Prince Albert

BOB takes to the streets around Prince Albert
By Karen Cay paNOW Staff

Everyone has their favourite aspects about the Prince Albert area.

Thanks to, you currently have the opportunity to promote all your favourite places, people and events to your friends and neighbours with the Best of the Best Awards. has taken an idea used across the country, evaluated other contests and gathered the best features for this community project.

UPDATED: Pair sentenced to just over 8 years for 2011 killing
By Thia James paNOW Staff

Two men who pleaded guilty for their role in the 2011 killing of a Prince Albert man have been sentenced to eight years and two months in prison on Thursday.

Lionel Sewap and Sonny Fiddler entered guilty pleas to manslaughter earlier this week at the Prince Albert Court of Queen’s Bench. They had been facing second-degree murder charges in the death of Anthony Martin Custer, 41, and had been set to face an eight-day trial.

PHOTOS: Grandmother proves it’s never too late to earn success
By Sarah Stone paNOW Staff

SIAST Woodland Campus was packed with proud aboriginal students and their families Wednesday evening.

The 14th annual Aboriginal Student Honour Ceremony hosted by the SIAST Aboriginal Student Achievement Plan (ASAP) and SIAST Wood Campus Aboriginal Activity Centre, recognizes students who continue to work towards their educational goal.

Ag show-and-tell for kids in PA
By James Bowler paNOW Staff

Grade School kids from Prince Albert got an in depth look at Agriculture at the Prince Albert Exhibition.

750 students were treated to some show and tell over a two day period.

“From ground to soil to animals, everything Agriculture,” said Patty Soloducha, Assistant Manager of the Prince Albert Exhibition. “We want them to know just how important agriculture is to Saskatchewan and agriculture production itself.”

Entrepreneur shares his keys to success with students
By Thia James paNOW Staff

Groups of enterprising students from Prince Albert high schools spent the morning learning how to get their business ideas off the ground at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre.

Dance festival continues to ‘step up’
By Nigel Maxwell paNOW Staff

An idea that began over a decade ago, by parents wanting to have their own dance competition, has blossomed into a very successful event.

The 11th annual Prince Albert Festival of Dance was held last weekend at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre.

Upwards of 500 dancers from across the province, all between the ages of 6 and 18, competed in the event.

The festival featured a wide variety of dance disciplines, including ballet, jazz, hip-hop, musical theatre, and tap. A special workshop was also held.

Country music roots run deep in Prince Albert
By Alex Soloducha paNOW Staff

This year’s Saskatchewan Country Music Awards [SCMAs] gave recognition to talented people, many from right here in Prince Albert.

The SCMAs were held in Nipawin on April 10 and 11.

Rich McFarlane, local musician and owner of the Mosaic Music recording studio in Prince Albert, got quite a number of honours at the show.

He said he was happy to get to be part of the house band, and he also got to perform with musical legend Charlie Major, who was the emcee for the evening.

Central Ave home becomes part of murder investigation
By Sarah Stone paNOW Staff

Prince Albert Police Service (PAPS) are investigating a home in 1900-block of Central Avenue in relation to a murder that occurred on Monday.

Sgt. Brandon Mudry, media liaison with PAPS, said police pulled up to the home early Tuesday morning.

“The matter is still very much under investigation, so that address has become part of our investigation and we’ll keep it contained until the time that we deem fit to release it,” Mudry said.

Time to take on Toronto
By Alex Soloducha paNOW staff

Four local Skills Canada competitors will be moving on to Nationals in Toronto.

The provincial competition for Skills Canada was held in Prince Albert on April 10 and 11 at various locations around the city.

The event gave high school and SIAST students a chance to show off their talents in different areas.

Students who placed gold will get to go on to the next level, Nationals, June 4 to 7 in Toronto.

Murdered teen leaves family, friends and teachers grieving
By James Bowler paNOW Staff

An intelligent student and good friend.

Two plead guilty in 3-year-old PA homicide
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Two men involved in a 2011 death in Prince Albert have pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Lionel Sewap and Sonny Fiddler pled guilty at Prince Albert Queen’s Bench Tuesday morning for their involvement in the death of 41-year-old Anthony Martin Custer.

Custer was pronounced dead at Victoria Hospital in July of 2011 after being assaulted in the West Flat area of Prince Albert, according to officials.

Police had reported the two men were arrested a few days afterwards without incident.

Rooftop parking lot accident injures 1
By Thia James paNOW Staff

One woman sustained minor injuries in a two-vehicle accident in the rooftop parking lot at Gateway Mall.

The accident occurred after noon on Tuesday, with the Parkland Ambulance, Prince Albert police and the Prince Albert Fire Department responding.

According to police, one driver failed to yield to another’s right-of-way, leading to the accident.

Members of the fire department also worked to contain a fluid leak from one of the damaged vehicles at the scene.

Carlton’s Mad Hatters are crazy good
By Alex Soloducha paNOW Staff

The Mad Hatter Theatre Company from Carlton Comprehensive High School can add one more win to their collection after another successful drama performance.

On the weekend, they competed in Drama Regionals at Evan Hardy Collegiate in Saskatoon.

They performed Don Nigro’s play Glamorgan in the competition and ended up winning Best Play, among many other awards.

