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Bridge City restaurants showcase lentils

Saskatchewan is the world's biggest lentil exporter yet a lot of people in the province don’t cook with them.

It’s the reason behind the FunDeLentil Tour which is putting lentils in the spotlight this month in Canada. There are 24 restaurants across seven cities, including three in Saskatoon, that are showcasing the high-protein pulse.

Calories, Prairie Harvest Café, and Ayden Kitchen and Bar have created signature dishes this June and CKOM got a chance to taste all three.

Kim Coates' Ride for Kids expected to roar across prairies

Around 100 motorcycles led by a homegrown movie star will make their way along the province's highways raising money for children.

Kim Coates Ride for Kids will have events in Saskatoon, Warman, and Yorkton as a fundraiser for Creative Kids, which makes art and culture accessible to all children.

SaskPower urges patience with outages

SaskPower is asking customers for a bit of understanding as they work to keep the lights on in challenging conditions.

During a media tour of an electrical substation and a pair of work sites, Jamie Sones said it's a game of whack-a-mole dealing with the various issues that can cause outages.

He said lightning strikes, tree and wildlife issues and failures relating to aging equipment all add up. He said growth is behind the biggest single problem, though.

Saskatoon students shave heads for cancer patients

A group of Saskatoon elementary students went under the scissors and shaved their heads to help young adult cancer patients Thursday.

Nine Sutherland School students, along with four faculty and teachers, cut or shaved their hair in the first Saskatchewan Shave for the Brave.

Alysha Mercer, 12, and her sister Angelina, 10, proudly hold up the plastic bags that now contain the hair that was moments before on their heads.

The duo raised just under $200 and each cut off 14 inches of thick brown locks.

Regina residents endure 8 power outages in a week

If it feels like the power has been out for periods of time nearly every day this week in Regina, that's not too far off.

SaskPower confirmed Thursday there have been a total of eight outages so far. They're being caused by birds flying into lines, squirrels and rodents invading sub-stations and vehicles are crashing into poles. Aging infrastructure is also nearing the end of its life.

The result is that thousands of customers have been left without electricity for chunks of time this week.

Weather speeds up University Bridge repairs

Construction on the University Bridge is humming along at a good pace.

The city said there have been no major surprises since stripping and replacing the bridge deck began at the beginning May.

The rehabilitation project is nearing the halfway point. Work on the south side is winding down with crews preparing to begin work on the north side this weekend. During the switch over the bridge will be closed to emergency vehicles and buses.

The city estimates the project is about a week ahead of schedule.

VIDEO: Sask. crews hopeful northern wildfire efforts ‘turning a corner’

Saskatchewan's fire crews hope they're turning a corner in what has been an out of control wild fire situation.

La Ronge and surrounding communities have seen about 1,100 people head to Prince Albert and Saskatoon due to smoky conditions.

One house and 12 remote cabins have been destroyed by the fires.

By Wednesday morning, “knock on wood, I think that we’re slowly turning a corner and things are improving,” said Colin King, Ministry of Government Relations, deputy commission, director of operations with emergency management and fire safety.

Public says Saskatoon laws too strict for river swimming

Saskatoon doesn't have an official beach, but in recent weeks sun seekers have been flocking to the many sandbars popping up along the South Saskatchewan River.

It has translated into more people entering the river to cool off.

The city has a law against swimming in the river within city limits. People caught could face up to a $10,000 fine according to the city.

Swimming is allowed at Cranberry Flats because it is located outside the city's jurisdiction.

Sask. NDP questions Regina bypass builder

The Saskatchewan NDP is questioning the government's choice on who will build and operate the Regina Bypass Project.

On May 29, the government announced that SaskLink Global Transportation Partners has been selected to build the massive project using a public-private partnership (P3). The group is comprised of a number of companies including the French company VINCI.

Parents concerned over Prairie Spirit school division cuts

It decided to keep the band program, but a Saskatchewan school division facing a $7.1 million funding shortfall is planning to cut more than 40 positions.

Earlier this month, CKOM News learned that positions for teacher-librarians, career and work experience, technology, division office staff and educational associate support for early learning were on the chopping block at the Prairie Spirit School Division (PSSD).

Kids in the school division came home with a letter on Wednesday confirming those reductions, and several more.

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