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Swan River First Nation has new chief

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader On Friday, June 24, 2022, Lee Twinn was voted in as the new chief of Swan River First Nation (SRFN). He beat out the incumbent, Gerald Giroux. Chief Twinn is joined on the council by Patrick Chalifoux,…
SL minor soccer had good spring season, despite the rain

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader “We really prevailed through some crummy weather,” says TinaMarie Ritter, president of the Slave Lake Minor Soccer Association. However, despite the weather it was a good season, she adds. “There’s lots of kids who like to play…

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader The Slave Lake Gymnastic Association held its first uninterrupted spring session in May and June. It started fall of 2019, just in time for COVID-19 to make things difficult. However, the association has thrived. “We had about…
‘Be safe, work hard, be kind’ – 81 students take

Leader staff ‘Let’s go out there and make the world a better place.’ Those were valedictorian Saige Burnett’s closing words in her speech to her fellow Roland Michener Secondary School graduates at their June 25 ceremony at The Gathering Place…
New executive director at the Chamber

‘So much potential in this town’ Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader The Slave Lake and District Chamber of Commerce has a new executive director. Holly MacPherson grew up in Slave Lake. She moved away in 2013 for higher education, and returned in…

Last year right around now we were in a two-week heat wave where it was over 30 degrees Celsius pretty much every day and got into the mid-thirties a few times. Of course there are people who will cite 38,…
Children’s Festival moved to ‘All-In’ in August

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader Traditionally, the second weekend in July is Riverboat Daze. This year, it’s a bit different. The travelling carnival rides and games are still in Slave Lake July 8 to 10, but everything else has been moved to…

Leader staff Olivia has been the top name for girls in Alberta for nine years (2013-2021). This streak ties it with Ethan for the longest a name has been in the top spot. At the end of June, the Alberta…
Firewood business going well for visually-impaired boy

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader Here’s something you don’t hear about every day – a 17-year-old visually-impaired person running his own firewood business. His name is Nathan Pendrak, and he’s just finishing up his Grade 11 year in Slave Lake. On evenings…

Tyler ShandroMinister of Justice and Solicitor General On June 23rd, flanked by representatives from Alberta’s three self-administered First Nations police services, I was honoured to announce that Alberta will fund 15 additional officers to join the Blood Tribe, Tsuut’ina Nation…