Millet, Alberta

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Millet
Town
Town of Millet
Official logo of Millet
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Millet is located in Alberta
Millet
Millet
Coordinates: 53°05′52″N 113°28′22″W / 53.09778°N 113.47278°W / 53.09778; -113.47278Coordinates: 53°05′52″N 113°28′22″W / 53.09778°N 113.47278°W / 53.09778; -113.47278
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division 11
Municipal district County of Wetaskiwin No. 10
Incorporated[1]  
 • Village June 17, 1903
 • Town September 1, 1983
Government[2]
 • Mayor Anthony Wadsworth (Deputy)
 • Governing body Millet Town Council
Area (2016)[3]
 • Land 3.72 km2 (1.44 sq mi)
Elevation[4] 755 m (2,477 ft)
Population (2016)[3]
 • Total 1,945
 • Density 522.9/km2 (1,354/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
Postal code span T0C 1Z0
Area code(s) -1+780
Highways Highway 2A
Highway 616
Waterways Pigeon Lake
Coal Lake
Pipestone Creek
Website Official website

Millet in a town in central Alberta, Canada. It is located approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) south of Alberta's capital city of Edmonton. The town has won nationally in the Communities in Bloom competition and markets its beautiful setting.

History[edit]

The Town of Millet was named in honour of August Millet, who was believed to be a canoeist for Father Lacombe. On June 17, 1903, Millet was proclaimed a village by an Order-in-Council of the Northwest Territories. By 1908, Millet's first councillors were elected.

In October 1927, a disastrous fire destroyed many of the buildings along the east side of Railway Street.

In 1950, the Board of Trade built a community hall and gave it to the Village. The hall is still being used today. In 1953, Northwestern Utilities brought natural gas to the Village. Griffiths Scott School was built in 1982, and a Senior Citizens Apartment was completed in 1983. On September 1, 1983, Millet was declared a town, and "Coming to Town" celebrations were held on October 15, 1983.

Australian woman Allyson McConnell murdered her two children, Connor and Jayden, in Millet in 2010. The case received press coverage in both Canada and Australia. The Canadian Press wrote that the case "shocked and rallied the community" in Millet.[5]

Demographics[edit]

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Millet recorded a population of 1,945 living in 822 of its 866 total private dwellings, a −7% change from its 2011 population of 2,092. With a land area of 3.72 km2 (1.44 sq mi), it had a population density of 522.8/km2 (1,354.2/sq mi) in 2016.[3]

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Millet had a population of 2,092 living in 836 of its 869 total dwellings, a 1.2% change from its 2006 population of 2,068. With a land area of 3.74 km2 (1.44 sq mi), it had a population density of 559.4/km2 (1,448.7/sq mi) in 2011.[6]

Economy[edit]

Millet focuses on agriculture and recreation.[7]

Arts and culture[edit]

In May, Millet hosts the Millet Massacre,[8] which includes live bands and a beer gardens. In June of every year, a Millet Days celebration takes place,[9] which includes a parade, trade show, softball tournament, fireworks, and a soccer tournament.[10]

Attractions[edit]

The Millet and District Museum, Archives and Visitor Information Centre was established in 1985. It is located at the north end of town on the west side of Highway 2.

Education[edit]

Wetaskiwin Regional Division No. 11 operates public schools.

Millet has two schools – Millet School and Griffiths-Scott Middle School.[11]

Media[edit]

The town is the home of the official County of Wetaskiwin weekly newspaper, and the Leduc County weekly newspaper, The Leduc-Wetaskiwin Pipestone Flyer. Due to its proximity to two cities, the town's news is also covered in the Wetaskiwin Times and the Leduc Representative.[12]

In the Wetaskiwin area, a community channel (Northern Cablevision Channel 10) is broadcast out of the city of Wetaskiwin, as well as two radio stations. Other major radio stations are picked up from Edmonton. The Edmonton Sun and Edmonton Journal are also distributed in Millet.

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