Superstar engagement strikes Stettler chord

The entertainment world has been buzzing with the surprise engagement announcement of Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne

The entertainment world has been abuzz with news of the engagement of Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger

The entertainment world has been buzzing with the surprise engagement announcement of Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne, two internationally acclaimed superstars whose romance eluded the watchful eyes of the media.

The 14-karat engagement ring, valued at $1 million, also made headlines.

While it’s well-known that Kroeger, the 37-year-old frontman for the rock band Nickelback, was born and raised in Hanna, few would know that Kroeger’s family lived in Stettler.

His grandparents, Henry and Cleona Kroeger, along with their three children — who included Chad’s mother Debbie — lived just down the street from the Stettler United Church.

Henry Kroeger operated the Massey Harris farm equipment dealership in town.

In 1959, the elder Kroeger took his first run at politics, running under the Liberal banner in the Stettler electoral division. That attempt resulted in a third-place finish.

Years after Henry Kroeger moved to Consort, he was elected as an MLA in Peter Lougheed’s Conservative government in 1975, and served in that capacity until his death in 1987.

He was Transportation Minister and his work with water management in the dry prairie region resulted in the Henry Kroeger Regional Water Services Commission being named in his honour.

Perhaps Chad can attribute some of his musical talent to his grandparents — Henry played bass guitar and Cleona the drums in the Tory Blue Notes, an all-MLA band.

The marriage of Chad’s parents, Wendall and Debbie Turton, broke up when he was about two years old and he later adopted his mother’s maiden name of Kroeger. Hanna is considered his hometown.

Before his success as Nickelback’s lead singer, Chad worked in a coffee house in Vancouver where coffee cost $1.95. As he gave back change, Chad constantly said, “Here’s your nickel back” — hence, the origin of the band’s name.

Mike Kroeger, Chad’s older half-brother, is also an original member of Nickelback. The popular rock band has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide.

Lavigne, 27, originally from Ontario, gained superstardom in the music’s pop genre while still a teenager.

The multiple-award-winning Lavigne has received 267 nominations and has more than 150 awards to her name.

The couple began dating in February when they got together to co-write a song for Lavigne’s upcoming album.

It will be the first marriage for Kroeger, and the second for Lavigne.

Just Posted

G3 eyes Stettler for primary grain elevator

Public open house set for Thursday

RCMP ask public’s help in finding trailer stolen from Castor Bottle Depot

Along side of trailer are words ‘Squirrel Creek’ in small yellow letters

Stettler RCMP aims to improve safety

Participates in Central Alberta District Crime Reduction Symposium in Camrose

Round bale falls off truck, hits a semi on Hwy 21

RCMP ask public for any dash cam video from Nov. 10 near Camrose

First Nation marks ‘milestone’ land deal at Alberta ceremony

Lubicon Lake First Nation Chief Billy-Joe Laboucan signed treaty last month

Humans reshaping evolutionary history of species around the globe: paper

University of British Columbia researcher had the paper published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society

Toronto ‘carding’ activist Desmond Cole stopped by police in Vancouver

Cole says his experience reveals what daily life is like for black and Indigenous residents

Commercial trucks banned from left lane of Coquihalla

B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation has introduced a new program that hopes to prevent accidents and closures on the Coquihalla Highway.

Canadians more prepared for weather disaster than financial one: poll

RBC recommends people check their bank app as often as the weather app

Supreme Court hears case on migrant detainees’ rights to challenge incarceration

Currently, migrants who do not hold Canadian citizenship can only challenge detention through an immigration tribunal or a judicial review.

Canada Post issues new offer to employees as eBay calls on Ottawa to end strikes

Ebay is calling on the federal government to legislate an end to the Canada Post contract dispute, warning that quick action is needed to ensure retailers don’t lose out on critical Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.

No G20 member has climate plan strong enough to meet Paris targets: report

Canada’s push to be a world leader in the fight against climate change may be hampered by its distinction for producing the most greenhouse gas emissions per person among the world’s 20 largest economies.

City of Wetaskiwin didn’t apply utility hikes to bills

Clerical financial error discovered by Wetaskiwin city council

Most Read