Prince Albert

VIDEO/PHOTOS: North Americans continue to take a cold shower for ALS
By Kayla Bruch paNOW Staff

The ice bucket challenge to raise money towards ALS awareness has shown no signs of slowing down.

ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. This is a progressive neuromuscular disease in which nerve cells die and leave your muscles paralyzed. According to the ALS Society of Canada every day two or three Canadians die of the disease.

Merle Lacert is the CEO of the Prince Albert and District Chamber of Commerce. He stepped up to the challenge outside of the Chamber of Commerce building.

Dr. O.K. Hjertaas Golf Tournament rakes in 86K
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People from all over Prince Albert and area were enjoying a nice day at the golf course on Friday.

The 17th Annual Dr. O.K. Hjertaas Golf Tournament was held at Cooke Municipal Golf Course with more than 30 teams participating.

They teed off at both 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. with shot gun starts.

All the money raised will go towards the Victoria Hospital's Foundation, working towards buying a new ultrasound machine.

Over the years the Golf Tournament has been able to raise $1,000,000 for the foundation.

VIDEO: Onlookers applaud Kingdom Hall’s roof raising
By Thia James paNOW Staff

After working through the rain earlier this week, volunteers working to build Kingdom Hall along Highway 2 just south of Marquis Road, applauded as the first section of the roof was placed on the building Friday morning.

Kingdom Hall will be the new place of worship for the Jehovah’s Witness congregation in Prince Albert. A couple hundred Jehovah’s Witnesses from all around Saskatchewan, and even some from Alberta, have come to the site to help with construction. 

Back to school shoppers rush in
By Alex Soloducha paNOW Staff

It’s that time of year again: back to school season. Whether you dread it or you love it, come fall it’s inevitable.

For most families, this means a yearly trip to the mall for school supplies and new school clothes.

Kyle Carnahan, technology sales supervisor at Staples, said there’s been quit a rush of customers at their store.

“It’s been pretty crazy in here,” said Carnahan. “Especially these last three weeks, we’re going to see an increase.”

Stray cats a problem in Prince Albert
By Alex Soloducha paNOW Staff

Attention has been drawn recently to cat over population in Saskatchewan cities.

Saskatoon has been getting some media attention for stray cats but they aren’t the only ones facing this problem.

Megan Boucher, adoption co-ordinator at the Prince Albert SPCA, said they have 66 cats in their care right now.

“It’s no different in PA than anywhere else in North America,” she said. “There is a cat overpopulation everywhere.”

Camaraderie and music key to Polkafest’s success
By Chelsea Laskowski paNOW Staff

Prince Albert Polkafest has all but guaranteed a full dance floor for the past 11 years, and organizers say the 12th annual event is no different.

“We call it ‘Polka around the world,’ but it’s not only polkas. When you come to our dances, instead of coming to a band dance with one band, we have four bands to choose from. So they all play waltzes, polkas, fox trots, two steps. So it’s a real variety,” explained volunteer Lawrence Bodnar.

Recent youth suicides moves group to speak out
By Sarah Stone paNOW Staff

It’s an issue that has affected an entire community.

According to Carol Naytowhow, 23, of Montreal Lake Cree Nation, youth suicides are on the rise. She said in the past year there have already been multiple deaths.

To help the situation, Naytowhow along with five other women from Montreal Lake Cree Nation, have organized a three-day “You Are Not Alone” Suicide Awareness Walk.

Ritzy cat condo and dog house up for auction in PA
By Kayla Bruch

paNOW Staff

The Prince Albert SPCA has partnered with Coldwell Banker to host a dog house and cat condo auction. All proceeds of the auction will be donated to the SPCA.

Debbie Lehner is the SPCA's executive director. Lehner said since the SPCA moved into its new location, their costs have probably tripled and they are always looking for new ways to fundraise.

"What’s really special about it is, it’s the business community coming together to support the SPCA,” she said.

Aiming high at OK Hjertaas Tournament for new equipment
By Kayla Bruch paNOW Staff

Dig out those old clubs or get ready to rent some new ones: it’s time for the 17th annual Dr. O.K. Hjertaas Golf Tournament.

On Friday, 150 golfers are expected to hit the course in support of a new piece of medical equipment for Prince Albert’s Victoria Hospital.

"Our goal this year is to raise $70,000," said Victoria Hospital's Foundation executive director Sherry Buckler.

Police identify victim of fatal house fire
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The Prince Albert Police Service has released the identity of the man who died in Monday night's house fire in Prince Albert's East Hill.

Raymond Joseph Carriere, 45, died after a fire broke out at his home in the 500 block of 23rd Street East.

An autopsy was conducted, but the results have not been released.

Memorial donations can be made to Ray of Hope, c/o Saskatchewan Advocates for learning solutions at advocatesforlearning@shaw.ca.

His funeral will be held at 2 p.m. at Gray's Funeral Chapel.

Sobeys shuts its doors for good
By Sarah Stone paNOW Staff

The aisles were bare, as only a few products were left on the shelves. Each one had a bright yellow sticker with a new sale price.

