GRANDE PRAIRIE NEWS - 2001
The QEll hospital became home a new MRI Unit (magnetic resonance imaging unit) that produces a magnetic field to see images rather than using radiation.
An expansion to Wild Rose Manor has been approved at a cost of $525,000. This senior complex was awarded funding for its 24 apartment addition located at 7015-Poplar Drive, Grande Prairie.
Two South Peace MLAs retire from politics. Grande Prairie-Wapiti MLA Wayne Jaques and Grande Prairie-Smoky MLA Walter Paszkowski both were long term Progressive Conservative MLAs in the area.
Extensive damage occurred from fire at the Weyerhauser sawmill just a few kms south of Grande Prairie. The damage was located in the sawmill module of Weyerhauser's large pulp, paper, and lumber plant. More than 70 firefighters fought the blaze. About 110 people work at the sawmill with another 90 working at the planer mill.
Everywhere you look in Grande Prairie, there is an abundance of new construction. The Best Western Hotel, located right next to Tony Roma's had their Grand Opening in early February 2001. Both are located on the Highway By-Pass, on 116 Avenue, Grande Prairie.
Lots of changes have been happening on the west side of Grande Prairie, Alberta, especially with the Gateway Power Centre. In the last couple of years many businesses have constructed free standing buildings in that area, including Totem, Visions, Staples, Wal-Mart, Peavey Mart, London Drugs, Save-on Foods, Gullivers Restaurant, Kelsey's Restaurant, and Burger King. Other businesses have also opened: Future Shop, Smitty's, Health Hut, Love Boutique, Gateway Mohawk, Subway, Mr. Sub, Gourmade, Glentel, Gateway Liquor Store, Petland, Mark's Work Wearhouse, Danelli's Menswear, Prairie Gold Jewelry, The Dollar Store, Payless Shoes, the new Cinemas plus many more.
The new Save-On-Foods opened just west of 108 Street and south of 107 Avenue Grande Prairie. (enlarge picture)
Gateway Phase III, is well under-way with Winners and Michael's, a Mississauga, Ontario based clothing retailer recently opening its doors in a strip mall just west of 108street. (enlarge picture)
Other changes in the last while include lots of development along the Highway Bypass. (116 Avenue/ Highway 43) For many years the only business along that road was Midwest Home Furnishings that was established in 1956. In the last year we saw, City Furniture build their own store along the Highway Bypass, also Kal-tire, Co-op Gas Bar, Micro-Computers Plus, Carpet Superstore, McGoverns RV, Sean Sargent Toyota, and most recently Tony Roma's Restaurant and the Best Western.
March 2001: Albertans head to the polls March 12 as Premier Ralph Klein will try to hold on to his seat.
March 2001: More than 20,000 people attended the 16th annual Peace Country Classic Agri-Show at Evergreen Park in early March. The event included many displays and farm machinery.
A new subdivision is well under way just north of these businesses called the Royal Oaks north of the Highway ByPass. Construction is in full swing and will have the capacity of more than a hundred family dwellings.
March 2001: Grande Prairie-Wapiti Progressive Conservative Candidate Gord Gradon won as well did Grande Prairie-Smoky candidate Mel Knight as each won the majority of the vote.
June 2001: Tom Thompson president of the Grande Prairie Regional College has decided to retire with his last day being August 6th. He started at the college back in 1986 as a business administration instructor and became president in 1997.
The Four-Mile Corner, where Highway 2 and Highway 43 intersect is under construction. A partial cloverleaf is being constructed to help speed up the traffic flow.
The first phase is expected to be complete by the fall of 2002.
August 2001: St Joseph Catholic High School opens its doors after 2 years of construction. It cost $15.9 million and is 9,250 square metres.