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Firemen battle fire for 5 hours

An investigation into the cause of a fire Jan. 28 at the Mighty Peace Chevrolet Buick GMC Dealership in Peace River is underway after firefighters spent over five hours battling the flames.
Peace River and Weberville fire depart- ments responded to the structure fire spewing heavy smoke on the West Hill along Highway 2 in Peace River at 5:30 p.m.

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12-Foot Batman saves Halloween

The mystery of who dressed up the statue of 12-Foot Davis has been solved, and it turns out the culprit is a repeat offender.
The wooden statue of 12-Foot Davis, the iconic Peace River pioneer who made a small fortune in gold on a 12-foot wide claim and “never locked his cabin door,” was transformed into famous caped crusader Batman under cover of darkness the night before Halloween.

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Little libraries popping up in Peace River yards

A Peace River resident has turned a fallen tree into an opportunity to share the love of reading.
“Over the summer, a severe wind knocked down a beautiful Manitoba Maple in my front yard and rather than have it removed completely, I decided to keep a stump for the base of a Little Free Library,” Joan Blench says.

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Statue honours special man

A statue honouring late hockey coach Darcy Haugan has been unveiled in his hometown of Peace River.
In 2018, Haugan was one of 16 people who died after the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team’s bus collided with a semi on the road to Nipawin for a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoff game.

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Community lends a helping hand

Citizens in Peace River and area are coming together to help the family of the late Ryan Austin.
Several fundraisers and events were held recently to help the family after the tragedy. On Sept. 6, Sunday evening or early Monday morning, Austin and his dog were both killed in a hit and run.

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Great Cycle fundraiser smashes goal

Gage Holmstrom, a former Peace River High School student who now works at Mercer Peace River Pulp, is one of the cyclists who rode to fight kids’ cancer in the Great Cycle Challenge.
Holmstrom says over 1,400 children are diagnosed with cancer every year, making it the biggest killer of children from disease in Canada.

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Rally for Freedom

Barb Killkenny of The Bodhi Tree store with her sign.
About 15 people turned out for the Rally for Freedom at the Peace River Provincial Building Aug 29. Organizer Bob Blayone says, “We call upon [Premier] Jason Kenny and the Alberta government to end the Emergency Health Orders, and repeal Bill 10/24.”