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Former Melville baseball player thinking of family, friends in Oklahoma

Although he's away at college, a former Melville Millionaire baseball player is thinking of his hometown of Moore, Oklahoma, after the community was leveled by what turned out to be a deadly tornado.

“Not being able to be there has been a struggle for me, with my parents living there and a couple of close, close friends,” said Bryson Thionnet. 

Increased number of immigrants welcomed into Saskatchewan in 2013

More immigrants will be allowed into Saskatchewan this year than originally thought.

On Tuesday, the provincial government revealed that an additional 450 nominees will be added to the program in 2013, raising the total allowed by the federal government to 4,450.

Elbow, Avonlea on list of towns for SaskTel high speed internet upgrades

Fifty more communities are going to have much faster internet access very soon, thanks to SaskTel.

The Crown corporation is expanding its high speed internet offerings, and will be in those 50 communities by the end of next year.

On the list for 2013 are: Bruno, Hafford, Leask, Choiceland, Middle Lake, Elbow, Mankota, Lemberg, Young, Marsden, Englefeld, Annaheim, Meath Park, Abernethy, Sheho, Avonlea and Hodgeville.

Train leaking oil after derailment near Jansen

A CPR train is leaking oil after it derailed east of Saskatoon.

RCMP said the 71st car of an 85-car train is leaking oil around Jansen, which is about 150 kilometres east of Saskatoon.

Equipment is on route to create a berm to contain the oil.

RCMP said no one was hurt and the train did not catch fire.

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Survey shows more people buying lakefront cottages

For Canadians on the Prairies, May long weekend is often the first chance to open up your summer cabin for the season.

A recent Royal Le Page survey shows more and more people are shelling out money for a place to spend those hot summer weekends. It also shows 41 per cent of people who buy recreational properties tend to go for a cabin on the lake.

BEST OF THE WEB VIDEO: Tornado near Oklahoma City

A massive tornado has ripped its way through the Oklahoma City Area.

CNN reported the funnel was a mile and a half wide. Contrary to previous reports, the Oklahoma medical examiner updated the death toll on Tuesday saying 24 people died including seven children.

In addition, the storm reached up to 200 miles per hour, which is equivalent to about 320 km/h, according the the United States' National Weather Service. 

Sask. flea beetles in ‘hairy’ situation

Saskatoon researchers may have found a way to save Canadian farmers millions of dollars.

Scientists at the Saskatoon Research Centre have developed the first crucifer flea beetle-resistant strand of canola.

“The flea beetle is the worst insect pest of canola,” said Margret Gruber with Agriculture and Agi-Food Canada.

STARS air ambulance lands on highway after Kindersley-area accident

Saturday morning a 52-year-old man was driving his motorcycle on Highway 7 near Kindersley when he lost control and crashed.

Travellers stopped to call EMS, providee First Aid, and help direct traffic until emergency crews arrived.

Eventually the highway was shutdown to make a landing pad for the STARS air ambulance.

The man was transported to Saskatoon for treatment of serious injuries.

Deceased man found underwater in tractor near Estevan

An Estevan-area producer is dead after a tragic accident early Sunday morning.

RCMP say the 59-year-old man was found by his family around 1:30 a.m.  He had been working in a field north of Estevan, and was found in the cab of a tractor that was submerged in water. 

Mounties, EMS, Fire/Rescue and the coroner was called to the scene.  So far, a cause of death hasn't been confirmed.

The man's name is not being released at this point.

Group pushes for highway twinning in Southeast Sask

It's been widely reported that Estevan has a housing crisis on its hands, but what about their overcrowded highways?

Residents in the growing city are raising their voices about what they call an unsafe travel on Highway 39 and 6 as members of the Time to Twin committee.

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