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SK woman who survived ATV crash highlights need for blood donors

The Saskatchewan portion of Canadian Blood Services (CBS) needs to fill 2,200 appointments before February 1 to help replenish a national blood shortage.

Simmons,Tweed at charity truck auction for SK Children's Hospital

The Saskatchewan Children’s Hospital Foundation is getting a boost from a car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona Friday.

A 1956 Ford F-100 Snakebit was re-built with donations and it’s hoped to nab $1 million on the Barrett-Jackson auction block. The truck is known as a resto-mod, meaning it’s been modernized and added to. They have put in a drivetrain from a Shelby GT Mustang. It’s worth about $300,000. All of the proceeds go to the hospital.

Rebuilt 1956 Ford truck up for auction to support Saskatoon Children's Hospital. Photo courtesy Barrett Jackson

Premier Wall agrees rail capacity critical to grow exports

Saskatchewan's economy has been growing so fast that railways can’t keep up with exports of everything from grain to steel pipes and natural resources.

Premier Brad Wall said the provincial government is paying close attention to this logistical problem.

“These challenges in terms of moving our products are not just this year or next year, we need to deal with this with a long-term view,” he said.

SGI to pay $10,000 annually for man's pool maintenance

The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal has ruled the province’s government insurer must not only pay for the installation of a lap pool in the home of a car crash victim, it must also pay to maintain it.

The court ruled that Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) must pay to maintain Dennis Scott’s hydrotherapy pool after it paid $278,782 to install it in his home in Whitewood, Sask.

Hanley senior recalls tale of survival

Verna Zwarich has taken the polish off her kitchen floors so that she won’t slip and fall. 

The 89-year-old Hanley resident has been home for a month after weeks of recovering from a broken hip that left her stranded outdoors for four days.

Last October, Zwarich spent the day at her farm to clean up before the snow started to fall.  

Saskatoon theatre reacts to criticism of liquor sales

Saskatoon's Broadway Theatre has no plans to beef up security as it prepares to start selling beer and wine at late night screeenings starting Friday.

Executive Director Kirby Wirchenko laughed at suggestions made by critics on social media that allowing cinemagoers the option to have a drink or two would somehow lead to drunken brawls at the venue.

"You know, we sometimes play movies that are rated R. We don't end up with orgies in the aisles," he said.

Signs and trees went blowing in the wind across Saskatchewan

Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Yorkton beat records for wind gusts in January on Wednesday, but Regina missed the worst of the wind.

Environment Canada's John Paul Cragg said highest wind gusts recorded in Regina were about 96 kilometers an hour and areas further south saw close to the same wind speeds.

“In Estevan the wind gusts were up to 90 kilometres an hour, so still strong, but not as strong as places like Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Yorkton,” Cragg said.

Asbestos found at Co-op Upgrader blast site delays investigation

Investigators at the scene of the explosion of the Co-op refinery in Regina expect to get to the centre of the blast site within a few days but they have encountered yet another safety issue.

Crews are now working to clear up the latest hazard which is stopping them from accessing the reactor. Regina Fire Marshal Randy Ryba said it's not safe yet because of asbestos.

"The asbestos contamination on the over-pressure explosion ejected two complete floors of protective, fireproofing cement board that was laced back in the (1960's) with asbestos."

Regina bylaw to restrict stripteases to industrial areas heads to council

Just when you might have thought that Regina would be overrun with strip clubs after a new provincial law came into effect in January, the City of Regina has taken a step back towards the status quo.

In 2012, the provincial government announced changes to its liquor laws that would allow alcohol to be served at places where live adult entertainment (like stripteases or wet T-shirt contests) was performed. Those changes came into effect on January 1, giving municipalities ample time to assess their options on how to deal with the new rules.

PHOTOS:Gale force winds hit South Saskatchewan Wednesday

Saskatchewanians will have to hold onto their hats Wednesday, or they'll blow away. As of 4:00 a.m. Environment Canada has issued several wind warnings for most of the south and central parts of the province.

"We're going to be looking at gusts up to about 100 kilometres in the warning area over the course of the day today," said John Paul Cragg, warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada.

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