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Culvert repair to reopen Highway 22 near Kilally

A massive culvert is being installed on Highway 22 at a section that was washed out by flood waters this past summer.

The Ministry of Highways is working at putting the five-metre wide, 67-metre long culvert near the junction of Highway 47 at Pearl Creek. It will once again allow vehicles onto the road that washed out in early July.

“This summer’s flooding caused major disruptions to the provincial highway system,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said in a news release.. “We’ve been working to repair culverts, bridges and roads ever since."

Derek Boogaard book questions fighting in hockey

"Derek Boogaard did not have to fight," reads the first line in a new book about the Saskatchewan-born NHL enforcer's life and death.
Boogaard died in May 2013 from an accidental drug and alcohol overdose while recovering from a concussion. His death threw more fuel on the fire in the debate over the harmful effects of brain injuries in players in the NHL.
John Branch is the journalist for the New York Times who has been covering the Boogaard story for years. He's also the author of Boy on Ice: The Derek Boogaard Story.

Regina Farmer's Market rents indoor space downtown

The Regina Farmer’s Market will be staying downtown even as the snow falls. 

Indoor markets will now be held at the Shrine Centre on Hamilton Street starting October 18.

CN says speed, driver-error not causes in Wadena derailment

Excessive speed and driver-error were not factors in a fiery train derailment west of Wadena on Tuesday.

Director of public relations with CN Rail, Jim Feeny said after a day on site, three Transportation Safety Board (TSB) investigators ruled out excessive speed and driver-error as potential causes for the derailment.

The train, which started in Winnipeg and was bound for Saskatoon, was moving 100 cars, 40 of which were loaded.

Sask. woman wants more support for murder victims' families

Victims of violent crime can now apply for more money in Saskatchewan, but a woman whose brother was killed in Saskatoon said there still needs to be better support for victims’ families.

Some of the recent changes to the Victims Compensation Program include funding counselling services for homicide witnesses and children who witness domestic violence. But Melanie Holdner believes there is a lack of services specific to helping family members of homicide victims, referred to as “secondary victims.”

Sask. communities continue call for rail-content information

Municipalities across Saskatchewan are keeping a close eye on the fallout of the fiery train derailment near Clair Tuesday.

Cities and small communities alike are questioning what can be done to increase safety or even let the public know about what materials are being shipped near their own homes.

RSO to feature Sawa replacement candidates

Patrons of the Regina Symphony Orchestra (RSO) will be able to give their imput into who should be the new music director.

In January, the RSO announced Maestro Victor Sawa would step down at the end of the 2015-16 season. On Wednesday, a short list was released for his possible replacement. Each candidate will conduct a Mosaic Masterworks Concert throughout the 2014-2015 season.

The list includes:

Bear mace, firearm used in alleged armed robbery Tuesday

Saskatoon Police are looking for two men in connection with an armed robbery of a convenience store in the 1100 block of Central Avenue Tuesday night.

At about 11:45 p.m., Oct. 7, police arrived at the scene after reports that two males of aboriginal descent entered the convenience store with bear mace and a firearm. They demanded cash from the employee before fleeing the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes. They were last seen traveling westbound on 111th Street.

How would Mosaic Stadium be evacuated?

Although the damage was minimal, a small fire behind one of the scoreboards at Mosiac Stadium last Friday begs the question of what plans are in place in the event of an emergency.

Regina Fire and Protective Services, along with other local emergency services, are always on call during a CFL game or any other major event. Regina Fire Marshall Randy Ryba admits, though, evacuating more than 33,000 from the stadium would be a challenge.

Updated: Saskatoon police looking for 16 year old

Update: Brandon Kishayinew has been located since this story was posted. He was found on Oct. 10, 2014.

Saskatoon Police are asking for the public's assistance locating a Saskatoon teenager.

Brandon Kishayinew,16, was last seen in the morning of Oct. 2, at a business in the 100 block of 3rd Avenue North.

Brandon is described as being of Aboriginal descent, 5'6" in height, 119 pounds with a slim build. He has brown eyes, dark brown hair and a medium skin tone. He often wears a ball cap but no clothing description was available.

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