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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.
A century of innovation in agriculture

A century of innovation in agriculture

It was an extra special day for the Scott Research Farm Friday. Not only was it celebrating its 100th anniversary of agricultural research in Saskatchewan, but mustard seed producers received a boost from the federal government.

Duperron case to return to court Sept.9

The man who entered guilty pleas in connection to a February ATM stabbing incident at the Royal Bank will be back in court Sept. 9. Michael John Duperron had previously pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and breach of a long term offender order.
Arm wrestling the wind

Arm wrestling the wind

I've been wishing for the call for a couple of years. I wasn't waiting by the phone, but every summer I hoped to get a chance to go on a real canoe trip.
Lloyd takes mosquito AA title in NB

Lloyd takes mosquito AA title in NB

North Battleford was the place to be for baseball action on the weekend as the provincial Mosquito AA title was decided.