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Debit machine fraud attempt foiled in Yorkton

Pin pad frauds are becoming more common across Saskatchewan this summer.

After reports of dozens of people fell victim to compromised debit and credit card machines in Regina and Saskatoon, RCMP are now reporting cases in Yorkton.

The Mounties say a cashier at a local business thought two men were acting suspicoiusly. She noticed their debit machine had been switched out with a different one and called the police.

The RCMP says anyone who sees someone tampering with a machine should call police.

Competitiveness in retail sector drives back to school products to be displayed early

Just as the final school bell of the year rang, signs were up in most stores displaying "back-to-school" products.

"It really has to do with the competitiveness of the retail sector," said Jeff Doucette, general manager of Field Agent Canada.  He says retailers are starting their back-to-school sales and displays earlier each year as an extra week can give them a competitive edge.

"But as everyone has done that over the last decade or so, we've ended up with a June start date.  I don't know if it can go much earlier."

Rocanville farmers fight government for compensation on oil rights

Driving north on Highway 8, the canola blooms. Every once in a while the yellow flowers part and you see the oil wells. The relentless pumping eventually becomes part of the landscape. It’s not until you near Rocanville that the pumps disappear. You may not even notice they’re gone until you come upon the oversized steel oil can next to the welcome sign. This place is where the titans of potash and oil intersect.

Regina Farmer's Market back after record evening

The Regina Farmer’s Market was back in City Square Plaza Saturday after an epic, first-ever evening market on Thursday that was so busy, food truck vendors ran out of food just over two hours in.

Around 20,000 people showed up which about doubles the amount of people who take in the regular day markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

“The Market under the Stars idea has been rolling around in my brain for about three years now,” said market manager Ada Bennet. “I wanted to add an evening feel to it; more of an adult kind of feel.”

Truck driver training programs can help with driver shortage

A training program in Saskatoon may be one way to solve the truck driver shortage.

Eight students graduated yesterday from the Aboriginal Heavy Equipment Operator and Class 1A License Pre-employment training program at Wanuskewin Heritage Park. 

It was created in 2009, but the first program ran in 2010. It was set up by the City of Saskatoon, Saskatoon Tribal Council, the Gabriel Dumont Institute and the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology (SIIT).

UPDATED: Province ending truck detour around Regina

The province is stepping in to lift weight restrictions put on a busy east Regina bridge ten days ago.

There have been weight restrictions on the east-bound lanes of the bridge over Pilot Butte Creek since the city suddenly declared it had concerns about the wooden bridge, which lies between University Park Drive and Prince Of Wales Drive. But on Friday, the province announced that its own inspectors had signed off on re-opening it to normal truck traffic.

Float therapy arrives in Saskatoon

Float therapy was a popular practice in the 1980's and has recently made a comeback in Saskatoon.

The character home in Nutana doesn't look like a spa, but the smell of wafting incense greets you at the door.

Christian Zrymiak started Oceanic Experience Wellness in his home last November and has plans to expand to a new location this fall.

Potash Corp. cuts profit outlook, slows mine production

Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. dropped its 2013 earnings guidance and posted a sluggish second quarter profit following lower than expected market prices and higher production volumes.

The global fertilizer giant reported second-quarter earnings of $643 million, or 73 cents per diluted share, compared to $522 million, or 60 cents per share in the same period a year ago. Analysts had predicted earnings between 79 and 81 cents a share.

Food truck helping young kids learn skills

Nestor's bakery and food truck is not just selling food.
It is giving young people an opportunity that doesn't come too often.
Keith Jorgenson is the principal and executive director of the new Community Youth Development Corporation which also owns Nestor's Bakery in Saskatoon.
He said many of the young people in the program are those "who've had some bumps along the way."
"It's a great opportunity for young people to learn practical hands on skills in a forgiving environment," Jorgenson said.

Regina Chamber of Commerce begins campaign against referendum

We don’t know exactly when Reginans will vote in their first referendum in more than 20 years but the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce is already starting to get its message out.

The Regina & District Chamber of Commerce has a "Vote no" campaign started. The Chamber is opposed to the referendum granted this week on the public/private partnership model City Council has chosen to use to build a new sewage treatment plant.

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