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Researcher eyes Northern test for agricultural system

A professor in Ontario is hopeful that sooner or later a prototype of a system he has developed for growing food on Mars will be tested at Northern Farm Training Institute. “Certainly we’ve been in discussions and there’s a proposal to do that. There’s no money, yet,” said Mike Dixon, director of the Controlled Environments […]

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Incoming seniors’ society president promises to connect with members

Tom Makepeace, the new president of the Hay River Seniors’ Society, has two overall goals. First of all, Makepeace wants the society to continue offering its many current activities and services to members. “There’s quite a list of stuff that is taking place right now with the group of seniors that are involved in the […]

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Sisters of the North coming

Glimpses into the lives of six remarkable northern women from the past – including Hay River’s Irma Miron – have been joined together into a new performance called Sisters of the North. The show, which is described as a dramatic retelling of stories representing different times and cultures of the NWT, is comprised of short […]

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Cadets score awards

For the 45th year in a row, the 27294 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps has held its annual ceremonial review. This year, the seven members of the corps marched and were reviewed by a guest on May 21. “In this case, Mayor (Brad) Mapes was our reviewing officer,” said Capt. Poul Osted, the commanding officer […]

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Volunteers ready for NWT Track and Field action

Once again this year, things worked pretty much like clockwork as the community prepared for the NWT Track and Field Championships. That sort of thing happens after 26 years straight hosting the event, and 400 people volunteering to help out. “There’s just never a doubt,” said Jill Taylor, the co-ordinator for volunteers with the organizing […]

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Fire the real thing at training centre

Fire has destroyed two buildings at the Emergency Response Training Centre on Vale Island. Firefighters were called to the facility – where they do their training – just after 2 p.m. on May 22. Fire Chief Ross Potter said, when firefighters arrived, the deck between the smokehouse and the training room was fully engulfed, and […]

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Heritage celebrated

Two students from Hay River recently travelled to Yellowknife to showcase projects at the NWT Heritage Fair. Grade 6 student Rochelle Smith and Emerson Beck, who is in Grade 4, qualified for the territorial fair by winning first and second place, respectively, in a local heritage showcase at Princess Alexandra School. As a result, the […]

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Young bowlers on the rise

Youth Bowling Canada (YBC) has wrapped up a successful season in Hay River. The program for young bowlers from four to 19 years of age held its season-ending event on May 14 at Lizard’s Lounge & Lanes. Pravina Bartlett, one of two coaches and program directors with Youth Bowling Canada in Hay River, described the […]

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Log cabin business explored

A builder wants to start constructing log cabins and homes for the Northern market. However, before that happens, Dan Lafreniere, owner and operator of Northern Comfort Construction Ltd., wants to get a good understanding of how much it would cost to build such structures in Hay River. So he’s building a log cabin as a […]

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Seeking help is courageous: ex-NHL star

Theo Fleury has a message for Hay River’s youth – if you need help, ask for it. “The hardest thing for me to do was to ask for help,” said the former NHL star to high school students from several schools gathered at Diamond Jenness Secondary School on April 27. Fleury’s personal story of surviving […]

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