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Sask. travellers rebook flights after United ends service to Denver

If you are heading to the warm beaches of Costa Rica or Panama in the coming months, you might have to rebook your flight.

At the end of February United Airlines will stop service from Regina and Saskatoon to Denver, where many Saskatchewan flyers make connections.
Travel agent Dana Sokoloski with The Art of travel says travellers flying out of Regina will now have limited options.

Linkin Park concert in Saskatoon cancelled

Linkin Park has cancelled their entire The Hunting Party tour because of a leg injury to lead singer Chester Bennington.

In a statement, the band said his injury requires immediate medical attention so he can't perform.

"I'm really disappointed this injury has made it impossible to continue with this tour. The first couple of shows were just magical. We will truly miss not being with our fans for the next few weeks. Hope to see you again soon," Bennington said in a statement .

Gas prices up in Saskatchewan, but reason not apparent

Some gas stations in Saskatoon have hiked their prices by as much as seven cents a litre.

Some prices in Regina and Saskatoon are still at 77.9 cents a litre while others are now at 85.9 cents a litre. Crude oil's price is around $47 US a barrel.

Jason Toews with says there's no reason for the increase. He calls it "price restoration." He said the weakness of the Canadian dollar is impacting the price of gas, but it's not a strong enough factor to justify the price he's seeing.

However, he says drivers should get used to prices going up.

300 Sask. jobs affected by Target's departure

It's business as usual today at Saskatchewan's three Target locations as the U.S. based retailer prepares to wind down its Canadian stores.

Target announced on Thursday it was pulling out of Canada after only two years and billions of dollars in losses.

The closure of each store "will vary" on a store-by-store basis according to Target spokesperson, Molly Snyder adding the discount retailer aims to have all 133 locations shutdown by early June.

Search begins to find new tenant in Northgate Mall

Regina's Northgate Mall will be starting the task to find a new tenant for a big space after American retailer Target announced all Canadian stores would be closing.

The store only opened in the Northgate mall in July 2013, and mall manager Ron Blashill says they have yet to get a formal notice from Target that it will be leaving.

Riversdale turns 110

Today, Jan. 16, 2015 marks the 110th anniversary for the Village of Riversdale.

“In 1905 it became a village and in 1906 Saskatoon amalgamated Nutana and Riversdale and Saskatoon into one,” Randy Pshebylo with the Riversdale BID said.

In honour of the historical achievement, the business community is hoping the City of Saskatoon honors its request to have Jan. 16 declared Riversdale Day.

“It’s an acknowledgement of the hard work that’s gone into revitalizing and maintaining a strong business corridor it has always been envisioned as,” Pshebylo said.

Regina shoppers not shocked by Target closure

The big red bull's-eye missed the mark. U.S. giant Target has announced all 133 stores across Canada will close, stores which opened two years ago to much fanfare but have been failing ever since.
It may be indicative of the early time of day when News Talk Radio first arrived to the Target at Regina's Northgate Mall or perhaps the empty parking lot illustrates the reason behind Target's decision. There were just half a dozen cars heading to Target but many more at the neighbouring Safeway and Shoppers Drug Mart.

Whale beer not surprising for Sask. microbrewery

Imagine drinking a beer made from real whale.

That’s the reality in Iceland where a local brewing company says those who drink its latest concoction will become “true Vikings.”

The brewing company Steoji is currently under fire from conservationists saying the new additive is just plain wrong after signs of a declining demand for whale meat.

Sask. group calling for more change to liquor rules

You have until the end of month to submit your opinions on how liquor should be sold in our province, and so far it is turning into a battle between those wanting private stores and those wanting to stick with the existing public ones.
The Ale Lager Enthusiasts of Saskatchewan (ALES), however, maintain that that discussion is just a distraction from the real issue, changing the way the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) runs things.
The group's Mark Loszchuk argues the whole consultation misses the mark.

Saskatoon Health Region addresses New Year's 'fiasco' at RUH

The opposition NDP has relayed a story of mounting infrastructure and overcapacity problems at Saskatoon's Royal University Hospital (RUH) coming to a head on New Years Day.

They quote an anonymous registered nurse with 30 years of experience at RUH, who ultimately blames these problems on the LEAN design process now in place at all Saskatchewan hospitals.

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