First, they mined the plentiful veins of coal in this area northeast of Calgary. The Battle River coal-fired power plant still helps keep the lights on in this part of the world.
Then came the oil and gas boom. Pump jacks and natural gas compressor stations still dot the scrubby prairie landscape.
Today, there is another power shift underway in Paintearth County. A transition that is easy to see from the dusty main street in the village of Halkirk.
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