A snowmobile driver is dead after a crash in Bemidji Saturday afternoon. The Bemidji Police Department says 23-year-old Seth Ryan of Bemidji died after colliding with a mailbox and several trees. The crash was reported on the east side of Lake Bemidji, within the Bemidji city limits. Ryan apparently was riding alone. He died at the scene.
The Itasca County Sheriffs Office has a suspect in custody with charges pending in relation to a string of church burglaries throughout the county. Sheriffs Investigator Mark Weller said since this past spring there have been nine different churches hit with one of those getting robbed twice. The suspect is also believed to be involved with at least one cabin burglary. Investigator Weller said the suspect allegedly took thousands of dollars worth of items during the burglaries. Due to the on-going investigation specific details are not available however Weller said that tips from the public helped identify & arrest the suspect. The suspects identity has not been released as charges are pending.
Hibbing Police are asking for your help in identifying the armed robbery suspect that held up the Short Stop Gas Station in Hibbing on Saturday evening. According to authorities, at approximately 6:20 PM Saturday, an unidentified man brandished a small black and silver handgun at the Short Stop cashier and demanded cash. The suspect was about 6 feet tall, wearing light colored jeans, white shoes, a black sweatshirt, with a white and black bandanna around his face. He left on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. An immediate search of the area was conducted by authorities, but the man has not been located as of yet. Anyone with information is asked to call 911.
In the local crime report from the Grand Rapids Police Department:
On Saturday December 28th a resident of 7th Street SE reported his truck had been stolen. He said he allowed two juvenile males access to his apartment because of the temperatures. While in the apartment they evidently observed him place the keys to the truck in his coat and hang it up. When the victim woke up the next morning the vehicle was gone. Law enforcement located the stolen truck in the Aitkin area.
In the local crime report from the Grand Rapids Police Department:
On Monday December 23rd a retail business on Pokegama Avenue South reported a shoplifting incident. A suspect had been apprehended by store personnel after having taken a set of bib overalls, a jacket, chainsaw and generator, the total value was not released. While being escorted to the office the suspect broke free and ran out the front door, knocking an employee to the floor. The suspect was stopped by two customers in the parking lot and returned to the office where he fell to his knees and injured them. EMS was notified. The suspect was arrested for felony theft and charged with gross misdemeanor escape, misdemeanor giving a false name & DOB, misdemeanor fleeing on foot and disorderly conduct.
Also on Monday a vehicle pedestrian accident occurred in the parking lot of a retail merchant on 29th street SE. The pickup truck backed into the pedestrian and left the scene. Video surveillance identified the vehicle and it was located in the parking lot of a retail grocer on Pokegama Avenue South. The driver admitted to being in the retail outlet’s parking lot but did not know they had struck the pedestrian. The back window of the pickup truck was snow covered and the read bumper showed evidence of having hit something. The victim was taken to the ER, treated for a bruised back and released.
A residence on Pokegama Avenue South had a $30 wreath stolen on Thursday December 26th. The homeowner reported seeing a vehicle speed away.
Also on Thursday a customer of a bank on 10th Street SW reached across the counter while his teller’s back was turned and took two $1 coins. The bank […]
The unemployment rate in Itasca County is higher than in most of Minnesota according to figures released recently by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The seasonally unadjusted rate for November in Itasca County was 6.4%. The overall rate for the state was 4.6% as opposed to the national rate of 7% for November. The numbers released by DEED show that Itasca County has a workforce of 23 thousand and that about fourteen hundred are without work.
The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) approved over six million dollars in public infrastructure grants last week. One of the largest awarded locally was $450,000 to the cities of Bovey and Coleraine for the construction of a new emergency services facility. The two cities have been engaged in emergency services collaboration talks for some time and have also received a $162,000 appropriation for emergency services earlier this year from taconite production taxes allocated by state lawmakers during this legislative session. The total cost of constructing a combined fire hall facility is estimated to be $1.15 million. This news story courtesy of the Scenic Range News Forum.
Northeastern Minnesota has some of the highest rates of high blood pressure in the state, and the state Health Department is working with four clinics to reduce the problem. Doctor Jane Korn says the goal is to better identify patients who need more aggressive treatment. They have received a 140-thousand-dollar grant to work with those clinics to better treat cases of high blood pressure. High blood pressure can cause heart attack or stroke. The participating clinics are in Duluth, Aitkin and Deer River.
A three vehicle accident sent one to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries early Monday morning. According to the Minnesota State Patrol a semi driven by 58 year old Mark Fosso of Cook was hauling logs eastbound on Highway 53 and a semi southbound on 12th Avenue driven by 50 year old Peter Nilson of Duluth collided in the intersection. The load on Fosso’s semi shifted and struck a westbound Highway 53 vehicle driven by 30 year old Jacob Mills of Gilbert. Nilson was taken to the Virginia regional Medical Center and later transferred to St Mary’s in Duluth with serious injuries, Fosso and Mills were apparently not injured. The intersection was closed for about 20 minutes to clean up debris from the accident. The St Louis County Sheriffs Office and the Virgina Police Department assisted at the scene.
Independent School District 318 is searching for a new Superintendent. Conducting the search will be the Minnesota School Boards Association Superintendent Search Service. According to a press release the application deadline is Wednesday February 19th 2014. To insure the community members are aware of the search and to receive input the district has set up a schedule for a series of community meetings for January 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th. A Minnesota School Board Association representative will meet with each school’s community during the week of January 6th through 9th.
■ 6:30 p.m. Monday, January 6 — Grand Rapids High School (800 Conifer Drive, Grand Rapids)
■ 6:30 p.m. Monday, January 6 — Edna I. Murphy Elementary School (822 NE 5th Avenue, Grand Rapids)
■ 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 7 — Robert J. Elkington Middle School (1000 NE 8th Avenue, Grand Rapids)
■ 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 7 — Cohasset Elementary School (450 Columbus Avenue, Cohasset)
■ 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 8 — Forest Lake Elementary School (715 NW 7th Avenue, Grand Rapids)
■ 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 8 — Southwest Elementary School (601 SW 7th Street, Grand Rapids)
■ 6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 9 — Bigfork School (100 Huskie Boulevard, Bigfork)