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Battlefords News Optimist

We are not Riderville

The Battlefords' chances of winning the Where is Riderville? contest went down the drain Saturday. Five finalists in the Saskatchewan Roughriders contest as part of the club's 100th anniversary celebrations were announced on the weekend.

Delorme to jail for pizza robbery

A woman who pled guilty to a humiliating robbery-gone-wrong is going to jail.
Writing not for faint of heart

Writing not for faint of heart

After three and a half years of drafts, edits, and doubts, the result of these frustrations has been printed, bound, and shipped to book stores.
Defunct railroad equipment nifty way to travel

Defunct railroad equipment nifty way to travel

Not everyone was at the Craven Country Music Jamboree or the Roughrider game at Mosaic Stadium in Regina.

Shoreline cleanup a worthy endeavour

Litter seems to be a North American constant that we seem powerless to eradicate. I am often appalled at how the area around the Royal Bank Tower in North Battleford looks when a stiff prairie wind arrives to stir things up.
Summer School nurtures talent

Summer School nurtures talent

If talent had a semi-solid form, it would have oozed from between the very bricks of North Battleford's Third Avenue United Church last week.

Picking berries, finding good

I headed for the raspberry patch early Sunday morning - nothing like fresh berries on whole grain cereal.
Respect for flood water a healthy stance

Respect for flood water a healthy stance

This month I watched an event transpire through press releases on my BlackBerry that I was not present at, yet I could visualize clearly. That's because I had seen it before. July 12, the first e-mail from RCMP media relations came in.
Rain drowns out parade

Rain drowns out parade

For the first time in history, the Battleford Parade has been officially cancelled, after heavy rains put a damper on festivities July 16. "It's a tough decision," said Mayor Chris Odishaw at the regular town council meeting July 19.

Glaslyn rollover kills one

One person is dead following a rollover near Glaslyn on the weekend. RCMP say the crash happened about five kilometers west of the town on Highway 3, where a vehicle struck a culvert and flipped over after veering off the road shortly after 11:30 p.