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The windswept little town east of Edmonton girds for the future. Click on the link underneath this gallery to read more in the story, "A little town on the oil sands."

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A welcome sign lights up the entrence to Chipman Alta.

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Mayor of Chipman Jim Palmer takes over town foreman duties for the day and salts the sidewalk.

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Chipman resident Nathan Harris walks past a boarded-up house that is for sale.

Jason Franson/jason franson The Globe and Mail

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Owner of the Chipman Hotel Cindy Lindeman serves her regular customers.

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New cottages being built for resale in the Coyote Commons area of Chipman.

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A man walks in by the new cottages being built for resale in the Coyote Commons area of Chipman.

Jason Franson/jason franson The Globe and Mail

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