Saskatchewan

Saskatoon man returns to Boston Marathon after bombings
By Karin Yeske paNOW Staff

It didn't take Brian Ronn long to decide he would be running the Boston Marathon again this year.

The bombs had yet to go off when the Saskatoon runner crossed the finish line three hours and 36 minutes into the race. He said it was jubilation after finishing the race and then he set out for his 20-minute walk towards his hotel.

When he arrived, people started questioning him about the explosions, but Ronn hadn’t been at the scene when it happened.

Group fighting Pinehouse agreement want ‘meaningful consultation’
By Thia James paNOW Staff

A group of citizens suing Cameco Corp., Areva Resources, the mayor of Pinehouse and his brother and two levels of government want the legal action to result in “meaningful consultation,” with the community regarding a collaborative agreement.

Iconic historical structure receives major upgrades
By James Bowler paNOW Staff

A piece of Anglican history in the province has had a recent upgrade thanks to the provincial and federal government.

Children's Hospital Foundation pleased with plan revisions
By Lasia Kretzel paNOW Staff

The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan(CHF) is pleased with the provincial government’s decision to revise the hospital’s blueprints.

The government confirmed Thursday that the hospital will be expanded to cope with faster-than-expected provincial growth rate.

One of the new changes includes an expanded maternity ward.

The new changes will add millions to the original price tag.

Community generosity fulfills sick teen's wish
By Lasia Kretzel paNOW Staff

Saskatchewan generosity is helping a sick Saskatoon teen go on his dream family trip.

Two years ago, Hudson Marchewka, 16, was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis on top of his autism and epilepsy. Through the Saskatchewan chapter of the Children's Wish Foundation (CWF), the teen was granted his wish.

Farmer rescues stuck bus near Canora
By Aaron Stuckel paNOW Staff

It was almost a typical Saskatchewan scene on Friday night after a Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) bus got stuck on a snowy, icy highway near Canora.

The bus was heading east from Saskatoon on Highway 5. By about 9:45 p.m. it was only a few kilometres outside of Canora when it hit a patch of ice on a curve.

Man hurls furniture from hotel window
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A 47-year-old Wollaston Lake man is behind bars after allegedly tossing furniture out a hotel window Friday night.

Police said a bunch of people were drinking in a Saskatoon Inn room around 9 p.m. when something must have set the man off.

He allegedly began throwing furniture through the eight floor glass window, onto the parking lot below, sending pedestrians running for cover. Chairs, a desk and even a small refrigerator littered the pavement below.

Late season snow storm wreaks havoc on Central Sask. roads
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A snow storm that tracked through Central Saskatchewan on Friday made for some treacherous driving conditions throughout the province, even causing an STC bus to skid off the road near Canora.

RCMP in Canora reported late Friday evening that a bus had skidded sideways on Highway 5 just west of Canora, blocking both lanes of traffic. They worked for hours to move the bus, but traffic was shut down for a number of hours before they could clear the highway.

Hankering for potato chips leads to crooks arrest in Regina
By Aaron Stuckel paNOW Staff

They say a criminal always returns the scene of the crime, and it’s no different in this case.

Regina police attended a call at a 7-11 on Broad Street at around 5 a.m. this morning after someone complained that they had been threatened by a man with a knife in the parking lot.

Officers arrived on scene and looked through the store’s security footage to identify the suspect.

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Environment Canada has issued snowfall warnings for a number of communities outside of Prince Albert.

It’s expecting 10 to 15 centimetres of snow to fall through Saturday morning, but some areas will see melting as temperatures hover near zero.

Environment Canada is warning drivers to be prepared for reduced visibility and accumulating snow.

Women lose home after Sturgeon Lake fire
By Thia James paNOW Staff

A Sturgeon Lake First Nation home has been deemed unlivable after a Friday morning fire destroyed a section of the house and left behind smoke damage.

Sturgeon Lake RCMP, Buckland Fire and Rescue and Sturgeon Lake’s fire services all responded to the fire before 8 a.m.

Cst. Aleksandra Krasovska with the Sturgeon Lake RCMP said the fire began in one of the bedrooms. No one was injured as a result of the fire.

Saskatchewan-built Derby car gets new lease on life
By Lasia Kretzel paNOW Staff

The only car to be manufactured in Saskatchewan is getting a new lease on life and another moment in the spotlight.

The Saskatoon Antique Auto Club is restoring a Derby car for the Western Development Museum and to celebrate the club’s 50th anniversary. The unfinished model was on display at the Draggin's Rod and Custom Car Show at Prairieland Park this weekend.

