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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.

Regina moves ahead with multi-unit recycling program

Regina is moving ahead with its plan to have a recycling program in place for condos, apartments and all other multi-family properties.

Thursday afternoon the public works committee passed a recommendation that would require all property owners to contract out a private service provider for pick up. Many of the same materials that single family homes are able to recycle would be included for these properties.

Regina car dealership named Canada's #1 GM retailer

Regina's Capital GMC has continued its hot streak, having now been named Canada's number one General Motors retailer for five straight years.

The dealership, which sells GMC, Buick, and Cadillac vehicles, was awarded the honour after selling about 3,000 new and used vehicles in 2013, in addition to some wholesale business.

"We sell a lot of cars in a year, we really do, in little old Saskatchewan," acknowledged Capital President Bruce Axelson.

Axelson complimented his staff for working hard last year, passing all the credit onto them.

Regina tech start-up builds investment in California

A Regina based tech company is getting a hand up from some big-wigs in California’s Silicon Valley thanks to a three month business mentorship program.

26-year-old Jordan Boesch is the founder of 7 Shifts which is an app for scheduling employee shifts in the food service industry. It is based on a simple program he built while working for his dad at Quiznos.

“He had availability sticky notes all over his desk and I just built something basic where my Dad could upload a spreadsheet and employees could download it,” Boesch explained.

Ukrainians in SK mark 200th birthday of poet Taras Shevchenko

The legacy of a Ukrainian poet lives on as a crisis unfolds on his 200th birthday.

Ukrainian-Canadians gathered at the Regina Public Library Film Theatre Monday night to celebrate and learn more about the life of Taras Shevchenko.

He was born a peasant in 1814 in a part of the Russian Empire which is now Ukraine. He spent most of his life as a servant studying art and in 1845 he was exiled for his beliefs of liberating Ukraine. He was imprisoned in St. Petersburg where he wrote some of his greatest poems before he died in 1861 at the age of 47.

Last round of campsite bookings to be split up

After thousands of users reported more problems with the government's on-line camp site reservation system this week the province will be spreading out the dates for the last round of bookings. 

Minister of Parks apologizes for glitches in online booking site

People who love to camp in the province are not too happy with Saskatchewan Parks’ online campsite reservation system.

Monday saw the launch of the booking season with spots in a group of parks in the north/northwest part of the province up for grabs. But with incredibly high traffic, many people didn’t get the site they wanted because they were booted off the site. Some were even overcharged on their credit cards.

Campers took to Twitter and Facebook to complain and express their frustration. One woman said she was left with an $8,300 charge.

Farm equipment dealership not seeing impact from grain backlog

The grain transportation backlog affecting farmers across Saskatchewan and the Prairies has people wondering if there are spin-off impactson the local economy.

At least one farm equipment dealer in Regina says it is business as usual for them. Kirby Engele is the Operations Manager Young's Equipment and said he's hearing a bit of negative feedback but all-in-all everybody is still pretty positive.

"Well of course eventually it may have some impact. We feel it's going to be a short term effect," he said.

PHOTOS: Hospitals of Regina Foundation 28th Home Lottery

The Hospitals of Regina Foundation unveiled the $1.5 million grand prize home for the 28th Home Lottery on Tuesday.

The 3,500 square foot house in the Creeks is built by Varsity Homes. It boasts four bedrooms, a full bar in the basement with a hidden closet behind the cabinet and a fireplace on the outdoor deck. It comes fully furnished and landscaped along with $10,000 for the grand prize winner. The early bird prize is a 2014 Corvette Stingray or $75,000. HRF is also bringing back a 50/50 add on and a new cash calendar with daily prizes in the month of June.

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