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Festival of Trees opens in Saskatoon

Those looking to buy a fully-decorated Christmas tree, might want to schedule a trip to the Festival of Trees in Saskatoon.

Established in 1986, the festival donates its proceeds to the Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation, which funds multiple sclerosis research and breath health.

The event at the Western Development Museum includes decorated trees and displays, entertainment, a photo booth with Disney characters from the hit movie Frozen, decorated gingerbread houses, and recyclable holiday displays.

PHOTOS: Sask. man's ice-dam damage remains 2 years later

One Saskatchewan man is hoping to get his SGI ice dam claim cleared up before winter really hits - but he’s running out of time.

“It’s been nothing but a headache from the start,” chuckled Bryan Bosley during a recent phone interview.

The roof of Bosley’s house was invaded by an ice dam nearly two years ago. He says an adjuster came out and assessed the roof soon after. But he says it took a long time to get contractors out to give him quotes.

When the quotes came in, three of them were in the $50,000 range and one was around $27,000.

Sask. Ag startup pitches at national event

A 27-year-old product of Foam Lake is out to tip the grain trading business on its head.

Brennan Turner said growing up in a farming family, he came to realize producers often find themselves chained to the phone when it comes time to line up buyers for their grain.

"You have to make a lot of phone calls. The opportunity cost, basically, the time, the energy you have to spend trying to find that better price. Or you could use a broker which is potentially going to cut into some of the margins," he said.

Regina gas-price dip a hiccup: analyst

Gas prices in Regina rest between $.99 and $1.07 per litre and one petroleum analyst says you should enjoy the low gas prices while you can.

“This is a little bit of a hiccup. What we have here is a crude-oil price war,” said Roger McKnight, senior petroleum analyst with Enpro International.

McKnight says Saudi Arabia has flooded the market but that could end Nov. 27.

“OPEC is going to meet and decide whether they’re going to cut production and get the prices back up or continue on this crazy thing they’re doing right now,” said McKnight.

3 tips for a carefree holiday: Travel Health Insurance Association

Some people might wonder what they need to do to avoid the same fate as a Humboldt family, who faces possible bankruptcy after their daughter was born on a trip to Hawaii.

The mother was denied travel insurance and now faces a near $1 million hospital bill.

The Travel Health Insurance Association of Canada (THIA) says there are three things everyone should know to ensure a carefree holiday:

Saskatoon police seek suspect in robbery

Saskatoon police are looking for a suspect in an armed robbery from Tuesday night.

It happened shortly after 7 p.m. A man reportedly walked into a restaurant near the intersection of Avenue P South and 22nd Street.

Police say he then pulled out what looked like a handgun, demanded money and ran off.

He's described as an aboriginal man in his 30's with acne scars on his face, between five feet, six inches and five feet, nine inches tall wearing a black sweater with white spots on it and a black baseball cap at the time of the incident.

Moose Jaw city council against losing door-to-door mail delivery

With nationwide changes coming to the way mail is being delivered, the City of Moose Jaw will be sending a letter to Canada Post and the federal government voicing disappointment in a move to cancel door-to-door service in the near future.

The move will see community boxes used in bigger centres, similar to rural communities. Councillor Patrick Boyle was opposed to sending the letter saying it's a done deal and the wheels have already been set in motion. Even the Federation of Canadian Municipalities decided against sending a letter to Ottawa.

Sask. aboriginal entrepreneur receives national award

Neechie Gear started out as a way to give back and now the founder and CEO is receiving a national entrepreneur award.

Kendal Netmaker grew up on Sweetgrass First Nation in a low-income family and couldn’t afford extra-curricular activities. In Grade 5, his friend from South Africa shared Netmaker’s story with his family and they offered to pay soccer fees and give Netmaker a lift to games and practices.

Alberta community sees changes after plastic bag ban

The Saskatchewan government may not be considering a plastic bag ban but the bylaw implemented by a municipality in northeast Alberta is making a big difference.

“There has been a drastic change even from our community cleanup groups. We are getting a lot of feedback in the spring and fall. We don’t see the plastic bags in the tree lines anymore,” Jarrod Peckford, supervisor of environmental and public services with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, said.

SaskEnergy emphasizing furnace safety as cold weather hits

As people turn up the thermostat on these chilly November days, SaskEnergy says it's important to not forget about your furnace.

"If you haven't had your furnace maintenance this year, we would advise you to get someone in to check it,"  Dave Burdeniuk, director of media relations for SaskEnergy, said.

Burdeniuk recommends having a qualified plumbing and heating technician do a full safety inspection at least once a year. But, there are also some things homeowners can do themselves.

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