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Big River First Nation woman among victims in fatal crash PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 August 2017 16:17

RCMP say two people were killed in a three-vehicle collision near Debden over the weekend.

The crash happened at around 9 p.m. on Sunday on Highway 55, about 8 kilometres south of Debden.

Emergency responders found a man from Prince Albert and a woman from the Big River First Nation dead on the scene.

Mounties say they were occupants of the same southbound vehicle at the time of the collision.

Three occupants of the other two vehicles received minor injuries, including one occupant who needed to be hospitalized.

The investigation continues.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 August 2017 16:26
More than $6K in booze seized during north-east RCMP enforcement blitz PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chelsea Laskowski   
Monday, 21 August 2017 14:46

A photo from a Southend RCMP blitz in early July. Photo supplied by RCMP.

The RCMP says 15 people have been charged and liquor with a street value of $6,380 was seized last week during a two-day liquor and traffic enforcement blitz in the Pelican Narrows, Sandy Bay, Southend and Creighton regions.

The RCMP says the charges after the Thursday and Friday seizures include canvassing, possession and bootlegging, but there were also seven traffic safety act violations issued and one criminal code arrest warrant executed after 879 vehicles were checked.

In a news release, the RCMP said people can expect more initiatives in northern communities in 2017, and “The primary objective is to disrupt the supply of alcohol destined for illegal resale in northern Saskatchewan communities.”

Saskatchewan Environment helped in the blitz.

The RCMP asks anyone with related information to contact their local detachment or call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477), text Sasktel at *8477, or submit a tip online.


Last Updated on Monday, 21 August 2017 16:21
Pinehouse Lake teen wins people’s choice award at Miss Teenage Canada PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chelsea Laskowski   
Monday, 21 August 2017 13:57

Madison Tinker with her family after winning the people’s choice award. Photo courtesy Madison Tinker, Facebook.

Northern Saskatchewan has helped a 15-year-old girl win the vote-based national people’s choice award at the Miss Teenage Canada competition.

Madison Tinker from Pinehouse Lake was representing Northern Saskatchewan when she won the people’s choice prize at the Toronto pageant earlier this month. She said jigging during the talent portion was a way to represent her Metis culture on a national stage.

“Most people haven’t seen someone jig before so after my performance I had a lot of people coming up to me and hugging me, saying ‘oh I wish I could have come up there and danced with you.’ So it was just a great feeling knowing I was representing my community,” Tinker said.

Her highlights include making it to the Top 20, winning the people’s choice award, and most of all, getting out of her shell while meeting young women her age from across the country.

“Before I wasn’t really much of a social person. I had a hard time talking to people that I didn’t really know. This experience just changed my life for the better,” Tinker said, adding that the 58 other competitors were incredibly supportive and easygoing.

“I’m better at talking, I’m more outgoing now than I was before.”

Madison said the confidence she has gained is thanks to her family, principal, and mayor who all urged people to vote for her throughout the competition even though she initially had doubts, thinking “I won’t make it,” before entering and winning runner-up in the Saskatchewan competition in April.

Tinker said she doesn’t expect to enter any pageants in the future, instead planning to focus on her studies as she heads into Grade 11 in the fall.

“What I want to do after school requires a lot of prep and a lot of good grades and whatnot, so I have to really focus on my school for now because I want to be an optometrist,” she said.

Tinker and her family’s travels to Toronto were helped along by fundraisers, and they just got back late last week.


Last Updated on Monday, 21 August 2017 14:37
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