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Twinning of Highway 11 now complete

Highway 11 from Prince Albert to Saskatoon is now officially a four-lane highway.

Prince Albert MP Randy Hoback and Prince Albert Carlton MLA Darryl Hickie were on site near MacDowall Friday morning to officially open the last remaining 13-kilometre section of Highway 11.

“Highway 11 is a vital link between Prince Albert, Saskatoon and Regina, which serves our province’s resource-rich north, and supports significant mineral and timber resource development, manufacturing and tourism,” Hickie said in a statement.

SPCA dog gives blood to save poisoned dog

Every dog has his day and for Solomon the German Shepard his day was last Thursday when he was given the opportunity to save another dog’s life.

Debbie Lehner, manager of the Prince Albert SPCA, said they received a call last Thursday from the Park Range Veterinary Services asking for help with a dog that needed a blood transfusion.

Dr. Tom Avey of Park Range said they had a dog brought in which had been accidentally exposed to rat or mouse poison, which caused hemorrhaging.

Harvest around province nearly finished

Harvesting around Saskatchewan is now 99 per cent complete.

Daphne Cruise, regional crop specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture, said producers have pretty much wrapped things up for the 2013 season.

“There are some areas that are indicating there are still a few fields of flax, canary seeds and possibly some oats and some chickpeas in the south regions that are still out there. Producers are working hard to try and get those into the bins before any kind of snow flies,” Cruise said.

Melfort area couple hope for answers after finding 2 dogs shot and one run over

A night that started out like any other took a disturbing turn for Aaron Cooper and his wife Amanda when they discovered all three of their dogs dead on the side of the road.

The couple, who live near Melfort, let their three dogs Simba, Effie and Robin out in the yard for their evening run before they would be called in for the night. For some reason that night they made it out of the yard. Later, Amanda would find the three dogs dead on the side of the road.

RCMP seeking leads on mysterious dog deaths outside Melfort

The RCMP is not sure if three dogs found dead south of Melfort on Sunday night were killed intentionally or if their deaths were the result of a horrible accident.

Two of the dogs had been shot, and there were signs that one dog was run over all three were from the same house.

"There are no suspects at this time. The investigation is ongoing and we are just hoping that someone in the public will come forward if they know something or if they saw something," Sgt. Bob Findlay with the Tisdale detachment explained.

Pair accused in murder conspiracy back in court

Two people accused of conspiring to kill each other’s spouses were expected back in court.

Angela Nicholson and Curtis Vey, both 49, were expected to make pleas at Melfort Provincial Court on Monday morning. Nicholson was present, but Vey was not in attendance.

Nicholson’s lawyer Ron Piche said they would not enter a plea until they receive word from Vey’s defense counsel.

The two accused will make another appearance in Wakaw Provincial Court Nov. 12.

Nicholson and Vey were arrested on July 9 after a short investigation.

Sask. comedian entertains troops overseas

A Prince Albert comedian brought his act to the Middle East over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Kelly Taylor entertained troops in Kuwait and Oman from Oct. 10 to 14 for the second time.

“This is the last one in the Middle East because they’re pulling out. This is what they call … the best of team Canada. I was the only comedian and then we had some NHL hockey players; Tiger Williams, the older penalty guy; Troy Crowder, another tough guy; Tony Currie, an old NHL guy,” he said, listing several others on the tour including singers, announcers and a NHL team president.

Wayne Moshenko gets life sentence for fatal beating on Muskoday First Nation

A man convicted of murder for his role in a brutal assault near the Muskoday First Nation in northern Saskatchewan has been sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 15 years.

Wayne Moshenko was found guilty by a jury last week at Queen’s Bench in Prince Albert for participating in the beating that killed Ricky Bear on Aug. 6, 2011.

PA woman hopes web series will fuel TV show

A Prince Albert woman is creating a science fiction web series that will have some home roots flair.

Marjorie Roden, now a student at the University of Manitoba, is currently working on a six-episode web series called Preflight Launch that is set to premiere Nov. 11.

“It’s set about 200 years into the future and it shows how corporations in the future would be kind of interfering with people’s lives and making decisions for them,” she said about the plot.

Sask MP's controversial bill to amend the Indian Act on federal agenda

A northern Saskatchewan MP's private member bill has been held back not once, but twice.

Bill C-428 aims to repeal the Indian Act and develop a more modern legislation in modern Canada, said Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River Member of Parliament Rob Clarke.

It was drafted in December of 2011 and has gone through many incarnations. It passed through first reading in Parliament, and then moved into committee where consultations took place with people who wanted to share their thoughts on repealing and amending sections of the Indian Act of 1876.

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