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A hot chocolate that will warm your heart!!


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From Melanie Sorsdahl

In March 2015, Jayden was 6 and had fallen ill with what we thought was the flu.  It turned out to be something much more serious called SIADH (Syndrom Of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone Secretion) or Hyponatremia for short.  When he wasn’t improving and was only getting worse, we raced him to the Red Deer ER.  His sodium in his body had crashed to almost nothing, and his brain function and body organs were shutting down.  The Red Deer ER Doctor Hogarth gave him a very strong dose of saline in attempts to help Jayden’s body start to produce it again itself, and then him & the pediatrician on call called the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary.  They determined it would be best for Jayden to continue receiving care there, and that they were sending STARS to get him.

He is a typical active and healthy 9 year old boy now, who does great in school and loves archery, all thanks to our local hospital, STARS, and the Alberta Children’s Hospital working together as a team. Jayden held a lemonade stand this summer and raised $158.65, then he had the idea to hold a hot chocolate stand for them too.

We are fortunate that Franco and Ernie at the North Red Deer Save On Foods decided to jump on board and allow is to hold it of front of their store. It will be happening this Saturday, October 6th from 11am ~ 3pm!

Jayden and his mom helped out with the STARS lottery campaign in Red Deer earlier this year… check out their fantastic work.

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Southern Alberta hailstorm caused almost $1.2B in damage: insurance bureau

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EDMONTON — The powerful hail storm that pounded homes, vehicles and crops across parts of southern Alberta last month caused almost $1.2 billion in insured damage.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada says the hail, rain and wind that hit Calgary, Airdrie and Rocky View County on June 13 were part of the costliest hailstorm and the fourth most expensive insured natural disaster in Canadian history.

Hail as big as tennis balls shredded vinyl siding, pounded roofs, smashed windows and flattened crops.

Celyeste Power, a vice-president with the bureau, says insurers are still processing claims.

The bureau says damage caused by hail and wind is typically covered by home, commercial and comprehensive auto insurance policies.

It notes that the Alberta government is offering some support for people who experienced overland flooding in flood-prone areas.

“Albertans know too well the stress, turmoil and financial hardships that severe weather events can cause,” she said Wednesday in a release.

“Of the 10 most costly disasters in Canada, six of these have hit Alberta. Fortunately, Albertans are resilient and continue to come together in difficult times like these.”

The most expensive insured natural catastrophe on record is the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire, which cost almost $4 billion.

The next highest loss was the 2013 flooding in southern Alberta at $3.5 billion.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 8, 2020





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Alberta RCMP Officer attacked with own baton

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From Cold Lake RCMP

Cold Lake RCMP officer recovering after aggravated assault

A 44-year-old male is in custody in Cold Lake following yesterday’s violent attack on the RCMP officer trying to effect his arrest.

At 5:30 p.m., Cold Lake RCMP located a stolen vehicle in the Walmart parking lot and the responding officer made an effort to deal with the vehicle and arrest the male who was believed to be responsible.  The male allegedly assaulted the RCMP member by punching the member in the head.  The RCMP member’s baton was taken by the male and the member was struck in the head numerous times with the baton.

The male fled on foot with the RCMP baton. The male smashed the window of a different, occupied vehicle in an unsuccessful attempt to steal it.  He then threatened another driver with a knife and the baton and fled southbound on Highway 28 in the newly stolen Trailblazer.

Cold Lake RCMP initiated a pursuit and managed to cause the stolen Trailblazer to become disabled.  The male was arrested on scene without further incident.  The RCMP baton was recovered in the vehicle.

The RCMP member has been treated at the hospital for non life-threatening, but serious injuries and is recovering at home.

The male remains in police custody and will be facing charges as this investigation continues. An update will be provided when available.

“I want to thank the community members who came forward to assist our RCMP member and to provide valuable witness evidence in relation to this terrible incident” says Sergeant Ryan Howrish of the Cold Lake RCMP.  “An incident like this highlights the unpredictable and dangerous situations we face on a daily basis.”

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