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UPDATE: Temple Hotels buys Hotel Sask for $32.8 million

The iconic Hotel Saskatchewan in Regina's downtown will be undergoing some changes after being bought up by a new owner.

Temple Hotels, the same company that owns the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa in Moose Jaw, will put up $32.8 million to take ownership of the long-standing hotel. The company announced the agreement Wednesday.

OHS investigates PotashCorp Cory mine worker death

Underground production at PotashCorp’s Cory mine is still suspended Tuesday while Occupational Health and Safety investigates Monday’s worker death.

The 31-year-old employee was killed when a section of earth fell on him while he was working below ground around 3:30 a.m. Monday. The Saskatoon-area man was married with a two-year-old child, according to Bill Johnson, senior director of public affairs for PotashCorp.

The family has asked that the man’s name is not released.

Young Sask. entrepreneur fills winter boots niche

A young Saskatoon entrepreneur has won an award after solving a winter problem for Canadian women.

Anastasia Szalasznyj, 21, is the artistic mind behind Winter Girl Boots and Accessories.

“I could never find stylish, warm boots to match my outfit and after looking around, I realized a lot of ladies have this problem,” Szalasznyj said.

The University of Saskatchewan student decided that designing a boot for Canadian winters would fill a need and last November she launched her company.

Co-Op buys two Sask. Safeway stores

Federated Co-Operatives Ltd. announced Friday that it will expand its grocery business in Western Canada after a deal with Sobeys Inc.

The transaction sees the Saskatoon-based Co-Op chain of supermarkets adding 14 locations in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba.

"The chance to buy existing facilities with quality employees that can step up and operate basically seamlessly is an enormous, enormous opportunity for our organization,"  Co-Op CEO Scott Banda said in a media conference in Saskatoon.

Regina city council considers fee hikes for food trucks

It could be much more expensive this summer for food trucks to set up in downtown Regina.

City administration is recommending a two year pilot project that had been operating for trucks in the core become permanent; to be included as part of the Clean Property Bylaw. However, that recommendation also includes a big fee hike.

“I paid $500 last year and with the way they have it structured I could be paying $1,775 this year,” explained Trevor Finch with Bon Burger.

That means Finch could avoid downtown altogether.

5.4 million tonnes of grain waiting for shipment by rail

The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) is hoping that a delegation of cabinet ministers put together by the provincial government will help to clear up a huge problem in Canada’s grain supply chain.

On Wednesday, Premier Brad Wall said the delegation would be meeting with both grain and rail companies to discuss a backlog in grain shipments that is hurting Saskatchewan’s farmers.

Regina mayor teases downtown congestion solution in State Of The City address

Regina Mayor Michael Fougere was looking strictly in the rearview during his annual State Of The City address on Thursday, although he did hint at more changes to come to the downtown.

There wasn’t much new information in the speech, but Fougere did highlight some accomplishments from the past year. That included hosting the 101st Grey Cup, signing an annexation agreement with the RM of Sherwood, and continuing to raise the housing vacancy rate.

Provincial delegation to seek solutions for grain backlog

The continued stall in grain shipments has the provincial government forming a delegation that will meet with both grain and rail companies to find a solution.

Premier Brad Wall has appointed three cabinet ministers to head the delegation. Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart, Economy Minister Bill Boyd and Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris have all been named to the delegation along with Legislative Secretary for the Agriculture Minister and MLA Scott Moe.

Sask. brewer cautious on beer rule changes

A local brewer is reacting to a review of the country's beer rules proposed in Tuesday's federal budget.

Stephen Cavan, president of the Saskatoon-based Paddock Wood Brewing Company, said that he was "neutral" on the idea. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty billed the process as a way to let brewers experiment with different ingredients and keep the word "beer" on their labels.

Cavan said the review is likely being driven by the torrid growth in the craft brewing sector.

North Central Community Association launches digital billboard

The North Central Community Association (NCCA) has high hopes for a new digital billboard put up this week on the edge of the area.

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