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The Regina Public Library introduced video games to their collection two years ago as part of a larger effort in using modern technology to capture people's interest. Photo by Ethan Stein.

Walk into the Regina Public Library’s Central branch and it’s a different entity from 10 years ago: Computers are the centrepiece of the main floor, music and DVD rentals have their own sizeable section on the second floor and the children’s branch has touch-screen computers and a green screen display.

 

And with the introduction of video games into its catalogue, UFC, NBA, Transformers and Duck Dynasty have a larger physical presence in the library.

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Martin Academy co-coordinator Rob Cherepuschak

Regina high school students Jayden Lorenz and Brandon Logan took a leap of faith of sorts when, despite pleas from their friends, they each decided to enroll at the newly formed Martin Academy, the Queen City’s newest addition to its public school system.

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Mallory Weiss and Kristina Derrick regularly find themselves mailing packages all over the globe.

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Frank Theofan, owner of Bach and Beyond.  Photo by Jason Kerr.

The Golden Mile Shopping Centre on the southern part of Albert Street stands as a monument to a bygone era. Built as Regina’s first ever mall back in the ’60s, it’s survived shifting demographic tides, robbery attempts and a 2013 air gun scare. Large print signs blaring names like Rexall Pharmacy and Smitty’s hang overtop the various entrances that weekday shoppers scramble into, seeking protection from the last blizzard of the year. Inside there are numerous beauty salons, doctors, investment advisors and more than a few specialty stores – the mall’s heart and soul.

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Two Regina men designed a board game in Regina.

The dice rolls seven. You move the robber to the wood square your buddy with the most points sits on. You steal his brick card, exactly what you needed. Time to lay down that last road you need to steal the longest road card as you throw your hands in the air in victory.

 

Board games like this one, Settlers of Catan, take time and effort to play, and even longer to create. And the brains behind these exciting games aren’t your typical tech geeks.

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