The fourth Thursday in November has been celebrated as Thanksgiving for many years and is commonly, but not universally, traced to a poorly documented 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. This year the holiday falls on the last day possible in the month and this Thanksgiving Day is also the start of the Hanukkah celebration, which may not occur again for several thousand years. Currently celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November by federal legislation in 1941. American football is one of the many traditions that is associated with Thanksgiving Day. Virtually every level of football, from amateur and high school to college and the NFL plays football on Thanksgiving Day or the immediately following holiday weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).
To take a child shopping for Christmas presents the Grand Rapids Police Department asked for and received permission to accept a donation from several area agencies. Mayor Dale Adams said the $4900 will go towards the Grand Rapids Police Department “Shop With A Hero” program for children to shop for gifts for others.
Plastic bag consumption in the United States averages out to about 300 bags for every consumer and Earth Circle wants to reduce those numbers here in Grand Rapids. Mayor Dale Adams said a group of concerned citizens made a presentation at Monday’s work session:
“What they are encouraging is for people to go and have their own bag that you go in, its permanent type bag, you can bring your groceries or something from a store that you would have.”
He said they have got great feedback from two major retailers in the city. The Mayor said the City Council will make a proclamation at the next council meeting recommending reusable shopping bags.
A 24 year old man was injured in a two vehicle accident that occurred Monday November 25th at 6:48 PM on Highway 135 about a mile north of Gilbert. According to the Minnesota State Patrol Alan Gams of Embarrass was westbound on HWY 135 when he lost control of the vehicle and was struck by a vehicle driven by 68 year old Dennis Jacobsen of Aurora. Gams was transported to the Virginia Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Jacobsen was apparently not injured. The Gilbert Police Department assisted at the scene.
A great way to celebrate the holidays with your family and get a Christmas Tree for $5 or enough balsam boughs to make five wreaths for only $20 is to visit the Superior National Forest. Stop by a Forest Service Office for a $5 permit to cut down a Christmas Tree, households are allowed two permits a year. To obtain a permit to cut enough balsam boughs to make 5 door size wreaths contact the Forest Service Office nearest where you plan to harvest the boughs. If you plan to harvest a large amount of boughs a commercial permit must be purchased. The Forest Service recommends you make the trip enjoyable and safe by following some safety tips available on their web site www.fs.usda.gov/superior.
In the local crime report from the Grand Rapids Police Department:
A resident on 4th Avenue NE reported their home had a forced entry burglary occur on Thursday November 21st. The homeowner reported the back door was almost torn completely off it’s hinges. Several food and beverage items were reported missing as were a pair of designer jeans. Total loss was estimated at over one thousand dollars.
A resident of 7th Street SE reported an assault occurred on Sunday November 24th. There was a knock on her door, she answered it and there was a man dressed all in black, with a black mask covering his face. He grabbed her and shoved her against a wall, causing a cut on her forehead and bruising on her throat. Under investigation.
Over a half of a million dollars are being utilized to enhance and or acquire over fifteen thousand acres of public hunting land throughout the state by the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association and the MN DNR. Through membership drives, Hides for Habitat programs, banquets and other fund-raisers the MDHA raises money for many projects including matching funds for Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Programs geared toward improving and increasing public hunting areas.
The Minnesota Firearms Deer Season has ended and preliminary numbers indicate the total harvest statewide is down. In the four permit zones in our area the numbers for the first ten days of the hunt indicate an overall drop of 8% with a 10% drop in bucks and a 5% drop in antlerless deer.
There will be a fifth round-about in our area. For the past twelve years the topic of a road through the Itasca County Fairgrounds has caused discussion, often heated and always polarized. It appears the City of Grand Rapids is about to commit. Julie Kennedy, City Engineer says the project would start immediately after road restrictions are lifted in May and would be done in mid-August before the fair begins. Itasca County Commissioner Rusty Eichorn said there have been several community meetings to help with this decision and the round-about arose from them. The stakeholders involved in the decision making process the list is quite extensive, like the AG association, the vintage car club … and of course, the taxpayers of Itasca County. They were all involved in the decision process to arrive with this plan as the final chosen plan. One point to note is that residents in the area will not be losing any property. The round-about will go over the dirt and gravel parking area at the southern end of the fairground and will include some green-space, a parking area and a storm water treatment area. Included in the project will be an upgrade to Crystal Lake Boulevard and some proposed trails.
There will be a car show the last weekend of July. Chuck Beck with the Northern Cruisers Car Club said it is their thirtieth anniversary and it:
“… will be happening on car show weekend, I believe it is July 26th, 2014. It is going ahead full steam.”
He said a lot of car people like to come to Grand Rapids for that weekend.