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Prince Albert to try new ice-breaking product on roads

Prince Albert will start using fractured rock in its salt-sand mix to break up the ice on the city’s roads.

The ice on the roads has posed a challenge for the city this winter. Salt loses its effectiveness once the temperature dips to -18 C and stops melting the ice when it’s colder than -21 C. The sand in the mixture also hasn’t been sticking to the ice.

Northern Sask. mayor responds to lawsuit

Pinehouse Mayor Mike Natomagan said he was caught completely caught off guard when he received word that the village was being sued by Briarpatch Magazine.

Beardy’s man to co-chair national Aboriginal Peoples’ Commission

A 31-year-old man from Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation is getting a boost to his career.

Kevin Seesequasis was informed via email that he will be acclaimed the national co-chair of the Aboriginal Peoples’ Commission for the Liberal Party during its Annual General Meeting at the party’s Biennial Convention.

Politics isn’t new to Seesequasis. He joined the Liberal Party in 2011 and hasn’t looked back since.

New course offers construction trade skills to women

A new program is coming to the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) in Prince Albert which is aimed at introducing women to trades.

The program is a good opportunity for women wanting to pursue the trades, according to Stew Mayotte, manager of SIIT construction careers in Prince Albert.

“Women who want to get in to the construction trades, primarily carpentry, come in to the program and we help them get prepared for entry-level employment,” said Mayotte.

P.A. police report attempted abduction of 8-year-old

Prince Albert police have confirmed reports of an abduction attempt on Saturday at the South Hill Mall where an 8-year-old boy was allegedly grabbed by two men before his mother pulled him back.

This report relates to a tip that came in to the news room based on a Facebook post, which described an incident where two men were watching a woman who was walking with her three young children.

Prince Albert police confirm alleged abduction

Prince Albert Police have confirmed an alleged abduction attempt at the South Hill Mall.

The confirmation from police which ties into reports to News Talk based on a Facebook post, which read, "A lady was walking into Winners in Prince Albert today(sat) and there were two native men watching her and her three kids."

The Facebook post goes on to read that the two men got close enough to grab the eight year old and run.

No fire volunteers in Pelican Narrows according to rescuer

A man who has been credited with saving the life of a 10-year-old girl from a house fire in Pelican Narrows on Saturday said there was no fire service response at all.

Former KidSport board member accused of pocketing money

Marvin C. Sanderson, 42, a former KidSport board member in Prince Albert, is charged with theft over $5,000.

According to Prince Albert Police Service, the thefts occurred over a five-month period last year, from May to September.

Sanderson will appear in court on Jan. 21, at which time he is expected to enter a plea.

KidSport Saskatchewan has declined comment, saying they wish to respect the court process.

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Prince Albert firefighters help rescue puppy trapped in heating duct

On Saturday morning a fire truck responded to a call from a very concerned pet owner in Prince Albert– the family puppy, Yoshi, had fallen into an uncovered heating register.

The Prince Albert Fire Department crew figured out that the small Chihuahua had made his way through some of the duct work, and he couldn’t get out himself.

“So our crews went in, they first had to located the puppy in the heating system and once located they disassembled portions of the heating system to remove the puppy and reunite him with his owner,” said Battalion Chief Curtis Mickelson.

Man hit by car dies outside Little Red River Park

One man is dead after he was hit by a car just outside Prince Albert.

Around 8:00 a.m. Saturday, Police were called to a car on pedestrian collision on Highway 55 East. The 24-year old victim was found dead outside Little Red River Park after being hit by a blue Hyundai car.

The driver of the car wasn't injured but the front of his car was damaged slightly. Police don't yet know how fast the driver was going but said it was likely above city speeds.

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