Prince Albert

Crowd shows huge support during P.A. Kraft Celebration Tour stop
By Kayla Bruch

paNOW Staff

After making the top 10 to win $100,000 in the TSN/Kraft Celebration Tour, people from Prince Albert and the surrounding areas showed their support for the Kinsmen Water Park.

Earl of Wessex to tour Saskatchewan
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For the fifth time, the Earl of Wessex will be touring through Saskatchewan.

His Royal Highness Prince Edward will visit Saskatchewan from Sept. 17 to 19 stopping in Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon and Swift Current. Premier Brad Wall announced the royal visit Wednesday morning.

Kraft Celebration Tour stops in P.A.
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TSN anchors Darren Dutchyshen and Kate Beirness are in Prince Albert today to do a live broadcast as part of the Kraft Celebration Tour.

The Kinsmen Water Park in Prince Albert was one of the top 10 entries and will receive $25,000 for upgrades.

An additional $100,000 will be awarded to the community that receives the most online votes by Aug. 25.

Robber accused of targeting mother and son arrested
By Nigel Maxwell paNOW Staff

Prince Albert Police are releasing details about a frightening incident that happened Saturday afternoon for a mother and her son.

The 32-year-old woman was parked in the Victoria Hospital parking lot. According to police, a man approached the vehicle, opened the driver’s side door, and forced the woman to get out. The boy was able to escape the vehicle on his own.

The man then took the car keys from the woman's hand and proceeded to drive away in the vehicle.

Minor injuries in car accident near Cornerstone
paNOW Staff

A car crashed into a tree in a centre median on Wednesday morning, leaving its three occupants with minor injuries.

The accident occured on 15th Street East in front of the Superstore.

The Prince Albert Police, Prince Albert Fire Department and Parkland Ambulance all attended the scene.

Traffic was affected both ways as emergency responders dealt with the incident.

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Court appeal confirms landfill did not contaminate old drive-in site

By Chelsea Laskowski

paNOW Staff

The City of Prince Albert has once again dodged paying for a failed property sale.

The owners of the old drive-in theatre outside Prince Albert have taken the City to court twice in a legal battle that dates back over a decade.

Strand Theatre Ltd. owns the old drive-in property, which closed down in 2004.

The City of Prince Albert owns a decommissioned landfill site which is near that property. It ceased operating as a landfill in 1972.

Gift of Mercy Fun Run gets a boost
By Alex Soloducha paNOW Staff

The Gift of Mercy Fun Run has an extra spring in its step.

On Tuesday afternoon, Duane Braaten at Advantage Real Estate Services Inc. donated $1,000 to sponsor the event.

The run will be held Sept. 13 on the Rotary Trail and includes two, five and 10 kilometre runs.

Ron Poetker, one of the organizers of the run, said all of the entry fees go directly to a charity of the runner’s choosing.

VIDEO: Local PA residents jump on board ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
By Sarah Stone paNOW Staff

The ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral phenomenon started in the United States by the Frates Family, has reached Prince Albert and some prominent members of the community are getting wet for the cause.

On Tuesday evening, a few people in the health care field took part in the challenge.

Minto Apts. knocked down but legal fight isn't over
By Thia James paNOW Staff

The dust has settled over the rubble that once was the Minto Apartments, but its property’s former owner will continue to fight the City of Prince Albert in the courts.

The building was knocked down by a construction crew on Monday, years after it had been closed. It was the subject of lawsuits and subsequent appeals filed by its former owner, Larry Markwart. The City finally took ownership of the building from Markwart in 2012, citing unpaid property taxes.

PHOTOS: TSN/Kraft Celebration Tour crews hit the water in PA
By Sarah Stone

paNOW Staff

The TSN/Kraft Celebration Tour is getting ready for the Prince Albert event on Wednesday at the Kinsmen Water Park, but first they wanted to see what the city had to offer.

At the boat launch on Tuesday TSN SPORTSCENTRE anchors Darren Dutchyshen and Kate Beirness met Fresh Air Experience to try some kayaking.

Neighbours reflect on fatal house fire
By Thia James

paNOW Staff

PA and area under severe thunderstorm watch

paNOW Staff

Prince Albert and many surrounding communities are under severe thunderstorm watch.

Environment Canada said these storms could produce strong wind gusts, large hail, heavy rain or even weak funnel clouds.

The storm will hit track into central and northeastern sections of the grain belt Tuesday night and could become severe.

Visit Environment Canada's website for the latest updates on the developing storms.

One found dead after house fire
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A fire late Monday night has claimed the life of a Prince Albert resident.

The person’s identity has not yet been confirmed but an autopsy will be completed.

Prince Albert Police were called to a house on the 500 block of 23rd Street East along with the Prince Albert Fire Department because of a house fire.

After it had been put out, a body was found inside.

