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Meadow Lake hiker finds his way back to camp after overnight search

A hiker from Meadow Lake spent a harrowing night alone in the bush this weekend.

35-year-old Joel Gerrard was hiking near Little Raspberry lake about 60 kilometers north of Meadow Lake on Saturday when he got lost. After getting disoriented, Gerrard found himself way further from his campsite than he thought he was.

Luckily, he stumbled across a snowmobile warm-up shack before nightfall.

Car rolls into water killing 3 near Battlefords

People on the Mosquito First Nation will be mourning the loss of three of their own after a fatal rollover this weekend.

Two people escaped with their lives but three people are dead after the car they were driving rolled into a body of water around 3:00a.m. Sunday morning, off Highway four about 30 kilometres south of Battleford.

One passenger got out a window and swam to shore, and then flagged help. Another injured person was trapped in the vehicle but was rescued after the fire department winched the vehicle towards shore.

RCMP divers search for possible drowning victim near Cut Knife

RCMP divers are part of a search effort for a man who may have drowned at Atton's Lake Regional Park, near Cut Knife west of North Battleford Tuesday afternoon.

Witnesses told police that around 2 p.m. Tuesday, a man was using an inflatable lounge chair in the lake, about 50 metres from shore. He became separated from the chair, struggled in the water and yelled for help before going under. Someone tried but failed to rescue him.

RCMP don't know who the man is, only that he looks about 60 years old.

North Battleford farm experiences the brunt of the storm

North Battleford is experiencing rotating power outages and the city is working on cleaning up the mess left from the storm.

The storm definitely left its mark at the Herbert Farm located a kilometer from the city.

"It took part of the roof off above the kitchen and the dining room. We have water in the kitchen, water in the basement that leaked through the walls. A lot of damage inside," said Ray Herbert.

He was not home at the time the storm hit but his wife, daughter, and two grandsons were in the basement.

Storm leaves North Battleford with debris but without power

North Battleford is dealing with the aftermath of Monday night's storms.

City crews worked throughout the night to remove fallen trees and clean up the debris. SaskPower employees worked through the night too trying to fix a citywide blackout.

"They were having trouble giving me an estimate this morning just because they are so busy just assessing the damage and fixing what they can," said Tyler Hopson, a representative of SaskPower.

Protests against chief at Red Pheasant First Nation

A group of protesters are stirring up controversy on the Red Pheasant First Nation reserve near the Battlefords.

Several band members have set up camp outside of the band office demanding change. Meanwhile the chief and a few dozen elders hold discussions inside.

To Chief Stewart Baptiste and those inside the band office, the explanation for the protest is simple.

"They're not happy with how the election went, there's two other chiefs that are supported by the woman outside and I beat them out," he explained.

Teen in North Battleford bear-sprayed, beaten

A teenager in North Battleford is in serious but stable condition after he was bear-sprayed and beaten up. 

On Sunday afternoon, two teenage boys were walking home when they were confronted by another group and attacked with bear spray. 

The 14-year-old victim was able to run away but his 16-year-old friend was caught and beaten up.

Police found him with life threatening injuries. He was taken to the Battlefords Union hospital and later transferred to Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon where he is in stable condition.

North Battleford football practice field named after Rueben Mayes

From playing high school football in the Battlefords to the big stage of the National Football League, Rueben Mayes made it a long way, but this week he returned to the practice field where it all began.

Thursday the town took time to honour him for making it to the NFL, a feat not too many Canadians have managed. The practice field at the North Battleford Comprehensive High School has been officially renamed Reuben Mayes field.

Mayes and his family where there for the dedication ceremony.

Battleford's Living Sky School Division exploring options for specialized academies

Students in Saskatchewan's Living Sky School Division may soon start learning outside of the traditional classroom.

The division which includes the Battlefords and surrounding communities is looking into the possibility of creating specialized academies.

Jim Shevchuk with Living Sky says there are schools in other provinces and even here in Saskatchewan that have a focus on certain areas.

Red Pheasant First Nation Chief in court repeatedly

The controversial chief of the Red Pheasant First Nation sparked a rally outside a North Battleford court room on Wednesday when he pled guilty to breach of probation.

Chief Stewart Baptiste's detractors held brightly coloured signs and demanded his resignation while a few of his supporters looked on.

He was in court to face two charges of breach of probation but his full list of legal cases ranges from criminal mischief for breaking a truck window to drunk driving.

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