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UPDATE: Semi in ditch forces detour near Balgonie

A section of Highway 10 is back open near Balgonie after having been blockedby a semi that lost control while turning onto the road.

The semi was hauling gravel crushing equipment when it ended up in the ditch some time Tuesday morning. A tow truck was on the scene by early afternoon. RCMP tweeted that the road was back open shortly before 3 p.m.

The truck blocked all three lanes of traffic. A 6.4 kilometre detour had to be set up for traffic heading to Regina.

Ho-hum! John Chick named CFL's defensive player of the week, again

It's likely no surprise: Riders defensive end John Chick has been named the CFL's defensive player of the week.

Chick takes the honour for the second week in a row. His latest three-sack performance against the Montreal Alouettes also saw one forced fumble and five tackles.

Overall this season Chick has 12 sacks, 22 tackles, six tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles. Chick has four multi-sack games this season. This is the third time Chick has been named the league's defensive player of the week.

RCMP say no change in radar policy after speeding ticket appeal

RCMP officers in Saskatchewan do not expect to see any change in policy after a speeding ticket was thrown out of court for a missing record for radar calibration.

It took seven years, but a man from Prince Albert successfully appealed a speeding ticket last week. An officer's radar gauged Peter V. Abrametz Sr.’s vehicle travelling at 135 kilometres an hour in a 100 km/h zone, on Highway 11 between Duck Lake and Rosthern on September 17, 2007.

Drivers, pedestrians can increase rail safety

Rail crossings in Saskatchewan and Canada are about as safe as they can get, according to the national director of Operation Lifesaver Canada, but drivers and pedestrians can do their part to keep themselves safe.

Premier offers condolences after former opposition leader's passing

A former leader of Saskatchewan's Official Opposition passed away earlier this month. Dick Collver died on August 7 in Thailand, where he lived. He was 78 years old.

On Monday morning, Saskatchewan's premier offered his condolences to Collver's family and friends.

“Dick Collver was a strong conservative voice who led the PC Party from zero seats when he became Leader to Official Opposition status in the Legislature,” Brad Wall said in a statement.

Patient Riders down Alouettes 16-11

The Roughriders showed a lot of patience on Saturday winning their fourth game in a row, 16-11 over the Montreal Alouettes.

It wasn't until the start of the fourth quarter that the Riders were able to break the stalemate and score a major in the hands of Rob Bagg. That major gave the Riders a 12-4 lead with just over 14 minutes to go in the game. Before that, all the scoring came from the kickers with a mixture of field goals and rouges.

Canadian women rugby players have roots with Dog River Howlers

Their name is derived from the comedy TV show Corner Gas, but the Dog River Howlers rugby team is serious business.

Karl Fix is the team's founder and president. He established the Howlers with the aim of helping players to go on to the highest levels of the sport.

"Some of them played with us for the first time when they're as young as 16. They move along and now their dreams have come true, they play for the national team in the world championship," said Fix. 

Sask. families pay more in taxes than basic necessities, report

The average Saskatchewan family spent more in taxes than on food, clothing and shelter combined last year, according to a new report.

The Fraser Institute’s 2013 Canadian Consumer Tax Index shows the average family of two or more people made around $117,000, and gave up 42.4 per cent ($49,608) to governments. In the same year, the average Canadian family spent 36.1 ($42,237) per cent on basic necessities.

Saskatchewan’s numbers are just behind the national tax average of 43 per cent.

Cherry Festival makes sweet Sunday in Bruno

Bruno residents will paint the town red Sunday; cherry red.

The community is celebrating the 11th annual Cherry Sunday festival.

The festival at the St. Therese Institute grounds draws people from across the province and some from as far as Alberta and Manitoba.

"People are mostly coming out for the U-Pick, that's the biggest draw. But another huge draw is the cherry sundays and cherry smokies. One of the local butcher shop make a smokey and have the cherries added to it," organizer Dale Aalbers said.

GAME DAY: Riders hope to keep rolling against Montreal

The Riders are finally back home after a long road trip that saw them win two games in less than a week.

This afternoon the Riders will host the Montreal Alouettes at Mosaic Stadium (5 p.m., TSN). The biggest challenge for the Riders this week may in fact turn out to be themselves. The Als come into this game with just one win on the season and to say they're dealing with some issues would be an understatement.

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