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Fort Qu'Appelle mayor excited for passing lanes on Highway 10

Delighted is not usually the word that comes to mind when you hear the words ‘highway construction’ but for Fort Qu'Appelle Mayor Ron Osika it’s true.

On Monday the Ministry of Highways announced they are investing $16.9 million to build passing lanes on the busy section of Highway 10 between Fort Qu’Appelle and Balgonie.

“This is awesome, people will just be very happy about it,” Osika said, commenting that it’s good news for all the resort communities in the valley along with plenty of people who commute every day.

Suzanna RCMP dog with royal ties leaving Depot base

If you’ve been to RCMP “Depot” Division in Regina over the past few years, chances are you’ve seen a furry, four-legged yellow lab patrolling around. Suzanna has been serving as a friendly ambassador at the base. But at the end of this week she’ll be retiring from that role.

The dog has a unique back-story unlike most other dogs.

 “The royal family presented the dog to the RCMP and through a series of events she came to Depot,” said Assistant Commissioner Roger Brown, who also serves as Depot’s Commanding Officer.

Immigrant Nominee Program changes impact Regina restaurant

Recent changes to the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program could have a major impact on some businesses in the province.

The program is putting a cap on the number of applicants in various categories like skilled workers, family referrals, and students from now until the end of the year.

The student category is where Rick Kruesel finds many of his employees. He runs the Greek Restaurant OPA! in the Cornwall Centre in Regina. The cap for this category is now 175 until December 31, 2013.

Regina city councillor shopping local to build community

Earlier this month, Regina city councilor Shawn Fraser began his second Shop Local Challenge where he makes every effort he can to shop exclusively at locally-owned businesses. He also invited Regina residents to join him in the challenge, and, since then, his Facebook and Twitter pages have been full of shoppers posting about their own experiences.

Local organization tries to limit Saskatoon’s plastic use

Plastic Smart Saskatoon is trying slow down the city's plastic consumption rates.

The organization started out as Plastic Free Saskatoon, a University of Saskatchewan student project dedicated to banning plastic bag use in Saskatoon.

Since then, the group’s name has changed along with its goals.

“Although we still support a plastic bag ban and would like that to happen, our goal of the group is to promote plastic sustainability,” said president Alex Zahara.

Souls Harbour in Regina stocking food for summer demand

Souls Harbour Rescue Mission is conducting a food drive to stock up for the summer.

Food donations often drop off in the spring and summer, but the need for a hot meal in Regina doesn’t. Souls Harbour is hoping to gather over 10,000 pounds of food to meet demand.

The “Stock Up For Summer” food drive began Apr. 8th and will continue until June 21st. They are already nearing the 8,000 pound mark, but are hoping the generosity will continue.

Rollover near Estavan claims life

One man is dead after a single vehicle rollover west of Estevan Saturday afternoon.

RCMP said it happened about 26 kilometres west of the city along Highway 18. A 39-year-old man was found dead at the scene. Police aren’t releasing his name.

Mounties said road conditions were good at the time and visibility wasn’t an issue. It was sunny, and a little windy.

They believe speeding may have been a factor.

PHOTOS: Cathedral Arts Festival wraps up

Thirteenth Avenue in Regina was packed full of hungry families and eager shoppers as the Cathedral Village Arts Festival wrapped up Saturday.

Buskers and street performers were out entertaining the throngs of festival-goers who enjoyed food-truck meals like mini-donuts, snow cones and hot dogs. Meanwhile, artists and clothiers sold their wares to Regina regulars and out-of-towners alike.

This was the 22nd year for the festival, and although spring showers traditionally put a damper in the festival fun, all were blessed with a warm, sunny day.

March against Monsanto comes to Saskatoon

About 200 people in Saskatoon took part in a march against agriculture giant Monsanto.

Demonstrators joined hundreds of thousands of people in over 250 cities worldwide who demonstrated against the agriculture chemical and seed maker.

Bio-Blitz seeks out Saskatchewan's unknown species

It's considered the largest wildlife survey ever conducted in Saskatchewan.

The Royal Saskatchewan Museum's Bio-Blitz project looks to find and capture lesser-known species of reptiles, insects and mice throughout the province.

Doctor Ray Poulin is the lead on the project, which will go to the end of the summer. He said scientists and students will comb our parks and rural areas looking for these rare insects and animals.

"Alberta has four hundred known species of bees. It's very unlikely that Saskatchewan only has two hundred, " Poulin said.

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