The Itasca County Dispatch Center in the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office is moving to the Grand Rapids – Itasca County Airport. The move according to Itasca County District 3 Commissioner Leo Trunt is a huge plus for area taxpayers. Planned for completion in late July, the Dispatch Center will utilize the currently vacant airport terminal.
The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce says the 2014 Northern Minnesota Swap Meet and Car Show will go on. According to Bud Stone, Chamber President it is a community event that needs to happen so the Chamber has stepped up to insure that it does. He said the Chamber will probably be looking for volunteers to help run the weekend events, still scheduled for July 26th & 27th at the Itasca County Fairgrounds. For more information on the Chamber’s Swap Meet & Car Show contact Bud Stone at 326-6619 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The USDA Forest Service, North Central Research Station in Grand Rapids has released weather statistics for December 2013.
The average high for the month was 10.7 degrees and the average low was -8.7 with an overall average temperature of 1.0 degrees.
The warmest December on record was in 2006 with an average temperature of 23.5 degrees. The coldest was in 1983 with an average temperature of -1.5 degrees. The warmest year on record was in 1983 with an average daily temperature of 44.7 and the coldest year was in 1917 with an average daily temperature of 34.6.
We received 30.5 inches of snow last month.
We are 2.5 degrees below the 30 year daily average temperature and 2.02 inches below the 30 year average precipitation for the period January thru December.
In the local crime report from the Grand Rapids Police Department:
On Tuesday January 7th an officer from the Grand Rapids Police Department was dispatched to a residence on US Highway 2 East to execute an arrest warrant. The apartment resident allowed the officer to look for the suspect who was found hiding in a cabinet under the bathroom sink. The suspect was arrested on the outstanding warrant.
A service station on 4th Street NW reported a vehicle had drove off without paying for the 15 gallons of gas pumped in the tank, nor did they remove the gas hose from their tank. The hose was broken off at a cut-off point, costing $120 in repairs and about 5 additional gallons of gas were pumped on the ground before the service station attendant hit the emergency cut off. The following day the service station reported another vehicle did the same, leaving without paying for the $60 in gas and breaking the hose and again costing $120 for repairs and loosing almost $100 in gas to spillage.
On Wednesday January 8th a retail outlet on Pokegama Avenue South reported a customer had written two checks totaling $1800 that did not clear the bank. The incident is under investigation.
A customer at a retail outlet on 29th Street SE reported she was missing some prescription pain medication from her purse. She had accidentally started pushing the wrong shopping cart and when she noticed her error and located her cart and purse the pills were gone. The retail store is reviewing their video surveillance to determine the identity of the thief.
On Thursday January 9th an officer on patrol on Pokegama Avenue South observed a vehicle leave a convenience store and head […]
Two area business families have offered a challenge grant of a half million dollars toward the renovation and expansion project planned for the Reif Center. David Marty, executive director, announced that the Wilcox family and Grand Rapids State Bank joined by the Ives family and Grand Hospitality were offering up $500,000 in matching funds to help raise local revenue for the project. The Reif Center is seeking significant bonding funds – in the amount of $3.9 million – and it’s seeking funding from the Blandin Foundation to move the project forward. State backing for the project has been described by Marty as “vital” to bring the project to fruition. Both the Ives and Wilcox families hope their pledges will lead to other larger donations and better position the Reif in its quest for outside funding. Although this early stage fundraising campaign will target larger donations, Marty indicated a broader, community fundraising campaign would take place later. This news story provided by the Scenic Range News Forum.
This legislative session area residents will hear from our state legislators on a weekly basis and a large portion of what we hear will be about bonding as this is a bonding year of the two year biennium. Bonding is a way of funding projects of a public nature, like civic centers, highways or bridges. This year, Governor Mark Dayton intends to propose a $975 million bonding bill, pared down from $2.4 billion in construction-project requests for state money that have come from all corners of Minnesota. There is one proposed bonding project of note in our area, an expansion and renovation at the Miles Reif Center for the Performing Arts. Details about bonding bills are often lost in esoteric language and legalese at the state Capitol, which makes it tough for everyday citizens to understand the pricey taxpayer-funded proposals. Minnesota Senate officials have unveiled www.Build.MN which allows users to easily search for projects being sought for their region of the state. The site also features a latest-info section and explains the bonding process in a series of FAQs.
The FBI is recognizing former US Senator Rod Grams as instrumental in bringing the AMBER Alert System to Minnesota in 2002. The Senator assisted in bringing law enforcement and members of the media to make certain that Minnesota became the 7th state to implement the statewide missing child system which was established to dramatically increase the visibility of certain child abduction cases. Since it’s inception 28 AMBER alerts have been issued and all 28 have resulted in the children being located. For his efforts with the AMBER Alert System, coupled with his work and support for many community causes the FBI recognizes and honors the Senator, in a ceremony taking place today, by awarding the Director’s Community Leadership Award, being presented posthumously to Senator Grams. His wife Chris is accepting the award on his behalf.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency met the 2013 goal for the Wild Rice Standards Study and has released experiment and monitoring summary reports and data. The goal of the study is to enhance understanding of the effects sulfate has on wild rice and to help decide whether a revision of the wild rice sulfate standard is warranted. The study consists of parallel research efforts conducted by scientists at the University of Minnesota campuses in Duluth and the Twin Cities under contract with the M-P-C-A. Data collection was completed in December and is documented in individual reports from the contractors. During January and February 2014, M-P-C-A staff will integrate the reports, analyze the data as a whole, and review existing monitoring data, other relevant scientific studies and information, and the original basis for the sulfate standard to determine whether a change to the standard is warranted. The M-P-C-A will release preliminary recommendations about the wild rice sulfate standard by the end of February. To see the reports, go to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency website.
Independent School District 318 held their organizational meeting yesterday, despite Governor Dayton closing schools on Monday. Superintendent Bruce Thomas said they established a few official items such as the election of school board officers, Mary Ann Olsen as president, Ben Hawkins as Clerk and Sue Zeige as treasurer. He said the board completed other tasks, such as establishing the school calendar and the official posting location.
ISD 318 Grand Rapids / Bigfork Closed
ISD 316 Greenway Closed
ISD 319 Deer RiverClosed
ISD 317 Nashwauk / Keewatin Closed
ISD 2 Hill City Closed
ISD 698 Floodwood Closed
ISD 4 McGregor Closed
ISD 701 Hibbing Closed
Bug – O – Nay – Ge – Shig Closed
Northern Lights Community School (Warba) Closed
ISD 118 Northland Community Delayed 2 hours
YMCA organized programs & child care Canceled