Record sightings of monarch butterflies are setting hearts aflutter in Saskatchewan.
The butterflies are generally a rare sight on the prairies, but this year is the largest migration in 140 years.
"It's a remarkable year for the monarch butterfly," said John Acorn, a biology professor at the University of Alberta and insect expert.
"Virtually everybody who has gone outside has seen at least one."
The butterflies flying around southern and central Saskatchewan are likely the grandchildren of those who started the migration from Mexico City.
It was a warm sunny day on May 29 in
Prince Albert when Bradley Fiddler reeled in the big one.
He and some friends where casting from the shore of the North Saskatchewan River near 12th Avenue West when Fiddler hooked something big.
“We we’re only fishing for a couple of hours. I was just sitting there then of all sudden, bam, just took my line and he was just gone.”
It took the 21-year-old 30 minutes to reel in what turned out to be a 60 inch 52 pound Lake Sturgeon.
There is more information about a fatal crash that killed two people north of Saskatoon.
Emergency crews raced to the scene at around 8:30 p.m. Sunday after a car and an SUV met head-on along Highway 11, just north of Hague.
MD Ambulance confirmed that a five-year-old boy and a woman in her twenties are among the dead.
Troy Davies with MD Ambulance said that a car with four people had collided with another vehicle driven by a 31-year-old man.
"A very tragic accident and I know RCMP are still investigating right now," said Davies.
The NDP celebrated the 50th anniversary of Medicare in Saskatchewan at their convention this weekend.
It’s something NDP Health Critic Cam Broten said is still integral to their party’s principles.
“Medicare is fundamentally about values the New Democrats believe in,” he said.
“It’s about achieving more by collective action by working together, and it’s about building a more compassionate and more fair society.”
There may be plenty of sunshine in the forecast but some in the city are keeping an eye out for rain.
Saskatchewan Watershed Authority data shows water table levels in Saskatoon are at about a 40 year high.
A high water table can be a nuisance for homes susceptible to flooding, as some in the city experienced during this last week of rain.
It can also slow construction projects waiting for water to drain and help breed water based insect populations.
A bird found only on the prairies is near extinction.
The number of sage grouse’s in Saskatchewan has dropped significantly from last year.
There are only 18 of the male birds left in the province; last year there were 42.
Lorne Scott from Nature Saskatchewan believes there are a number of factors causing the drop in numbers.
A video of verbal abuse driving an elderly woman to tears, has gone viral.
The video shows a group of kids viciously bullying Karen Klein, a 68-year-old bus monitor in upstate New York.
A Toronto businessman saw the video on the popular social media site Reddit and decided to try and make life easier for Klein.
Max Sidorov set up a fundraiser to send her on a trip, with the goal of raising $5,000.
A Prince Albert author is condemning the National Geographic Channel for a TV documentary series they aired depicting the Hutterite culture from a sect in Montana.
“The program was intended or promised to be a factual, accurate documentary, and this of course is nothing like it. It’s obvious a reality show,” said Mary-Ann Kirkby author of I Am Hutterite.
The investigation into why line cutters
were left overnight in the woods Apr. 21 has concluded. SaskPower said in a
press release that they consider the matter closed.
The line cutters working for SaskPower were hired through Kitsaki. They were only meant to spend a day working in the woods, but stayed the night at the line cutting site when they were not picked up by helicopter.
A group of people along the Meewasin trail will not be dressed in the shorts and t-shirts of the regular trail users.
Clad head-to-toe in white, protective hazardous-materials suits, 25 Meewasin and city workers will be picking up blobs of tar-like substance.
This comes after an oil-like road sealant was released into the river as a result of a storm sewer spill last week.
"There was a chemical substance discharged into the river. We think there is about 2,500 to about 4,000 litres, it's a small amount," said Susan Lamb with the Meewasin Authority.