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Saskatchewan speeders ticketed over 1,500 times in November

Plently of drivers in Saskatchewan got some expensive lessons in safety in November when police handed out over 1,500 speeding tickets.
 
SGI's focus for November's traffic spotlight was speeding.

Police across the province gave out 1,559 speeding tickets in total:

Former Prince Albert Raider to take over Oilers coaching job

Prince Albert's Todd Nelson will become be the interim head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, the team announced Monday.

General manager Craig MacTavish will run the bench as a transitional head coach and will step aside once he feels Nelson knows the team well enough to take over.

MacTavish fired former head coach Dallas Eakins. Under his leadershuip, the team has lost 15 of its past 16 games.

Nelson played five season with the Prince Albert Raiders from 1985 to 1990.

Holiday Sherlock Holmes: finding gift-hiding spots

Parents are working to hide gifts this time of year. For kids, that means it’s time to seek.

“I ruined my own Christmas,” admitted Premier Brad Wall.

Wall was in Grade 3 when the Big Driver Dashboard topped his wish list. He says he rummaged through his mom’s closet (of course) and found it.

The toy was a dashboard where kids could pretend to drive. Wall says he specifically wanted the police car version.

Wall suspects his mom knew he had discovered it but says she wrapped the gift anyway. But he says the surprise and magic was gone.

Debden dog breeder fires back against ‘puppy mill’ allegations

The owner of a Debden, Sask. horse and dog breeder is defending itself against online accusations that the puppies are living in “horrible” conditions.

The allegations stem from a Saskatoon man’s visit to Horses Deluxe earlier this month. Jason Baert wrote that he heard from friends about the business and the dogs’ living conditions.

“I was heading to Prince Albert so I thought I would make a trip to this place because I wanted to see for myself just how bad it really is,” he wrote in his Dec. 13 Facebook post.

VIDEO: Roughriders announce new president and CEO

Craig Reynolds will take over the reins as the president and CEO of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The club made the announcement Tuesday afternoon that Reynolds will take over the top job from Jim Hopson. He will officially take over the job on Mar. 1, 2015.

"The board was attracted to his keen business acumen, his ability to lead, but most importantly, his understanding of and his own personal passion towards Rider Nation," said Wayne Morsky, the chair of the Riders board in his announcement.

UPDATE: Missing 76-year-old Bengough man's body found

RCMP made a sad discovery in the search for a missing Bengough senior who hadn't been seen since Saturday.

Late Monday, the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team determined that something was under the surface of the water near the Willows Dam at Assiniboia. They had been searching the area looking for 76-year-old John Rustad.

Rustad left his Bengough home Saturday morning and told his family he was going ice fishing at the site east of Assiniboia. He hadn't been seen or heard from since.

BEST OF THE WEB: Oilers fire head coach

Dallas Eakins has been fired as coach of the Edmonton Oilers.

Edmonton has lost 15 of its past 16 games is dead-last in the Western Conference with 19 points through 31 games. The Oilers are 36-63-14 under Eakins in parts of two seasons, including 7-19-5 so far this year.

Hired in the summer of 2012 to help the Oilers "be in the mix every year to win,'' Eakins missed the playoffs in his only full season behind the bench.

Braden Christoffer lifts Pats to last-second win over Blades

The Regina Pats are back in the win column after a wild 5-4 win over the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday night. 

It was the Blades had everything going their way early on as they out-shot the Queen Cits Kids 7-1 to open the game. The Blades took the lead early off the stick of Brett Stovin. From there, the Pats found their legs and took the lead with goals from Connor Gay and Rykr Cole. The Pats would out-shoot the Blades the rest of the period 10-2, giving them an 11-9 lead in the shot count after 20 minutes. 

Skinny, sick, injured: Sask. man guilty in animals' distress

It's not the first accusation of animal neglect for Murray Andres, but for this one, a judge has found the MacNutt man guilty.
 
In February 2012 an SPCA agent arrived at Andres' farm, right near the Manitoba border, in response to some complaints. There Kaley Pugh found meat scraps and a coyote carcass spread across the yard. In court she described dogs running loose and some tied up, but with little to no food around and many without any access to water. She also found half a dozen puppies in a barn with only bones and snow to eat.
 

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