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SUN forgives $250,000 loan for Station 20 West

Station 20 West received a huge gift from the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) this week.

Upswing in buy local movement for holiday shopping

An increasing number of people in Saskatchewan are buying local this holiday season.

SaskMade is one of the retailers that is seeing an upswing in business because of it.

“I think it is quite a big trend and we were kind of a little bit slower on the uptake but it has definitely been doing really well over the last three years,” Amanda Wilkins, retail specialist and business development for SaskMade, said.

Job fair strikes optimism in recently laid off mining staff

Dozens of job seekers with resumes in hand lined up at Lawson Heights Mall, looking to land a job with K+S Potash Canada.

The young potash mining company is holding a job fair Wednesday and Thursday nights looking for to fill various positions.

Amongst the crowd, Nathan Wourm, a 23-year-old operator at the Cory mine, lined up hoping to make an impression with the K+S human resources staff and hopefully end his job search.

Reginans react to changes in Canada Post deliveries

There is mixed reaction around Regina on Canada Post's plan to end household delivery over the next five years.

"To go somewhere just to pick up mail, that's ridiculous," said one woman upon hearing the news.

Residents who currently receive regular mail at their home will soon have to walk to a neighbourhood mailbox to collect their bills, postcards and letters.

It's also going to cost more to send those items. Canada Post will be increasing the cost of a stamp to $1 as of March, 2014.

A cold night for one Regina renter after heat goes out

As furnaces in Regina ramp up to full capacity, a backlog of service calls has built up with plumbing and heating companies leaving some out in the cold.

 “I could feel it getting colder, and colder. But I have a window above my bed so there is the usual draft. But this was completely different,” said Scott Vickers. “I woke up at like six in the morning after maybe two hours of sleep. And it was just freezing.”

Mosaic Company donates $1 million to Habitat For Humanity

A huge charitable donation from one of Saskatchewan's biggest companies will help put a lot of families into new homes.

On Wednesday The Mosaic Company announced that it is donating $1 million in funding to Habitat For Humanity, a charity that helps build homes for needy families. The announcement comes with a commitment to help build another 63 homes for families across southern Saskatchewan by 2015. That would mean Mosaic has helped fund and build a total of 100 homes since 2007.

Grand Opening of Double Tree by Hilton

Regina's newest hotel showed off its jewels as the grand opening of the Double Tree by Hilton was held Tuesday.

It's the end product of 11 months and over $30 million worth of renovations to the former Regina Inn, which includes a refurbishment of 235 guest rooms, 18,000 square feet of conference space and a new full-service restaurant.

CN Rail cuts services in Biggar

A change by CN Rail means Biggar is no longer a pit stop along the main line from Edmonton to Saskatoon.
 
"With more customers in the corridor between Wainwright and Melville ... CN is revising its operating plan effective Dec.6 to close operations in Biggar as a run through terminal," said Warren Chandler, senior manager for public affairs with CN.
 
That means the majority of the 212 employees who were based out of Biggar, will now call Saskatoon their new home station.
 

La Ronge to feel impact of Golden Band layoffs

The community of La Ronge is preparing for the effects of recent layoffs at Golden Band.

Mayor Thomas Sierzycki said it’s concerning that more 100 Golden Band employees will be out of job come January. Golden Band Resources announced on Monday that it would be shutting down its operations in the La Ronge area.

Esterhazy not concerned about pessimistic potash predictions

Job cuts at PotashCorp are leaving people working for some of Saskatchewan's other potash companies worried about whether the cuts will turn into a trend.

Business analysts with Bloomberg expect other potash producers to follow with layoffs. However the mayor of Esterhazy, a south east Saskatchewan town located near Mosaic's K1 and K2 mines, isn't sure that will happen.

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