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September 6, 2006
Modified Crop—Unhappy Farmer
It seems that someone was testing out design abilities in a big way, approximately a mile north of Provost recently. This picture (insert), sent to The News shows part of a crop knocked down by pranksters and turned into a geometric design, only visible by air. The owner of the crop, however was not amused at the damage that took place and suggested the end result was trespass causing damages. Larger picture shows the crop being swathed on August 28 (the same day the farmer discovered it) and includes a closer look of some of the flattened stalks. Rest of story in September 6 edition paper. ©Provost News Photo (larger photo only).
15 Minutes . . . With Lyle Oberg
Former MLA Butch Fischer brought MLA Lyle Oberg (Strathmore-Brooks) to The Provost News office to talk about his bid to become the new premier of Alberta.

Several people have so far made their intentions known to compete in that race but no date for the selection of a new leader of the Progressive Conservative party to replace premier Ralph Klein has been set.

Oberg spent 15 minutes with The News editor:

Provost News: How old are you?
Lyle Oberg: I am 46, and was born in Forestburg.

PN: Why do you want to become the next premier of Alberta?
LO: I have a lot of good ideas and experience and most importantly I was raised in Alberta and want to ensure Alberta is the best place in the world to live.

PN: What qualities might you bring to such an office?
LO: I am a medical doctor so know a fair amount of medicine. l was ministers of Social Services, Learning, Infrastructure. and Transportation, and I have four kids and I really want them to see Alberta as the best place to live.

PN: We have seen our MLA Doug Griffiths try hard to bring more economic activity to east central Alberta, especially with the hope to bring a police college to this rural community (which local bid has since been rejected and awarded to Fort Macleod in southern Alberta). As of the end of August, Provost has issued a total of only four permits for houses and four permits for mobile homes in 2006. It seems that we are not reaping a lot of the booming “Alberta advantage” from an economic point of view when you consider the vast amounts of tax dollars that are pumped out of the ground via oil and gas in local fields and also generated from rich farmland here; many tax dollars are sent on to the capital. Do you think that more government attention should be paid to these rural areas—as opposed to Alberta’s busy Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary corridor, that is booming?
LO: A plank in my platform is to return two percent of royalty revenue to the area where it came from. Many of our rural communities are not seeing the Alberta advantage. Calgary and and Edmonton would not be successful without rural Alberta.

Full interview and story in September 6 edition of The Provost News.
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CP Plans to Close Macklin-Luseland Rail Line
Story and photo in September 6 edition of The Provost News.
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Fire Takes Out Historic Building
Story and photo in September 6 edition of The Provost News.
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask : "What Have You Learned at Vacation Bible School?"
. . . and we heard opinions from Hailee Schmidt, David Erasmus, Katie Broders, Devon Scheck, and Amanda Mathias.
Check out the September 6 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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