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Prairie couples spend average of $27,000 on weddings

People on the prairies are dishing out more than anyone else in the country when it comes to weddings.

A new survey from BMO InvestorLine suggests that brides and grooms in Manitoba and Saskatchewan spend on average a little over $27,000 on the big day, making it the largest amount in the country.

“That just seems silly to me. Our down payment on our house was $27,000,” said Jerry Larson, who’s engaged to be married.

Brit Foods reopens as Churchill's in Saskatoon

The former owner of Brit Foods is hoping a new name for his store will mean a fresh start.

Tony Badger reopened the specialty foods store in Saskatoon Wednesday under the name Churchill’s. Since problems with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) arose last year, Badger has closed all of his locations.

Spring planting season draws closer at Regina garden centre

After a very long, cold winter, the snow has finally melted away from back yards, but even if you are itching to start a garden it’s better to plan rather than actually plant right now.

Lucille and Alain Bouvier own Plant Ranch in Regina but they don't even open until May 1. The couple grow their plants in a greenhouse and are expecting their first batch to arrive next week.

"We want customers to be happy with their plants and if they plant them now, they're not going to be happy with the result," said Lucille Bouvier.

Rising gas prices hurt taxi company's bottom line

As motorists gawk at the price of gas Wednesday following an overnight five cent per litre hike, taxi drivers are seeing more money pumped out of their wallets.

Cab drivers must pay for their own gas and are often on the road for 12-hour shifts. That means they drive up to 200 km per day, and at a cost of $1.34 per litre on Wednesday gas costs adds up.

"The gas price we can't control, and we still gotta deal with that whatever we have to pay, right?" said Amandeep Gill, manager and driver with Co-Op Taxi in Regina.

Gas prices rising in Regina due to seasonal change

Those with an empty gas tank in their vehicle got a nasty shock Wednesday morning after gas prices went up across the country the night before, including in Regina.

Most gas stations were at 128.9 cents/litre Tuesday, but they went up five cents to 133.9 cents/litre. That's the highest gas prices have ever been in Regina in the month of April. Saskatoon is also now at 133.9.

7.5 per cent of Regina's water and sewer utility goes into general revenue

The City of Regina is standing by a decades-old policy that sees a significant portion of the money you pay for water and sewer services shuffled into the general operating budget every year.

Centre mall Safeway to become Co-op

Saskatoon is set to have one less Safeway as it becomes a Co-op store.

The Safeway grocery store and gas bar in Centre Mall on 8th Street East will be taken over by Saskatoon Co-op.

It's part of a deal Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) signed with Sobeys Inc. who now owns all Safeway stores.

FCL has acquired 14 grocery stores across Canada with 12 set to be taken over by local retail co-ops and two by a subsidiary of FCL known as The Grocery People.

Martensville girl helps doggone tired pooches get good night's rest

A young Martensville entrepreneur is helping some poor pooches get a good night's rest.

Maizie Bowkowy, 12, is the owner of Doggie Naps, a business dedicated to providing rescue dogs with a soft bed to call their own.

“There’s 50,000 dogs rescued every year in Canada and I think they all deserve a bed,” Bowkowy said.

Saskatoon car show celebrates Mustang 50th anniversary

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.

Smell of smoke sends Vanscoy potash mine into lockdown

It was a false alarm, but work at the Vanscoy potash mine came to a halt Wednesday afternoon after an employee reportedly smelled smoke.
 
Agrium said 150 miners retreated to underground emergency shelters after someone smelled smoke around 12:30 p.m. After inspecting the mine, the mine rescue crew found no smoke or fire and gave the all clear around 3:45 p.m. No one was hurt and all the miners were allowed to return to work or head to the surface.

Human resources manager Gavin Rans said everything the workers did was to protocol.
 

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