The Forensic Identification Section, the Office of the Chief Coroner, fire investigators and Criminal Investigation Division are investigating at the scene.

Kraft Celebration Tour takes over PA in a major way
By Alex Soloducha paNOW Staff

If your bucket list includes being on TV, now you can -- and help to save a very popular attraction in Prince Albert while you’re at it.

The TSN/Kraft Celebration Tour will be in the city on Wednesday.

They are hoping to see as many people as possible out at the Kinsmen Water Park for the broadcast.

Shannon Hurl, nominator and chair of the ‘Save Our Summer, Save Our Slides Committee,’ said there will be lots of things to do all day.

Group of women arrested after eventful night
paNOW Staff

Seven women all had some explaining to do on Saturday night when they were arrested by Prince Albert Police.

A witness reported someone getting out of a red truck and smashing the front window of a house on the 300 block of 12th Street East.

Sgt. Brandon Mudry said it can likely be classified as targeted vandalism, although that didn’t really go as planned for them either. 

“It looked like the females believed that it was somebody else’s residence,” he said.

Water main break leaves some with brown water
By Thia James

paNOW Staff

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Minto Apartments demolition day is ‘a good day’
By Thia James paNOW Staff

The thick morning fog had lifted by the time a bulldozer began to raze the Minto Apartments early Monday morning. 

The distinctive crunch of metal digging into concrete resounded through the downtown neighbourhood where only half of the building known as the “Snake Pit” now stands. The demolition drew a few onlookers out to watch the bricks and mortar fall to the mounting pile of rubble on the ground.

UPDATED: Minto Apartments being torn down Monday
UPDATED: Minto Apartments being torn down Monday
By Thia James paNOW Staff

The long battle over the fate of the Minto Apartments appears to be drawing to a close with the planned demolition of the building on Monday morning.

The long-vacant apartments have been the subject of near decade long legal battle. The building, known to area residents as “The Snake Pit,” has been eyed for demolition for years. A Court of Queen’s Bench judge in Prince Albert ruled in 2011 that the City had the legal right to tear the Minto Apartments down.

Local drum and pipe group heads to China
By James Bowler paNOW Staff

One group of musicians from Prince Albert will be making a big trip to Shanghai, China to show off their skills.

The Prince Albert Highlanders Pipes and Drums are heading to the Chinese Festival in Shanghai, but as Michael McLaughlan, pipe sergeant with the Highlanders said, this won’t be their first time in China.

“They had seen us perform before in Beijing about three years ago,” said McLaughlan.

He said that last year the group received a request from the organizers of the festival.

POLL: PAPHR hand-washing results could use cleaning up
By Sarah Stone paNOW Staff

It’s something you learn at a young age to maintain a healthy life, but a recent hand-washing audit in the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region (PAPHR) shows it’s more than just running your hands under water.

The results of an audit conducted in May throughout the PAPHR on hand hygiene “leave a lot of room for improvement in the use of this critical control method,” according to an article posted in the PAPHR August 2014 Inside the Region newsletter.

Parkland Ambulance and PA Police report busy weekend

paNOW Staff

Parkland Ambulance paramedics were kept on their toes this weekend responding to 49 incidents between Friday night and Sunday.

Of those incidents there were a few car accidents and some assaults.

On Saturday afternoon around 4 p.m. paramedics were called to the scene of an incident in the 3100-block of Second Avenue West, where a man had been struck by a car.

The 27-year-old was taken to hospital in good condition.

Later that evening paramedics were called to Montreal Lake Cree Nation for a vehicle collision.

Car accident at Wesley United Church
paNOW Staff

It was an unexpected morning for one Prince Albert Sunday service.

Just after 11 a.m. Prince Albert police, firefighters and Parkland Ambulance responded to a single-car accident at Wesley United Church.

The car had crashed onto the lawn of the property.

At the scene an elderly man sat in the driver’s seat while crews spoke with him.  In a weekend report put out by Parkland Ambulance an elderly woman received minor injuries.

The white four-door car had to be towed away from the scene.

Teen reports attack by group of adults in PA
By James Bowler paNOW Staff

A case of mistaken identity may have allegedly led to a vicious assault on a young teenage girl in Prince Albert.

Soraya Swiftwolfe, 15, was walking home from work when she was approached by a group of adults, according to her mother, Crystal Swiftwolfe.

“These people were across the street from her,” said Crystal. “It was four males and a female.”

She said they crossed the street, following Soraya and called out to her with a different name.

Language classes in PA focus on culture
By Alex Soloducha paNOW staff

If you’ve been thinking about learning a new language, this fall you might be in luck.

The Prince Albert Multicultural Council, located at 1410 C Central Avenue, will be putting on weekly classes in both Spanish and Cree starting in September.

Santos Ramos will be teaching conversational Spanish to participants. He said people take his classes for a varied number of reasons. .