News | DrumhellerMail - Page #3
Last updateMon, 22 Oct 2018 11am

Standard community investors aim to attract retail store

standard coop

A group of Standard and area business operators and community boosters are working towards filling the retail void in the village after the closing of the Standard Co-op.

  The Mail reported in the March 7 edition the membership of the Standard Co-op decided to close its doors. This came after a significant drop in sales over the last 10 years. The stock was liquidated and the building put up for sale.

  Brett Gates tells the Mail the building has been purchased and they are doing upgrades in hopes of finding someone interested in running a retail store in the community.

    “We are still working on that. We haven’t got an operator yet, we have a couple of options but we haven’t signed a deal yet,  but we are sure giving it our best shot. Someone could make a darn good living there with our support,” said Gates.

He said in June a group of 29 supporters in the community  formed a numbered company in hopes of attracting a tenant.

    “We started doing some work in there, changing some refrigeration equipment and other improvements,” he said.

They are hoping for someone to open a grocery store, liquor, and lottery on one side of the property. There is another vacant bay for another business.

    “We just want to be a landlord, we don’t want to operate anything. We don’t need to make money, we just want to break even and get a store back in the town because it is just killing our town. It used to be the centre of the community and now there’s nothing,” he said.

Kneehill County CAO resigns


The Kneehill County chief administrative officer announced his resignation from his position on October 17.

Al Hoggan has been county CAO since 2013, previously serving in senior management roles in other Alberta municipalities as well as experience in the airline and aviation industries.

County Reeve Jerry Wittstock said Mr. Hoggan has agreed to remain at his position for a period of time while council searches for a new CAO. Mr. Hoggan will be moving on to a new position in another municipality.

Council will hold a discussion before seeking new applicants and there are currently no candidates in talks with the county.

Local golfer competes for national college championship

IMG 5387 

A young golfer who cut his teeth at Dinosaur Trail Golf and Country Club is playing this week in the National Canadian College and University Championship.
Riley Gaudet, son of Rudy and Celeste Gaudet, is playing for the Concordia University of Edmonton golf team.
On September 15, they played in the North Regionals at Lac La Biche and in team play, they finished in second place behind the Grant MacEwan University Griffins. This qualified the team for the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) championships in Red Deer at Alberta Springs.
This was a tough contest and the Concordia team found themselves trailing. On the second day, Gaudet was on fire and had the best finish of all golfers.
“MacEwan just crushed everybody in that division. We were tied with Red Deer College (RDC), but I shot a 72 under the second day. It was the best score of the entire weekend for anybody,” he said.
It went to a callback, and Concordia edged out RDC. They also placed bronze in the mixed category.
This week Gaudet will be with his team in Medicine Hat for the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Championships. They practice Monday and then the competition goes from Tuesday to Friday. He has never played this course.
Gaudet graduated from St. Anthony’s in 2016. He grew up playing at Dinosaur Trail Golf and Country Club and has worked there for the last four seasons.

Do you usually get a flu shot?