PHOTOS: Treaty 4 medal from 1874 returned to SK
By Andrew Shepherd paNOW Staff

After mysteriously disappearing for generations, the only Treaty 4 medal to be found has returned home to Saskatchewan.

The Government of Canada handed out 21 of these medals to First Nations chiefs who signed the treaty for the area covering southern Saskatchewan in 1874.

This particular medal suddenly resurfaced at an auction in London, Ont. and Paula Acoose and her husband Ray McCallum soon found themselves in a bidding war, one of a series of lucky events leading to the medal returning home.

Melfort looks to replace deteriorating Main Arena
By Thia James paNOW Staff

The City of Melfort has closed the 83-year-old Main Arena indefinitely after a routine inspection revealed structural and air quality issues.

Its city council is now looking at tearing down and replacing the arena. It discussed this option during a special council meeting, Mayor Rick Lang said on Monday.

2 Regina men charged with indecent exposure to kids
By Lisa Schick paNOW Staff

Two men in Regina are facing charges after two separate incidents of indecent exposure in front of minors on Sunday.

The first incident happened around 12:30 p.m. in Wascana Park. Witnesses told police officers that a man was following a woman and her child. The child mentioned aloud that the man exposed himself and the man ran away.

Leonard Mervin Johnson, 60, is charged with indecent exposure to persons under 16 years of age.

Visitor restrictions at Nipawin long-term care home
paNOW Staff

The Kelsey Trail Health Region is lifting visitor restrictions at the Pineview Lodge long-term care facility in Nipawin.

Residents first showed signs of respiratory illness-related symptoms on Sept. 20. Testing confirmed the symptoms were caused by Enterovirus and Rhinovirus. An outbreak was declared on Sept 22.

Fire destroys Rouleau store
paNOW Staff

Fire crews worked for hours to put out the blaze that destroyed Spalding Orthopedic Design Inc. in the town of Rouleau, Sask. on Sunday night.

Firefighters began fighting the flames just before dusk. They engulfed the building, eventually rising up out of the roof.

As of Monday morning, there was no official word on any possible injuries or the cause of the fire.

Corner Gas fans will know the Spalding Orthopedic Design Inc. as the "Foo Mart" from the TV show.

Search and Rescue Regina chapter shut down by provincial association
By Jill Slater paNOW Staff

They were called on when Tamra Keepness, Tara-Lyn Poorman and Brandy Wesaquate each went missing, but if a major search for a missing person gets underway in Regina anytime soon, it won’t be local Search and Rescue volunteers helping out. Search and Rescue Regina (SARR) has been deactivated.

President of Search and Rescue Saskatchewan Association of Volunteers (SARSAV) Justin Capp sent a letter to Regina volunteers notifying them the chapter had been shut down earlier this month. Details are scarce as to why.

Hacking helps health-care woes
By Lasia Kretzel paNOW Staff

Health-care professionals and tech experts teamed up in Saskatoon this weekend to hack into health system problems.

The University of Saskatchewan hosted the city's first Hacking Healthcare, a competitive event that brings innovators and front-line workers together to solve everyday health-care problems.

"(Health-care professionals) know what the problems are in health care, they see the problems because they're on the frontline every day," Saskatoon event organizer Adam McInnes said.

Marijuana activist talks legalization at Harvest Cup
By Lasia Kretzel paNOW Staff

The legal battle for the right to grow medical marijuana took centre stage in Saskatoon this weekend at the Prairie Medicinal Harvest Cup.

NHL hockey hits Saskatoon
By Justin Blackwell paNOW Staff

It should be a fun afternoon at Saskatoon's Credit Union Centre Sunday afternoon.

The Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks are in town for a little NHL pre-season hockey.

Jordan Eberle, Nail Yakupov, Justin Schultz and this year’s third overall pick Leon Draisaitl will be in the Oilers lineup.

Two time Stanley Cup champion Duncan Keith, Andrew Shaw and Kris Versteeg will be in the Blackhawks lineup.

Update: Saskatoon transit lockout continues after labour board hearing
paNOW Staff

The provincial labour board ruled in favour of keeping the transit lockout going but putting a stop to any further changes to the city’s general pension fund as of 2:30 p.m. Friday.

On Sept. 16 the amalgamated transit union (ATU) Local 615 and the city of Saskatoon presented arguments to the labour relations board.

Labour board ruling halts transit pension changes, lockout continues
paNOW Staff

Saskatoon's transit lockout will continue for at least another week but a ruling by the provincial labour relations board Friday will force the City of Saskatoon to hault changes the city passed Monday to the transit union's pension plan.

The board chose to keep the lockout going but said the union could reapply in one week to have it lifted.

The board heard arguments from both the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) and the city - about the legality of the transit lockout.

RCMP working to prevent radicalization in Canada
paNOW Staff

The ISIS threat has the RCMP rallying its officers to ward off extremism in Canada, including Saskatchewan. Offices are set up across the country where officers aim to team up with parents, teachers and other community members.

Saskatchewan-born WWII pilot remembered in France
By Trelle Kolojay paNOW Staff

The story of a Second World War pilot started on a Saskatchewan wheat farm and ended in a wheat field in France.

