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Michelle Butterfield is The Huffington Post Alberta's Associate News Editor. She was previously an online editor at The Calgary Herald.

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Peter Malko Charged After Alleged Sexual Assault Of Teen

(1) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 4:40 PM

Edmonton police have charged a man who they allege posed as a magazine photographer to lure a 16-year-old to an apartment to sexually assault her.

Peter Malko, 52, has been charged with sexual assault, sexual exploitation, and utter threats.

According to police, the teenage girl was approached while...

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Will Gadd, Canmore Adventurer, Is First Person To Climb Niagara Falls (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 12:07 PM

People have survived going over Niagara Falls, but an Alberta man has become the first to make the ascent up them.

Will Gadd, a (very brave) adventurer from Canmore, became the first person to climb a wall of spray ice at the edge of Niagara's Horseshoe Falls.

Gadd, 47, was...

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April Irving, Milk River Dog Neglect Suspect, Has Past History Of Abuse

(10) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 2:59 PM

As more details become known of the 201 emaciated, sick and dehydrated dogs seized from a rural property in Milk River, Alta., it appears the woman suspected of the neglect has done it before.

April Irving has been identified by several news outlets...

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Airdrie Teen Clocked Going 100 Kilometres Over Speed Limit

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 12:08 PM

Let this be a lesson to all teenage speed demons: if you get caught driving dangerously in Alberta, they might just tell your mom.

That's the case for one young man who was clocked going 100 kilometres over the speed limit near Airdrie Wednesday.

The 17-year-old was driving...

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Rural Alberta's Best Hidden Gem Restaurants

(10) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 4:51 PM

It looks like one of the Food Network's most popular shows is set to discover rural Alberta.

Judging by the Season 4 episode guide for "You Gotta Eat Here!", host John Catucci will sample several establishments off Alberta's beaten track.

Catucci will learn how to make...

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Nenshi Refuses To Apologize To Councillors Over Drinking And Drug Allegations

(13) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 1:19 PM

Does Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi owe his council an apology?

He doesn't seem to think so.

On Monday, Nenshi refused to apologize for comments he made about councillor drinking and drug use last week — specifically that his office had received numerous complaints in the past about...

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A Final Farewell For Const. David Wynn (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 4:10 PM

More than 2,000 police officers, including 860 Mounties in their traditional red serge and 450 officers from the municipal police force in nearby Edmonton, gathered on the streets of St. Albert Monday to say a final farewell Const. David Wynn.

A riderless horse, with a pair of...

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Edmonton Kijiji Truck Ad Is A Funny Ode To Alberta's Oil Woes

(7) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 1:05 PM

When going through hard times, sometimes is ok to poke a bit of fun at your situation.

A hilarious Edmonton Kijiji ad posted last week takes a few jabs at Alberta's economic woes in the face of falling oil prices.

"Been laid off? Bank repo your...

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Richard Suter Says He Was Attacked By Men Posing As Police

(1) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 11:03 AM

Richard Suter, an Edmonton man charged in an impaired driving case that killed a toddler, says he was abducted, beaten and had his thumb cut off last week by men posing as police officers.

The attack began last Thursday when Suter, 64, said he was taken from...

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Alberta Photographer Of The Month: Amanda Nand (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 5:37 PM

We first came across Amanda Nand's stunning photography during 2014's Spreading Creek wildfire.

Amanda sent us several powerful photos of the thick yellow, black, and orange smoke rising above Banff National Park, as crews worked to keep the controlled burn in check. They...

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Edmonton Woman Shares Secret To $15 Million Lottery Win

(4) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 4:55 PM

Mary Ann Estanislao says there's a secret to her recent $15 million lottery win.

“I only ever buy one ticket,” said the Edmonton resident. “I believe that if you’re meant to win, you only need one.”

Estanislao's ticket matched all seven numbers in Oct. 24,...

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Calgary Filmed From A Quadcopter Is Quite Enchanting (VIDEO)

(13) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 1:52 PM

This drone's-eye view of Calgary might leave you a little short on breath.

Calgary real estate agency The Chamberlain Group recently uploaded a beautifully shot and edited aerial view of Calgary, all captured with quadcopter footage.

The result is a breathtaking video that allows...

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Rick Mercer Mocks Calgary Tobogganing Rules (VIDEO)

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 12:05 PM

Calgary's media has made much ado about the city's tobogganing rules in recent weeks — to the point where Mayor Naheed Nenshi blamed "bored journalists" trying to stir up controversy.

Now Rick Mercer has taken it upon himself to poke a bit of fun at a...

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Slide The City Coming To Calgary And Edmonton -- Hopefully!

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 2:32 PM

It's happening. It's actually happening.

Slide The City, purveyors of a 300-metre-long travelling waterslide, have announced they will bring their enormous slip-and-slide to Calgary and Edmonton's streets — if city officials approve the event.

Organizers have been setting up their giant vinyl tarps in cities across...

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Edith Shackleton Wins $1 Million On Free Lottery Ticket

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 3:25 PM

Edith Shackleton is now $1 million richer, and she didn't spend a cent for her good fortune.

Shackleton won a free LOTTO 6/49 tickets after matching two main numbers on a previous draw. She picked up her lucky ticket for the Dec. 31 draw at the Mayland...

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Alberta Drivers Are Bad At Merging, Stopping And Driving In The Proper Lane

(27) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 2:25 PM

Does Alberta have the worst drivers in Canada?

It's hard to say.

While this study says "Yes, Alberta drivers are the rudest in the nation," it's difficult to definitively judge whether, as a whole, we're the worst in Canada.

But we've certainly recieved our share...

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Bing's Restaurant In Stony Plain Looking For Person Who Left $228 Tip

(2) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 3:23 PM

Most people tip 15 or 20 per cent for good restaurant service. But would you ever consider leaving 500 per cent?

The owner of Bing's Restaurant in Stony Plain, Alta. is searching for the person who left a huge chunk of change on a take-out order gratuity last week.

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For Everyone's Safety, These Calgary Drivers Need To Relax

(25) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 12:39 PM

These drivers need to chill out.

Dashcam footage uploaded to YouTube over the weekend shows two Calgary drivers playing a very dangerous game of brake check, while other cars try to stay out of the way.

The video shows a black Ford Focus trailing a white Toyota...

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Man Falls Through Calgary Safeway Ceiling, Police Investigating

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 2:34 PM

Calgary police are investigating after a man fell through the ceiling of the Whitehorn Safeway in the city's northeast Wednesday evening.

Police told Metro Calgary a man managed to make his way into a crawlspace above the store's ceiling — an area that is not meant to...

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Edmonton Poverty: One In Eight Considered Poor, Report Finds

(20) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 3:24 PM

A new report says one in eight, or approximately 12 per cent, of people in Edmonton are currently living in poverty.

The report, released by the Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) and titled "A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton," also found that Alberta has a...

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