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Monthly Archives: December 2013


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Superintendent Bruce Thomas 121813

The Minnesota Legislature approved two school levies during the 2013 session. Those levies resulted in an increase in the per pupil funding for students of over $500. District 318 Superintendent Bruce Thomas said the districts overall budget is fifty six million dollars however the local levy portion is just over ten million dollars. He said that amounts to about a 3% raise to residents property taxes and wants to remind us that over the past ten years the school district has been in a budget cutting mode and have pared their budget down significantly.


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Red Cross Urges Holiday Caution 121813

The American Red Cross urges residents to take extra precautions with cooking and decorating around the holidays. “Cooking is the leading cause of home fires, and as people are cooking, entertaining, and stringing lights this holiday season, we’re urging that they take safety measures to ensure that their homes and loved ones are safe from the threat of fire,” says Phil Hansen, Regional Chapter Executive of the American Red Cross Northern Minnesota Region. Christmas Day, Christmas Eve and Thanksgiving are the top three days for cooking fires, according to the National Fire Prevention Association. Nationally, the Red Cross responds to a disaster on average every eight minutes, and the vast majority of them are home fires. For more information visit the Red Cross website at

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MNDNR Cautions Against Deer Feeding 121813

Despite recent heavy snowfall across much of northern Minnesota and deer populations being below target in some areas, residents are advised against feeding deer this winter, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said. Feeding deer can be well-intentioned, but can have detrimental effects and cause more harm to the animals than if they were left alone and allowed to draw on their natural survival instincts. Supplemental feeding creates problems in four major ways, behavior changes, animal concentration, human conflict, taxpayer expense. Rebuilding deer densities in areas that are below population targets is best done by managing the deer harvest and ensuring adequate habitat for healthy reproduction. Supplemental feeding is not a sustainable way to influence deer populations for the long-term. In most cases, allowing deer numbers to rebuild naturally is the best way to foster a strong and healthy animal population.


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PolyMet Public Hearing Scheduled 121813

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, assisted by the U.S. Forest Service and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, is hosting a public hearing for the proposed PolyMet Mining project Clean Water Act permit application in Duluth, Minn., Jan. 16, 2014. The Clean Water Act Section 404 hearing will be held at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in Duluth. An open house will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the formal hearing at 6:45 p.m. The Corps, in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, published a notice of availability in the Federal Register Dec. 13. The document is available on the Minnesota DNR’s website at:


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Mayor Dale Adams 121713

About twenty eight thousand dollars difference in options generated a vote of four to one at Monday’s Grand Rapids City Council meeting. The discussion was around the final 2013 levy payable in 2014 and was set at five million nine hundred three thousand three hundred twelve dollars according to Mayor Dale Adams  said it comes in below what the preliminary levy was set at. Mayor Adams said it is a balancing act the entire city staff and council have to perform every year. Deciding what dollar amount is needed to run each department and how to spend it wisely takes an entire year to sort out.


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November Weather Statistics 121713

The USDA Forest Service, North Central Research Station in Grand Rapids has released weather statistics for November 2013.

The average high for the month was 33.9 degrees and the average low was 17.2 with an overall average temperature of 25.6 degrees. The 49 degree temperatures on the 3rd & the 20th were the months highest and the four below temperatures on the 23rd & 24th were the months lowest.

The warmest November on record was in 2001 with an average temperature of 39 degrees. The coldest was in 1959 with an average temperature of 17.9 degrees.

We received 7.18 inches of precipitation last month.

We are 1.6 degrees below the 30 year daily average temperature and 2.98 inches below the 30 year average rainfall for the period January through November.


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Two Vehicle Accident on US 2 121613

A two vehicle accident sent all four occupants to the hospital Monday night. According to the Minnesota State Patrol a vehicle driven by 56 year old Christine Flannigan  of Grand Rapids was westbound on US Highway 2 attempting to make a left turn onto Grouse Lane waiting for eastbound traffic to pass. A vehicle driven by 43 year old Carmen Griggs of Grand Rapids was westbound and unable to stop or avoid Flannigan’s vehicle due to road conditions. Three victims were taken by Meds 1 Emergency Medical Services to Grand Itasca with non-life threatening injuries and one victim was transported by Life-Flight to St Mary’s in Duluth.

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Solberg Serving as County Lobbyist 121613

After serving as a representative for our area for almost 30 years Loren Solberg will take up the mantle again. He will serve as legislative lobbyist for Itasca County. Solberg will represent designated interests of the county both in formal sessions and between legislative sessions. Solberg will receive $2,500 a month in December 2013 and June 2014 and $3,000 a month for January through May 2014. Solberg was unanimously approved at the December 10th County Board meeting.

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Holiday Shoping Safety Tips 121613

With only a few days left until Christmas the stores are full of shoppers looking for that last minute gift. Then there are those watching shoppers make purchases and stuff them into a vehicle and then leave it unattended. That’s when they pounce Grinch-like and ruin someone’s Christmas. Grand Rapids Police Chief Jim Denny has this bit of advice folks really need to pay a little more attention to their shopping habits at this time of year. He said place packages in the trunk when possible, always lock the doors and never leave a vehicle running, if you are careful you can prevent most holiday crimes.

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Itasca Holiday Program 121313

Today is the last day to donate gifts for the Itasca Holiday Program. The gift bags will be assembled on Saturday December 15th to be delivered next week with holiday meal boxes. Second Harvest North Central Food bank Executive Director Sue Estee says they give out food vouchers for the entrée, the logistics of 2000 frozen turkeys would be too difficult to manage. She said the food boxes have many of the items needed for a nice holiday meal.

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