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Construction worker in hospital after hit and run

Police are reminding drivers to slow down in construction zones after a hit and run landed one worker in hospital Friday night.

Several workers were on duty in a well marked construction zone on Circle Drive between Millar Avenue and the Circle Drive bridge around 9:23 p.m. when a blue Honda Civic swerved through the pylons and hit the man.

The car fled the scene.

The 30 year old worker was taken to Royal University Hospital with what police think are non life threatening injuries.

Man arrested after airsoft gun incident

A man is in custody after police heard someone was in a business with a handgun Friday night.

Police got the complaint of someone inside a business in the 100 block of Ruth Street East near Prairieland Park around 6:22 p.m.

When they got there, the man was still there but staff had taken away the gun; which turned out to be an airsoft gun.

No one was hurt and the man faces charges of Possession of a Weapon Dangerous to the Public and Breach of Probation.

Labour ministers gather in Saskatoon

Canadians should come first when it comes to local jobs according to federal, provincial and territorial labour ministers as they gathered in Saskatoon for their annual meeting.

In her first meeting with her counterparts, Minister of Labour and Status of Women Kellie Leitch focused on the need to hire from within before turning to other nations. However, she and Saskatchewan Labour Minister, Don Morgan, said they want to improve Canada’s temporary foreign workers program.

Saskatoon sees growing demand for French immersion

Saskatoon public schools are adjusting to growing pains as the demand for French immersion increases in the city.

The school division is now offering French immersion in the city’s northeast this fall at Forest Grove School and Centennial Collegiate.

Jennifer Simon's son attends Forest Grove School. She and other parents are happy to see French offered in the neighbourhood, but she said there are concerns about future overcrowding.

Woman sexually assaulted on Cumberland Ave.

Saskatoon Police are investigating a sexual assault which occurred in the 100 block of Cumberland Avenue South Thursday afternoon.

A woman was walking along the street at approximately 5:40 p.m., when a unknown man walked up to her and touched her in an inappropriate manner, a police release stated. The woman was not hurt.

Police are looking for man described as being in his 40's, 5 foot 6, 160 pounds, with a dark complexion.  He was wearing a white shirt with a striped or checkered pattern at the time of the assault.  

Mural unveiled at St. Paul's Hospital

Some new artwork in Saskatoon is brightening up the St. Paul's Hospital parking lot.

The mural, titled "One Earth, One Family," showcases a variety of people, flags and greeting in different languages created by Saskatoon Community Youth Arts Programming (SCYAP) artist Candice Grosenick.

The mural has been in the works for two years and was painted with the help of children from St. Mary's Health and Wellness Centre, W.P. Bate School, Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-Op and Oskayak High School.

Reaction to luring charge against Saskatoon teacher

Saskatoon Public Schools (SPS) is working to reassure parents following news that 38-year-old teacher Jayson Kennard is facing charges of luring a 16-year-old boy over Facebook.

Jaime Valentine, the school board's superintendant of human rescources, said situations like the one involving Kennard are rare.

"I've been the superintendent of human rescources with Saskatoon Public Schools for going on 11 years, and this is the first case of this type I've been involved with," he said.

Off-leash dog park proposed for Caswell Hill

The sign outside Caswell Elementary school says no dogs allowed, but inside, it was all they could talk about.

Roughly 50 residents gathered Thursday evening for an open house to discuss the possibility of a seventh off-leash recreational area (OLRA) for dogs. A group of Caswell Hill residents submitted a proposal to council this spring detailing their desire for an OLRA on the grass area behind Mayfair Pool.

“This would be the first park that would be suggested for a neighbourhood park,” open space consultant Chelsie Schafer said.

Saskatchewan Ghost Towns Part 5: Scotsguard

Just off Highway 13 near Shaunavon a collection of buildings and old memories now make up the ghost town of Scotsguard.

Johnny Cash legacy lives on in Sask., 10 years after his death

Ten years after the death of Johnny Cash, the country icon's spirit still lingers at the Costigan Lake Lodge in Saskatchewan.

"He touched so many of us in such a way it's a sad loss," said lodge owner Ed Balyski. "He reached out to so many people, we all felt an immense loss."

Although he never met the country star, Balyski heard numerous stories from Ben Charles, a First Nations guide who worked at the lodge when Johnny and his wife June stopped in.

Charles would tell Balyski how both pair were avid fishermen, June more so than Johnny.

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