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Fundraising begins for million-dollar baby couple

A Manitoba woman has started an online campaign for the Humboldt couple facing almost one million dollars in medical bills.

Jennifer Huculak-Kimmel unexpectedly had her baby girl Reece nine weeks premature during a vacation in Hawaii in October 2013.

Riders facing tough free agency decisions

Some tough decisions are on the horizon for Saskatchewan Roughriders which has 27 players set to become free agents in February, including Weston Dressler, Ben Heenan, Tyron Brackenridge and Tearrius George.

"Some will return, some won't. That will be by their choice or by our choice. That's the nature of football," said head coach Corey Chamblin.

"It's not negative as far as change. You just have to put the right guys in the room for that next year to build for that year."

Normal snowpack could bring spring flooding to Sask.: report

After the torrential rains last spring, even a normal snowpack for the coming winter could result in flooding in spring 2015, according to the Water Security Agency's fall conditions report.
 
Saskatchewan's Water Security Agency released its report on Thursday morning.
 
Near record rains fell across most of Saskatchewan during the first half of the 2014 growing season and, though there's been normal precipitation in the past two months, the report said most of the grain belt is still quite wet.
 

P.A. vet readies for return to battle sites

Ed Laird says he is not sure what to expect when he arrives in Italy this weekend.

The 91-year-old Prince Albert man will join a group of veterans from across Canada who have been invited to take part in the festivities marking the 70th anniversary of the Second World War's Italian campaign.

The veterans will revisit the places where they once fought.

"I had never seen anything that devastating in all my life, but I imagine it's quite beautiful there now," said Laird.

Shortened deer-hunting season opens Thursday in Sask.

Things will be a little bit different for hunters as white-tailed deer season opens in Saskatchewan on Thursday.

The Ministry of the Environment is taking action after a few harsh winters that have impacted the province's deer numbers.

“Population-index surveys for white-tailed deer do indicate an overall decline of roughly 30 per cent compared to the long-term averages across the province,” explained wildlife ecologist Allison Henderson.

Man with stolen credit cards tries to rip off restaurants in rural Sask.

It was a close call for a hotel and restaurant in Lumsden when a man with a stolen credit card tried to rip them off.
 
Last Frida,y a man by the name of Mark Watson wanted to purchase $3,500 worth of alcohol for a Christmas party.  Denny Joyal with the Lumsden Hotel says he knew this was a little fishy from the start.
 
"And I explained to him the first time we talked to him too that the cost of purchasing spirits from us would be much higher than going to a rural franchise or SLGA store and he didn't seem to mind that." 
 

PotashCorp pledges support for Saskatchewan food banks

If you were planning on donating to a Saskatchewan food bank over the holidays that donation will go even further.

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (PCS) is matching every dollar donated to food banks in Saskatchewan through till January 16th up to a maximum of $1 million.

Since 2010 the campaign has raised over $5.4 million for 35 food banks across the province.

2014 a year to forget for Riders' McHenry and Hughes

The 2014 season ended up being a year to forget for a couple of veteran Canadian players of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Fullbacks Neal Hughes and Scott McHenry both missed significant time due to injury. Hughes injured his foot early in the season and McHenry fractured a vertebrae in his neck in August.

"When I got hit and hurt, I never really felt anything quite like that. I knew something was wrong," said McHenry.

"That evening was a tough one for sure. Getting the results back and stuff laying in the hospital in Vancouver."

Organization worries about effect of porn on kids

An organization that tries to protect kids from sexual exploitation is speaking out on the issue of children being exposed to pornography.

Buffy Sainte-Marie reflects on time with Sesame Street

An internationally-acclaimed musician born on the Piapot First Nation in Saskatchewan is reflecting on her time with Sesame Street as the show celebrates its 45th season.

Buffy Sainte-Marie received a call from Sesame Street in 1975 after writing "Universal Soldier" during the peace movement of the sixties. Sainte-Marie was asked to recite the alphabet and count numbers like other celebrities such as Stevie Wonder had previously done on the show.

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