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Starland County looking to rebuild

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    Starland County is moving forward on the reconstruction of a new county office.
    On May 25 of last year, Starland’s office on Main Street in Morrin burned. The fire completely destroyed the County’s offices as well as the ATB. Last week the building was finally demolished.
    “It has been 10 months and it has sat there,” said Starland Reeve Steve Wannstrom, who is relieved to see work being done.
    Since the fire, the county has made strides to return to normalcy. After using the new Munson Fire Hall for offices right after the fire, it has since moved back to the community of Morrin in a temporary office space.
    The county has since identified land it previously purchased on the railway right-of-way on the east side of Railway Avenue in Morrin as a suitable site and used its own crews to complete some site work.
    Along with the new office, the county has identified the need to construct a new  Public Works facility and have combined the projects.
    The County posted a tender for a request for proposal on January 25. They are looking for a qualified consultant/contractor team to provide bids on a design and construction project. The request on the Alberta Purchasing Connection appears to show there is great interest from qualified bidders.
    Wannstrom says the cost will be a factor, like any project. He said the county has funds in savings, and they are looking at funds from insurance to build the project. The request for proposal closes on March 22.
    “We hope to be building, or at least starting this year,” said Wannstrom. “We’ll see what happens.”

Dragons end season in hard fought series

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It was a series and a season that will go down in Drumheller Dragons lore for years to come as the Dragons bowed out in the first round versus the Canmore Eagles.

   The series went to overtime in four of the five games and last Wednesday night, March 13, the game was back and forth and came down to a single goal.

The Dragons dominated the first period, outshooting the Eagles 12-2. Things evened up in the second period, but it still remained scoreless.

Brady Risk scored on the power play from Derrick Budz 5:44 into the third period and kept the pressure up. With less than six minutes left, Quinton Ong of the Eagles scored his first of the game to even it up and 19 seconds later scored his second to take the lead. The Dragons fought hard but the Eagles were victorious with a score of 2-1.

   “It was certainly disappointing, but nothing but pride in regards to how we felt with what the players accomplished this season, what the staff accomplished this season and how the organization as a whole has moved forward. We didn’t lose last week; we learned,” said Coach Kevin Hasselberg.

While being eliminated from the playoff is always hard, he takes some comfort in knowing the team left it all on the ice.

   “That’s John Wooden's definition of success. It is having that peace of mind you did everything you could to be the best you possibly could in that situation,” said Hasselberg. “It makes you really think about what the mission means when you want to win a national championship and how much work and how difficult that task really is. There were a lot of things that happened this season you don’t want to happen to your team, but this group took it all, didn’t blink an eye with regard to the adverse situations they faced. They got to the rink, they put in the work, they got on the ice and they gave it their everything.”

The Dragons were missing Brett Edwards, Brayden Nicholetts Dylan McCabe and Dawson Bruneski, and then lost Roc Truman, who was leading the Dragons in playoff scoring, in the final game.

The Dragons finished the season with a 37-19-4 record in third place in the conference. This year saw records dropping including Jordan Taupert becoming the all-time scoring leader for the Dragons and Shane Ott tallying the most assists as a rookie.

Off the ice, the organization saw some great achievements this year. Coach Kevin Hasselberg was a finalist for coach of the year and Roc Truman was a finalist for Rookie of the Year. Six players have committed to play NCAA hockey in the future and counting.

“That was a huge step forward for the organization,” said Hasselberg. “It is very satisfying to see some of that hard work pay off for those kids. To see their careers extended at the college level and they are going to walk out of hockey with an education paid, or partially paid for, and still, get to play the game they love while they are doing that. It’s a dream come true for these kids,” said Hasselberg.

He appreciates the support of Drumheller.

“Last night was the pinnacle of what the community is doing as well. That is as close to capacity that you will see in the Drumheller Memorial Arena and that is a lot of people who have jumped on board and want to be a part of this,” said Hasselberg. “The organization extends beyond what you see in the players, staff, hockey operations and management committee. It’s Drumheller and I think we embraced that this year.”

“Archaeopteryx: The most famous bird in history,” subject of Speaker Series.

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For the March 14 session of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology’s 2019 Speaker Series, Dr. Jon Noad (Gran Tierra Energy) will present “Archaeopteryx: The most famous bird in history.”

Archaeopteryx has captured the imagination of millions since its discovery over 150 years ago in southern Germany. Long considered as the transitional species between dinosaurs and birds, time has done little to lessen the scientific impact of Archaeopteryx. Twelve specimens, in various states of preservation, have been recovered from the Late Jurassic lagerstätten of the Solnhofen Limestone. These specimens have helped to build a picture of a magpie-sized bird that may have been capable of powered flight. The stories of the individual fossils are captivating—including one that went missing—and their scientific value is almost incalculable.

The Archaeopteryx fossils were recovered from a thinly laminated mudstone deposited during the Jurassic in a series of basins separated by coral reefs. A combination of periodic high amounts of saltiness, stagnation, and partial absence of oxygen meant that any animals entering the affected waters died almost instantly, sinking to the basin floor where their corpses were entombed. Scavengers were absent due to the toxic conditions near the seabed, meaning that many animals were almost perfectly preserved.

Detailed comparative anatomy has shown the similarity of Archaeopteryx to birds and small theropod dinosaurs. The superb preservation of the Solnhofen fossils shows their plumage, and recent studies have provided evidence for the colour, and potential for flight.

Dr. Jon Noad will discuss the palaeontological history of Archaeopteryx and its ecological niche in the Late Jurassic world.

The Royal Tyrrell Museum’s Speaker Series talks are free and open to the public. Presentations are given in the Museum auditorium every Thursday at 11:00 a.m. until April 25. Speaker Series talks are also available on the Museum’s YouTube channel at:

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