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Break out the longjohns, baby, because it’s cold out there. Or if it’s not right now it soon will be. But enough said about that.

This just in from the RCMP in Spirit River. Bullet holes in a rural residence were from hunters shooting at wild game in the area. Shooting and obviously missing what they were aiming at. What follows in the news release are a lot of tips on what to do and not do if you’re hunting, all of which seem obvious. But apparently not obvious enough.

Apologies to Tyric Fineblanket of the Slave Lake Icedogs. We mis-spelled his name in the Oct. 23 Leader, under a photo of the Icedogs in action.

The poll-by-poll results from the federal election in Peace River-Westlock finally arrived last Monday, a week after the election. They aren’t all that interesting because of being predictable, but there are a few little anomalies worth mentioning. One is that the Liberal Party candidate, Leslie Penny, actually won four polls. Overall she finished behind the NDP candidate Jennifer Villebrun – both of them so far behind Conservative winner Arnold Viersen, if it had been a game of crib they would have been double-skunked.
But… Penny did get the most votes in four polls, and we have them for you. One was in one of two SVRs, or ‘Special Voting Rules’ categories.
These are people who for various reasons can’t vote in the usual manner, either advance or on voting day. According to the returning officer, the category of SVR Penny won includes incarcerated people, Canadian Forces people, people in work camps and such. They opted for Penny over Viersen 34 to 27, with Villebrun in third place at 15.
Penny also took the Loon Lake poll (23 votes to Viersen’s 11) and the Driftpile poll (69 votes to 63 for Villebrun). Penny also won one of two Child Lake polls.
Villebrun, meanwhile, prevailed at five of the polling stations. These were Jean D’Or Prairie, Garden Creek, Fox Lake, Little Buffalo and Sucker Creek.
Speaking of Sucker Creek, that was where Peter Nygaard of the Green Party had one of his better results, getting 28 votes. Outside of a few double-digit numbers in the advance polls, John Schrader of the People’s Party’s best result was in a place called Lone Pine, where 20 people voted for him. Lone Pine, according to Google Maps, is about 15 kilometres northwest of Moose Wallow Alberta.
But on the whole, as we know, it was a Viersen landslide. The full poll-by-poll results should appear elsewhere in this edition of the Lakeside Leader, courtesy of Christopher Clegg of the High Prairie South Peace News, the wizard of the statistical table.

Speaking of our political representatives, its surprising (or maybe not) how many people seem to have trouble pronouncing their names. On the other hand, it could just be a joke when people say ‘Verizon’ for ‘Viersen.’ It’s just ‘Veer-sen.’ Not much to it, really.
MLA Pat Rehn pronounces his name ‘Rain.’

Readers of The Leader will remember last year at about this time we put a plug in the paper for a series of ‘guided discussions’ happening at St. Peter’s Ecumenical Church in Slave Lake, with the unusual name of ‘Padare.’ Well, it’s back for season 2, and it’s even being called ‘Padare: Season 2.’
Every Wednesday in November a discussion on and around the general topic of ‘grief’ is planned. It runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Nov. 20 session is planned for The Gathering Place. All the others are at St. Pete’s, otherwise known as ‘The SPEC Centre.’

We hear the top brass of Northern Lakes College was huddled in Calgary last week with other advanced education people to discuss the impact of the recent provincial budget on their operations. We don’t have details, but it is certainly significant. Advanced Ed. was one of the hardest hit categories of provincial spending, and NLC and its counterparts are scrambling to figure out how to cope with it. It is our intention to talk to the NLC leaders some time pretty soon and bring you a report in these pages.

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