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Final rehearsal

Rob Goring rehearses with the Red Deer Royals at Great Chief Park on Thursday in preparation for the band’s trip to Europe. The band left for Europe on Friday and wil be gone until Aug. 3. It will perform 12 times, in Ireland, Germany and Holland as well as competing in the World Association Music Show Band Championships in Kerkrade, The Netherlands. During the course of the trip, band members will contribute to a blog at www.reddeeradvocate.com

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Local briefs – July 17

A Red Deer man charged with using a sawed-off shotgun to collect a small debt has elected a Court of Queen’s Bench trial with judge alone.

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Green Party de-registered

The Green Party of Alberta has imploded, a victim of political infighting and its inability to provide key financial records for Elections Alberta.

Sex-change clients file complaints

Five Red Deer and area sex change patients are among three dozen who have filed human rights complaints against Alberta Health for cutting off funding for sex-change surgery.

Red Deer Remand Centre death prompts methanol recommendation

Fatality inquiry findings for a man who died at Red Deer Remand Centre in 2007 recommends people in law enforcement be educated on methanol toxicity.

Area camps vigilant, but there’s no sign yet of H1N1 virus

Swine flu has so far not struck children at Central Alberta summers camps, including the Penhold cadet camp.

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Healthy Delphiniums

Carrie Vivier, a gardener for the City of Red Deer Recreation, Parks and Culture Department, ties lines around towering delphiniums in City Hall Park on Wednesday. The hallmark city gardens have come a long way — thanks to days of recent rain and the return of the sun after drought conditions earlier this summer.

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RDC international programs co-ordinator OK with changes to visa rules

The handful of Mexican students planning to attend Red Deer College should see few difficulties under Canada’s new visitors’ rules, says the college’s international programs co-ordinator.

Work to start only a year after fire

One year after a fire destroyed Mountain Aire Lodge, street people now living and working at the Sundre area centre will begin construction next month on a new facility.

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Westerner Days parade

Groom Austin Shier-Leslie, 7, and bride Kira Caster, 4, play before getting into their Arrow Limousine for the Westerner Days parade Wednesday morning. Thousands of people staked out vantage points along the downtown route to get a good view of the event. More than 150 entries, from miniature and antique cars to horse-drawn wagons and colourful floats, took part.

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Police identify Stettler teen killed in weekend crash

Police have released the identity of a teenage boy killed in a crash near Sylvan Lake this past weekend.

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Red Deer’s arrested guests claim their prize

A Fort St. John family of six was arrested by Red Deer RCMP Tuesday. But the unusual arrest was well-received by Don and Janet Banman and their four children.

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Elks assist Habitat for Humanity

Jim McLeod, left, a Sherwood Park member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, helps city Elk David Reid in cutting timbers for walls in the new Habitat for Humanity duplex in Johnstone Park on Tuesday.

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Intersection at 32nd Street and Gaetz Avenue will cost $15.1 million

A multimillion-dollar improvement project to relieve traffic congestion around one of Red Deer’s busiest intersections will see its price tag climb another $1.6 million after anticipated land sales fell through.

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Local briefs – July 15

A Red Deer man will appear in court today charged with two counts of assault with a weapon after two men reported being slashed with a knife on July 8.

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Springbrook underground work

A Northside Construction crew lays new sewer pipe along 25th Street in Springbrook Tuesday. The work is part of a $10-million project to replace Second World War-era underground infrastructure in the community that was once a Canadian Armed Forces air base. Red Deer County contributed $3-million in funding while the federal and provincial governments contributed the rest.

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SPCA nears goal of $4.2-milllion fundrasing campaign

The Red Deer and District SPCA is nearing the end of a fundraising campaign towards its $4.2-million new home for unwanted cats and dogs.

Millions of dollars set for county roads

The federal and Alberta governments are chipping in toward the $5.2 million cost of improving rural roads in Red Deer County.

Commission postpones roundabout decision

Red Deer’s municipal planning commission continues to go around on the issue of traffic roundabouts.

Fertigs lose tax case

ather and son business partners have lost their bid to convince the City of Red Deer to reduce the amount of property taxes they owe.