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Fond du Lac impeachment attempt thwarted

A court injunction stopped a speedy byelection on Fond du Lac First Nation dead in its tracks this month.

The byelection for a new chief came on the heels of an impeachment letter from the northern Saskatchewan first nation to Chief Earl Lidguerre, dated Sept. 18.

Signed by Chief Electoral Officer Alex Mercredi and the band’s four executive advisory councillors, the letter cites multiple breeches of their custom band acts.

Grieving father reflects after daughter found in river

Allan Adam said his daughter was given every opportunity in life but was not strong enough to beat her addiction.

Beatrice "Bea" Adam, 36, was found Sunday evening, just days after being reported missing by her family. A father and son out kayaking along the North Saskatchewan River discovered her body.

"She had a good life; she went to the best schools in Prince Albert; she spoke French; and she was multi - talented. Her life was really good until drugs got into it," said Adam.

Celebration of culture and community at Thanksgiving Powwow

The 16th Annual Northern Lights Casino Powwow is underway this weekend at the Art Hauser Centre in Prince Albert. 

Various performers, vendors, local residents and those traveling from different places are all coming together for the celebration.

Some Elders are sharing the importance of tradition and culture to younger generations.

Cellphone privacy takes back seat in school division lawsuit

Guardianship is the principal point of a lawsuit that brought up the issue of cellphone privacy, according to closing arguments made by the plaintiff’s lawyer.

On Thursday, both sides closed their case in a lawsuit trial revolving around a March 2010 incident where a sixth grader’s cellphone was confiscated and his texts read.

For the past three years that student’s grandparents have claimed damages by the Saskatchewan Rivers School Division and Riverside Community School’s then-vice principal Dwayne Tournier.

Union, province review prison overcrowding study

Following the release of a study into overcrowded correctional facilities in Saskatchewan, the province and General Employees’ Union (SGEU) said this is validation of their concerns.

Barry Nowoselsky, chair of the public service negotiating committee, said over the past 10 years there has been a steady increase of inmates with not enough facility space.  This leads to dangerous situations for the correctional centre staff.

School bus driver to be charged after Prince Albert crash

A Prince Albert school bus driver is being charged after a collision involving his bus and a car Thursday morning.

The car hit the school bus an at intersection where, police say, the bus ran a stop sign.

Children were on the bus at the time of the crash. A police officer at the scene said no one on the bus was hurt.

A five-year-old boy was the passenger in the car at the time.. He was being assessed at the scene.

Officers at the scene say the bus driver will be charged with undue care and attention.

Sandy Bay woman dies in police custody

A 39-year-old woman died while being held in custody at Sandy Bay.

The woman, who lived in the community, was found unresponsive in a prison cell at the Sandy Bay RCMP detachment Monday night. Paramedics were called but the woman was pronounced dead a short time later.

The Saskatoon Police Service Major Crime Unit is handling the investigation. It will report the results of their investigation to the Ministry of Justice.

Man dies after truck rolls on Highway 35

A truck drifted off Highway 35 Monday morning while travelling around a curve leaving the 65-year-old driver dead.

RCMP were first called to the scene around 8 a.m. after getting reports of a truck in a ditch. Officers say the truck rolled several times before coming to a stop on its side.

Charlie Machiskinic of the Yellow Quill First Nation was pronounced dead on the scene.

An autopsy is scheduled for later this week.
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Assaulted woman attends alleged attacker’s hearing

For the first time since her brutal assault in Prince Albert, Marlene Bird attended her alleged attacker’s court appearance.

Seated in a wheelchar with a bandage over one of her eyes, a somber-looking Bird attended a scheduled hearing for Leslie Black at Prince Albert Provincial Court on Wednesday.

On June 1, Bird, 47, was discovered in a parking lot in downtown Prince Albert, burned and badly wounded.

13-year-old boy charged after northern school put on lockdown

 An elementary school in northern Saskatchewan was on lockdown Monday after a 13-year-old boy allegedly pointed an air pistol at a five-year-old boy.

It happened just after noon outside of the Bell’s Point Elementary School in Air Ronge.

As soon as staff knew about the situation, students were hurried inside and the school was put on lockdown, said Director of Education for the Lac La Ronge Indian Band Gerry Guillet.

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