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Friends of Morrin School Council receive Rural Communities Foundation grant funding

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Friends of Morrin School Council (FMSC) were awarded $25,000 from the Rural Communities Foundation grant, which will be used toward the renovation of the original school gymnasium into a community and school hub as part of the new Morrin School build.
It is anticipated the community and school hub will be used by students, local organizations, and the community for various uses.
FMSC was formed in 2020 by Village of Morrin community members to fundraise to support development of the new school.
A total of three fundraising goals were set-to include bleacher space in the new gymnasium, expand the new library, and create a community space. Through various fundraising efforts the organization has raised a total of $694,909.30 towards these goals.
While the library expansion and bleacher space have been fully funded, the community hub has fallen a little short, with about 55 per cent of the $248,000 goal realized.
With an agreement between the community and Prairie Land School Division (PLSD) a breezeway will connect the new Morrin School to the old gymnasium.
The space will be used to allow students to take automotives, shop, carpentry, and industrial arts classes, and will also allow space for community members, including 4-H, arts and recreation, meeting spaces, and other activities.

King acclaimed as Kneehill County Reeve

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There has been a change in leadership on Kneehill County council following the Tuesday, October 24 organizational meeting, with Division 7 Councillor Ken King taking the helm as County Reeve, and Division 3 Councillor Jerry Wittstock as Deputy Reeve.
King accepted the nomination for the role of Reeve from Mr. Wittstock, and was acclaimed to the seat when no other nominations were brought forward.
“I want to thank Jerry for his diligence in leading, and his patient coaching of our collection of new and inexperienced councillors,” Reeve King shared following his swearing in. “The council of today and the excellent rapport and the working relationship we have here on council, and with our County’s CAO (Chief Administrative Officer Mike Haugen), our senior leadership and our staff are a testament to your leadership.”
Reeve King then called for nominations for the role of Deputy Reeve.
Mr. Wittstock, and Division 1 Councillor Faye McGhee were both nominated for the Deputy Reeve position, and both accepted the nomination.
With both names standing, Council were given blind ballots by CAO Haugen, resulting in the election of Mr. Wittstock to the position of Deputy Reeve.

Poppy campaign kicks off

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The 2023 Poppy campaign in Drumheller officially began on Friday, October 27, as Legion President Gary Boucher pinned the first poppy on Mayor Heather Colberg. The poppies have been distributed to local supportive businesses and organizations. Funds raised by the poppy sales stay in the community and go towards initiatives to help veterans and their families.


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