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Crash between two semis near Radisson

Two people were injured in a crash involving two semis on Highway 16 near Radisson.

The collision started a fire after the two trucks hit each other about two kilometres west of the town which is about 76 kilometers south east of Battleford.

The RCMP say two people were injured, but there is no word on how badly.

Edited by CJME’s Adriana Christianson

Death of Lloydminster man called homicide

Police are now calling the death of a man in a Lloydminster Hotel a homicide.

The body of 51-year-old Dustin Anthony Ferrante, a resident of the Winnipeg area, was found at the Best Lodge Motel in the city, Thursday.

RCMP said a 911 call early that morning reported a man with serious injuries. When the officers arrived at the scene, they found, Ferrante dead.

The cause of death has not been released, and the investigation continues. Anyone who may have information about the incident are asked to contact the RCMP.

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School bus hits ditch near Battleford

A school bus full of children skidded off a grid road into the ditch Wednesday morning near Battleford.

Battlefords to honour hockey hero Wade Belak

A year and a half after the unexpected death of Saskatchewan hockey hero Wade Belak, he will be honoured in the Battlefords.

Belak played with the Midget AAA Battlefords Stars before going onto the WHL and NHL.

The midget team has dedicated its Jan. 5, 2013, game against the Saskatoon Blazers to Belak, with the blessing of his family.

“They are hoping everyone comes out and can fill the seats and show him the proper respect,” said Shawn Robinson, manager of the Battlefords Stars.

First Nations rally in North Battleford to protest omnibus bill

A drum circle led the way down 100th Street on Monday in North Battleford as First Nations protestors marched to oppose recent omnibus bill amendments by the federal government.

The numerous bill changes affect First Nations peoples across the country. The message behind the protests is that the federal government failed to consult with First Nation groups on these revisions.

Rally Organizer Eleanore Sunchild says there are many different ways the amendments will impact the community.

Youths charged in double murder in Meadow Lake court

One week after the community was rocked by the double murder of a couple from the Rapid View area near Meadow Lake, the two young people charged in their deaths made their first court appearance on Monday.

The boys, aged 14 and 17, faced a packed Meadow Lake courtroom where a judge adjourned the matter for three weeks so they could seek council.

Last week, Genne and Theresa Nolin were found dead in their home just west of Meadow Lake. The youths were picked up in Prince Albert a short time later.

Meadow Lake Mayor on vacation in New York

Caught in the middle of a ‘Frankenstorm’ is definitely not the ideal vacation spot, but that is exactly what happened to Meadow Lake Mayor Gary Vidal.

“We keep chuckling that if you’re going to have a holiday in New York you might as well make it a memorable one,” he joked.

News Talk Radio caught up to Mayor Vidal by phone where he is staying just three blocks from Times Square. Fortunately he is far enough away from the flood zone that they haven't even lost power.

He says he was down by the pier earlier on Monday before being told to leave.

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.

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