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Real 'Dog River': life changes but stays the same in Rouleau

Filming for Corner Gas: the Movie has wrapped up in Rouleau this week and several fans made the pilgrimage to the town to see the real ‘Dog River’ in action.

For the last 10 years, the show has basically defined small town life in Saskatchewan.

Man acquitted of Springwater grow-op charges

A man found in a Springwater home with up to $400,000 worth of pot plants was found not guilty last month.

The crown did not prove that Clayton Codd had control over the property or "any possession or control over the marijuana found in the house," Justice Neil Gabrielson said in a written decision issued at Battleford Court of Queen's Bench.

RCMP executed a search warrant and raided the home on June 24, 2010, in the community of Springwood, 130 kilometers west of Saskatoon.

A land sale lineup outside Swift Current City Hall Monday morning

It was the kind of waiting you might hear about to get the latest smartphone or concert tickets.
But this time the line-up outside Swift Current City Hall at 5 a.m. was not to see a musician or for any electronic devices. It was for parcels of land in Swift Current's new Valley Ridge subdivision.
"Of the 41 single family lots we had for sale, we sold 29 lots and we have 12 left to sell," said Kathy Hopfner, the General Manager of Corporate Services for the City of Swift Current.

City doesn't need millions to fix parking, downtown BID says

The solution to a lack of parking downtown doesn’t need to cost us $5 million, according to Dave Denny, board chair of Saskatoon’s Downtown Partnership.

“A lot of cities will build a large parkade on one block and that will be all of their money for 10 years for parkades, but that doesn’t distribute parking all around downtown,” Denny said, adding the City of Saskatoon can get more bang for their buck by buying up a couple of floors of parking in new buildings.

Honour Walk for Marlene Bird in Saskatoon

As Marlene Bird continues to recover in an Edmonton hospital dozens of people gathered in Saskatoon to honour her and bring awareness to the violence that indigenous women face everyday.

The Honour Walk for Marlene Bird and Tribute to Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women saw the group of around 60 people walk from the Farmer's Market to the Vimy Memorial bandshell Wednesday morning.

Labour board challenged as unions vie for potash workers

Labour troubles have led to a subcontractor -- at the Agrium Vault potash mine near Vanscoy -- being taken to the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board (SLRB).

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 529 is accusing Alliance Energy Industrial (AEI) of unfair labour practices as it seeks to unseat the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) as the representation for about 700 electrical workers employed by AEI at the mine.

Warman looking to acquire more land for expansion

The City of Warman is looking to expand by about a third by acquiring around 900 acres of land to the south and north.

The land will expand the Traditions and Southlands neighbourhoods with mostly residential development, two new elementary schools in Traditions and a small, light industrial and commercial area in Southlands.

"We're looking at probably about seven to seven-and-a-half units an acre and it will about double our population," Brad Toth, manager of planning and development with the City of Warman, said.

Saskatchewan bull rider competing at Stampede

With the Calgary Stampede once again attracting millions of fans, a Saskatchewan bull rider is ready show them what he's made of.
"I'm just going to let my riding do the talking," Tanner Byrne said.
Last year the Prince Albert product rode his way to second place at the Stampede -- this year he's hunting for the title.
"Last year it kind of fueled my fire, I want to go out and try to win first this year," said the 22 year old who has been riding bulls professionally for four years.

Health Region bill hits $934M, report

Saskatoon hospitals and health care facilities are in dire need of repair, according to a newly-released report which states the region represents nearly half of a $2.2 billion provincial repair backlog.

The health care facility assessment report, prepared by VFA Canada, found Saskatoon facilities need $934 million in maintenance repairs. Of the total, Royal University Hospital (RUH) alone would require $436 million to bring structural, mechanical, and utility structures up to date.

Nigerian cuisine bound for Saskatoon

Business is in Grace Mbuekor's blood.
Ever since she was a child she knew she wanted to run her own business. She immigrating to Saskatoon from Nigeria 17 years ago, but decided now was the time to open her own restaurant.
"My dream would be my business growing to support my community and my family, to be able to give to a little to my community and have a little for my family."
She is now is the process of opening Mama G's Authentic Nigerian Cuisine.

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