AUGUST 2012: Strankman joins PM to celebrate grain farmers’ open market

Visiting Communities in Bloom judges gave Stettler a green thumbs-up for the town’s inaugural entry in the international competition.

  • Jan. 2, 2013 11:00 a.m.

Visiting Communities in Bloom judges gave Stettler a green thumbs-up for the town’s inaugural entry in the international competition.

The judges said the community takes pride and strives “to help make Stettler a more beautiful place.”


New Drumheller-Stettler MLA Rick Strankman was in the forefront when Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Bill C18, the Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act, would take effect Aug. 1.

Strankman, after all, was among the 13 farmers charged in 2002 for selling grain to the U.S.


Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions depot in Stettler was in the spotlight as crews filmed a TV commercial for Travel Alberta that’s scheduled to be aired next spring in western Canada and in Europe.


Active in rodeos in the Stettler area for almost 70 years, Vic and Joyce Stuckey and family rode high as the honourary parade marshals for the fourth annual Stettler Steel Wheel Stampede. The Stuckeys have strong ties to rodeo history, dating back to 1931, with Vic personally involved since 1948.


A former Big Valley mayor, Richard Kargaard, 69, was fined $345 for assault, after he prevented former chief administrative officer Douglas Sommerville from leaving the village office, court was told. During a special council meeting, Sommerville had questioned the mayor about “improper funding approval.”


Just months after becoming the new MLA for Drumheller-Stettler, Rick Strankman of the Opposition Wildrose party opened a satellite office in Stettler. It’s the same office previously occupied by former Progressive Conservative MLA and cabinet minister Jack Hayden. Gary Wilyman operates the Wildrose office in Stettler, under constituency assistant Patrick Turnbull.


Longtime downtown Stettler business Lou’s Fashions closed its doors after 57 years, along with affiliates Odds & Ends clearance store and K.J. Casuals.


St. George’s Anglican Church in Stettler welcomed Rev. Dr. Carolyn Langford as its new minister. Ordained in 1993 in Ottawa, she succeeded Rev. Jack Schulze, who retired in spring after 20 years of ministry.


The Gendre family from Erskine participated in a extended family reunion in France. It was dubbed “the world’s largest family reunion,” with 4,750 cousins of the Porteau-Clautour family, and gained status in Guinness World Records. The family members from Erskine in attendance were Joe and Circun Gendre, daughter Isabella, and David, Amanda and Mary O’Donnell.

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