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Saskatchewan runners among the 32,000 to race the Boston Marathon one year after bombings

One year after twin home-made bombs tore through the finish line of the Boston Marathon, 32,000 runners from around the world returned to the scene to show their strength, resilience , and fearlessness.

Among them was 23 year old Mitchell Larson from Saskatoon, who returned to run his second Boston Marathon.

Centre mall Safeway to become Co-op

Saskatoon is set to have one less Safeway as it becomes a Co-op store.

The Safeway grocery store and gas bar in Centre Mall on 8th Street East will be taken over by Saskatoon Co-op.

It's part of a deal Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) signed with Sobeys Inc. who now owns all Safeway stores.

FCL has acquired 14 grocery stores across Canada with 12 set to be taken over by local retail co-ops and two by a subsidiary of FCL known as The Grocery People.

Power back on after outage blankets city

Many areas in Saskatoon went black Monday morning as a major power outage hit the city.

People began reporting outages on social media after 9 a.m. in the downtown core, north and west sides of the city.

Saskatoon Light and Power (SLP) said ice and humidity affected the substation near First Avene North and 33rd Street and set off a chain reaction. In total, five major and four minor ones along a transmission line were impacted.

Saskatoon invests $500,000 in better road paint

More durable paint is hitting the streets of Saskatoon this spring.

Thursday the City of Saskatoon announced they would be spending an extra $500,000 in 2014 – on top of the annual budget of $800,000 – to put down longer-lasting lane markings on high-traffic roads.

“Winter operations, including the use of gravel and snow clearing, as well as higher traffic volumes, wear off road paint faster,” Angela Gardiner, the city’s director of transportation, said.

Recycling fund confirmed for Saskatchewan

The city’s multi-unit-dwelling (MUD) recycling program needs to collect over 16,000 tons of recycling if they expect $1.5 million each year from the multi-material recycling program (MMRP).

On Tuesday the Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA) presented its plans to deliver the Multi-Material Stewardship Western (MMSW) program, known in Saskatoon as MMRP. Acting managing director for MMSW Karen Melynchuk explained the two sides of the MMRP program, the stewards and the municipalities.

City council approves MUD recycling contract with Cosmopolitan Industries

As early as October, Cosmopolitan Industries could be rolling out the new multi-unit-dwelling (MUD) recycling program.

“It’s a nine-year contract with units paying $2.51 in the first year of the contract which is 2014,” said Cosmo’s Ken Homenick, chair of the waste-reduction committee. “Cosmo will be paid $3.83 as its portion of the $4.66 rate that was originally negotiated.”

City launches spring roadwork program

Warmer temperatures and a melting snowpack means the City of Saskatoon can launch its spring roadwork program, patching potholes and sweeping the streets.

“Starting Monday April 14 we will be kicking off the spring pothole blitz as well as the spring street sweeping blitz,” Pat Hyde director of public works said Friday, adding at this time last year city crews were pothole patching, street sweeping and still pushing snow.

Riversdale Delicatessen brings sweet smell of culture to 20th Street

Riversdale got another boost of culture when the doors to a new deli opened on Friday.
Riversdale Delicatessen, located at 20th Street and Avenue A South, offers Saskatoon a wide selection of fine food and sandwiches.
Co-owned by two Darbys – Darby Taylor and Darby Kells – the deli bakes all its bread in house and imports much of its cheese selection from specialty producers in Italy.

Assisted living centre gets tax money for renovation, new unit

A commitment from the provincial government means a major facelift for the Lighthouse Supported Living facility in downtown Saskatoon.

Health minister Dustin Duncan was on hand to announce $1.5 million in funding from the Government of Saskatchewan.

"It's just a very worthwhile program and organization that's been serving the people of Saskatoon for many years," Duncan said.

Apartment and condo recycling debate heads back to city council

A shortfall in the apartment and condo recycling program could fall on the backs of taxpayers.

A report heading to city council on Monday outlines the city’s plans to pay for multi-unit dwelling (MUD) recycling.

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