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Rider Nation welcomes Dressler back

The Green and White welcome mat is out as Weston Dressler returns to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Practice was closed to the public Thursday as the receiver returned to Taylor Field wearing his # 7 jersey (Seth Doege will now wear #9).

Even though Rider fans couldn't be there to see Dressler's return, they were still talking about him online and on the streets.

Government covers expensive cystic fibrosis drug

An expensive drug used to treat a rare form of cystic fibrosis is being added to the province's drug plan.

Effective Monday the province will cover the cost of Kalydeco, an oral medication which up until now was only covered by drug plans in Alberta and Ontario.

If patients had to buy the drug on their own the cost would be roughly $300,000 for a one year supply.

A government spokesperson said the province negotiated a better deal for the medication but were not allowed to reveal the price.

SK. children's advocate seeing slight progress in recommendations

The provincial government has released details on changes the Ministry of Social Services (MSS) is making after a child was murdered by another child last summer.
 

Vonda volunteer firefighters react after fatal accident

The call on Tuesday was one that no fire department wants to receive but a call that the Vonda volunteer firefighters have received too often.

Four people were killed in a single-vehicle accident east of Saskatoon on Highway 5 about 30 minutes outside the city.

"We received a call from dispatch at 5:02 in the afternoon," Vonda volunteer fire chief Larry Nagy said.

"We have to drop everything."

UPDATE: Weston Dressler officially back with the Riders

The wait is over and Rider Nation is celebrating the news that Weston Dressler is returning to the Green and White.

The Riders announced on Thursday morning that the receiver had officially signed back with the team. Dressler then took to the field and practice with teammates for the first time in Saskatchewan since November's Grey Cup.

Dressler was reported to have a few different offers from different teams across the CFL but, ultimately, Saskatchewan is where he wanted to be.

Riders mum on Darian Durant's status

Rider Nation is no closer to knowing how badly hurt Darian Durant's throwing hand is.

The Riders returned to practice on Wednesday as preparations began for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Labour Day Classic at Mosaic Stadium.

When the team took to the field, Durant was part of the opening offensive walk through but did not do much for the rest of practice, especially when it came to throwing the football.

Mentally-ill inmate improving in new facility, lawyer

A mentally-ill inmate from Saskatoon’s Regional Psychiatric Centre (RPC) is out of restraints and improving at another mental health facility in Ontario.

6 new Sask. highway cameras launched

Drivers in Saskatchewan will have six more ways to check out highway conditions before heading out on the road.

Six new roadside cameras can now be viewed on the Saskatchewan Highway Hotline website. The additions were first announced in November 2013 and were finally up and running by Wednesday morning.

Local group happy with first step to twin Hwy 39

The wheels are finally in motion to twin Highway 39 in Saskatchewan's south east.

On Tuesday, the province announced pre-design work has started on an eight kilometre stretch between Estevan and Bienfait. It's the first step towards actually twinning the first portion of Highway 39 - something some drivers in the area have been demanding for years.

Marge Young is part of the ‘Time to Twin’ group which has been lobbying for Highways 6 and 39 to be twinned for several years. She says this is a great step forward for the government.

Weston Dressler clears NFL waivers

Weston Dressler is officially a free man.

Dressler was released by the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday and, as expected, cleared NFL waivers on Tuesday.

Under NFL rules, teams have 24 hours after a player is released to pick up said player and their contract. No team tried to claim Dressler so now he is free to sign anywhere he wants in the CFL or the NFL.

It's expected that Dresser will draw attention from much of the CFL.

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