GRANDE PRAIRIE NEWS - 2017 ARCHIVED Grande Prairie History - Grande Prairie News
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Jan 2017: Construction has began on the 43X Bypass from the north side to the west side of Grande Prairie. There will be a set of lights where it meets Highway 43 (west of the city) about 4 km east of the Richmond Hill. -Part of Highway 40 South from Grande Prairie to Wapiti River is also being planned to be twinned. - With more people moving back to Grande Prairie for work, the rental vacancy is decreasing a bit and the Real Estate Market is expected to improve.

Feb 2017: Winners Store will be moving to a new location in March, former Future Shop building on the west side of Grande Prairie (116 st and just south of 100 ave). Also near the same location but north of 100 avenue, The Hampton Hotel had its Grand Opening. -The 150 unit Seniors Complex called Lakeview is scheduled to open in April in Clairmont. -Ben Moss Jewelry Store was to close across Canada but was sold and will remain open. There is a location in the Prairie Mall, Grande Prairie.

Feb 2017: Chief economist at ATB Financial says 2017 will be a rebound year in Alberta with jobs in the energy sector improving in the second half of the year. Agriculture should perform well, but the forestry industry won't have news til the U.S. Softwood Lumber Agreement is renegotiated. Unemployment should remain close to 9% for most of the year.

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Feb 2017: Two new catholic schools officially opened. The St Catherine Catholic School (K-8) in the Royal Oaks Subdivision of Grande Prairie with 500 students, and the St Mary Catholic School in Beaverlodge (K-9) with 300 students.

It appears that it may be more than rumours that Go RV has closed north of Grande Prairie by overpass. Even though their phones are connected and website still active, there are no RV's displayed in their front yard and there is no furniture visible in their showroom.


Mar 2017: Wee Links Par 3 Golf Course and Campground located at south Bear Creek, will reopen this spring as it will now be run by the Nitehawk Year-round Adventure Par with partnership with the Sunrise Rotary Club of Grande Prairie. It has been renamed The Bear Paw par 3 Golf Course.

Mar 2017: Hollywood Video located on 100th Street has closed its doors. They had opened in 2012 in the former Rogers Video location. (enlarge picture) - The Ken and Teresa Sargent Foundation has donated $100,000 towards the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation.

Sunrise Records will be opening in the HMV store in the Prairie Mall, Grande Prairie. When HMV announce they were closing all their locations, Sunrise said they would be taking over the 70 locations including Grande Prairie

Mar 2017: Sunrise Records will be opening in the HMV store in the Prairie Mall, Grande Prairie. When HMV announce they were closing all their locations, Sunrise said they would be taking over the 70 locations including Grande Prairie. - Willie de Wit has been appointed to the Court of Queen's Bench as a judge. Willie is originally from Grande Prairie and a well known boxer who had won Silver in the Olympics.

Mar 2017: The Alberta Province has approved the replacement of the Composite High School and the modernization of the St Patrick Catholic School, both located in Grande Prairie. Construction won't start until 2018. (enlarge picture)

-Downtown Grande Prairie will continue with its Downtown Rehabilitation and Streetscapeproject. There will be a number of phases that will see underground utilities replaced including sidewalks, curbs, lighting, furniture and even trees and plants.

April 2017: A 2nd location of the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy opened in the Northridge area, 10071-120 Ave Grande Prairie. Curtis Crough is also the owner of the 2nd location. (enlarge photo)

Marshalls brand name and designer fashion store is coming to the Prairie Mall in Grande Prairie. It will located near the Coles store. -Former Grande Prairie Storm forward, Tanner Fritz agreed to a 2 year contract with NHL's New York Islanders, effective next season. He played with the GP Storm in the 2007-08 to the 2010-11 Season.

April 2017: Grande Prairie City Councilors approved a pay increase to be in effect after the October election. The Mayor will get $11,000 increase while each councilor will get over $13,000 increase. - A new preschool will open in September at the Faith Lutheran Church at 9610-109 Avenue Grande Prairie. For children aged 3 to 5 years old. -Real Estate Sales were up 34 per cent in the first quarter of 2017 compared to 2016. The average price of a home in Grande Prairie was also increased to $321,000 compared to $307,000 over the same quarter.

April 2017: London Drugs celebrated a Grand Reopening of its newly renovated store in Grande Prairie located in the Gateway Power Centre (west side of the City). -Brenda Yamkowy announces she is retiring from the executive director of the United Way. She was with the United Way for 3 years and 15 years with a number of other organizations. -Even though the 2017 Municipal Election isn't until October 16, 2017 there has been a number of candidates who have registered at City Hall including Clyde Blackburn, Dylan Bressey, Tyler Bulford, John Croken, Bill Given, Jill McCure, Kevin McLean, Cooper Morrison, Wade Pilat, Ramesem Rajnut, Tyla Saverd, Morgan Suurd, Chris Thiessen, Dylan Thompson, and Michael Wolfel. -The current City councilors voted a pay raise for all those elected in October. The Mayor of Grande Prairie will receive an increase of $11,000 while councilors will get a bit over $13,000 pay increases. - The Grande Prairie Dream Home winner this year was Adam Hickson of Grande Prairie. Matthew Watson of Sexsmith won the 50/50 draw that got him $243,320.

May 2017: Mission Thrift Store has opened in Grande Prairie, located in the Towne Centre Mall. Proceeds from the store support the ministry of the Bible League of Canada. -A multi-million dollar acid gas injector facility is proposed to open near Grovedale just south of Grande Prairie. It is estimated there will be 500 contractors for the construction, then will have 17 full time employees. -The Block Parent Program returns its operations in Grande Prairie. It will provide a network of safe places where kids can go.

June 2017: Sears announced it will be closing the Grande Prairie location along with 12 other locations in Alberta. Sears obtained temporary court protection from its creditors as the closures will cut around 2,900 jobs across Canada. -Freshii has opened in Grande Prairie near the new Winners location, in the Power Centre, west side of Grande Prairie. Lori and Jordan Bondaruk are the co-owners of the fast-food chain catering to health-conscious people. -Jeffrey's Cafe is building a new restaurant near Esquires on the west side of Grande Prairie. Owner Lance Warkentin hopes it will be open in late July or August. -Robert Guest, renowned local artist, passed away from a heart attack in Nanaimo, BC. He was born in 1938 in Beaverlodge and was an instructor at the GPRC and Fairview College for many years.

June 2017: The next Grande Prairie Dream Home is under construction at the corner of Poplar Lane and Creekside Drive, in Taylor Estates Subdivision , southwest of Grande Prairie. The new Dream Home is 1 block south of the last Dream Home. (enlarge photo)

June 2017: Grande Prairie Primary Care Network is moving from the 97 Avenue location to an area north of Joey's Seafood (Royal Oaks area) effective July 6th. New address is 104-11745-105 Street.

July 2017: PARDS opens a new facility (Peace Area Riding for the Disabled Society), located northeast of Evergreen Park, Grande Prairie. The facility is estimated to cost $4.2 million. -Diana Rinne, editor at the Daily Herald Tribune has retired. She spent 20 years in Grande Prairie plus more years with the same company in other communities. -OMG Cupcakes has reopened after being closed for 9 months. The new owner was the former baker at OMG Cupcakes. The previous owner was forced to close the business due to personal health reasons. -Susan Hunter is the new executive director at the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum at Wembley. She replaces George Jacob who was the CEO.


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