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Moosomin’s labyrinth open for public use.

Moosomin’s labyrinth open for public use.

By Spencer Kemp, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Moosomin Labyrinth is now open for the public to use. Carol Adair, who came up with the idea for the Labyrinth and presented it to Moosomin town council, says that the labyrinth provides an opportunity to take time and reflect while walking through it.  “It felt good. I was happy, really happy to see…

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Catholic Division planning improvements at each school in division

By Michael Oleksyn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Plans are under way for improvements to all of the schools in the Prince Albert Roman Catholic School Division. Education director Lorel Trumier said the upgrades include new playgrounds at four elementary schools, which the division recently created a Request for Proposals (RFP) on SaskTenders. “We are going to do a project that our children…

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‘A different mindset’: Sask. farmers look to the future after months of drought

‘A different mindset’: Sask. farmers look to the future after months of drought

By Nick Pearce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter When farmer Cortney Solonenko looks over his drought-stricken land near Yorkton, he sees a tank running on empty. This year may be the worst one since he and his brother took over what’s now a roughly 15,000-acre farm from their father in 2013.  They’ve grown roughly 41 bushels of winter wheat per acre so far,…

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$1.27 million for Rocanville pool

$1.27 million for Rocanville pool

By Spencer Kemp, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter After decades of struggling with expenses and how best to tackle major repairs that are needed at Rocanville’s indoor pool in order to keep it operational, the town received some welcome news on Wednesday that it will receive a $1.27 million grant for the pool through the federal-provincial Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). The…

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Grassroots farmers, ranchers in Saskatchewan share lands to honour treaty rights

Grassroots farmers, ranchers in Saskatchewan share lands to honour treaty rights

By Shari Narine, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Win Correction: Second last paragraph: Change the word in first sentence to elegantly from inelegantly.  As the province of Saskatchewan verges on making land less accessible to Indigenous hunters and gatherers through pending trespassing legislation, a group of farmers and ranchers are acting as a “counterpoint.” “It’s really, really amazing,” said Bradley Desjarlais, who is…

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Tisdale resuming local event grant

Tisdale resuming local event grant

By Jessica R. Durling, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Town of Tisdale is resuming a grant in partnership with the Canalta Hotel to fund Tisdale-hosted multi-day events including tournaments, competitions, conventions and festivals. The tourism and marketing grant was suspended in 2020 due to the pandemic restrictions on events. Past funded events have included provincial curling championships, Saskatchewan Cutting Horse Association (SCHA)…

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Oil is rebounding, but rural municipalities are waiting on their bills

Oil is rebounding, but rural municipalities are waiting on their bills

By Nick Pearce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Rural municipalities in northwest Saskatchewan are chasing after millions of dollars in unpaid taxes from struggling oil companies as prices rebound. They hope to recover the money as the West Texas Intermediate oil price fetches near $70 per barrel after cratering during the pandemic. If they can’t, rural ratepayers may be left holding the bag.…

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Q&A: U of S researcher pushes the limits on pulses

Q&A: U of S researcher pushes the limits on pulses

By Nick Pearce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A University of Saskatchewan scientist sees a future where grocery bags come from pulse seeds. Dr. Yongfeng Ai has received $2.5 million through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to spur research aiming to draw more value from plants like peas, fava beans, lentils and chickpeas. Ai spoke to the StarPhoenix about how his research works on…

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