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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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Calgary Hail Storm Leaves Couple With Coolest Wedding Photo Ever

(1) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 2:38 PM

The last thing any couple wishes for their wedding is a freak hail storm, but for Calgary couple Helen Knight and Owen Chan, it actually produced one of the coolest wedding photos we've ever seen.

The couple was getting ready to celebrate last Saturday, and were out for some...

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Shannon Burgess' Body Found, Husband Charged With Murder

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 1:57 PM

Calgary police have recovered the body of an actress who was missing for seven months, and have charged her former husband with murder.

Shannon Burgess (née Madill), 25, was last seen at her home on Nov. 27, 2014 and reported missing by concerned family and friends a...

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Man Seen Flying Over Calgary Stampede In Helium Balloon Chair

(13) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 12:33 PM

It might be the craziest thing ever spotted over the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.

Police in Calgary have laid charges against a man who attempted to parachute into the Calgary Stampede from a lawn chair being levitated high in the sky by dozens of helium balloons.

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Poll Shows Alberta NDP, Rachel Notley Slip In Approval

(69) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 1:55 PM

Alberta's love for Rachel Notley and the NDP may already be sliding, a new poll suggests.

The poll, conducted by Mainstreet/Postmedia, asked 3,007 Albertans if an election were held immediately how would they cast their vote.

Thirty-three per cent of the province, if they could, would now cast a...

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Edmonton Bachelor Party Prank Ends With Police Guns Drawn

(7) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 12:34 PM

An Edmonton bachelor party prank ended in what resembled something straight out of a Hollywood movie after armed officers, a police helicopter and the K9 unit were called in.

Ten of Landon Scott McHardy's friends thought they'd pull a stunt on the groom-to-be, with plans to ambush...

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Calgary Stampede Deals To Help You Not Break The Bank

(1) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 6:26 PM

Calgary Stampede can be really fun...but, unfortunately, it can be really expensive, too.

Between admission, concert or rodeo tickets, midway treats, Grandstand entertainment, inevitable souvenirs for the kids, and some "as-seen-on-TV" gimmick from the BMO Centre, Stampede is enough to burn a hole in your wallet and make you...

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Wildfires In Northern Alberta Close Highway, Cover Skies In Smoke

(5) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 3:52 PM

Wildfires have prompted officials to close the main highway that links Alberta to the Northwest Territories.

Alberta Transportation says Highway 35 north of High Level will be closed intermittently due to the flames and reduced visibility.

The province is reporting around 120 fires burning in Alberta, including 30 out of...

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Girl Bitten By Rattlesnake In Dinosaur Provincial Park

(2) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 2:36 PM

Officials are reminding visitors to Alberta's Badlands to watch their step after a nine-year-old girl was taken to hospital to be treated for a rattlesnake bite late last week.

The girl was bitten while hiking in Dinosaur Provincial Park around 9:30 a.m. Friday, reports CBC News.

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Baby Left In Hot Car At Calgary Strip Mall, Police Investigating

(2) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 11:29 AM

Calgary police are investigating after a passersby reported seeing a baby left in a hot car at a strip mall Sunday.

Det. Steve Adair told the Calgary Herald the incident occurred at a plaza in the 1400 block of Centre St. North.

A concerned witness made...

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Calgary Bike Thief Returns To Apologize To Family

(4) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 1:42 PM

After the bike belonging to his now-deceased son was stolen, Malcolm Eyjolfson thought he would probably never see it again.

He now knows to never say never, after the thief not only returned the bike this week, but also delivered a heartfelt apology for the theft.

Bryce, Malcolm's 11-year-old...

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City Of Calgary Releases Sunshine List Of Salaries For Municipal Workers

(6) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 4:21 PM

The City of Calgary released its "sunshine list" this week, detailing the annual compensation for all positions at the city, as well as general information about pensions and benefits.

Of the city's 13,000 staff, 72 per cent make between $50,00 and $100,000 per year. Twenty per cent of employees...

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Drone Shows How Alberta Floods Changed The Elbow River

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 2:48 PM

The use of drone technology is now giving researchers a better picture of the damage done by the 2013 Alberta floods, and just how much the Elbow River was changed by the raging waters.

A team of researchers led by the University of Calgary began capturing high-resolution...

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Airdrie Child Found In Cardboard Box Instead Of Car Seat

(11) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 2:54 PM

Instead of sitting in a car seat where a child belongs, an Alberta RCMP officer was surprised to find a preschooler playing in a cardboard box during a traffic stop Tuesday.

Sergeant Darrin Turnbull pulled over a vehicle for speeding in Airdire, and when he approached the car he...

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Goldfish The Size Of Dinner Plates Showing Up In Alberta Waterways

(5) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 12:53 PM

Goldfish the size of dinner plates are turning up in Alberta waterways, and it's partly because Albertans are letting their pet fish loose in the wild.

The province has launched a "Don't Let It Loose" awareness campaign, asking people to refrain from releasing the contents of their aquariums,...

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Edmonton Luxury Home To Hit Auction With No Reserve

(2) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 2:37 PM

A $3.8 million Edmonton luxury home will go to auction this Thursday, and for the first time in city history it will not have a reserve price attached to it.

This means that the highest bidder, regardless of how low their offer, will walk away with the...

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Calgary Luxury Home Market Takes A Hit With More Homes For Sale

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2015 | 8:06 AM

Falling oil prices are having an effect on the housing market in Alberta, and nowhere is that more evident than in Calgary's luxury home market.

In June, MLS shows more than 800 homes for sale worth more than $1 million, and last month, according to CBC News, for every...

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Man Clocked Going 222 Km/H near Cochrane

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 10:17 AM

An Alberta man is facing charges after he was caught going nearly three times the speed limit in Rocky View County.

The 44-year-old man was clocked driving his Nissan Maxima 222 km/h in an 80 km/h zone on Big Hill Springs Road earlier this week, said the county's enforcement...

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Andrea Marie Berg Identified As Woman Found Dead In Shopping Cart In Edmonton Alley

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 9:48 AM

A woman found dead in an Edmonton alley, tied up in a shopping cart Tuesday, has been identified as 42-year-old Andrea Marie Berg.

Berg's body was discovered behind The Belvedere Apartments near 124 Street and 114 Avenue with her legs bound and tape over her mouth.

The medical...

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12 Stampede Breakfasts You Should Try This Year

(1) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 4:15 PM

When the Calgary Stampede rolls into town you want to make sure you're well fed and properly fueled for the long days of playing cowboy -- that's where the importance of the Stampede breakfast comes into play.

Those flapjacks and sausages are easily turned into energy, and for some...

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Redneck Boot Sandals Are The Worst Thing You Could Wear To The Calgary Stampede

(5) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 1:22 PM

We've found them. We've found the worst thing you can possibly choose to wear to the Calgary Stampede this year.

Move over, bedazzled cowboy shirts and crushable cowboy hats. Step aside, barely-there daisy dukes and Canadian tuxedos.

These horrible monstrosities trump every other Stampede fashion faux-pas out there....

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