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Photos: Workers 'glad to be home' as Big River saw mill reopens

Tuesday was a big day for the community of Big River. The local saw mill, located a short distance from town, officially reopened to large-scale production.

Carrier Forest Production Ltd. bought the Big River saw mill in 2010. Since then they have upgraded equipment, received an allocation from the Prince Albert Forest Management area, and renegotiated a collective agreement with steelworkers.

University of Regina opens new $13 million facility

A new research centre at the University of Regina is intended to help give us a better idea of what the quality of Saskatchewan water is and how we protect it.

The $13-million Institute for Environmental Change and Society officially opened Tuesday in the Research and Innovation Centre.

MNS President seeks action from feds after MNC election

Métis Nations of Saskatchewan (MNS) President Robert Doucette has asked the federal government to stop funding the Métis National Council (MNC) after the re-election of it's president.

"This election was wrong ... It's a sad day again for Métis governance across Canada and another black eye on the Métis National Council," Doucette said.

Last weekend, the Métis National Council held its long delayed annual general meeting in Winnipeg. During the meeting Clem Chartier was re-elected president of the MNC in a vote of 28 to 27.

Backstreet Boys concert in Moose Jaw tonight

The song goes “as long as you love me” and apparently, for fans of the Backstreet Boys, that love is still going strong 18 years after their first album.

Doug Campbell is the director of business development at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw, where the Backstreet Boys are playing a concert Tuesday night. He says bringing the Backstreet Boys to Saskatchewan just made good business sense.

High river levels expected in Saskatoon

The Saskatchewan Water Security Agency (WSA) says river levels are set to rise in Saskatoon and the nearby areas heading into the long weekend.

The WSA is letting more water out of Gardiner Dam at Lake Diefenbaker which will raise river levels from the current 370 cubic metres per second to 800 cubic metres per second by Sunday, May 18.

The peak last year during spring flooding was 2000 cubic metres per second.

One dead after head-on crash east of Saskatoon

One person is dead after a two vehicle crash Tuesday morning near Vonda north east of Saskatoon.

It happened on Highway 27 at around 8:30 a.m.

The RCMP say a Ford F-150 pulled out to pass a grain trailer when it crashed with an oncoming Dodge truck.

The man driving the Dodge truck died at the scene while the other driver was taken to hospital in Saskatoon with undetermined injuries.

Rural schools in Saskatchewan are getting faster Internet

The ABC’s will now download in country schools as easy as 1, 2, 3, or at least, much faster than before.

Upgrades to rural Internet speeds in about 500 schools across the province are finished. 

“We are extremely pleased to announce the completion of significant upgrades to CommunityNet that will provide students and teachers across the province with access to the digital tools they need to succeed,” Education Minister Don Morgan said in a news release Tuesday.

Bank robbery suspects caught after get away vehicle gets stuck in field

Three people accused in a brazen bank robbery in Saskatoon have been arrested after the stolen get away vehicle ended up stuck in a field outside North Battleford.

On Monday around 11 a.m. two males armed with guns allegedly held up the Confederation Royal Bank on Worobetz Place. A third person, a female, stood by the door during the robbery.

The trio escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash in a white Chrysler Intrepid which had been reported stolen.

Scheduled road work could push bike lanes to 2015

Downtown cyclists could wait another year before they get dedicated bike lanes.

“It'll be tight, but I get the sense from the administration that they'll try and get them by the drop dead date of August 1,” said Sean Shaw from Saskatoon Cycles.

“We wish they were in on May 1 this year, but ultimately what we want to see is infrastructure here to stay and if that means delay until 2015 we'd be willing to swallow that," he said.

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