MNS President says Metis court ruling is an affirmation
By Kelly Malone paNOW Staff

The Federal Court of Appeal has largely upheld a landmark ruling that could extend Ottawa's responsibilities to hundreds of thousands of aboriginal people.

Man killed walking down Sask. highway
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An 80-year-old man is dead after being struck by a pickup truck while walking down Highway 11 near Craik, Sask.

RCMP said on Thursday around 11:15 p.m. they received a call about a vehicle that had hit a pedestrian.

The man had pulled to the side of the highway because of vehicle trouble. After parking he began to walk southbound and was only a short distance when he was hit by the a pickup truck headed the same direction.

RCMP said the people in the truck didn't have any injuries but the man was dead at the scene.

Saskatoon car show celebrates Mustang 50th anniversary
By Lasia Kretzel paNOW Staff

The Saskatoon Mustang and Classic Ford Club has taken over the Draggin's Rod and Custom Car Show at Prairieland Park this weekend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the pony car that started it all.

The annual car show has 22 classic and modern Ford Mustangs on display, the largest single-club display they’ve ever had.

Garbage can fire causes evacuation at University of Regina
By Aaron Stuckel paNOW Staff

A little bit of fire and smoke caused a large disruption for some University of Regina students on Thursday.

Around 3:30 p.m., dozens of students were in the Education Building to write final exams when the fire alarm went off.

“I was on the last question of my final and just about to finish when the fire alarm goes off,” said Bill Edwards who was writing a film exam. “I was on the last question—I wanted to get done.”

Car storms through RCMP barricade, spike belt and gunfire
By Sarah Stone paNOW Staff

Two people have been arrested after a series of take-down tactics around the La Ronge area.

Maternity ward expansion on its way for Children's Hospital
By Jill Smith paNOW Staff

The provincial government confirmed Thursday that the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan will be expanded.

During Question Period on Wednesday, Health Minister Dustin Duncan said he was considering his options. Then on Thursday Duncan revealed there would be an announcement on the hospital next Wednesday to unveil a new design boasting more beds.

Weeks until Torch River Rail up and running
By Sarah Stone paNOW Staff

It’s going to take at least another couple of weeks until you hear a whistle coming down the Torch River Rail near Nipawin.

On April 10 a train carrying grain derailed from the tracks.

By Geoff Smith paNOW Staff

One of two youths charged with the deaths of a Rapid View couple has pleaded guilty to murder.

The youth, who was 14 at the time, has received a sentence that amounts to four and a half years in custody, after credit is given for time served.

He's one of two teenagers charged with the murders of Genne and Theresa Nolin. The other, who was 17 at the time, is set to stand trial in October in Battleford.

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Sister of Cornwall Centre stabbing victim speaks out
By Adrianna Christianson paNOW Staff

He stopped to get coffee while waiting for a bus in the mall and was stabbed in the back at random by a teenager. News Talk Radio has tracked down the family of one of the victims from the knife attack at Cornwall Centre.

He’s still in the hospital sore and weak but he’s lucky to be alive. That’s what family members of the 47-year-old man told News Talk Radio. His sister spoke on the condition that we do not name anyone, including her brother.

By Lisa Schick paNOW Staff

This month marks the deadline set by the province of Saskatchewan to have all surgeries done within a three-month time frame. But it looks like Regina and Saskatoon's health regions aren't going to make it.

The province set the goal four years ago.

The Saskatoon Health Region is expected to hit the three-month mark later this year, and the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region may not make it until March 2015.

Ahtahkakoop man shot, remains in hospital
By Nigel Maxwell paNOW Staff

An argument on the Ahtahkakoop First Nation Tuesday night ended violently.

The RCMP was initially called to a house regarding an assault. When officers arrived, they were told that the disagreement between the two men at the house had been settled.

Not more than 20 minutes later, RCMP received a call that a gun had been fired at the same house.

Regina woman describes helping stabbing victim
By Aaron Stuckel paNOW Staff

Just one day after covering up the wounds of a stabbing victim, a barista in Regina was back to work at a coffee shop in the Cornwall Centre.

Erin (who didn’t want to publish her last name) works at Second Cup in Regina’s downtown mall and was just closing up shop Tuesday night when she heard someone screaming something about a knife.

Retired cop, firefighter save Rosthern man's life in Las Vegas
By Lasia Kretzel paNOW Staff

When Aime Decae retired from the Saskatoon Police 11 years ago, he thought his days of saving lives were behind him.

The 66-year-old former staff sergeant along with an off-duty Saskatoon firefighter leapt into action last Friday when a Rosthern man suffered a heart attack in the Las Vegas airport.

Decae and his son, Aaron, were in Las Vegas for police and fire drag racing and had just passed through customs, when the man, who was also on the flight, collapsed at the baggage claim.