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VIDEO/PHOTOS: 'Inferno' at condo complex in Elbow

A first responder on the scene of a fire in Elbow described the blaze as an "inferno."

Janet Hundeby says it happened at a 32-unit condo complex starting around 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

“A lot of embers flying. Thank goodness there wasn’t a huge amount of wind,” she said.

Thankfully only 12 people were there at the time and we haven't heard about any injuries yet.

“There was no loss of life but certainly a huge loss to our community,” she said.

$2.25 million children's hospital donation goes to playground

Any children needing treatment at the future Children's hospital in Saskatoon will have a chance to take a break and just be a kid.

On Tuesday the Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan announced a $2.25 million donation from PIC Investment Group and the Yuel Family that will go towards building an outdoor patient playground.

"In 1999, my Dad joined the Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan board with the desire and determination to get a children's hospital in Saskatchewan," explained Greg Yuel, president of PIC Investment group.

High-risk sex offender wanted after cutting off bracelet

Police are on the lookout for a high-risk sex offender who cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet.

Michael Sean Stanley, 48, left Edmonton Tuesday morning and came to Lloydminster to cut off his bracelet, according to RCMP. The bracelet was found on the roof of a business in the 4300 block of 54th Avenue.

RCMP say Stanley has a long history of sexual offences. He has taken kids from playgrounds in the past.

UPDATE: Province pledges action on long-term care homes

It might not address staffing levels directly but a new provincial fund aims to help solve problems at Saskatchewan's long-term care facilities.

Health Minister Dustin Duncan announced a $10 million "Urgent Issues Action Fund" as part of the result of a review of these care facilities. The fund allows regions to present a case to the province on pressing issues like the need for new equipment, more baths or improved nutrition so they can access money through the fund.

UPDATE: West Nile victim dies in hospital

A senior citizen in the Moose Jaw area who contracted a severe form of West Nile virus has died.

We heard 10 days ago about the first case of a human contracting West Nile in years. Now the government is confirming the man has died. He had a more serious case of west nile neurological syndrome which may have contributed to his death.

It's the first fatality tied to West Nile in the province since 2007 when six people died after contracting it. More than 1,450 people caught West Nile that year, including 113 severe neurological cases.

Yorkton-area cocaine bust sees four arrested

Police say they came across about $3,500 worth of cocaine during a traffic stop near Kamsack last week.

According to area RCMP they got wind of people allegedly bringing cocaine into the regionf for re-sale. Police say a vehicle stop last Thursday resulted in the arrest of four people and the seizure of 70 grams of cocaine.

The four men arrested have now been charged as well: Mathew Klimchuk, 22, from Roblin, Manitoba; Lynden Mintuc, 22, from the Valley River First Nation near Roblin, Manitoba; Tyrell Cote, 24, of Kamsack; and Daniel Cote, 27, also from Kamsack.

New call for Filipino workers despite on-going unemployment

The Philippines is one stop high on the list for Premier Brad Wall’s trip to Asia this week as he aims to build on business relations and continue boosting immigration.

The Premier will be signing a renewed agreement for labour migration with the Philippine's labour secretary. The Ministry of the Economy is also on a recruitment mission in the country with eight companies looking to fill 150 skilled labour jobs in the province.

One dead in North Battleford hotel stabbing

RCMP are investigating after a man was stabbed to death at a hotel in North Battleford, Sask. 

Officers arrived at the hotel on the 900 block of 101st Street around 4 a.m. Monday morning.

They found a 35-year-old man in the lobby with what were reported as non-life-threatening injuries.  He is still recovering at Battleford Union Hospital.

A 20-year-old male was also found in one of the hotel rooms suffering from multiple stab wounds. He was taken to hospital by paramedics where he was later pronounced dead. 

Search for Katelyn Noble comes up empty

Trekking through dense bush, overgrown fields and dilapidated sheds, volunteers combed the countryside near Radisson, Sask. over the weekend, trying to find a girl who went missing several years ago at age 15. 

And though their search for Katelyn Nobel came up empty handed, Katelyn’s mother Leona Noble said she won’t give up hope that her daughter’s body will one day be brought home.

“All I do know for sure is that they’ll never give up. And I’ll tell you right now, they messed with the wrong mama. Somebody’s going to have to pay for this,” Leona said. 

Yorkton promotional video features NFL icon Terry Bradshaw

How does an icon of American football hosting a program called Today in America become a key promotional vehicle for a small Saskatchewan city?

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