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Sask. to ask for federal support as wildfire costs top $100M

While the Prime Minister visited Saskatchewan on Friday, Premier Brad Wall started a conversation on how fighting wildfires in the country can be improved.

Stephen Harper and Wall toured La Ronge to see some of the destruction caused by the massive fires.

"Our government does stand by and is ready to assist any province or territory that requests federal assistance in fighting forest fires," Harper told the media later in Regina. "We're happy to work with the provinces and territories on ways to better help them respond to forest fires in the future."

Midale cook wins $2M in the Western 649

Andrew Mok started playing the lottery this year after his wife told him that he may have some luck in 2015, on account of him being born in the year of the rabbit. It proved to be true because Mok just won $2 million in the Western 649.

Mok is a cook who lives in Midale. He started buying lottery tickets two times a month. Again, at the discretion of his wife, Mok was told not to "play too much money, because you won't win the big prize, you only have a small amount of luck. And I listened to her."

Expert says boreal forest 'wouldn't exist' without wildfires

Although wildfires need to be controlled when they threaten people and their homes, a Saskatchewan professor studying forest fire regrowth says they're crucial to the forest's survival.

Without the fires, Saskatchewan's boreal forest as we know it wouldn't exist according to Jill Johnstone, an associate professor of biology at the U of S. She said in the absence of fire, moss would take over the forest and snuff out the nutrients trees depend on.

Young linebackers making their mark for Riders

Much has been made of the Riders defence this year as they sit last in nearly every major category. 

Even though the defence has struggled, there have been some bright spots - none brighter than the play of linebackers Jake Doughty and Jeff Knox Jr.

"There's so much notion. So many nuances . (Doughty) has done a good job adjusting. He and Knox," said head coach Corey Chamblin. 

Southwest Sask. RM declares drought disaster

It can cramp weekend plans, but rain is the lifeblood of Saskatchewan's agriculture economy, and at least one area has declared an emergency for lack of it.

The RM of Maple Creek has declared an agricultural disaster due to drought. It's the only area to go that far, but according to the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM), there are at least two other areas which are also in dire straits because of drought.

24-year-old man killed in rollover near Crane Valley

A truck rolled on a grid in southern Saskatchewan Thursday morning, killing a 24-year-old man.

RCMP say the wreck happened around 8:15 on a grid road about 6.5 kilometres west of the village of Crane Valley.

Police say the truck somehow ended up rolling into the east ditch.

The 24-year-old driver from the Cardross area was killed.

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UPDATED: Senior found in stuck car southwest of Moose Jaw

Staying in her car after it got stuck made it easier for searchers to locate a missing woman from the Crestwynd area.

A search was initiated for 68-year-old Glynnys Koraca after she called friends at around 10 p.m. Wednesday to say that her car was stuck and her cell phone was dying. She said she thought she could see water from where she was stuck. Her cell phone last pinged off a tower in the RM of Hillsborough.

Koraca was reported missing on Thursday morning.  She was located that evening.

Severe weather system moving away from Sask.

After nearly a dozen of communities were pounded by hail, Environment Canada said the province will get some relief for the rest of the week as the unstable weather system moves east.

“There’s still a risk that there might be some severe weather over the southeast corner of the province but it should be moving off,” meteorologist Terri Lang said. “Alberta and Saskatchewan have had their turn now it’s moving off to Manitoba.”

Refocused Xavier Fulton returning to form

This year has been a bounce-back season so far for Roughriders left tackle Xavier Fulton. 

Through four games, the Chicago native has looked more like he did in 2012 and 2013 after a difficult 2014.

"The biggest difference, I would say, has been, I changed my attitude. I definitely had to change my focus to make sure I was taking care of myself both on and off the field," said Fulton.

"(I'm) approaching each day with a bit more focus and determination. Just not knowing what the next day is going to bring."

Southwest Sask. has barely seen any rain this year

Rain is helping alleviate moisture stress in some parts of Saskatchewan, according to the latest crop report from the Ministry of Agriculture.

Some areas of the province received several inches of rain in the last week improving topsoil moisture conditions in many areas.

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