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Hot air balloon lands safely in Saskatoon school park

A hot air balloon made an unscheduled but safe landing in a Saskatoon school park Thursday evening.

Police said the pilot lifted off without any trouble but once he and the other crew member were in the air, they found out they didn't have enough wind to get to their planned landing site.

They decided to land in the Queen Elizabeth School park near Taylor and Broadway to avoid hurting anyone or the balloon.

The balloon landed safely and no one was hurt.

Regina housing market evening out, says Realtors Association

Regina is no longer seeing the same chronic supply shortage in its housing market that it did in 2007, helping move to balanced market conditions for much of the year.

In its monthly report, the Association of Regina Realtors is reporting balanced conditions in September based on single detached home sales and listing activity. There were 317 sales during the month above a five year average of 313.

"It would be the third-ranked year as far as the number of sales during the five-year-period," explained Gord Archibald, executive officer of the association.

Aerial fitness studio opens in Saskatoon

At the Move N Soar studio in Saskatoon, Yuki Miyaoka Block gently wraps her foot in 18 feet of silk hanging from the ceiling before easing herself into the splits high above the ground.

"We're able to climb the silks. We're able to do neat tricks and falls and positions with the silks. I think it's very beautiful. It's very dynamic and of course, you see it in Cirque du Soleil," she said.

Miyaoka-Block, a former figure skater, trained and received certification at an aerial studio in California, so she could teach here at home.

Update: Highway 7 traffic back to normal

Eastbound traffic on Highway 7 is back up and running after a house blocked traffic for a few hours this afternoon. 

"There's a great big house laying halfway across the highway," said Angela, a driver passing the scene heading to Saskatoon.

"It's about three or four miles west of Vanscoy."

Angela said only one westbound lane was open at the time, while police are on scene redirecting traffic headed eastbound. She said it took her about 15 minutes to get around the delay.

Nuclear debate fueled in Saskatchewan by controversial film

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission may be in La Ronge to talk about the relicensing of three Cameco and Areva mines, but the nuclear discussion has found its way to Saskatoon.

Tuesday night at the Roxy Theatre in Saskatoon the controversial documentary Pandora's Promise from Academy Award-nominated director and former anti-nuclear activist Robert Stone was screened in front of a packed theatre.

After the screening a panel held a public debate that included two anti-nuclear experts and two nuclear experts to answer questions from the crowd.

No money for last harvest at Indian Head Tree Nursery

The federal tree nursery program at Indian Head has been growing trees for farmers for 111 years but now the group trying to save it is out of time.

Norm Hall is President of the Agriculture Producers Association of Saskatchewan. He also heads up the Western Canada Tree Nursery Coalition. The group submitted a business plan to the Ministry of Agriculture in early September with the goal of keeping the nursery running as a non-profit service. 

Regina's Bodhi Tree Yoga Studio offering hot, naked yoga class for men

A new class at the Bodhi Tree Hot Yoga Studio in Regina is promising an experience like no other.

Johnny Trinh has been teaching Hot Naked Yoga for Men for two weeks now. He says classes so far have drawn only a few people out, but the class is young and interest is strong.

"Yay for Regina for taking the plunge and jumping in with me on this one," he said.

Trinh has been teaching a variety of yoga practises for the past seven years. In 2010, he was exposed to Naked Male Yoga while in San Francisco.

Potholes, outhouses common complaints over a century ago

Whether it was 100 years ago or today, Regina's growing pains have left citizens facing the same issues.

A report dated in September 1913 was recently uncovered in the Saskatchewan Archives describing the concerns of Regina residents at the time, many of them similar to the issues of today: housing shortages and providing services to newly-arrived immigrants. However, further similarities to complaints of potholes and water drainage can be found looking through the city's own archives.

University of Regina professor agrees with push to change anthem

A particular line in the national anthem is striking some dissonance with some prominent Canadian women.

Margaret Atwood and former Prime Minister Kim Campbell, among others, are calling for the line, “in all our son’s command” to be changed. Instead, they want the gender neutral phrase, “in all of us command.”

Darlene Juschka is an associate professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Regina. She stands with them.

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