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Sask. crops in good shape despite heavy rain

Seeding is now complete throughout the province and the majority of crops are in decent condition, said the ministry of agriculture in a recent news release.

In the past week, heavy rains have caused some damage while in-crop spraying operations have been delayed due to excess moisture.

However, more than half of all winter cereals, spring cereals, oilseeds and pulse crops are at their normal development stages.

The warm weather forecasted for the next week should help to dry fields and advance crops.

Fatal hit and run on Poundmaker First Nation

A fatal hit and run on the Poundmaker first nation Saturday morning.

While on the reserve for a separate complaint, Cut Knife RCMP discovered the body of a 24-year-old man on the side of the road around 4:30 a.m.

Cut Knife RCMP with the assistance of Saskatoon Traffic Re-Constructionist, North Battleford Forensic Identification Unit and North Battleford General Investigation Section revealed that the man was a victim of a hit and run accident.

The man is from the Poundmaker First Nation but the family has asked his name not be released.

Steinhauer family enjoys son's first CFL game

After a long winter without any Saskatchewan Roughrider action, most fans were watching Saturday’s game to see the star players. But for Moose Jaw’s Steinhauer family, all eyes were fixed on number 75.

After Levi Steinhauer was picked in the fifth round of the 2013 CFL draft, his father Keith took the family down to Saskatoon to celebrate with a family supper.

“Levi was just relaxed that somebody took him. He wasn’t wondering anymore,” said Keith prior to the season opener. “It was lots of fun.”

Southern Alberta still open for Sask. tourist business

With the Canada Day long weekend underway, officials in Alberta are reminding Saskatchewan travelers that they are still open for business despite flood clean-up efforts.

Many roads are still closed in Southern Alberta where flooding hit the hardest, including in High River where some residents are just now being allowed back to their homes. Calgary is still without power in some areas, though in most areas it has been restored.

Controversy over High River gun seizures continues

While just over a third of High River’s 13,000 residents affected by the Alberta floods are allowed to return Saturday, debate is still swirling around the seizure of firearms from evacuated homes.

RCMP said they searched all 5,000 homes after the bodies of three victims were discovered in the river and several other people were reported missing. The goal, according to RCMP, was to search for bodies or missing people. However they also removed an undisclosed number of firearms from the homes, a decision that angered some residents and gun rights advocates.

Salvation Army sending aid to flood-stricken Alberta

Major Mike Hoeft, provincial emergency and disaster service coordinator for the Salvation Army said they are not sending supplies and donations just yet.

"At this point we're sending primarily personnel. They go to work in the various ways Salvation Army is helping in Alberta," said Hoeft.

The Salvation Army was contacted by the division commander in Alberta for emergency response teams to go there, and they started putting teams together.

Culex Tarsalis West Nile carrier mosquito in SK

Whether you're enjoying an evening walk at the park, relaxing on the deck or visiting at the campfire, watch out for the Culex Tarsalis mosquito.

Phil Curry is the West Nile co-ordinator for Saskatchewan and he said the West Nile carrier mosquitoes have been found in traps around the province already. So far they have not detected the actual disease which is common for this early in the season.

Standing water and hot temperatures through July could create prime conditions for increases in Culex Tarsalis mosquito populations.

Medicine Hat SPCA steps up during flood

With just hours to gather what they could and leave their homes ahead of flooding in Medicine Hat, the first priority for many was grabbing the family pet.

But when some evacuees found out they couldn't take their animals with them to evacuation points, the local SPCA stepped in.

"It started about two o'clock Friday (Jun. 21) afternoon, and from that point until Monday morning we took in about 123 animals," said executive director Audrey Becker.

PHOTOS: Homeowners deal with flooding risk in Buckland

Two properties west of Wahpeton First Nation are facing extreme flooding. Emergency management crews and friends have been doing their best this week to sand bag, but the water is stubborn.

"It's right against the garage now and on the west side, it's about a foot from the house," said Anita Begrand, one of the property owners affected. The 85-year-old woman and her partner can only watch as the water creeps closer. On Wednesday, the water consumed one of her flower beds.

Campers flock to provincial parks for Canada Day weekend

Saskatchewan's provincial parks are full as campers celebrate the first weekend of summer over the Canada Day weekend.

"We expect it to be fairly full this weekend," said Cindy MacDonald, executive director of Sask Parks. "It's finally nice summer weather and people are ready to go out and use the camping unit."

However, MacDonald says there are a few camp sites available in some parks. 

Cam Hamilton is one camper spending the weekend at the Echo Valley Provincial Park who made the reservation months ago online.

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