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Richard FroeseFor the Lakeside Leader Colony communities in Big Lakes County may soon be allowed on agricultural land, after a Sept. 14 council discussion on the matter. Such a type of land use does not exist in the county’s Land-Use…

Chris CleggFor the Lakeside Leader A 2021 incident involving High Prairie RCMP and the death of a Gift Lake man, as well as a police dog, is still under investigation. According to an Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) spokesman,…
Local dancers lands a spot in The Nutcracker

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader For the second year in a row, Sophie Pothier of Slave Lake will have a role in the Alberta Ballet production of The Nutcracker. She had a successful audition (for a different role than last year) on…
No progress on the bus driver front

Shortage of drivers a major headache Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader School board trustees don’t have any answers on the bus driver shortage, but have spent a good deal of time hashing it out. The item was on the agenda (again) at…
Tundra hunting quite an experience for Canyon Creek man

Leader staff Keith Denoncourt of Canyon Creek spent a few weeks this summer working at Aylmer Lake Lodge in the Northwest Territories. He was helping out lodge owners Kevin and Patti McNeil of McLennan, with their fishing and hunting clients,…
A gravedigger’s worst nightmare

Grouard Cemetery Committee Mapping Project hopes to honour the dead Chris CleggFor the Lakeside Leader Clarence Cardinal has been there and done that! As one of several gravediggers at Grouard, he has had to endure every gravedigger’s worst nightmare: digging…

Red Dress one first in northern AB Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader In the days leading up to September 30, expect some road painting in Slave Lake. Métis Nation of Alberta Region 5 is painting two crosswalks in Slave Lake in partnership…

Homeless Coalition moving forward with tight budget Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader If all goes well at the Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) meeting on October 3, the Slave Lake Homeless Coalition will have a place for people to sleep out of the…

Samantha JohnsonLocal Journalism Initiative Reporter Megan Lessard and Cheryden Moberly defeated the odds Friday by receiving their first set of wings at Super T Aviation. Lessard, 19, had butterflies in her stomach in a good way and is excited for…
Viersen optimistic about Poilievre as Conservative leader

Richard FroeseFor the Lakeside Leader Peace River – Westlock MP Arnold Viersen has only high hopes for Pierre Poilievre as the new leader of the federal Conservative Party. “I am thrilled that we are starting this new chapter of the…
Fawcett Lake from settlement to campground and back

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader Fawcett Lake north of Smith is now home to two campgrounds and a housing development. The area was homesteaded in the 1930s. In World War II, the logging industry was so short of manpower, that German POWs…
Town will seek community input on downtown sign design

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader It appears the backlash over the new logo has Town of Slave Lake council taking notice. At the September 12, 2022 council meeting, a minor sentence in a report got a lot of discussion. Under downtown revitalization…

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader “Snow removal is always a hot topic,” said Calvin Couturier, Town of Slave Lake Director of Operations at the Sept. 13 council meeting. This time it was hotter than usual, with a spirited debate on a proposed…

One driver seriously injured Leader staff A pickup driver was airlifted by STARS to an Edmonton hospital with serious injuries after a head-on collision with a semi on Hwy. 88 just north of Slave Lake. On Sunday, Sept. 11 at…