Devynn Boyer played Owen Pendragon in the play. He said he was really nervous before the performance.

Councillor surprised by 'uncommon' gun crime in his ward
By Thia James paNOW Staff

Coun. Mark Tweidt says a fatal shooting that happened in his ward on Monday comes as a surprise, because it’s not something that occurs in the East Hill or anywhere else in the city.

An early morning shooting fatally wounded 17-year-old Clayton James Bear at a residence in the 500 block of 27th Street East. Bear was taken to Victoria Hospital, where he later died.

The long wait is over – PA gets its tax increase
By Thia James paNOW Staff

It’s a number that has been bandied about for months, but it is now set in stone.

On Monday evening, Prince Albert city council voted to approve the 2014 tax policy bylaw, which will see a 4.5 per cent tax increase applied to all property owners’ municipal bills.

No fear for PA man returning to marathon after Boston bombing
By Chelsea Laskowski paNOW Staff

Exactly a year ago, Wayne Stewart was heading to the finish line at the Boston Marathon, ready to take a picture of his stepdaughter finishing the run when the explosion hit.

"Off to the right of me, about 15 feet from me, there was this huge explosion. It was like a barbeque exploding," he explained to paNOW just a few days after it happened April 12.

Separated from his wife and stepdaughter, he kept his cool in the panic and walked against a building’s wall until he found his family.

Recent shootings concern some East Hill residents
By James Bowler paNOW Staff

Two shootings in one month and some residents in the East Hill area of Prince Albert are showing some concern for their neighbourhood.

On April 3 a 21-year-old woman was shot in the 400-block of 28th Street East, and on Monday morning police responded to a second shooting two blocks away in the 500-block of 27th Street East.

Darcy Ballantyne who lives in an apartment complex near the house where the most recent incident occurred said he had seen some activity around the home recently.

Increased needs eat away at PA food bank
By James Bowler paNOW Staff

One of the most basic necessities of life may soon be in jeopardy for some in Prince Albert.

The Prince Albert Share-A-Meal Food Bank has expressed concerns recently about its stock after the organization set patron record highs in the past two months.

“Our food use has definitely sky rocketed,” said Wes Clarke, co-manager of the food bank. “We’ve set records both in our kitchen and the food bank, so we’re definitely watching that very closely.”

By Nigel Maxwell paNOW Staff

Three people were taken to hospital Sunday morning, following what Parkland Ambulance describes as a possible carbon monoxide poisoning.

It happened at a residence in the 800-block of 12th Street West.

According to Parkland Ambulance, all three showed minor symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.

This was one of 37 incidents that paramedics were called out for over the weekend.

UPDATE/PHOTOS: Police identify teenage boy killed in shooting
UPDATE/PHOTOS: Police identify teenage boy killed in shooting
By Sarah Stone paNOW Staff

Prince Albert Police Service (PAPS) have confirmed Monday afternoon that the victim involved in an early morning shooting has died.

"The victim was transported to Victoria Hospital by Parkland Ambulance," said Sergeant Brandon Mudry, media liason with the Prince Albert Police Serivce. "He was pronounced deceased in hospital this morning."

Police have identified him as 17-year-old Clayton James Bear of Prince Albert.

By Nigel Maxwell paNOW Staff

Prince Albert was well represented at the Saskatchewan Country Music Awards, held in Nipawin over the weekend.

Leading the Industry Awards was Prince Albert's Rich McFarlane who won Recording Studio of the Year for Mosaic Music. He also won for All Star Band (Guitar) and All Star Band (Specialty).

900 CKBI's Don Mitchell took home the award for best On Air Personality (Major Market).

Donny Parenteau picked up the award for All Star Band (Fiddle).

Local business gives SPCA a bone
By James Bowler paNOW Staff

A family-owned business in Prince Albert has made a donation to the Prince Albert SPCA.

Dodge and Son Painting Ltd recently made a donation of $10,000 to the organization to help with the costs of the new SPCA facility through the New Leash on Life campaign.

“My daughters used to volunteer down at the SPCA walking animals and doing volunteer work down there,” said Shelley Dodge, part owner of Dodge and Son. “We all realized how much they needed a new facility.”

POLL: Needles-for-cash a no-go; pick-up numbers fall
By Thia James paNOW Staff

A program the mayor of Prince Albert was hoping to implement that would see a team of volunteers paid for picking up discarded needles around the city will not go ahead.

PA Police lay charges after Friday standoff

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Prince Albert Police have followed up on an incident over the weekend involving a man who barricaded himself in a home in the city.

The 35-year-old man was charged with uttering threats, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and breach of a court ordered recognizance.

Prince Albert Police, SWAT and Crisis Negotiation team were called to the home on Friday after the man in question threatened his own life with a gun, according to officials.

Officers had originally visited the man to arrest him on outstanding warrants.

PHOTOS: Library gets seedy in Prince Albert
By Chelsea Laskowski paNOW Staff

A large group of gardening enthusiasts made the John M. Cuelenaere Library home of Prince Albert's Seedy Saturday.

It was a chance for gardeners, farmers, and others to learn more about saving seeds, sprouting, permaculture, and biodiversity.

Although Earth Day has been celebrated on April 12 for 44 years, this is the first time the library has partnered with the local branch of the Council of Canadians to host a Seedy Saturday.