapy. READ

New Democratic Party filling roster

Alberta’s New Democratic Party is quickly filling out its roster with a mix of new and familiar faces for the next provincial election. READ

GPS technology used to keep tabs on dementia patients

The profile of a Red Deer technology company is being enhanced by a study into the use electronic devices to monitor people with dementia and other cognitive impairments. READ

Regional sewer line heading north

Three Central Alberta municipalities are putting together a financing deal to kick-start a regional sewage project. READ

Westerner Park wants new events

Westerner Park will be looking to attract some new events in the lead up to the 2016 Memorial Cup, says its new general manager Darrell Komick. READ

Profiting off seniors?

Public Interest Alberta wants to know why companies that will be operating seniors care facilities in Red Deer will make a profit from their contracts with Alberta Health Services. READ

Six deaths in Red Deer linked to fentanyl

Known as “greenies” on the street, illicit fentanyl is raising alarms across the province. READ

Drunken incident at city school an ‘anomaly’: official

It was over almost as soon as it happened, but the actions of an intoxicated man who punched a teacher and chased students at a Red Deer school was enough to unnerve some. READ

County mum on college's request for contribution to athletics facility

Red Deer College made a pitch to Red Deer County for a $5-million contribution towards a proposed $88-million Centre for Health, Wellness and Sport on Tuesday. READ

Former Red Deer Rebel charged in relation to house fire in Langley, B.C.

A former Red Deer Rebel surrendered to RCMP in Langley, B.C., where he faces charges related to a house fire at his father’s residence. READ

Former lead singer of Creedence Clearwater Revival to perform in Red Deer this summer

John Fogarty will sing from the legendary song catalogue of Creedence Clearwater Revival in Red Deer this summer. READ

Woman charged in Riverside Meadows hit and run of cyclist on March 11

Police revealed today that a Red Deer woman has been charged in connection with a hit and run involving a cyclist in Riverside Meadows on March 11. READ

Avalanche victim was planning to sell sled

A Ponoka snowmobiler’s “last hurrah” trip to the mountains ended in tragedy when he was killed by an avalanche on the weekend. READ

Eight youths charged with armed robbery

The prolific robberies in Blackfalds and Red Deer were enough to alarm any community. READ

Piper Creek Foundation thrilled new facility will replace aging lodge

The oldest seniors lodge still open in Alberta — Red Deer’s Piper Creek Lodge — will be replaced with a new facility to be built only a few blocks away at the former Red Deer Nursing Home site. READ

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