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Oilfield theft On October 30, 2018 at 8:00 p.m., the Slave Lake RCMP received a report of a break and enter to an oilfield site east of town. Members responded to find a white GMC Sierra pickup truck in the…

Leader staff A store in Kinuso was hit by a gang of thieves early last week. On Friday, RCMP announced they had made a pair of arrests in the case. According to Faust RCMP, about 5:00 a.m. on Nov. 6,…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader M.D. of Lesser Slave River council did its annual shuffle of appointments on Oct. 24. Not a great deal changed, but enough so that we thought it would be worth reporting it here. The meeting also…

Leader staff Wrapping up last week’s United Conservative Party candidates’ forum in Slave Lake, UCP constituency association president Ken Vanderwell had what he called “breaking news:” polling stations for the Nov. 24 vote will be added in Wabasca and Red…
UCP field down to six

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader “Were all on the same team,” said candidate Juliette Noskey, at the United Conservative Party (UCP) candidates’ forum in Slave Lake last week. “But we need a captain and I want to be that captain.” Noskey…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Members of the Bigstone Cree Nation elected former councillor Clara Moberly as chief on Oct. 29. Moberly was one of nine people looking for the job of replacing long-time chief Gordon Auger, who did not run…

Leader staff One person has died following a two vehicle collision north of Slave Lake. According to a release from Slave Lake RCMP, the collision took place on Friday, Nov. 2 at approximately 6:40 p.m. on Highway 88, 40 kilometres…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Pat Rehn started out his work life as a schoolteacher, moved into the sawmill business and now owns a crane services company, doing oilpatch and logging work in Alberta and beyond. He grew up in Wildwood,…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Last week’s perfect weather for drying crops and getting them off was just what the doctor ordered for farmers in the area. The Leader called M.D. of Lesser Slave River Agricultural Fieldman Barry Kolenosky in the…
Construction pace picks up with change in weather

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader The reconstruction of 5th Ave. NW in Slave Lake has been getting on people’s nerves for a variety of reasons. One is that it has been dragging on longer than expected. But last week, thanks to…

Big price tag on Poplar Lane flood damage repairs Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Flood damage to Poplar Lane remains, and the M.D. is going to bite the bullet and get it fixed. It has been waiting for the result of…

Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader The Lubicon Cree land claim has been dragging on for decades. Last week, the province, the feds and the First Nation announced the end of it. At the announcement was Lesser Slave Lake MLA Danielle Larivee,…
Alberta Support and ERT’s annual training held in Slave Lake

Callie Hermanson Lakeside Leader On October 17 Alberta Support and Emergency Response Team’s (ASERT) annual training exercise was held in Slave Lake this year. ASERT is the environmental emergency response team whose members are deployed to respond to incidents such…
John Middelkoop UCP Nomination Candidate for Lesser Slave Lake

Callie Hermanson Lakeside Leader On October 2 yet another United Conservative Party (UCP) nomination candidate was announced for the Lesser Slave Lake constituency- John Middelkoop. Middelkoop grew up just outside of Westlock and graduated from Kings University in 1994. He…