On the last day of Prince Albert Sobeys being open, customers continued to filter through the doors.

Drew Martin and his wife Gina were among some of the last customers to see the store open.

Local comedian stars in upcoming futuristic film
By Thia James paNOW Staff

Prince Albert comedian Kelly Taylor has been busy this summer.

For starters, he did a three-day stint at the renowned Just For Laughs festival in Montreal in July. He’s also been filming a new movie alongside Michael Madsen, of Kill Bill and Reservoir Dogs fame, and Academy-Award nominee Eric Roberts, on location in New York.

Taylor is currently taking a break from the set of independent science fiction film Q4: Dream Corporation, where he’s playing the lead character.

Crowd shows huge support during P.A. Kraft Celebration Tour stop
By Kayla Bruch

paNOW Staff

After making the top 10 to win $100,000 in the TSN/Kraft Celebration Tour, people from Prince Albert and the surrounding areas showed their support for the Kinsmen Water Park.

Earl of Wessex to tour Saskatchewan
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For the fifth time, the Earl of Wessex will be touring through Saskatchewan.

His Royal Highness Prince Edward will visit Saskatchewan from Sept. 17 to 19 stopping in Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon and Swift Current. Premier Brad Wall announced the royal visit Wednesday morning.

Kraft Celebration Tour stops in P.A.
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TSN anchors Darren Dutchyshen and Kate Beirness are in Prince Albert today to do a live broadcast as part of the Kraft Celebration Tour.

The Kinsmen Water Park in Prince Albert was one of the top 10 entries and will receive $25,000 for upgrades.

An additional $100,000 will be awarded to the community that receives the most online votes by Aug. 25.

Robber accused of targeting mother and son arrested
By Nigel Maxwell paNOW Staff

Prince Albert Police are releasing details about a frightening incident that happened Saturday afternoon for a mother and her son.

The 32-year-old woman was parked in the Victoria Hospital parking lot. According to police, a man approached the vehicle, opened the driver’s side door, and forced the woman to get out. The boy was able to escape the vehicle on his own.

The man then took the car keys from the woman's hand and proceeded to drive away in the vehicle.

Minor injuries in car accident near Cornerstone
paNOW Staff

A car crashed into a tree in a centre median on Wednesday morning, leaving its three occupants with minor injuries.

The accident occured on 15th Street East in front of the Superstore.

The Prince Albert Police, Prince Albert Fire Department and Parkland Ambulance all attended the scene.

Traffic was affected both ways as emergency responders dealt with the incident.

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Court appeal confirms landfill did not contaminate old drive-in site

By Chelsea Laskowski

paNOW Staff

The City of Prince Albert has once again dodged paying for a failed property sale.

The owners of the old drive-in theatre outside Prince Albert have taken the City to court twice in a legal battle that dates back over a decade.

Strand Theatre Ltd. owns the old drive-in property, which closed down in 2004.

The City of Prince Albert owns a decommissioned landfill site which is near that property. It ceased operating as a landfill in 1972.

Gift of Mercy Fun Run gets a boost
By Alex Soloducha paNOW Staff

The Gift of Mercy Fun Run has an extra spring in its step.

On Tuesday afternoon, Duane Braaten at Advantage Real Estate Services Inc. donated $1,000 to sponsor the event.

The run will be held Sept. 13 on the Rotary Trail and includes two, five and 10 kilometre runs.

Ron Poetker, one of the organizers of the run, said all of the entry fees go directly to a charity of the runner’s choosing.

VIDEO: Local PA residents jump on board ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
By Sarah Stone paNOW Staff

The ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral phenomenon started in the United States by the Frates Family, has reached Prince Albert and some prominent members of the community are getting wet for the cause.

On Tuesday evening, a few people in the health care field took part in the challenge.

Minto Apts. knocked down but legal fight isn't over
By Thia James paNOW Staff

The dust has settled over the rubble that once was the Minto Apartments, but its property’s former owner will continue to fight the City of Prince Albert in the courts.

The building was knocked down by a construction crew on Monday, years after it had been closed. It was the subject of lawsuits and subsequent appeals filed by its former owner, Larry Markwart. The City finally took ownership of the building from Markwart in 2012, citing unpaid property taxes.

PHOTOS: TSN/Kraft Celebration Tour crews hit the water in PA
By Sarah Stone

paNOW Staff

The TSN/Kraft Celebration Tour is getting ready for the Prince Albert event on Wednesday at the Kinsmen Water Park, but first they wanted to see what the city had to offer.

At the boat launch on Tuesday TSN SPORTSCENTRE anchors Darren Dutchyshen and Kate Beirness met Fresh Air Experience to try some kayaking.

Neighbours reflect on fatal house fire
By Thia James

paNOW Staff

PA and area under severe thunderstorm watch

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Prince Albert and many surrounding communities are under severe thunderstorm watch.

Environment Canada said these storms could produce strong wind gusts, large hail, heavy rain or even weak funnel clouds.

The storm will hit track into central and northeastern sections of the grain belt Tuesday night and could become severe.

Visit Environment Canada's website for the latest updates on the developing storms.