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Pelicans arrive in Saskatoon

Winter vacation is over for the American White Pelican.

The first of the birds was officially spotted on the river between the Canadian Pacific Railway bridge and the weir over the weekend in Saskatoon. That brings the Meewasin Valley Authority's annual pelican sighting contest to a close.

The pelicans are viewed as a sign of spring. The authority's Doug Porteous said this is the latest the birds have shown up in the 18 years they've run the contest.

He attributed the pelicans' late arrival to this year's especially frigid winter.

Gallegos faces new charges in Whitecap First Nation theft

A former Whitecap Dakota First Nation accountant accused of stealing more than $1 million from the reserve is facing four new charges.

Hugo Gallegos, 41, was originally charged with theft and fraud over $5,000 back in September. He's now facing another count of theft and fraud over $5,000, as well as possession of proceeds of crime and money laundering.
He'll answer to the new charges during his court appearance Tuesday morning.

Train delays a concern for Saskatoon fire department

Saskatoon’s mayor and fire chief are concerned that trains will delay emergency response times in the city. 

The pair is flying to Ottawa to call on rail companies to adopt a “safest route” policy to move goods through cities, which could mean a co-shared line on the outskirts of Saskatoon. 

“I think it’s not only frustrating for the residents but equally so for our men and women that are first responders,” Mayor Don Atchison said at the airport before his flight. 

Saskatoon students find body during assignment

Some Saskatoon high school students made a disturbing find outside the city while working on a school project.

Payton Ostrom and two of her friends are taking a photography class at Evan Hardy Collegiate and wanted to think outside the box for their assignment to find rustic monuments.

An old barn on Floral Road near Highway 16 caught her eye earlier this month, but instead of finding a good shot, she found a man's body.

Saskatchewan runners among the 32,000 to race the Boston Marathon one year after bombings

One year after twin home-made bombs tore through the finish line of the Boston Marathon, 32,000 runners from around the world returned to the scene to show their strength, resilience , and fearlessness.

Among them was 23 year old Mitchell Larson from Saskatoon, who returned to run his second Boston Marathon.

Centre mall Safeway to become Co-op

Saskatoon is set to have one less Safeway as it becomes a Co-op store.

The Safeway grocery store and gas bar in Centre Mall on 8th Street East will be taken over by Saskatoon Co-op.

It's part of a deal Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) signed with Sobeys Inc. who now owns all Safeway stores.

FCL has acquired 14 grocery stores across Canada with 12 set to be taken over by local retail co-ops and two by a subsidiary of FCL known as The Grocery People.

Power back on after outage blankets city

Many areas in Saskatoon went black Monday morning as a major power outage hit the city.

People began reporting outages on social media after 9 a.m. in the downtown core, north and west sides of the city.

Saskatoon Light and Power (SLP) said ice and humidity affected the substation near First Avene North and 33rd Street and set off a chain reaction. In total, five major and four minor ones along a transmission line were impacted.

Children's Hospital construction to begin September

Construction for the new Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan will begin in September, about five months later than expected.

The delay is the result of the government deciding to redesign the hospital to increase the number of beds.

Health Minister Dustin Duncan said Monday that a tender will be selected late July and shovels will be in the ground in September.

Saskatoon man returns to Boston Marathon after bombings

It didn't take Brian Ronn long to decide he would be running the Boston Marathon again this year.

The bombs had yet to go off when the Saskatoon runner crossed the finish line three hours and 36 minutes into the race. He said it was jubilation after finishing the race and then he set out for his 20-minute walk towards his hotel.

When he arrived, people started questioning him about the explosions, but Ronn hadn’t been at the scene when it happened.

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