Prince Albert

Online campaign aims to raise $175K for Kinsmen Water Park slides
By Thia James paNOW Staff

A Prince Albert man has started an online campaign to raise funds that will go towards rebuilding the water slides at Kinsmen Water Park.

Kelcy McDougall, 27, launched a Go Fund Me campaign on Aug. 25 to raise the remaining $175,000 the City of Prince Albert needs to rebuild the water slides. A few days earlier, the Barrhead Curling Club in Barrhead, Alta. beat out a number of other finalists – including the Kinsmen Water Park -- for the grand prize in the Kraft Celebration Tour.

Who will gallop away with the victory?
By Kayla Bruch paNOW Staff

The Prince Albert chuck wagon and chariot competition brought competitors from across the province, to our city.

Long-time chariot and wagon racer, Robin Paul, traveled to P.A. with six other runners.

Paul said it has been 15 years since he started running his own chuck wagon and chariot. 

Volunteers help beautify P.A. SPCA
Volunteers help beautify P.A. SPCA
Volunteers help beautify P.A. SPCA
Volunteers help beautify P.A. SPCA
Volunteers help beautify P.A. SPCA
Volunteers help beautify P.A. SPCA


It was a weekend of upgrades and beautification around the lot of the new Prince Albert SPCA. 

After a large donation of trees and shrubs from Canadian Tire volunteers spent the last few days weeding and planting. 

Trees donated were planted at the back of the facility as well to help provide shade to the outdoor dog area. 

The SPCA new facility had its official opening over the summer.

The new building allows more space and facilities for the animals that they take care of. 

Amazing Race coming to Prince Albert
By Sarah Stone paNOW Staff

It’s something that has been seen on TV in the United States, recently in Canada and now Prince Albert.

The local Big Brothers Big Sisters and Team 4 Hope have partnered together to host the Amazing Race Fundraiser, a new event based on the reality TV show where pairs race around to different locations completing various tasks.

Allyson Wall, marketing fundraising recruiter for Big Brothers Big Sisters Prince Albert, said the idea came from a co-worker’s sister who saw it taking place in the U.S.

Farmer's Market faces challenging summer
By Kayla Bruch paNOW Staff

Summer is almost over but Prince Albert’s Farmer's Market continues. 

The market is filled with fresh alternatives and food picked straight from the garden. 

Some vendors said it’s been a hard summer season with lots of wind and rain. But despite the weather, vendor Larry Sass from Sassy Home Baking said it's important they provide residents with natural ingredients. 

This years market started back in May and will run until the Thanksgiving weekend.

Chuck wagons and chariots race out the gates
By Thia James paNOW Staff

The Prince Albert Exhibition grounds will be the site of chuck wagon and chariot races this Labour Day weekend.

This year’s finals feature more competition, with 24 chuck wagons and 33 chariots registered. The event is held by the Prince Albert Chuck Wagon and Chariot Association.

There are teams that have come to the Prince Albert finals from all across the province, and one from Wainwright, Alta., said Bernie Zintel, who works with the Prince Albert Exhibition.

Two children in P.A give back to their community
By Kayla Bruch PaNOW Staff

Two young girls are setting out to make a difference for other children who are stuck in hospital.

The eight-year-old friends, Aijah Spencer-McAuley and Emily Hryniuk came up with the idea to mix a summer drink and a great cause.

On Saturday, the girls are hosting a lemonade and bake sale to raise money for the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. This isn’t the first time Hryniuk has been involved in a fundraiser.

Local Ukrainian family concerned about fighting in home country
By Sarah Stone paNOW Staff

On Friday, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights released a new report about the tension in Ukraine.

In it states that “Intense fighting, including the use of heavy weaponry by both sides, in densely populated areas of eastern Ukraine, has increased the loss of civilian life, with an average of around 36 people being killed every day.”

School staff kick off a new year
By Kayla Bruch paNOW Staff

A blue sky and a sunny day made the perfect back-drop for the board of education’s staff appreciation barbecue.

The Sask. Public School Division and Prince Albert’s school boards came together to show their appreciation for all the hard work of school staff.

Mavis Bird found alive after intensive search
By Chelsea Laskowski paNOW Staff

A search led by Prince Albert RCMP that started on Sturgeon Lake First Nation ended in Prince Albert.

Mavis Bird, 34, was last seen late last week at a gathering in Sturgeon Lake, but her family was in communication with her after that.

They reported her missing on Monday, with Prince Albert RCMP taking the reins on the search.

Midnight assault lands man in hospital
paNOW Staff

A man is in serious condition after an assault in Prince Albert.

Just after 12:35 a.m. Parkland Ambulance Paramedics responded to an assault in the 1000 block of Central Avenue.

Paramedics cared for a man in his 40s serious injuries. He was taken to hospital and is in serious, but stable condition.

Prince Albert police said the victim was stabbed and the case is under investigation.

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PHOTOS: Rider fans gear up for Labour Day Classic
paNOW Staff

The parking lot behind the Rawlco Radio station was a little more colourful Friday morning.

To celebrate MIX 101’s Riders Super Fan Day, three pairs of tickets to The Labour Day Classic were given away.

Each person who made an entry had to show up on location in Rider green, displaying team spirit.

