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Upgrades to Lawson Pool to cost extra $271,000

The ongoing air-quality issues at Regina's Lawson Pool should be fixed by September 1 but the upgrades are more expensive than the city originally bargained for.

Mayor Michael Fougere says the bids for the upgrades came in about $271,000 more than the initial $1.5 million budget.

“The bids that came back were higher so we can’t say exactly what drove those costs higher other than construction costs themselves are higher,” Fougere said.

Tree with Dutch elm disease removed in Regina

A tree in northwest Regina went through the wood chipper Wednesday morning after testing positive for Dutch elm disease.

Manager of Pest Control and Horticulture Ray Morgan says this is the first case of Dutch elm disease confirmed in a city-owned tree this year. The city typically loses three or four trees per year.

Under a provincial bylaw, the city has 24 hours to remove the entire tree, including the stump, before it spreads.

Saskatoon Great War memorial last of its kind in Canada

What began with a group of women is now the last remaining Great War memorial in Canada.

In May 9, 1922 the Imperial Order of Daughters of the Empire (IODE) sent a letter to council suggesting a good commemoration of veterans of the First World War would be to plant a row of trees down both sides of 3rd Avenue into the heart of the city,” Jeff O’Brien, City of Saskatoon archivist, said.

After looking at the logistics of the proposal, city council decided to create the memorial north of 33rd Street and have trees lead up to the gates of Woodlawn Cemetery.

Saskatchewan Soldiers of World War 1: Letters from the Front

"Dear Edna,

When I was hit I did not think it had cut me at all. I thought there was just a rib broken, so I went on and did not bother with it. I bandaged up several others before I happened to notice that my whole side was soaked with blood and it was running down my trousers."

Lance Corporal Charles Douglas Richardson. Copyright Canadian Letters and Images Project.

Fund created to help family after tragic loss

Friends, neighbours and complete strangers are rallying behind a Saskatchewan family dealing with a tragic loss.

Last month, Nick Flaman died after falling several stories while working on a farm. He was only 35 years old. Nick left behind his wife Charissa, and two kids - five-year-old Grayson, and Sefryn, who is only three.

To help his family, Nick's brother Nathan set up a trust fund on a crowdsourcing website. He said the response over just a couple of weeks has been incredible.

Sask. attorney reacts to Mr. Big ruling

A Supreme Court ruling on a controversial police investigation technique will have implications for cases across the country, including Saskatchewan.

PHOTOS: Saskatoon Ex parade brings crowds downtown

The streets in downtown Saskatoon were lined with hundreds of lawn chairs as kids and adults eagerly watched the Ex Parade make it's way through on Tuesday morning.

Starting at 24th Street East and Spadina Crescent floats, dancers, and animals made their way up to 3rd Avenue, around Friendship Park, and back down to the starting point.

Alberta man dies after hitting the ditch on Highway 7

A 38-year-old Alberta man is dead after a crash on Highway 7 Monday night.

Just before 11 p.m. on Aug. 4, Rosetown RCMP responded to a single vehicle crash just east of Fiske. Police believe the man driving was the lone occupant and had been ejected from the vehicle after entering the ditch.

The driver was transported via STARS Air Ambulance to the Royal University Hospital with serious life-threatening injuries. He later succumbed to his injuries.

Saskatoon lawyer recalls Great War Tour

Three years ago, Anne Wallace embarked on a trip of a lifetime to France and Belgium to visit the battlefields of the First World War.
The Saskatoon lawyer says the history courses she took in university gave her a basic understanding of the First World War, but actually seeing the places in person gave her a new appreciation.
"What the Western front really was, for example, and what really went on in terms of the back and forth on that line for so long," Wallace said in an interview on John Gormley Live.

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