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St. Louis ghost train still running

Edward Lussier looks at the spot where railroad tracks used to run near St. Louis. Now, the trees and grass still part down the middle but the only train that runs is a ghost train.

"We used to pull in here with the car and sit on the tracks. We'd sit here and wait for the light to come out. Scare the heck out of everybody," Lussier said.

Lussier was born and raised in St. Louis and calls the town home today. He said everyone in town has a story about the ghost train or the phantom light as it is also called.

Housing First strategy would require federal and provincial funding

Cities across the country are seeing fewer people on the streets thanks to the success of the Housing First strategy, and now the federal government is also supporting the idea.

The idea behind Housing First is to take high risk people off the streets put them directly into permanent housing, then help them stay there by providing mental health and addictions services.

Dalmeny access road offers smoother ride

It's a smoother drive for those who regularly use the Dalmeny Access road.

The 13.5 kilometre highway is now fully open to traffic following a $20.3 million dollar upgrade which began in June 2012.

The improvements included paving, widening and safety improvements at the Highway 16 intersection.

The province said Tuesday cleanup and ditch work will continue until the ground freezes. A second layer of pavement will be added to some sections next spring.

Until contractors clear the area, the 60 kilometre per hour speed limit will remain in effect.

Pests a growing problem in Saskatoon

Cockroaches are quickly becoming a problem in Saskatoon, according to a local exterminator.

“It’s going to be a growing problem and I’ve seen them everywhere from low-income housing to million-dollar homes,” David Wilson, owner of Kreepy Kritters Pest Control, said.

Wilson said cockroaches are a year-round problem that keeps getting worse in the city.

Update: Charges laid after semi, gravel truck, car collide in Saskatoon

Saskatoon Police have laid charges after a collision Tuesday morning. 

The incident happened around 7:45 am.

Police issued a media release reporting that after investigating the incident, they determined that the semi-truck allegedly pulled across the eastbound lanes of Highway 16 at the intersection with Marquis Drive in front of oncoming traffic.

The release noted that an approaching Ford Focus was able to stop just before hitting the semi, but was then rear-ended by a gravel truck that couldn't stop in time.

Saskatoon emergency services see growing demand

Saskatoon's emergency personnel had a busy weekend with MD Ambulance responding to 195 calls over the three days.

"That's starting to become a norm for us," said Troy Davies with MD Ambulance on the Brent Loucks Show.

"We are a big city, we are busy, we know that this is going to continue."

Davies said that it is a spike compared to what the normally see especially with crashes that varied from train versus vehicle to a car driving into a house.

Grey Cup 101: Regina makes first Grey Cup hosting unexpected success

There is little doubt next month's Grey Cup game, the third to be hosted in Regina, will be an overwhelming success; that wasn't always the case, however, for the small Saskatchewan city.

Regina hosts the 101st Grey Cup on November 24 in what is themed a "Celebration in Rider Nation." Almost 20 years ago the city was hosting the game for the first time and the importance of that event hasn't waned over the years.

Melfort school steps up to honour the lives of teacher’s dogs

Reynolds Central School in Melfort is turning tragedy into something positive.

Teacher Amanda Holowachuk’s dogs died last week after being shot and run over near their Pleasantdale-area acreage.

As Holowachuk and her husband Aaron Cooper dealt with the emotions that come along with such a loss, staff at the school mourned as well.

Halloween brings spike in searches on Kijiji

With Halloween only a few days away a lot more people are heading online to find used costumes.

"Kijiji currently has 37,000 adds listed with costume and Halloween related items," said Shawn McIntyre, community relations manager for Kijiji.

Searches for "Halloween" and "costume" related items increased more than 125 per cent in October.

McIntyre said that they are seeing more people using the site for the holiday especially because this time of year can hold more financial constraints for families.

PHOTOS: U of S synchroton celebrates Science & Innovation Week

On any given day, dozens of people drive by the innocuous white, square building along Innovation Boulevard on the University of Saskatchewan campus.

The sign outside reads Canadian Light Source and the building, with its large, road-facing windows may not stand out among university architecture.

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