On Sunday the Saskatchewan Roughriders will take on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Mosaic Stadium on Taylor Field at 2 p.m.

For pictures of the winners look below.

PHOTOS: Young girl’s death inspires Cree elder to take action
By Nigel Maxwell paNOW Staff

The death of a 15-year-old girl earlier this month in Winnipeg, continues to spur emotions across the country.

Tina Fontaine was found floating face down in the Red River in Winnipeg.

A Cree elder from northern Saskatchewan began a trek from Beauval to Saskatoon on Tuesday, raising awareness about missing and murdered aboriginal women. Emil Bell made a stop in Prince Albert Thursday.

Shock and questions after canoeing tragedy
By Sarah Stone paNOW Staff

After a recent canoeing tragedy that took one man’s life and left his wife to fend for herself in the wilderness, canoe safety is stressed.

On Tuesday the body of Prince Albert man David Dice was discovered in the water near Needle Rapids after his canoe tipped. This led to the search of the remote area for his wife Enid who was found safe on the shoreline after surviving around eight days on her own.

Community remembers retired teacher killed in canoeing accident
By Thia James paNOW Staff

Former colleagues, students and friends of a Prince Albert man who died in a canoeing accident on a remote northern lake are remembering his contribution to athletics, education and the community.

Canoe rescue combines tragedy with survival
By Chelsea Laskowski paNOW Staff

A northern canoe trip that took a turn for the worst is a combination of tragedy and survival for a Prince Albert family.

Well-known outdoor enthusiasts David Dice and his wife Enid were travelling along the Churchill River when their canoe overturned; reportedly after they hit a set of rapids. Family has confirmed their identity.

The 62-year-woman was out in the wilderness for eight days on her own. Those who helped find Enid describe a bittersweet rescue.

Crews working overtime to complete P.A. paving projects
By Kayla Bruch paNOW Staff

Prince Albert’s paving crews have been feeling the ripple effects from the heavy rainfall earlier in the season.

The acting director of public works, Wes Hicks said all they can do now is put in overtime to catch up with paving projects that are behind schedule.

“The private contractors that are under contract to us have worked some weekends and longer hours and we also have done that with our own staff where we are working longer workdays," said Hicks.

P.A. Kinsmen Club to look at funding for slides’ rebuild
By Thia James paNOW Staff

Prince Albert Mayor Greg Dionne is very confident the water slides at Kinsmen Water Park will re-open next year.

In fact, he’s 90 per cent certain the slides will re-open because of the positive community response for the TSN/Kraft Celebration Tour.

“Well… you got to leave some room for a hiccup,” he said of the other 10 per cent.

Man accused in death of young boy retains legal aid
paNOW Staff

An incident where a young boy was killed on the Muskoday First Nation is still making its way through court.

P.A. police deem fatal house fire an accident
paNOW Staff

Prince Albert Police are deeming a fire that claimed the life of Raymond Joseph Carriere, 45, an accident.

The house fire took place Aug. 18 in the 500 block of 23rd Street East.

A comprehensive investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division, Forensic Identification Section, Office of the Chief Coroner and Fire Investigators, determined the fire started on the main floor of the residence.

UPDATE: Prince Albert woman survives 8 days in wilderness
paNOW Staff

A Prince Albert woman survived eight days in the wilderness after the canoe she and her husband were using capsized near Pinehouse, Sask.

The 62-year-old woman had been out on Kinosaskaw Lake with her 66-year-old husband. Her husband’s body was located near their overturned canoe on the lake on Tuesday.

On Tuesday morning, RCMP received a call about an overturned canoe on Kinosaskaw Lake from a float plane operator who was out fishing. The canoe was located east of a set of rapids known as Needle Falls.

POLL: City testing new way to make school zones safer
POLL: City testing new way to make school zones safer
By Thia James paNOW Staff

Prince Albert is trying to slow down traffic in school zones and it is giving a new method a trial run along Olive Diefenbaker Drive.

The one-year traffic calming island pilot project begins the week before students at the nearby St. Francis School and Ecole Vickers return to class.

Public Health stresses good health before school year begins
By Sarah Stone paNOW Staff

It’s a great time of year to be reminded of good health for your child, according to Public Health.

As Public Health Nurse Danielle Sande stood under a tent at the Crescent Heights Arena parking lot in Prince Albert, waiting for children to come for free immunizations, she explained why they offer this service at the end of August.

RCMP looking for missing Sturgeon Lake woman
paNOW Staff

The Prince Albert/Sturgeon Lake RCMP are asking for the public’s help as they look for a missing 34-year-old woman.

Mavis Bird of Sturgeon Lake First Nation was reported missing on Monday. She was last seen at a residence where there was a gathering last Thursday.

The RCMP do not have a description of what Bird was wearing, but she is described as five feet, three inches tall, aboriginal, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Student cellphone case goes to trial
By Nigel Maxwell paNOW Staff

The issue of cellphone privacy will be front and centre during a trial at Prince Albert Court of Queen’s bench this fall.

The case dates back to March 2010. A boy was caught texting in class at Riverside School, and his cellphone was taken away as per school rules.

When the vice-principal later read the text messages, there was talk about a stolen car. The boy would soon after be asked to help police track down the stolen car.