Don Beerbower spent his very early years on a farm near Kenaston before moving to Hill City, Minn. with his family because of drought. By 1944, 22-year-old Beerbower was squadron commander and an accomplished pilot, known as a triple ace, having shot down more than 15 German planes.

Estevan Fuenzalida sentenced for role in Saskatoon stabbing death
paNOW Staff

A 25-year-old man is going to jail for the death of Dustin Boulet.

Estevan Fuenzalida was sentenced to two years in jail but will spend less than a year behind bars after time served on remand. He pleaded guilty earlier this month to manslaughter and two counts of being an accessory after the fact to aggravated assault.

Boulet was stabbed outside Bridges Ale House on March 1 while celebrating his birthday. Friends say he was trying to break up a fight.

Man wanted on Canada-wide warrant arrested
paNOW Staff

North Battleford RCMP helped Saskatoon police track down a man wanted on a Canada-wide warrant.

Sean Broadley was wanted in connection to the shooting of a 27-year-old man on Sept. 8 in Saskatoon.

RCMP spotted him south of North Battleford and arrested him.

Broadley is now back in Saskatoon to face charges.

Meanwhile the victim was treated in hospital for a gunshot wound to his leg.

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NDP backs idea of mandatory licensing for foster homes
paNOW Staff

Following the push by Saskatchewan’s Advocate for Children and Youth for the province to make it mandatory for foster homes to get licensed to ensure child safety, the government is responding.

Natalie Huber with the ministry of social services said the regulations currently in place are very similar to the requirements around licensing.

Huber explained there are rigorous processes currently in place to be a foster home.

Class action still option for past Timber Bay school students
By Chelsea Laskowski paNOW Staff

People who attended a Montreal Lake school can still apply for class action after a provincial Court of Appeals reversal, and a lawyer is considering suing the churches that ran it.

Timber Bay Children’s Home and School operated from 1952 to early 1992, with Metis students attending the day school and residence in the Montreal Lake area.

13 cases of Enterovirus-D68 in Sask.
By Jill Slater paNOW Staff

A respiratory virus that sent hundreds of children to hospital in the U.S. and Canada is now in Saskatchewan.

Late Thursday afternoon, Saskatchewan's chief medical health officer told reporters there have been 11 confirmed cases of Enterovirus D-68 spread throughout the province in September and two in August.

Construction begins on Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan
By Karin Yeske paNOW Staff

It’s an thrilling day for the Camboia family as construction begins on the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan.

Kimberley Camboia is one of many parents who frequents hospitals because of their children. Camboia’s five-year-old daughter Aleina has cystic fibrosis.

“Happy dance, happy dance, happy dance. It’s so exciting,” Camboia said, who helped create the design for the hospital.

UPDATE: Woman gets four-year sentence for stabbing baby
By Bre McAdam paNOW Staff

Through a video played in court, an Alberta woman sobbed as she watched her three-year-old son loll around on the floor of a playroom. It was the first time she had seen the child since stabbing him in the head during a custody dispute in Warman when he was five months old.

The woman, whose name is banned from publication in order to protect the identity of her son, received a four-year sentence Thursday at Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench. The 25 year old pleaded guilty to attempted murder on June 23.

Trial for co-accused in Melfort murder conspiracy a year away
By Chelsea Laskowski paNOW Staff

A trial has been set for a Wakaw man and Melfort woman charged with conspiring to murder their spouses, and it's almost a year away.

Curtis Vey and Angela Nicholson, both in their early 50s, are accused of plots consisting of a Halloween overdose and death in a house fire.

The tipoff to RCMP came last summer and after a short investigation Vey and Nicholson were arrested on July 9.

They received bail over a year ago under conditions to stay away from each other and their respective spouses.

Construction continues at Regina's new Wastewater Treatment Plant
By Kevin Martel paNOW Staff

Progress is being made on the construction of Regina's new Wastewater Treatment Plant.

On Thursday morning, officials from the City of Regina and EPCOR Water Prairies Inc met with the media to give an update on the construction so far.

There has already been 260,000 cubic meters of soil removed from the site. When done, the soil removed will be enough to fill 124 Olympic-size swimming pools.

A tower crane is being set up next month to construct the concrete basins.

Saskatoon woman hopes to raise money for women’s shelters
By Bre McAdam paNOW Staff

A Saskatoon woman who lost a friend to domestic violence is organizing a walk across Canada in hopes of funding more shelters for women in abusive relationships.

Sandra Lukowich said she’s felt compelled to walk from coast to coast after her friend Dorothy Woods was murdered by Woods' husband when she tried to end their marriage in 2011.

Sask. woman shows it's never too late to learn
By Kelly Malone paNOW Staff

Lucinda Nielsen is showing the province that it is never too late to learn. The 79-year-old recently picked up her Grade 12 diploma and even a few awards.

Nielsen's story and achievements were front and centre Wednesday afternoon at St. Paul's Hospital where it was announced that 13 organizations across Saskatchewan would receive $814,231 to support adult literacy programs and services.