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Small business the backbone of community

Commentary by Richard Froese Small businesses are the economic backbone of a community of any size, rural and urban. Most small businesses have been hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic that was declared March 11. One good thing about COVID is…
Wagner Landfill back to normal – mostly – this week

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader Users of the landfill at Wagner lately have found it operating a bit differently. For example: ‘You’ll have to hang onto that microwave oven. We’re not taking those right now.’ And: ‘Paint? We’re not taking that.’ And:…
First impressions: garbage and potholes

Regional commentary by Joe McWilliams Okay, it’s time for my annual spring rant about garbage. Needless to say, there’s a lot of it. But here I am saying it anyway. One of the things to do while semi-quarantined is go…
Funding for rural med students

Leader staff On April 24, the Alberta government announced steps to protect access to rural health care. Part of this is paying the tuition of 20 rural Albertan medical students, who return to work in rural Alberta after medical school.…
The Page

About the NHL playoff pool….hold onto your teams, says Harry Bartlett of the Rotary Club of Slave Lake. The NHL is talking seriously about holding some sort of playoffs. Stay tuned on that. Of course many people who entered the…
Helicopter lift job turns into a community event

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader Twenty-four minutes and nine seconds; that’s how long it took Remote Helicopters to remove four air-conditioning units off the roof of Slave Lake’s No Frills on the evening of April 26, relocate two of them and hoist…
New leader for Slave Lake Mormon church

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader Bruce McDonald is the new branch president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Slave Lake. This denomination is more widely known as the Mormon Church. Bruce and his wife Jana moved to…
United Way has some COVID cash to donate

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader Some new federal dollars are available for charitable projects or groups via the United Way. Local UW rep Gail Ungstad tells The Leader the feds have pledged $350 million “for COVID-related activities.” This is across the whole…
Bird report: LSL Bird Observatory launches 27th season

Patti CampsallFor the Lakeside Leader Spring is finally here, and the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory is beginning our 27th consecutive year of monitoring the migratory and breeding birds along the shores of Lesser Slave Lake. However, due to the…