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Icy highway near North Battleford causing accidents

The roads may be dry in the south, but police are warning drivers to stay off highways in the northwest part of the province around the Battlefords and Lloydminster.

Maidstone RCMP are reporting six rollovers and 12 semis in the ditch along the Yellowhead Highway 16 between the Battlefords and Lloydminster since Tuesday.

Nobody has been injured but the highway is described as very icy.

With so many cars in the ditch, drivers are also being reminded to slow down to 60 when passing an emergency vehicle.

Man from North Battleford missing since Saturday

RCMP officers are asking for the public’s help to find a missing North Battleford man who suffers from dementia.

Raymond Bendall is 73 years old. He took off Saturday night in his minivan, and no one has seen him since.

Police say he left his home at 10:00 pm Saturday night and drove away in a medium-blue 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan. The licence plate is 547 IDA. Anyone who might have seen him or the minivan is asked to contact the RCMP in North Battleford at (306) 446-1720 or your local detachment.

Edited by CJME's Adriana Christianson

Sewer leaks impacting Poundmaker School

A band councillor at the Poundmaker First Nation says leaky sewer pipes are causing students and staff at the Poundmaker school nausea, headaches and fatigue.

Colby Tootoosis says hydrogen sulfide gas has been pouring from sewer pipes into classrooms since last winter.

More testimonies from residential school survivors in Battlefords

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission continued to hear testimonies in the Battlefords Tuesday.

Former Waterhen Lake First Nation Chief Robert Fiddler was among the speakers. His opinion of the school was formed early on when he was forced to separate from his sister right when he got to Beauval residential school.

"You couldn't talk to your sisters, you couldn't look at girls it was like a sin, that's what they taught us in the residential school," he said.

Victims of SK residential schools share stories at TRC hearings in North Battleford

Some devastating stories were told Monday at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in North Battleford.

One person who shared his story was Reg from the Red Pheasant First Nation. He and his parents were both victims of the residential school system.

His father coped with his experiences by getting drunk. Reg described the anger he felt against him throughout his life.

Battlefords say goodbye to Herb Sparrow

The Battlefords community has lost one of its most prominent citizens as retired senator Herb Sparrow passed away Thursday.

His family confirmed the 82-year-old died after complications from a stroke.

Sparrow was born in Saskatoon and acclaimed for his work in the field of soil conservation, as a landowner and farmer. He was also known as the owner of Kentucky Fried Chicken in the Battlefords.

He was appointed to the Canadian Senate by Prime Minister Lester Pearson in 1968 and retired when he turned 75 in 2005.

Fatal motorcycle crash in Lloydminster

The driver of a motorcycle is dead after a collision with a truck in Lloydminster.

The motorcycle collided with a truck in an intersection on the city's north end this morning.

The driver of the motorcycle was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

RCMP have not released names, and both the coroner and traffic reconstructionist are investigating.


Rollover claims two lives on the Poundmaker Cree Nation

Two people are dead after a rollover on the Poundmaker Cree Nation Saturday afternoon.

Cutknife RCMP were called to the single-vehicle rollover in a field around 4 p.m.  Two people were pronounced dead at the scene, a 37-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman.  Two others were taken to hospital with serious injuries.  A fifth person was treated for minor injuries.

RCMP haven't released any names yet, and say the matter is still under investigation.

Pilot dies in small plane crash north of Lloydminster

An experienced pilot is dead after crashing a new ultralight plane north of Lloydminster near the Alberta - Saskatchewan border.

RCMP from Kitscoty, Alberta and the Lloydminster rescue team were called in to an area of rough terrain north of the city Monday.

The pilot had last been seen Sunday, practicing touch-and-go takeoffs and landings from a private airstrip.

The victim was an experienced pilot, but not with this type of aircraft. The family has asked police to withhold the name.

Stabbing at Sturgeon Lake

A man 22 year old man was stabbed on Saturday.

The RCMP were sent to Sturgeon Lake first nation and found the man with several stabbing wounds.

He was transported to hospital but his injuries are not life threatening.

The 20 year old suspect in the stabbing had barricaded himself in a house. The RCMP found him and spoke with him before he eventually surrendered.

He was arrested with aggravated assault and mischief. The RCMP is continuing in the investigation.

Edited by CJME's David Fraser


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