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Rich Ukrainian history in Saskatchewan

As tensions remain high in Ukraine, the country’s impact on Saskatchewan is not lost on a local author.

"The Ukrainian impact has been absolutely profound," Alan Anderson, author of Settling Saskatchewan, said.

Today, a string of Ukrainian settlements from southeastern Manitoba to the east of Edmonton are found on the Prairies. At the heart of the immigration movement is Saskatchewan.

Online campsite glitch overcharges customers, cancels reservations

It wasn’t exactly a smooth start to the first day of campsite booking through the Government of Saskatchewan’s Reserve-A-Site.

The launch of campground reservation season kicked off on Monday for a group of parks in the north/northwest region of the province, and many customers were either kicked out of the system, were charged for sites not booked, or a combination of the two.

Rail companies insist they're moving as much grain as possible

While many may be looking to lay blame for Canada's serious grain backlog at the feet of the two big rail companies a CN Rail spokesperson insists the company is doing all it can.

Historic building conservator wants access to Connaught School

While the Regina Public School Board moves closer to making a decision on the fate of Connaught Community School, community members continue to ask the board for access to the 102-year-old building and further structural testing.

On Tuesday night three people made presentations to the school board. It was the first board meeting since one that saw a report recommending that Connaught close at the end of the school year if $20,000 of repairs aren't done.

Student exchange cancelled amidst ongoing Ukrainian conflict

Civil unrest in Ukraine is jeopardizing the future of a 20-year student exchange program between the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Board and the Ukrainian Ministry of Education.

Scheduled to travel to Ukraine for three weeks, seven students and parents were notified last week that the bi-annual student exchange would be cancelled for 2014 because of the growing tensions between Ukraine and Russia.

Laurianne Gabruch is a teacher at Bethlehem High School and has been organizing this trip since 1996.

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.

Federal cuts leave sex offender program in limbo

A program that helps sexual offenders change their lives after prison is in limbo now that federal funding has been cut.

"Generally speaking, when a person comes out it's expected that they may be back incarcerated within a couple of months if they don't have a circle," said Otto Driedger, Saskatchewan chair of Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA).

The organization has operated in Canada since 1994 and works with more than 150 former inmates across the country each year.

Former Reginan witnesses history in Ukraine

As tensions continue to escalate between Ukraine and Russia, one former Reginan is getting a first-hand look at some of the most dramatic events in that country’s history.

Evan Ostryzniuk has lived in Ukraine for the last 15 years and is currently working for the Kyiv Post—the only English language, independent news media outlet in the country. His office is just a short distance away from the heart of where the majority of violence took place at the Maidan.

Hydrochloric acid spill evacuates Saskatoon workers

A hydrochloric acid spill evacuated workers from Saskatoon's Golder Associates building on 8th Street around 12:30 p.m. Monday afternoon.

The Saskatoon Fire Department said no one was hurt and hazmat crews were called in to neutralize the acid.

All evacuated workers were moved to another building to stay warm.

Saskatoon population hits 253,000

Saskatoon’s population now has about 253,000 people, according to city planners.

The planning and development division used Statistics Canada’s population figures for Saskatoon from July 1, 2013 (248, 293) and applied a three per cent annual growth rate. They found that Saskatoon has approximately 253,000 people as of March 1.

The Saskatoon Census Metropolitan Area, which includes surrounding rural communities, is about 298,000.

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