Irma lottery winner officially claims $50 million prize

lois-olsen-selfThe first thing Lois Olsen of Irma says when asked about her recent $50 million lottery win is: “It was an awful shock, really.” 

Olsen was able to officially claim her prize on Nov. 30 in Edmonton with members of her family and the media present.

The ceremony was the conclusion to a whirlwind two weeks since she found out she was the big winner on Nov. 12. Though, the excitement likely isn’t close to being over yet.

Olsen said she checked her ticket herself Continue Reading

Angel Trees will give gifts to those in need this Christmas

angel-tree-fullThe Viking/Beaver FCSS Community Christmas Hamper program is a chance to help those in need have a better holiday season. The program, which runs in the area from Kinsella to Holden accepts applications until Dec. 14 and donations to Angel Trees until Dec. 16.

FCSS Director Tracey Boast Radley said there will be an Angel Tree in the Holden Post Office and at Ritchie Agencies in Viking. The Angel Trees will help the FCSS provide for those who need a hamper.

The Christmas Hamper program “is meant to assist families who may be struggling financially to put a Christmas dinner Continue Reading


On Nov. 28, police received a complaint of an attempted vehicle theft from a rural location southwest of Viking. The suspects were seen leaving the scene in a red jeep with no licence plate.

A patrol was made however the suspects were not located.

On Nov. 29, police received a complaint of a cow that had possibly been shot.
The information was passed on to Fish and Wildlife.

On Nov. 30, police were advised of a two vehicle collision on 52nd Street in Viking. The collision occurred when one motorist backed into another. The damage was minimal and there were no injuries.

That evening, police received a complaint of a jack-knifed semi blocking traffic at the intersection of Highway 14 and Secondary 619.


“Visit Viking” train car visits Viking

train-visit-vikingA train car with the words “Take an Alberta Break, Visit Viking” could be seen parked across from Highway 619 last week. The train car, which is one in a series of hundreds displaying the names of Alberta towns, was painted in 1991 by the Alberta government as a tourism campaign. According to the Western Producer archives, at the time they were painted Philip Mulder of the provincial public works department said “It’s like a great rolling billboard for Alberta.” The train cars have been spotted all over Canada and the U.S. with the “Visit Viking” car being photographed as far away as Illinois. Thanks to Dale Mizera for letting The Weekly Review know that the train car was stopped in town.

VIKING Council hears CAO report on County meeting, agrees to LED light conversion

The Town of Viking’s Regular Meeting of Council was held on Nov. 21, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

Council first voted to adopt in principal the draft changes to the InterMunicipal Development Plan outlining the “Short Term Annexation Area” as proposed by Vinicia Planning and Engagement Inc. The document was discussed by Council at their October meeting and the amendments were accepted at this meeting.

Next to be discussed was the Beaver Emergency Services Capital Invoicing. The Town of Viking Capital Requisition invoices for 2014 (in the amount of $11,858.25) and 2015 (in the amount of $14,065) have not been paid.

Council was also provided with the 2016 capital requisition invoice for $16,005.

Interim CAO Al Harvey told Council “I cannot say why the invoices were not paid, only that they were not.”

He also asked Council to be aware to the fact that, according to a BESC document, the Village of Ryley is the only municipality in Beaver County that has paid their 2014, 2015, and 2016 invoices… FOR MORE SEE THE NOV. 29/16 WEEKLY REVIEW


During the early morning hours on Nov. 21, police received a complaint of a suspicious incident at a business southwest of Viking.

The complainant advised a white Chevy pickup with two males drove into the yard and when he confronted them, they said they were looking for a place to sleep. The truck then departed without further incident.

Later that morning, police received a complaint of a calf Continue Reading

Irma 4-H member is “Proud to Bee a 4-H’er”: Voting deadline Nov. 30

4h-colton-skori Colton Skori, a Viking School Grade 7 student and member of the Irma 4-H Club is “Proud to Bee a 4-H’er,” and he has entered a contest to prove it. Now, he’s looking for supporters to vote for him in order to win prizes for his club.

The contest ends on Nov. 30, meaning there is only one day left.

The contest is sponsored by 4-H Canada and Syngenta. Syngenta is an agriculture research company dedicated to “bringing plant potential to life.” Their website states Continue Reading


On Nov. 14, a citizen attended the detachment to report she was being harassed by a co-worker. After discussing the situation, it was determined the co-worker’s actions did not constitute criminal harassment at this time and no charge could be laid.

That afternoon, police were called to a two vehicle collision on 50th Street in Viking where one vehicle backed into another. The driver of the offending vehicle was Continue Reading

Viking saddened by passing of former mayor Marlene Grandinetti

marlene-grandinetti Residents of Viking and area were shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of former Viking Mayor Marlene Grandinetti on Nov. 12.

In memory of Marlene, The Weekly Review asked those who worked alongside her about her time and accomplishments as mayor.

Marlene and her husband Howard moved to Viking, as a retirement community, in 2006. Just four short years later in 2010 when the time came for Viking to elect a new mayor, she threw her hat into the ring.

Marlene was Continue Reading