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Missing Person – Marie Croswell

Submitted Missing Person On the morning of February 3rd, 2023, members of Lakeshore Regional Police Service began an investigation involving a missing person after a missing person’s report was filed on the same date. Marie CROSWELL was last seen or…
Volunteers cook for the homeless

Leader staff The Slave Lake Homeless Coalition Society serves supper and breakfast to people experiencing homelessness seven days a week. All of the food is prepared by volunteers. Pat Potvin organizes the food. However, somehow he escaped being captured by…
It’s Groundhog Day!

Jeff Burgar Readers might recall last year, it was a mixed bag of news as far as our northern Alberta groundhog observations went.Those critter fellas and ladies who slept in were greeted with sunshine breaking out about 10:00 A.M. Those…

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader Tyler Warman, the mayor of Slave Lake, resigned his town council post as of Feb. 1. Partway through his third full term, he had served in that position since mid-2013, when his predecessor also unexpectedly pulled the…
SL therapist hopes to help people pursue their interests

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader People feel pressure to have culturally acceptable hobbies and interests, says Gwen Bonnell. Therefore, they may hide their passions, which means denying a part of who they are. Part of her role as a mental health therapist…
Slave Lake nurse pursuing her love of baking

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader Silvia Chisholm is pursuing her joy of cooking with a home-based business in Slave Lake. Silvia has lived in Slave Lake since 2014 with her husband, who works in forestry. She’s a full-time nurse at the Slave…
Big Lakes puts first pumper/rescue truck in Kinuso hall

Richard FroeseFor the Lakeside Leader Big Lakes County Protective Services has welcomed its first pumper/rescue truck, based in the Kinuso fire district. The 2022 International 607HV with a Prestige fire truck body arrived Jan. 19 and went into service Jan.…
Old Smith Highway realignment must go ahead this year

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader The realignment of a section of the Old Smith Highway has to go ahead in 2023. It’s a ‘use it or lose it’ scenario, M.D. of Lesser Slave River council heard at its Jan. 25 meeting. A…
UCP nomination window closes this week

Leader staff We’re still waiting for an announcement on voting day for United Conservative Party members in Lesser Slave Lake to choose their candidate for the next provincial election. It will fall in late February or early March, and at…
Forestry looking for a few good people

In the meantime, mind those winter burns! Leader staff Last week the folks at the Slave Lake Forest Area put out a two-pronged news release. Part of it is the standard warnings and advice about winter burning. The less usual…
‘Difficult circumstances’ at Midnight Sky

Leader staff The campground formerly known as ‘Mosquito Lake,’ in Hondo, is in the news lately, due to its owner John de Ruiter being charged in Edmonton with sexual assault. On Jan. 25, The Leader received the following statement from…

Chris Clegg and Richard FroeseFor the Lakeside Leader Drivers are not slowing down while driving on Hwy. 2 through Driftpile First Nation. Hence the band council decision to take steps. Band council recently applied to Alberta Transportation to lower speed…
Region 5 youth coordinator getting some programs going

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader The new youth coordinator for Zone 5 of the Métis Nation of Alberta is Kelsey Hordal. She started in November and is just getting started with a series of programs/activities. One of them is called Métis Youth…