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Provincial delegation to seek solutions for grain backlog

The continued stall in grain shipments has the provincial government forming a delegation that will meet with both grain and rail companies to find a solution.

Premier Brad Wall has appointed three cabinet ministers to head the delegation. Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart, Economy Minister Bill Boyd and Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris have all been named to the delegation along with Legislative Secretary for the Agriculture Minister and MLA Scott Moe.

Missing person case turns fatal

What started out as a missing person case and has ended in a fatality.

Two men, ages 40 and 47, were members of the Lac Brochet Search and Rescue (Rangers) and had not been seen or heard from since Sunday.

They were part of a search party from Lac Brochet, Man. that was looking for a missing person from a couple of days prior. That person had left Lac Brochet enroute to Wollaston Lake, Sask. However, he was found by the Wollaston Lake SAR members and was returned safely to Wollaston Lake.

Unfortunately, the two rangers from Manitoba were now missing.

Riders sign Canadian defensive lineman

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have added some depth along the defensive line.

Non-import defensive lineman David Lee signed with the Green and White on Wednesday. Terms of the deal, as usual, were not released.

2014 will be Lee's third season in the CFL. He signed with the Argos before the 2012 season where he played in 16 games picking up six tackles and five special teams tackles.

Last season Lee played in 15 games with 14 tackles and two sacks.

Sask. government approves Fortune Minerals plant

A proposed metal processing plant has received approval from the Government of Saskatchewan.

The Ministry of Environment announced Tuesday that the Fortune Minerals Ltd environmental assessment had been approved.

"This project has gone through the rigorous scrutiny of the Ministry of Environment and there was an extensive public review consultation that took place," said Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff.

"The process here is to have the scientific experts at the Ministry of Environment review all aspects of the project."

Disappointment felt in Saskatchewan after federal budget

The federal budget was released Tuesday, but it didn't make much of a ripple in Saskatchewan.

In the hours after Finance Minister Jim Flaherty rose to deliver the budget politicians and lobby groups in our province pored over the details to see how Saskatchewanians would be affected. On the whole there wasn't a lot of enthusiasm to be seen.

LACK OF INFRASTRUCTURE DETAIL A CONCERN

Flaherty's Saskatchewan counterpart, Finance Minister Ken Krawetz, offered tempered enthusiasm after the budget was handed down.

SGI looking for 5.2 per cent rate increase

Car insurance could get quite a bit more expensive in 2014 if SGI has its way.

The Crown insurance company is looking for an average 5.2 per cent increase in auto insurance rates. It announced that request is being submitted to the Rate Review Panel, which must approve any increase, on Tuesday morning. If it goes ahead it will be a rebalancing proposal: 84 per cent of drivers will see rate increases of an average $49; the other 16 per cent will either maintain the same rate or get a decrease of an average $12.

UPDATED: Riders re-sign Chris Milo, lose Craig Butler as CFL free agency opens

It's always one of the craziest days in the CFL off-season as free agency officially opened on Tuesday.

The Riders were quick to get in on the act as they re-signed kicker Chris Milo. Milo is entering his fourth season in in the CFL after being drafted by the Riders in the fourth round of the 2011 draft.

PHOTO: Missing Moose Jaw man

The Moose Jaw Police Service is asking for help in finding a missing person.

54-year-old Dale Patrick Dutchak was last seen on Thursday, February 6.

He is described as 6-1, 230 pounds, with a shaved head and a clean shaven face. He was last seen wearing a green winter jacket, black sweat pants, white gloves and a white and black toque.

Anyone who has seen Dutchak or has any information on his location is asked to call the Moose Jaw Police Service at 306-694-7600.

Different free agency period ahead for Riders

It was basically a year ago that the Riders began their building of a team that would win the Grey Cup.

Throughout the off-season General Manager Brendan Taman added a number of key free agents that ended up paying off as the team captured the 101st Grey Cup on their home turf.

That pressure is now gone, so how busy does Taman expect to be in 2014?

"Not as active as last year, there's no doubt about that," he said. "If we sign one that would probably be the tops."

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