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Home Front – November 27

Canada’s most trusted voice joins the nation’s most decorated athlete and the creators of Clodhoppers candy in a leadership forum sponsored by the Farm Credit Corp.

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Ottawa silent on its efforts on Lindhout

The details of what Ottawa did to help secure the release of freelance journalist Amanda Lindhout continue to be cloaked in secrecy.

Jenny Callsen

Sylvan Lake rejoices at news of Lindhout rescue

Banners haven’t yet been put up to welcome her home, but many in Sylvan Lake are letting out a sigh of relief after hearing the news this week that freelance journalist Amanda Lindhout has been freed.

Jenny Callsen
Robert Draper

One narrow escape, one ‘terrible, unlucky’ capture

Inside a hotel in one of the most dangerous cities in the world, Robert Draper met a young Central Alberta woman eager to tell the stories of Somalis uprooted by violence.

Robert Draper
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Saskatchewan melonheads get help from grocery chain

WINNIPEG — Have no fear Melonheads — Canada Safeway is rushing hundreds of watermelons to Calgary from California for Saskatchewan Roughrider fans to carve and wear to this weekend’s Grey Cup.

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Central Alberta journalist Amanda Lindhout and Australian photographer

Somali journalist describes rush to rescue Lindhout in early days of kidnapping

Hours after Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout was kidnapped by armed gunmen along a crumbling road in war-torn southern Somalia, a local reporter set out to track her down. Ahmed Mohamed says he was approached by a former colleague of Lindhout’s.

Central Alberta journalist Amanda Lindhout and Australian photographer
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Celebration of the arts

This colour photograph by Red Deer photographer Hedley Blake titled Frigid Winter is one of several art pieces hanging in the Kiwanis Gallery at the downtown branch of the Red Deer Public Library.

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Freed hostage journalists Canadian Amanda Lindhout

Amanda Lindhout arrives in Nairobi

Freed after 15 tortuous months in captivity in Somalia, Canadian freelancer Amanda Lindhout and another foreign journalist arrived Thursday in neighbouring Kenya amid claims that a $700,000 ransom was paid for their release.

Freed hostage journalists Canadian Amanda Lindhout
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Home Front – November 26

Alberta authors Robin and Marian White will hold a book-signing of their award-winning environmental coffee table book, Wild Alberta at the Crossroads.

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A little more pepper, Sir?

Bob Diewold gets his soup spiced up a little by L. J. MacDonald at a United Way Soup Benefit Luncheon that ran at the Hub on Ross on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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HAC confirms 24 cases of anaphylaxis across Canada after H1N1 flu shots

There have been 24 confirmed cases of a type of severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis in Canadians who have received an H1N1 flu shot, including one person who died after getting vaccinated, the head of the Public Health Agency of Canada said Wednesday.

Switchboard – November 25

Red Deer College’s Art Society will hold a Christmas sale on Nov. 25 and 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the RDC Forum. Items for sale will include drawings, paintings, ceramics, jewelry and much more.

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Thoughts of family and freedom helped Lindhout through hostage ordeal

Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout, freed after 15 months of captivity in war-torn Somalia, said Wednesday she was isolated, beaten and tortured, and dreamed of walking through Vancouver’s Stanley Park to stay sane and not lose hope.

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United Way supporters

Staff members from the Valley Park Manor and the Red Deer Nursing Home challenged one another to see which group could raise the most money for the United Way.

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Home Front – November 25

United Way has developed its own hour of power. To help boost their 2009 campaign, organizers for the Central Alberta region are asking workers to donate an hour of their salaries or wages.

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Santa’s coming to town

he burner of the Air-ristocrat hot air balloon lights up Ross Street during the Santa Claus Parade Tuesday night.

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Squirrelling away

A squirrel chews the seeds from a pine cone in the Red Deer Cemetery Tuesday. Recent warmer than average temperatures have proven a boon for wildlife caching feed for the coming winter.

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Bowden prison officials intercept $20,000 in marijuana

Bowden prison officials have found a package of marijuana estimated to be worth in excess of $20,000.

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Home Front – November 24

Dr. Glynnis Hood, with Augustana University in Camrose, will be speaking about her research findings on beavers and their ecology, how they battled the drought and won during the Red Deer River Naturalists meeting set for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre.

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Festival of Trees — a sign of the season

The preparations for the 16th Annual Festival of Trees are in full swing in three different pavilions at the Westerner Grounds as local businesses like Hudson Madison are in the midst of decorating their respective trees.

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