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Four on fishing trip rescued in northern Sask.

It was a situation that could have been a whole lot worse for four people who were reported missing in northern Saskatchewan late last week.

“We received a call at pretty much midnight on Friday night in regards to overdue travelers that were coming to Deschambault Lake for an ice fishing day trip and hadn’t returned home,” said Sgt. Dionne Eddy of the Deschambault RCMP detachment.

Eddy went out on the search and rescue, along with another RCMP member and a family member of one of the missing people.

Sask. on track to break export record

What's headed out of Saskatchewan is bringing in lots of money.

The Government of Saskatchewan said new figures out Tuesday show the province is on track to set a record for exports in 2013.

"As the final figures roll in for 2013, Saskatchewan's economy remains on the right course to set a number of all-time records including exports," Tim McMillan, minister responsible for trade, said in a news release.

No evidence of bullying in North Battleford teen's death

There is no evidence to suggest the suicide death of a 15-year-old North Battleford boy was the result of bullying, according to an RCMP investigation.

Todd Loik committed suicide in North Battleford on Sept. 9, 2013. His mother, Kim Loik, believed her son’s death may have been the result of harassment and brought that information to RCMP.

UPDATE: Sask. players on Canada men's Olympic hockey team

Three Saskatchewanians have been named to Canada's men's Olympic hockey team.

The team's 25-man roster features a number of players that made big contributions to Canada's gold medal performance in Vancouver in 2010. Reginans Ryan Getzlaf, the captain of the NHL's Anaheim Ducks, and Chris Kunitz of the Pittsburgh Penguins will make the trip to Sochi, Russia. Patrick Marleau, originally from Aneroid, has also made the squad.

GETZLAF FAMILY CELEBRATING

UPDATE: Provincial park fees to rise more than 20 per cent

More campers than ever are visiting Saskatchewan's provincial parks and now they'll be paying more than ever.

Fees are going way up for seasonal and even nightly electric or full service campsite. Seasonal camp sites are going up from $1,500 to $1,900. Electric and full-service campsites are going up from $22 a night to $27. That's a 23 per cent hike from last year.

Swimming lessons at provincial parks will also cost $10 more, according to a news release issued by the government Tuesday.

Severe cold snap doesn't lead to record power or gas consumption

People in Saskatchewan managed to stay warm throughout the latest cold snap without setting any records.

SaskEnergy reports natural gas use is high, but falls short of breaking any consumption records. SaskPower is seeing the same situation.

"It may have had something to do with the day of the week. Yesterday being Sunday, lots of businesses are closed and people are at home more," said Tyler Hopson, spokesperson for SaskPower.

Florida man accused of trying to get guns, drugs across border

A man from Miami, Florida is facing a handful of charges after allegedly trying to bring an assault rifle and other weapons into Canada.

Derrick Alonzo Cash Jr, 25, tried to cross into Canada from the U.S. on New Year's Eve at the North Portal crossing. When border guards searched his vehicle they found a 9 mm handgun, an AR-15 assault rifle, a set of brass knuckles, a brass knuckle knife, and four high-capacity ammunition magazines. The guards also found 15 grams of marijuana.

Cash has been in police custody since Dec. 31.

New Hep C drug approved in Canada

Saskatchewan could be getting a new weapon in the fight against Hepatitis C.

Sovaldi, a drug manufactured by American company Gilead, was approved for sale in Canada back in December 2013.

The new medicine replaces a previous one used as part of a cocktail of drugs used to cure the condition, which progresses slowly, but eventually leads to scarring of the liver, cancer and death.

Environment Canada says deep freeze almost over

Saskatchewan is once again caught in a deep freeze caused by what U.S. weather specialists are dubbing the ‘polar vortex’ but at least this time we’re not alone.

The temperature is slightly warmer than Sunday with highs of - 20 C but wind chill warnings stretch across the province down to -50 C.

Some school divisions cancelled rural buses on what should have been the first day back in class for students but Regina Public Schools and Regina Catholic Schools are all running normally although they do advise students to bundle up.

School bus cancelations in south SK due to extreme windchill

On the first day back at school some school divisions have cancelled bus service for Monday morning due to extreme wind chills.

Regina Public School Division all buses are running and all schools are open. Website

Regina Catholic School Division all buses are running and all schools are open. Website.

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