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Jeff Burgar I figure I used to get four, and sometimes even five major things done during an average day. As I got older, things slipped. In time, I was lucky to get four tasks finished. Then that shrunk to…

Richard Froese Many communities have public buildings, parks, facilities and schools named in honour or memory of significant residents. High Prairie has J.B. Wood Continuing Care Centre, E.W. Pratt High School, the Gordon Buchanan Recreation Centre and the Moostoos Building…

To Town of High PrairieMayor Brian Panasiuk andTown of High Prairie Council: I am writing this letter to express my disappointment in the lack of transparency exhibited by council in their dealings with AHS (Alberta Health Services) regarding the purchase…

Pearl Lorentzen I have always walked a lot, so I have very strong legs. However, the rest of my body isn’t very strong. I have tried at various times to add full body workouts into my routine, but with limited…

Jeff Burgar A Slave Lake business person, community builder and perpetual “go-getter,” was once asked why he was in the habit of pressing the provincial government to remove offices from High Prairie and set them up in Slave Lake. That…

Chris Clegg This newspaper gets asked many times why there is no winter festival in High Prairie. We are sure it’s the same in many communities. Why isn’t there more things to do? Especially inexpensive events. Some communities do have…

Richard Froese Healthcare services in many northern and rural Alberta communities have been an issue for residents for a long time. Residents, patients and caregivers have expressed their frustration with the lack of programs and service or poor quality. Many…

Richard Froese The first month of a new year is almost over and many people are wondering what 2024 will bring. Many are hoping for a year better than 2023. Last year, the news was headlined by wildfires that hit…

Jeff Burgar Chrystia Freeland is known in some parts as “The Pride of Peace River.” Freeland is deputy prime minister of Canada. Last week, she was in the news as a Rebel Media reporter was trying to “scrum (asking questions…

Chris Clegg In the span of five months plus one day, Big Lakes County councillors have done a complete turnabout. At its Jan. 10 meeting, council decided that only oral reports on what they are doing was adequate. Not written…

Pearl Lorentzen I don’t remember learning how to skate, but I remember the one time I used hockey skates. It was trippy, in both senses. I kept trying to fall down and my mind was doing mental gymnastics because it…

Richard Froese People in local communities and across Canada continue to struggle to survive amid rising prices of food, housing, fuel, transportation, electricity and inflation. Everyone is wondering when it will end or at least ease as governments of all…