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Cutknife man charged with marijuana trafficking

A multi-month, marijuana trafficking investigation resulted in drug charges against a Cutknife man Wednesday.

RCMP executed a search warrent on a residence in Cutknife on Thursday and seized 20 pounds of marijuana, $5,000 cash, and an allegedly unsafely store firearm.

Police also seized a variety of items associated with high level drug trafficking.

Glen Sjoquist, 54, is charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime and possessing a firearm while prohibited.

Police search for missing North Battleford man

Battlefords RCMP are asking the public for help to locate a missing man.

Glenn Scott Joseph Gaudet said he was going for a walk and was last seen leaving his home in North Battleford on Monday.

Gaudet was last seen wearing a black and green shirt, blue jeans, black and grey DC snow board jacket and black shoes.

Red Cross helping families displaced by fire on Thunderchild First Nation

More than 13 families lost their home in a fire on the Thunderchild First Nation Monday.

The building that caught fire, called the "Tech," housed a classroom, business area, and a number of suites.

"Some people didn't even know there was a fire," said Shania, a woman who lives on the First Nation, "like my cousin.  Her daughter, husband and her were in their unit.  They heard people making a lot of noise and yelling.  They opening the door to a gust of smoke - thick, black smoke."

Health Region: Alberta not pulling its weight funding Lloydminster hospital

With the Lloydminster hospital serving people both in Saskatchewan and Alberta, the facility is funding by both provinces as well.  But the CEO of the Prairie North Regional Health Authority is arguing that Alberta is not pulling its weight.

"We have ongoing issues in terms of which province will pay what, and how much," said David Fan, "we're providing all the services to Albertans.  Almost 60 per cent of the services we provide in Lloydminster are Albertans.  So why isn't Alberta providing 60 per cent of the funding?"

Driver of road grader killed in collision with train

It may take weeks for crews to clean up the wreckage of a crash between a train and a road grader, north west of North Battleford.

RCMP were first called at 7:58 a.m. Thursday to the village of Paynton.  A train had been backing up when it struck a road grader crossing the train tracks.  The crash trapped the grader's driver inside.  The coroner pronounced him dead at the scene.  RCMP have notified his family, and his name is not being released yet.

Man killed in collision north of Lloydminster

One man died in a collision that happened on Highway 17 Thursday morning just north of Lloydminster.

RCMP say a northbound pickup truck collided head on with a southbound semi around 11 a.m.  Later in the day, officers confirmed a 53-year-old man from Lloydminster was pronounced dead at the scene.  His family has been notified and his name will not be released.

Two people were in the semi and didn't get hurt badly.

The highway was closed until RCMP were done investigating the scene around 6 p.m.

Crash between two semis near Radisson

Two people were injured in a crash involving two semis on Highway 16 near Radisson.

The collision started a fire after the two trucks hit each other about two kilometres west of the town which is about 76 kilometers south east of Battleford.

The RCMP say two people were injured, but there is no word on how badly.

Edited by CJME’s Adriana Christianson

Death of Lloydminster man called homicide

Police are now calling the death of a man in a Lloydminster Hotel a homicide.

The body of 51-year-old Dustin Anthony Ferrante, a resident of the Winnipeg area, was found at the Best Lodge Motel in the city, Thursday.

RCMP said a 911 call early that morning reported a man with serious injuries. When the officers arrived at the scene, they found, Ferrante dead.

The cause of death has not been released, and the investigation continues. Anyone who may have information about the incident are asked to contact the RCMP.

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School bus hits ditch near Battleford

A school bus full of children skidded off a grid road into the ditch Wednesday morning near Battleford.

Battlefords to honour hockey hero Wade Belak

A year and a half after the unexpected death of Saskatchewan hockey hero Wade Belak, he will be honoured in the Battlefords.

Belak played with the Midget AAA Battlefords Stars before going onto the WHL and NHL.

The midget team has dedicated its Jan. 5, 2013, game against the Saskatoon Blazers to Belak, with the blessing of his family.

“They are hoping everyone comes out and can fill the seats and show him the proper respect,” said Shawn Robinson, manager of the Battlefords Stars.

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