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Federal and Provincial Governments Kick In $330,000 To Restore Stanley Mission Church PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 18:09

The oldest building in Saskatchewan will be around for generations to come thanks to some major restoration work financed by the federal and provincial governments.

The Holy Trinity Anglican Church at Stanley Mission was built in 1860 and still stands proud 154 years later.

It is a beautiful building on the shores of the Churchill River in Lac La Ronge Provincial Park.

The church was designed by the English missionary Robert Hunt and constructed by Cree craftsman using locally cut lumber as well as stained glass brought from England.

It took six years to build and has stood the test of time.

However, the Stanley Mission church now needs some major restoration work which includes a new foundation and roof.

Saskatchewan Parks Minister Kevin Doherty says it is critically important to maintain the historic site.

“It not only has historical significance for the province but cultural significance, obviously for our First Nations and Métis population in this province it is something our government recognizes,” he says.

Doherty says in addition to being a national historic site and tourist destination, the church still also serves as a place of worship.

“The locals still use it as a church up there. It’s historically important, it’s culturally important, it has a tourism aspect to it - so that is important to us as well.”

The total cost of the recent restoration work was $330,000 dollars.

The province provided $230,000 with the federal government providing the rest.

Doherty says if more money is needed to preserve the church, the province will provide it as needs arise.

Two face charges after RCMP shoot at vehicle PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 15:37

An 18 year old man and a 16 year old girl were in La Ronge Provincial Court today facing numerous charges after police shot at a vehicle Tuesday afternoon.

It started around 2:30 p.m. when Montreal Lake RCMP advised La Ronge RCMP that a vehicle traveling north on Highway 2 at excessive speeds was entering their detachment area and was a concern for public safety.

Around 3 p.m. a road block and spike belt was set up 15-kilometers south of La Ronge.

Police fired a shotgun at the approaching vehicle which rammed a police cruiser, drove over a spike belt and hit the ditch.

There were no injuries reported.

The two people got out of the vehicle and took off running into the bush.

With the help of a police dog from Prince Albert and Conservation Officers on snowmobiles, the two suspects were arrested shortly after 7 p.m. on the east side of Potato Lake.

As a precaution, both of them were taken to the La Ronge Hospital and then turned over to police.

The 18 year old, Jordan Malcolm Desjarlais, was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant out of Calgary.

The new charges include dangerous driving, assaulting a peace officer and vehicle theft.

The 16 year old female suspect cannot be identified and was charged with resisting arrest and breach of undertaking.


The investigation continues.

Man Hospitalized After Being Shot In Pelvic Area On The Ahtahkakoop Reserve PDF Print E-mail
Written by mbcnews   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:42

One person is recovering in hospital and another is facing charges after a shooting incident at the Ahtahkakoop First Nation.

Tuesday night, RCMP were called to a home on the reserve and found a 41-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the "pelvic area".

The victim was taken to Shellbrook Hospital and then transferred to Saskatoon.

One person was arrested at the scene and faces five charges including aggravated assault and careless use of a firearm.

RCMP officers had been at the home just 20 minutes earlier to investigate an assault complaint involving the suspect and the victim -- but Mounties left the scene after being assured that the situation had been resolved.

59-year-old Stephen Masuskapoe is scheduled to appear in Prince Albert Provincial Court today.

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