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Kids get in tune with Children's Festival exhibit

When kids press the buttons on the horse, sheep or tiger figurines in Jeff Morton’s exhibit, they shouldn’t expect to hear a whinny, bleat or roar.

The musician and composer has rewired the old toys to make some unexpected noises in his interactive “All the Horses” exhibit at the Potash Corp Children’s Festival at Kiwanis Park.

“For me, it was important to return those toys to a space where the unexpected can happen and kids can be surprised,” Morton said.

U of S convocation co-ordinator to receive her Masters

From cowbells to proud families, Danielle Rudulier has seen everything at the convocation ceremonies at the University of Saskatchewan.
For four and a half years, Rudulier has been the co-ordinator of registration and convocation at the U of S. She plans every student's convocation from invitations to banners and so much more.

Ex-fiance accused of kidnapping facing charges

The ex-fiance accused of kidnapping Mariana Cracogna, who was found alive after escaping Sunday evening, is now facing charges.

Clinton McLaughlin, 36, is facing charges of aggravated assault, kidnapping, unlawful confinement and a breach of recognizance. He will be seen by a justice of the peace of appear in Saskatoon Provincial Court once he is released from hospital.

Blades to name Bob Woods as new GM, head coach

The Saskatoon Blades are set to introduce Bob Woods as their new head coach and general manager Monday.

A tweet from the Blades official Twitter account late Sunday said that Woods would be officially named to the job at a media event set for 1 p.m. at Credit Union Centre.

Woods, 46, is currently employed as an assistant coach of the National Hockey League's Anaheim Ducks. The native of Leroy, Sask. played defense for the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings before starting his professional career in the American Hockey League.

PHOTOS: Beads of Courage keeps program alive with fun run

When Elara Johnson was born, her family soon learned the little girl’s first few years of life would be difficult.

Born two months premature, the tiny tot went into cardiac arrest just four days after birth. Her family then discovered she had a congenital heart defect, among a slew of other health issues.

“She’d spent more time in hospital than at home by the time she was one year old,” mother Tara Johnson said.

Soon after the discovery, her parents learned about the Royal University Hospital’s Beads of Courage.

Warm weather gives paramedics spike in calls

The Saturday sunshine brought a lot of people outside but it also resulted in a lot more calls for Saskatoon's paramedics.

Troy Davies with MD Ambulance said they were called to 54 emergency calls in just 12 hours.

"Our typical night is 40 calls," he said.

"We ended up having a very busy night for us especially for this time of year and it not being a long weekend."

Davies said many of the calls were about people mixing hot weather with cool alcoholic drinks.

UPDATED: Family of woman allegedly abducted by ex-fiancé pass out flyers

Family and friends of alleged abducted Saskatoon woman Mariana Cracogna, are ramping up their efforts to bring their loved one home.

The group are passing out missing person flyers in Saskatoon and in smaller, surrounding communities.

"I'm just drained. I don't know how to feel or think. I just want to get this over with," Cracogna's brother Pablo said, adding the family is extremely worried and hope someone recognizes Cracogna from the flyer and calls police.

"If anyone has anything, no matter how insignficant it might be... call the police."

Transit proposing route changes, more direct routes

The City of Saskatoon is hoping to tweak its current service to better serve the growing communities outside of Circle Drive.

Pending city council’s approval on June 9, Bob Howe, director of Saskatoon Transit said the new shake-up is about adding buses to busier routes and creating more connectivity throughout the city’s transit hubs.

“We’ve heard from customers that they want more direct trips and more predictable schedules and a lot of these route enhancements we’ve designed are to address those issues,” Howe said. 

Seven year sentence for Sask.'s biggest fraudster

A ruling was handed down today in what's being called the biggest case of fraud in Saskatchewan's history. 

In a 53-page decision, Justice Richard Danyliuk gave 70-year-old Ronald Fast seven years in prison.

Fast pleaded guilty to theft over $5,000 back in November for stealing $16.7 million in a Ponzi scheme. Fast used money from previous investors in his Marathon Leasing company to pay off new ones, creating the impression that he was able to deliver higher-than-normal returns to people who put their money into the business.

Canada-wide warrants issued for jewellery theft suspects

Canada-wide warrants have been issued for two more people in connection with a daylight jewellery heist that happened in Saskatoon back in February.

29-year-old Pierre Louis Hernandes and 24-year-old Rida Niam are facing charges of armed robbery, wearing a disguise during the commission of an offence and conspiracy to commit arson.

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