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Love your pumpkin

Sianna Vennard, 3, hugs the small pumpkin she chose for her father at The Jungle Farm north of Innisfail Tuesday. She was part of a group of Sundre children who took a wagon ride to the you-pick farm’s pumpkin patch to choose their own pumpkins.

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New air service touches down in Red Deer

Local air travellers should soon be able to fly more often and in more directions. Swanberg Air Inc. plans to commence passenger service from the Red Deer Regional Airport on Oct. 13, with routes to Calgary, Edmonton and Grande Prairie. And starting Nov. 2, it expects to fly from Grande Prairie to Red Deer, and then on to Calgary, Swift Current, Regina and Estevan, Sask.

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Rollover death, Monday

Police have released the name of a 23-year-old man who died in a car crash along Hwy 2, near Lacombe, on Monday.

Drugs, property and gun seized in north Red Deer bust

Red Deer City and Rural RCMP have seized a shotgun, stolen camper trailer, stolen ATV, an undisclosed amount of marijuana and cocaine from a residence north of Red Deer.

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Convict on the loose after escape from Bowden Institution

Bowden Institution is in lockdown and the hunt is on for an inmate from Bowden Institution who is considered armed and dangerous.

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Crop circles draw crowds

Crop circles discovered just outside of Stettler have attracted a steady stream of curiosity seekers to the town.

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Koy at Kerry Wood

Bree Ruttan and Ryder Jackson peek in on the large Koi fish swimming in the lobby of the Kerry Wood Nature Centre on Monday morning. The two children were just getting out of their Duck and Ducklings class at the centre. The Koi are on loan from the Red Deer Museum while it is being renovated.

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Bosco staff relieved programs spared

Who knows where Central Alberta youths who seek help in Bosco Homes would have turned if the program had shut down, said Patrick Langlois, who oversees four group homes in Innisfail, Ponoka and Wetaskiwin.

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The smell of progress

Catlyn Rasmussen, 11, plugs his nose from the smell of asphalt as a Border Paving crew paves the 32nd Street and Gaetz Avenue intersection Saturday morning. Work on the intersection is drawing to an end with only landscaping to be completed over the next six weeks.

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Summer roars on

Boat specialist Tyler Myers avoids the plume created by revving the 300 horsepower, 350 cubic inch engine to set its timing in an Outlaw Eagle Manufacturing steel-hulled jet boat at the Great Chief Adventure Park boat launch Friday. The company routinely uses the launch to test its boats since it’s the closest to its Burnt Lake Business Park manufacturing facility. Boating, swimming and other summer pastimes remain recreational options as Environment Canada calls for above seasonal temperatures of around 25C for the next week.

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Worker exposed to radiation on the job

A Red Deer resident working for a Calgary company was exposed to a radioactive material while working in Manitoba.

Switchboard – September 14

Tea, luncheon and tour will be hosted by the ladies of Sunnybrook Farm Museum on September 2 and again on September 16 from noon to 3 p.m.

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Terry Fox Run

Runners set out at the start of the Terry Fox Run from Heritage Ranch Sunday. About 200 cyclists, walkers and inline skaters also participated in the 29th annual event, raising about $12,000 to fight cancer. Other fundraising walks that took place over the weekend were the Give the Gift of Life Fun Run and Walk for the Kidney Foundation of Canada and the SuperWalk for Parkinson’s for the Parkinson’s Society Canada.

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Central Alberta grandmothers helping fight AIDS in Africa

They are continent apart, but a bond is felt between grandmothers who gathered in Red Deer Saturday and the women in Africa who are doing their best to hold their families together in the face of an AIDS pandemic.

Ludwig pleads with pipeline bomber

Convicted gas well bomber Wiebo Ludwig has written an open letter to whoever may be responsible for several bombings of an EnCana (TSX:ECA) pipeline in British Columbia.

Layton talks peace instead of election

NDP Leader Jack Layton is ratcheting down the election rhetoric with soothing words about making Parliament work as a confidence showdown looms.

Red Deer teen girl now missing over a month

Red Deer RCMP have expressed growing concern about a 14-year-old girl who has been missing for more than a month.

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Home Front – September 12

Youngsters are invited to join the Red Deer Children’s Choir. This singing group is open to anyone aged seven to 10.

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Cosmos bottle depot worker Candace Kowald shows some of the dairy containers now acceptable for refund.

Returns on rise

Confusion is giving way to compliance as people gain a better grasp of Alberta’s revamped drink container return system.

Cosmos bottle depot worker Candace Kowald shows some of the dairy containers now acceptable for refund.

Farewell reunion planned

Olds Junior Senior High School’s days are numbered. It’s the last fall students will attend class in the aging building that will be closed early next year when the new Grade 9 to 12 school at the Community Learning Campus in Olds opens.