Roland Michener graduates sweep up the scholarships

Leader staff Around 60 students graduated from Roland Michener Senior Secondary School this year. That included those from the Lakeside Outreach, which comes under the RMSS administration. As usual, a long list of scholarships accompanied the Roland Michener School graduation…
Beekeeping on a small scale near Slave Lake

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader Between Slave Lake and Kinuso, there’s a honey sign two roads east of the Swan Hills turnoff. This sign for McLaughlin Apiaries has been up for forty years. The McLaughlins bought the farm down the road in…
New partner at a Slave Lake clothing store

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader Distractions is a clothing and gift store in Slave Lake. It’s been in business for 16 years. For the last 10, Kimberley Hughes has owned it. Starting early June, she has a new partner: Jodi Van Den…
Second Helping under new ownership

Same location, same name, for now Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader ‘Ready-to-heat’ meals was the big thing at Second Helping, the Slave Lake business founded and run the past two or three years by Alison Goyette. That and soup lunches with some…
Beautiful Gardens 2020

This week’s Beautiful Garden belongs to Stevy Johnson, on 4th St. SW in Slave Lake. At 90, Mrs. Johnson doesn’t have the energy for gardening she once did, but she is doing a pretty good job!
COVID after four and a half months

Active cases leveling out, but new cases increasing Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader As of July 2, 2020, COVID-19 has been in Alberta for four and a half months. On July 3, there were four new cases in Big Lakes County. The…
Seeking solutions to M.D. sewer pump problems

New type of pump recommended Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader As reported earlier, Brian Vance has been looking into the south shore sewage pump dilemma on behalf of the M.D. of Lesser Slave River. He had a report and recommendation for council…
Boreal Forest is bustling with baby birds this season

Patti Campsall, Executive DirectorFor the Lakeside Leader The boreal forest is often referred to as North America’s bird nursery, and this week our researchers are observing lots of signs that birds are right in the middle of their nesting season.…
Slave Lake 2020 pine beetle survey underway

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader In May and June, Alberta Environment and Parks gathers data for a mountain pine beetle population forecast survey. The information gleaned from last year’s survey resulted in a medium number of trees removed to slow the spread…
Lesser Slave Lake area oil wells have lithium potential

Not economical yet, but people are working on it Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader There are lithium deposits near Lesser Slave Lake. This is shown on a map of Metallic and Industrial Minerals Agreement Activity in the Alberta government’s ‘2018 Coal and…
Peace & Equality walk goes without a hitch

Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader The Walk for Peace & Equality that was held in Slave Lake on June 20 had a modest turnout, but the organizer is pleased with how it went. “We were very happy with the turnout we did…