The local rescue helicopter HALO got a very large cheque from the Alberta Government.

It’s been announced HALO will receive a one time grant of one-million dollars to help with its operating budget.

The provincial money comes after the rescue organization recently started using a new twin engine helicopter, something Health Minister Sara Hoffman says has made a big difference in providing more service to southeast Alberta.

The twin engine aircraft is able to take patients right to Calgary, but comes with an increased budget.

It now takes 2.6 million dollars a year to keep the helicopter n the sky, up from 850-thousand to fly the single engine chopper.  ~~  with files from Steve Krysak

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