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Sentencing date set for man who killed Sask. conservation officer

The man who killed a 23-year-old Saskatchewan conservation officer made a brief appearance in Saskatoon Court of Queen's Bench on Monday.

Blaine Thomas Taypotat, 35, was in court so that a date could be set for sentencing. He pleaded guilty in December to manslaughter and drunk driving causing the death of Justin Knackstedt.

Knackstedt had been on his way to Blackstrap Provincial Park on May 31, 2013 when he pulled over to help RCMP direct traffic around an accident scene.

PA martial artist to tear down a home

A Prince Albert man is looking for a home, but he doesn't want to live in it. Wolfgang Manicke, along with a crew of martial artists, are looking to demolish the house and their previous record. 

"I'm looking for a house to demolish by hands and feet," Manicke said on the Brent Loucks Show Monday morning.

Manicke is the the Kyoshi or grand master for the Kuro Ookami Dojo, a martial arts school focused on karate, kick boxing, and grappling.

Regina homeless shelter fills up fast as temps drop


With wind chills around -40 C on Sunday, many people stayed inside their warm homes. But not everyone can easily avoid the cold.
 
At the Salvation Army's Waterston Centre in downtown Regina, almost all of their 52 beds in the all-male emergency shelter were taken.
 
Ashlea Hubick works at the front desk of the centre. She is the first to see the homeless come through the doors and try to brush off the the cold.
 

Trucks unload round-the-clock at Regina snow dump

A never-ending stream of trucks were unloading piles of snow at Regina's snow storage site on Saturday.

Saskatoon man's New Year's video goes viral

A Saskatoon man's video reflection on time has gone viral.

Ben Schmidt recorded his monologue video one word a day for the entire 2014 year and then posted the result to Youtube on New Year's Eve.

By Sunday, the video had garnered more than 26,000 hits.
 
"I'm blown away," Schmidt, a Saskatoon programmer, said. "I had no idea that that would take off. I kind of just expected to share it on Facebook and see some of my friends and family watch it."

Person pushing for Regina strip club can't see why it wouldn't go ahead

If the city is sold on the business venture, Regina’s first strip club under new regulations could be open sometime in March.
 
That’s what the applicant is hoping. He currently manages a strip club near Edmonton, Alberta. Concerned about his current employment situation, he doesn’t want his name used.
 

Dead dogs brought to Prince Albert SPCA

Warning: Images and content can be disturbing.

The Prince Albert SPCA is asking for the public’s help after a garbage bag containing the partially frozen bodies of two dead dogs was discovered at the side of the road at the Davis Road turnoff on Saturday.

A woman spotted the garbage bag in the ditch, and saw feet sticking out of it, said SPCA adoption co-ordinator Meagan Boucher. The woman, who called the SPCA after making the discovery, realized there were dogs inside when she saw the feet sticking out of it.

Saskatoon men don Manuary beards for cancer research

Saskatoon men are getting ready to let the hair on their faces grow long, in the name of cancer research.

The city's first Manuary fundraiser kicks off Saturday evening at Tommy Gunn's barbershop. The month-long January fundraiser began in London, Ont. in 2009, to raise awareness and funds for head and neck cancers. The event has since spread to Edmonton, Kingston and Halifax.
 

University of Regina welcomes int'l students to chilly Canada

International students will be flying into Regina this weekend before a new semester begins, and volunteers from the university are at the airport to welcome them to Canada.
 
Snow and cold temperatures greeted the students on Friday evening. Zishan Nasir held a bright yellow sign with the school's name on it to show students they aren't alone.
 
Nasir said he helps students with transportation and answers all of their questions about campus life. For many students, it's their first time to Canada and sometimes they need help to deal with the cold.

The Interview premiers in Saskatoon

In the middle of international controversy and terror threats – The Interview premiered in Saskatoon at the Roxy Theatre Friday.

“Because the bigger chains in Saskatoon weren’t releasing this movie we thought this would be a good chance for us,” theatre assistant manager Callen Diederichs said.

The Interview, originally released online on Christmas Day, tells the tale of a journalist setting up an interview with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un which then turns into an attempt on his life.

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