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Drumheller celebrates McHappy Day

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Wednesday, May 10 was McHappy Day, and Drumheller McDonalds had some extra help on hand from a number of volunteers and supporters. Five year old Leah from B.C. got a hug and a sticker from the RCMP Safety Bear. Drumheller RCMP Staff Sergeant Rob Harms and Constable Victor Iliescu also helped serve up customers in the drive-thru.

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New foods and fantastic flavours to arrive at 2023 Calgary Stampede Midway

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Peanut butter, pickles, and poutine – oh my! Tempt your tastebuds with more than 50 new foods coming to the Calgary Stampede Midway, July 7-16.

With a variety of fun flavours to try, this year’s menu has no shortage of sweet, salty, and downright daring dishes. Indulge in new items like the Ketchup and Mustard Ice Cream, Peanut Butter Pickle Dog, Street Corn Lemonade, Poutine Colossal Onion and $100 Dog - Jalapeno Cheddar Gut Buster.

Looking for something more traditional? Try the Elkeroni Pizza! This thin crust, fire roasted flatbread pizza is topped with vine-ripened crushed tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, sustainably raised elk pepperoni, organic arugula and mushrooms, making it a tasty twist on a popular pizza.

Satisfy your sweet (and spicy) tooth with the Habanero Cherry Ice Cream Taco, a delicious plant-based and gluten-free treat that is perfect for summer.

“The flavourful foods coming to the Stampede Midway are sure to impress guests,” said Kyle Russell, Director, Stampede Programming. “This fantastic culinary experience is one you won’t want to miss for all 10 days at the Calgary Stampede!”

If you appreciate the classics, don’t worry – you can still get all your festival favourites on the Midway, like mini donuts, corn dogs, and freshly squeezed lemonade. Find the full list of new foods, with photos here.

This year also makes a century of syrup for the Calgary Stampede. In 1923, the racers of the Calgary Stampede’s first chuckwagon races gathered for what would become the first pancake breakfast. Over the next 100 years, thousands of volunteers have made millions of pancakes to honour our heritage and build our community.

Now, more than 200,000 pancakes are consumed every year at community breakfasts over the 10 days of Stampede.

Stampede 2023 is just 57 days away! Between taste tests, take in the Stampede Rodeo or Evening Show. Tickets are on sale now and you can get the best seats in the house by visiting

Strathmore RCMP execute search warrant, seize drugs, cash, guns


On Thursday, April 27 at approximately 3:51 p.m., Strathmore General Investigation Section (GIS) members with assistance from Drumheller GIS and Strathmore General Duty members arrested a male and female in connection to an ongoing drug trafficking investigation in the parking lot of a local retail store.
At approximately 4:35 p.m., Strathmore GIS executed a search warrant on the individuals’ home in the 800 block of Brentwood Crescent. Assistance from the Southern Alberta RCMP Emergency Response Team was utilized to safely clear the residence.
“The results of this investigation are a culmination of the dedicated efforts of our Detachment members to keep our community safe from the harms of the illicit drug trade. I’d like to pass along my thanks to the community for their support and assistance in this investigation which helped lead to the arrests and seizures made in this investigation,” said Strathmore RCMP Detachment Commander Staff Sergeant Mark Wielgosz.
The home, and the occupants vehicle were searched which resulted in the seizure of approximately $8,000 in cash; approximately 17 grams of suspected cocaine with an estimated street value of $1,700; approximately 70 grams of suspected fentanyl with an estimated street value of $13,930; approximately 41 grams of suspected methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $2,490; and two semi-automatic .22 caliber handguns.
Both subjects were transported to the Strathmore Detachment.
The female, a 22 year old resident of Strathmore was released to appear in Provincial Court on a future date to face three counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance.
The male, identified as David Vanderlaan, a 49 year old resident of Strathmore was held for a bail hearing and charged with 20 offences including three counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking; Trafficking in a Controlled Substance; Possession of a Controlled Stubstance; Possession of a Loaded Prohibited Firearm; two counts of Knowing Possession of a Prohibited Firearm without a License; two counts of Possession of a Prohibited Firearm Contrary to Prohibition Order; two counts of Careless Handling of a Prohibited Firearm; three counts of Failure to Comply with a Condition of a Probation Order; and five counts of Failure to Comply with a Condition of a Release Order.
Vanderlaan was remanded into custody to appear in Provincial Court at a later date.
At the time of his arrest, Vanderlaan was on release for another matter in Calgary on six drug charges and two firearms offences. He was also bound by a probation order resulting from convictions on drug, weapons, and conditions offences.
If you have any information regarding criminal activity in your neighbourhood, including the trafficking of drugs, please contact the Strathmore RCMP at 403-934-3968. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.


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