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2014 Kettle Campaign aims to raise $210,000 in Regina

You’ll soon hear the sound of bells ringing throughout malls in Regina.

The Salvation Army is launching its annual Kettle Campaign. After raising $203,000 last year, the goal this year is $210,000.

“We are continually seeing new clients come and seeking assistance so we continually up the goal,” explained Major Doug Binner.

The Sally Ann estimates there are 1,400 families in need this Christmas.

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.

Atchison seeking re-election in 2016

Don Atchison says he’s running for a fifth-term as mayor of Saskatoon in the 2016 election.

Atchison was first elected mayor in 2003 and has kept the seat ever since. The announcement came at a North Saskatoon Business Association luncheon on Thursday at TCU Place in Saskatoon, when a member of the audience flat out asked the mayor if he planned on running again. He later confirmed his intentions with reporters.

In 2016, Atchison will have served as mayor for 13 years, holding the record for the longest-serving mayor in Saskatoon.

Colliding with wildlife still an issue for Saskatchewan drivers

Even with the populations of some wildlife down due to brutal winters, Saskatchewan drivers are still colliding with animals, such as deer and moose, on the road.

The number of collisions with moose is up slightly this year over last year.  As of Oct. 31, there were a total of 417 SGI claims for collisions with moose. A year ago, at this time, that number sat at 409 claims.

Claims for collisions with deer are down about 1,300 from last year. That number is comparable to other years, according to Darrell Crabbe of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF).

Fundraising begins for million-dollar baby couple

A Manitoba woman has started an online campaign for the Humboldt couple facing almost one million dollars in medical bills.

Jennifer Huculak-Kimmel unexpectedly had her baby girl Reece nine weeks premature during a vacation in Hawaii in October 2013.

P.A. vet readies for return to battle sites

Ed Laird says he is not sure what to expect when he arrives in Italy this weekend.

The 91-year-old Prince Albert man will join a group of veterans from across Canada who have been invited to take part in the festivities marking the 70th anniversary of the Second World War's Italian campaign.

The veterans will revisit the places where they once fought.

"I had never seen anything that devastating in all my life, but I imagine it's quite beautiful there now," said Laird.

Shortened deer-hunting season opens Thursday in Sask.

Things will be a little bit different for hunters as white-tailed deer season opens in Saskatchewan on Thursday.

The Ministry of the Environment is taking action after a few harsh winters that have impacted the province's deer numbers.

“Population-index surveys for white-tailed deer do indicate an overall decline of roughly 30 per cent compared to the long-term averages across the province,” explained wildlife ecologist Allison Henderson.

UPDATE: Leak found at Co-op Refinery in Regina

A leak at the Consumers Co-op Refinery in Regina caused a few tense moments Wednesday afternoon.
 
Brad DeLorey with the refinery says at around 1:45 p.m., a flange connector of a pipe was discovered to be leaking.
 
"We immediately activated a stage-one alarm as a precautionary safety procedure in order to gather all the contractors at their muster points."
 
DeLorey says the area surrounding the leak was considered to be safe at 3:30 p.m.
 

Man found not criminally responsible for bomb threat in Saskatoon

A military veteran living in Saskatoon who felt mistreated by social services said he had no intentions of harming anyone when he sent an email to two social workers referencing a bomb in the building.
 
Judge Barry Singer found Timothy Steven Harris, 46, not criminally responsible for a bomb threat that caused the Social Services building on 2nd Avenue South to evacuate on May 29, 2013. According to an agreed statement of facts, the subject line of the email he sent read “This is not a threat, this is a promise. There is a bomb in the building.”

PotashCorp pledges support for Saskatchewan food banks

If you were planning on donating to a Saskatchewan food bank over the holidays that donation will go even further.

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (PCS) is matching every dollar donated to food banks in Saskatchewan through till January 16th up to a maximum of $1 million.

Since 2010 the campaign has raised over $5.4 million for 35 food banks across the province.

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