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Fatal Pedestrian Accident 122313

A Squaw Lake man was killed in a traffic accident on Friday. According to the Minnesota State patrol on December 20th at around 8:20 PM they were called to Highway 46 north of Squaw Lake for a report of an automobile – pedestrian accident. According to the report a vehicle driven by 57 year old Carl Fugleberg of Byron was southbound on HWY 46 when it struck 33 year old Keith Rogers of Squaw Lake who was crossing the road from east to west. Rogers was transported by Deer River Ambulance to Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Fugleberg was apparently not injured. The Itasca County Sheriffs Office assisted at the scene.


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Cold Weaather Advisory 122313

A wind chill of thirty-three degrees below zero can freeze exposed skin in twenty to thirty minutes. The experts suggest wearing layers of dry clothing and insuring all exposed skin is covered as much as possible. While the wind chill won’t cool your vehicle below the air temperature it will make it cool off faster and could result in the freezing of windshield fluid. If you are traveling any distance during this cold weather law enforcement and the Minnesota Department of Transportation suggest keeping a winter survival kit in your vehicle. Content suggestions are available on the MN DOT website at

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Crime Report 122313

In the local crime report from the Grand Rapids Police Department:

On Thursday December 19th an off sale liquor establishment reported a shoplifter. The suspect was captured on video surveillance walking out of the store with a bottle of liquor under his coat. He was identified, located at home and arrested for felony probation violation and theft.
Management at an apartment complex on River Road reported that a $200 game console located in the common room had been stolen. No suspects.
A resident of an apartment complex on 1st Avenue SE reported two packages that had been delivered by the post office had been stolen. Estimated value $200. Management of the complex reports they have had several complaints of other packages being stolen recently. Under investigation.
On Friday December 20th a family restaurant on 4th Street NW reported a customer had left without paying, sort of. The suspect was having issues with his credit card, having it declined several times. He told the restaurant he was going to the bank to find out what was wrong with his card and never returned. Law enforcement located the suspect at home and he admitted to not paying for the $11 meal. He was cited.
Loss prevention personnel at a retail outlet on 29th Street SE reported a group of individuals had left the store with $140 in car stereo parts without paying for them. They were suspected of taking more items. Law enforcement were unable to locate the suspects vehicle.
A two vehicle accident occurred on Saturday December 21st in the intersection of Pokegama Avenue North and 4th Street North. One vehicle was southbound the other traveling east on 4th Street. One ran the red light and struck the other. There were […]

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US Senator Al Franken on Farm Bill 122013

It has been a very frustrating year and a half working on the Farm Bill according to Senator Al Franken. He said eighteen months ago the Senate passed a Farm Bill that the House didn’t take up however he is optimistic they will get a five year bill passed after the first of the new year. He said farmers need the assurances provided in a five year Farm Bill. Things like milk prices and the supplemental nutritional assistance program are contained in the Farm Bill.

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DEED November Job Numbers 122013

The Minnesota unemployment rate fell 0.2 percent in November to a seasonally adjusted 4.6 percent, according to figures released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The U.S. unemployment rate was 7 percent in November. Minnesota employers shed 800 jobs in November, although that loss was offset by October figures that were revised upward by an additional 1,000 jobs. Private sector employment in Minnesota climbed by 2,400 in November and was revised upward by another 2,300 jobs from October. Minnesota has gained 39,800 jobs over the past year, a growth rate of 1.4 percent, compared with a U.S. growth rate of 1.7 percent. Information led all sectors in November, gaining 1,300 jobs. Other gains occurred in financial activities, manufacturing, construction, and leisure and hospitality. Logging and mining were unchanged. For more details about the agency and our services, visit us at



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Salvation Army Matching Donations 122013

When you make a donation to the Salvation Army today and tomorrow they will be getting a little extra bang for your buck with all donations being doubled.  This is the largest two-day matching gift in Salvation Army history. It comes from a small group of anonymous donors who pooled $2 million worth of matching funds to get Salvation Army Christmas Campaigns back on track in Minnesota and North Dakota. To double your donation today and Saturday:

• Give at a kettle

• Call 800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)

• Stop by your local Salvation Army and drop off a check dated 12/20 or 12/21

• Give online at


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Cold Weather Safety 121913

Hypothermia is a very Minnesotan problem, and with frigid temperatures occupying much of December this year, people are reminded to be aware of the sometimes deadly conditions. Health officials have recently released a campaign to spread awareness about hypothermia, and while many areas saw frigid temperatures over the last week, few places in the country compare to northern Minnesota’s cold spell. Last week, portions of northeastern Minnesota reported temperatures dipping as low as negative 31 degrees. The colder it gets, the more hypothermia becomes a factor. Hypothermia is a condition brought on when the body temperature drops to less than 95°F. It can kill. Warning signs include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion.

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Superintendent Mark Adams 121913

Despite some improved economic factors the Greenway school district still needs to levy to fund the twelve million dollar budget necessary to run the school district. According to Superintendent Mark Adams taxpayers will see about a 6% increase in property taxes. He said there is a small fund balance in the general fund; however school districts are limited by state statutes as to how much of a balance they can maintain. Adams said there will be a slight increase in enrollment over the next few years so they are looking at space requirements closely.


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Sports Headlines for Dec. 19

Thunderhawks prep for Holiday Classic

The Grand Rapids Thunderhawk boy’s hockey team heads south for the Edina Holiday Classic which begins tonight and ends on Saturday. The Thunderhawks are coming off a strong bounce back performance with a 6-1 victory over Virginia-Mountain Iron-Buhl when they open play with Edina at Braemer Arena in Edina. The Thunderhawks will face not one but three top-five hockey teams according to Let’s Play Hockey Magazine. Grand Rapids opens play at 8 p.m. with Edina on Thursday night. Friday night’s game with Eden Prairie can be heard at 6 p.m. on 1320-KOZY as well as Saturday’s game with Elk River.

Area basketball teams in action

The Greenway Raider boys and girls basketball teams will do battle with Littlefork-Big Falls tonight. The boys tip at 7:15 p.m. at the Karen Tomberlin Gymnasium in Coleraine tonight while the girls travel to Littlefork to square off with the Vikings. The Bigfork boy’s basketball team takes to the road tonight to square off with the Blackduck Drakes at 7:15 p.m.

Love, Pekovic pace T-wolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves handed the league’s best a decisive defeat, 120-109, at the Target Center last night in Minneapolis. The Portland Trailblazers entered play with gaudy record of 20-4 overall. However, playing their fourth game in five days seemed to slow down the Trailblazers. Kevin Love finished an assist shy of a triple-double as he scored 29 points, grabbed 15 boards and dished out nine assists. Nikola Pekovic paced the T’wolves with 30 points in the win.

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HWY 169 West Improvements 121913

Cities on the Iron Range will soon be seeing a great deal of economic growth, thanks to a $600 thousand dollar grant from the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board. The money will go toward improvements on Highway 169 West. The plan is to improve the area by the highway for future retail development. Tony Sertich, commissioner of the IRRRB, says infrastructure projects, like these, are good news for construction workers in northeastern Minnesota. “It’s a great thing across the Range because we’re going to be creating over 350 jobs, and for every dollar we put in it’s one less dollar those cities have to put in. So the big win, the big benefit is really, in the short term construction jobs are going to be created, in the long term better economic base and future job opportunities,” said Sertich. The IRRRB will announce this grant and several others at its board meeting on Friday.

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