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Backyard dreams come true

A year after Natacha Kruger-Rewega quit her job to focus on painting full time, she’s taking her passion one step further. Last week, she began construction on a building next to her own home in Old Town to house Mama Bear Arts, a gallery and studio she hopes to share with artists from all over […]

Hay Riverite to take over medical supply business

A familiar face is taking over community institution Medical Surgical Supply Ltd. and looking to expand. James Hiebert, owner of South Texas Solar Systems Inc. and Canadian-based Endless Green Energy Inc., has returned to pick up the reins of the medical supply company. While he said the core of the business will remain in health […]

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Businesses resurrect manufacturing association

  There’s room for growth for manufacturing in the South Slave if both producers and buyers work together. For some businesses, that collaboration could represent a serious opportunity to expand output. “I believe manufacturing is a key economic and employment driver for the whole NWT, but especially for the South Slave,” said Wally Schumann, owner […]

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‘A big fat thank you’

  A year after opening her bakery, She Takes the Cake owner Melissa Beck is still stunned by her success. “I can’t believe I made it,” she told The Hub. “I’ve always been optimistic, but this first year was such a learning curve. I hope I’ve worked out some of the wrinkles.” Beck moved from […]

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Bassett Petroleum signs big deal with Total Canada

Bassett Petroleum Ltd. is playing in the big leagues, having just announced a multi-year deal to distribute Total lubricant products – the first time the latter will enter Western Canada – earlier this month. “This is actually a really big deal,” said Bassett’s vice president and general manager Norm Bassett. “We’ve been working really hard […]

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Flower shop opens to fill void

  Michele Schmitz says each time she makes a sale, she sells a little bit of happiness. Schmitz, who opened a flower shop in Hay River back in October, said she saw the business venture as an opportunity. “Well, there was no flower shop in town,” she explained. “I’ve always liked flowers and plants. I […]

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Trade show and fall fair draw crowds

  While the throng may not have been as big as is previous years, the annual Business, Home and Leisure Show put on by the Hay River Chamber of Commerce – combined with the newly revamped Hay River Fall Fair – still drew a crowd. “We’re happy with the turnout,” said Kim Crook, a chamber […]

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Fall Fair gets set for another year

  Hay River’s annual Fall Fair – a tradition dating back to 1977 – has fallen on hard times, but the current organizing committee is dedicated to bringing it back to its former self. “We’re asking people, do you want your Fall Fair to be pitiful or powerful?” said organizer Linda Carter. “We need people, […]

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Conference brings big money to Hay River

  The Ptarmigan Inn saw more business between Thursday, May 9, and Sunday, May 12, than it did in the entire month of January this year. “We were at full capacity, so that’s all 42 rooms filled,” the Ptarmigan’s marketing co-ordinator Eric Myers told The Hub. “This is a big boost to the town and […]

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Latest layoffs only temporary, NTCL president says

Northern Transportation Company Ltd. president Bill Duffy is reassuring local residents that the shipping company will not be leaving Hay River after concerns resurfaced following last month’s layoffs. “It was a very tough decision,” said Duffy of the layoffs in early November. “It was the result of not a great year for NTCL.”

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