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Federal minister eyes farming in Hub

The Northern Farm Training Institute has garnered the attention of the federal minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. On Sept. 8, Lawrence MacAulay – accompanied by a delegation of municipal, territorial and federal politicians – toured the facility and the Polar Egg grading station. MacAulay appeared interested in what he saw while visiting NFTI, the first […]

Birders spot rare find

A great blue heron recently made an extremely rare appearance in the West Channel area. The large bird, which was about 600 kilometres north of its range on the prairies, was spotted Gary Vizniowski, a birder in Hay River, said the bird was first noticed on Aug. 30 and word of the sighting quickly spread […]

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Lights On wins award

The Lights On program of Hay River was named one of two winners of the 2017 Excellence in Education Award from the South Slave Divisional Education Council on Aug. 25. “Lights On is a truly exceptional program in Hay River that is made possible with the support of well over a dozen outstanding community partners,” […]

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Stories about cancer get venue for sharing

A young woman is launching a Cancer Sharing Circle for Hay River. Kelsey McGinley said such a group would have helped her when she went through cancer treatment last year in Edmonton and afterward. “When I got home, I just kind of felt that there wasn’t much here as to support directly related to cancer,” […]

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Cob on the corn

A gardener’s accomplishment is drawing attention on social media and prompting questions about climate change. Though Linda Duford has been growing corn for 35 years, she had yet to see an actual cob develop on the plants – until now. “Ever since I’ve had gardens, I’ve always grown corn because I like how it looks. […]

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Yards in Bloom hands out awards

Yards in Bloom handed out its awards this past weekend to honour just a few of the many people who have taken it upon themselves to create a more attractive community. The top award – the Darm Crook Overall Winner – was presented to Thess Cruzpe-Cooper. The winner of that award is selected from all […]

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No work expected this year to improve safety of pedestrian walkway on Super A service road

Although the existing pedestrian walkway on the Super A service road was called dangerous last year by some members of town council, it appears no work will be done this summer to correct the situation. Mayor Brad Mapes doesn’t expect anything to be done this year. “But we got a lot of stuff we’re trying […]

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Porritt Landing project well underway

Work is well underway to revitalize Porritt Landing. But one of the major improvements – repairs to the boat launch – will be put to one side until the fall. “We’ve just received the concrete slabs that are going to go in for the boat launch,” said Jim Darby, director of recreation and community services […]

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Propane leak suspected in Old Town house fire

A residence in Old Town was seriously damaged by fire on the evening of Aug. 16 in a blaze that is believed to have been caused by a propane leak. Fire Chief Ross Potter said the house – a building onto which numerous additions were made over the years – is a “complete loss.” After […]

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Chipsealing Highway 5

Chipsealing is rolling through the final 64 kilometre gravel stretch of Highway 5 through Wood Buffalo National Park. In fact, as of Aug. 11, chipseal has already covered much of that stretch of highway. “At this point, we hope it will be completed in September, but weather will begin to play a factor in the […]

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