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Major potash deposit discovered near Sedley south of Regina

The Village of Sedley about 50 kilometers south of Regina could be the next community to have a potash mine.

North Atantic Potash and Rio Tinto have uncovered a huge deposit containing about 329 million tonnes of the pink mineral.

In its annual report Rio Tinto described the find as having the potential for a "long-life, low cost mine." The deposit could be capable of providing 100 years’ worth of potash. But it could be another two years before we know if either company will actually sink shafts for a mine.

Rail union says more workers needed to solve grain backlog

Canadian Pacific Rail has been blaming the weather and the record crop for the grain backlog but a union representative for engineers says that’s not the whole story.

Dave Able used to be an engineer for CP Rail, but now he represents the Teamsters union full time. He says part of the solution to the grain backlog is to deal with a shortage of manpower on the rail line.

“Our guys are in their working day in and day out and they’re getting fatigued. Everyone needs a reset, we’re not like the locomotives and there’s just not enough people to fill the crews,” he said.

Saskatchewan PR firm launches contest for charity groups

You can call it a St. Patrick's Day gift or just a great way of giving back to the community. Martin Charlton Communications, Saskatchewan's largest public relations and communications firm, launched the "Good 4-Tune" contest on Monday.

It's a way to celebrate their fourth anniversary and it's aimed at the province's non-profit and charitable organizations. The winning organization will get a package of services that includes four hours of event management, four hours of project management, four hours marketing and communications, and four hours of volunteer time at events.

Water main woes sink backhoe

Water main repairs at Taylor Street and Haultain Avenue suffered a set back on Monday when a cave in caused a backhoe to fall into the hole.

The backhoe was pulled out with the help of a small crane and then put onto a flat bed truck.

City crews have been swamped with a high number of breaking water pipes this year.

Corman Park council hears presentation on Fortune Minerals plant

Fortune Minerals representatives  went before the Rural Municipality of Corman Park Council Monday morning to discuss re-zoning for a mineral processing plant being proposed near Langham.

Residents with concerns about the plant have been vocal throughout a public review process by the provincial government in 2012 and in town hall meetings held by Fortune Minerals in the affected communities.

Opposition NDP condemns $40 million in LEAN spending

Saskatchewan's NDP is taking aim at the provincial government and its LEAN program, saying that spending has gone over the top.

"I think this has become a license to print money for these U.S. consultants. And the problem is it's the Saskatchewan taxpayer that's really on the hook," said Cam Broten, Leader of Saskatchewan's NDP and MLA for Saskatoon-Massey Place.

Saskatoon carnivores hungry for new steak house

Saskatoon carnivores are drooling over a new steak house set to open in the heart of the downtown.

Cut, Casual Steak and Tap at 416 21st Street East promises to offer house cut delights to appease any meat lover.

Owner Moe Mathieu, 43, already owns Beer Brothers and The Willow on Wascana in Regina and has taught culinary arts at SIAST for the past five years.

"Being in a kitchen setting, I love it and I loved teaching as well but I needed to do both. I know some people might think I don't like sleep but I just think I need to do more," Mathieu said.

Cellular retailer opens smart phone school in Regina

A cell phone distributor in Regina has opened a “learning centre” to help teach customers how to use their smart phone. opened the centre in Regina’s east end in late December of this year after finding that many of their customers were having problems understanding how to operate their handhelds.

“Our smart phones are getting so sophisticated that it’s getting to the point where five minutes after a sale is not really enough to fully learn how to take advantage of your device and use it to its fullest potential,” said wireless expert Andrew Klassen.

PHOTOS: Huge power outage in Regina after truck hits power poles

A truck that hit some power poles just north of Regina knocked off power to a large section of the city on Friday afternoon.

It happened in the early afternoon, the truck striking power poles on Industrial Dr. north of city limits, near the Evraz Steel plant. The outage affected all parts of north Regina, reaching as far south as the Lawson Aquatic Centre.

SaskPower said service was restored to a wide area of north central, northwest and north Regina around mid-afternoon.

Land owner confronts premier, cabinet during SARM conference

A man from Rocanville took advantage of a captive audience Wednesday when he stood up in the middle of the bear pit session at the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) conference.

Every year the premier and his cabinet minister take the stage at the conference, taking questions from the hundreds of representatives from rural governments across Saskatchewan that attend.

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