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Monthly Archives: February 2014

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Itasca County Historical Society

2-27-14

The Itasca Historical Society’s new Ordinary People Exhibit opens Thursday at the Historical Society. It’s called “Itasca County Cooks”, featuring information about the former Roy and Dot’s Café in Cohasset and Helen Drazenovich- who operated five different restaurants on the Range, according to Lilah Crow, Historical Society’s Director.
The Grand Rapids North Star Women will be serving up Helen’s famous bean soup and Roy and Dot’s bread pudding.

By |February 28th, 2014|News|Comments Off|

IMCare

2-27-14

IM care- the health care program administered by Itasca County, has seen an increase in participants this year.
Right now, 1 out of 6.4 people are covered by IMcare. Almost 800 people were added recently, thanks to the Affordable Care Act- or Obama-care. Tuesday, Brett Skyles briefed the Itasca County board on its progress.
IMCare is a Health Care Program Administered by Itasca County Health & Human Service (ICHHS) that provides health care coverage for people who are eligible for Minnesota Health Care Programs and live within the IMCare service area.

By |February 28th, 2014|News|Comments Off|

County Publications

2-27-14 County Board

It’s not an either-or. That was the consensus of the Itasca County Board Tuesday, when they agreed to support an publication alternative being proposed at the Minnesota Legislature. The alternative would allow counties, cities, and other local governments the right to publish official notices on their respective web sites- and not be forced to buy space in their designated newspaper.
Commissioner Rusty Eichorn said maybe the county should publish just things that residents care about.
The measure passed on a vote of 5-0.

By |February 26th, 2014|News|Comments Off|

Grand Rapids Housing

2-25-14

Who’s looking for housing? That’s the question the Grand Rapids city council wants answered. Monday night, the council invested about three thousand dollars to take part in a housing study within the city.
Central School is almost at full occupancy. Housing Development Authority Jerry Cullition briefed the counsel on the city’s public housing. The city’s housing project are fully funded and making money.

By |February 26th, 2014|News|Comments Off|

Ely Bear Center

2-25-14
Ely bear researcher Lynn Rogers was in a Minneapolis court Tuesday, asking to get a judge to force the Department of Natural Resources to reissue bear research permits. The DNR refused to reissue the permits because they say he failed to publish enough research and was endangering Ely residents. Roger’s North American Bear Center has conducted bear research for 14 years. In the last 4 years, the DNR received 69 complaints from area residents. In 2011, 38 people signed a letter protesting the renewal of Roger’s permits, stating that the bears pose a threat to children and others.

Last July, Rogers filed suit. A ruling is expected in 7-10 days.

By |February 26th, 2014|News|Comments Off|

Is Housing a Problem?

Who’s looking for housing? That’s the question the Grand Rapids city council wants answered. Monday night, the council invested about three thousand dollars to take part in a housing study within the city.
The council also decided to continue publishing city postings in the newspaper, on-line, and on the radio. Central School is almost at full occupancy. Housing Development Authority Jerry Cullition briefed the counsel on the city’s public housing. The city’s housing project are fully funded and making money.

By |February 25th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off|

Bear Researcher Rogers in Court

Ely bear researcher Lynn Rogers is in a Minneapolis court today, trying to get a judge to force the Department of Natural Resources to reissue bear research permits. The DNR refused to reissue the permits because they say he failed to publish enough research and was endangering Ely residents.
Rogers’ North American Bear Center has conducted bear research for 14 years. In the last 4 years, the DNR received 69 complaints from area residents. In 2011, 38 people signed a letter protesting the renewal of Rogers’ permits, stating that the bears pose a threat to children and others.

Last July, Rogers filed suit. A ruling is expected in 7-10 days.

By |February 25th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off|

Roof Collapse Averted 022014

A possible ceiling collapse was averted at Coleraine’s Hodgins – Berardo arena last week. The facility was closed when a crack in one of the roof trusses split open resulting in the cancellation or moving of all events. Arena Manager Pat Guyer said that it was probably the snow load and the fact the building is over 50 years old. A local company, Hawk Construction was called in to repair the damages. Metal plates are being installed to reinforce the trusses wherever cracks have appeared, making them stronger than before. Hawk Construction will also prepare a report on other infrastructure items that may need repairing in the future.

 

By |February 20th, 2014|News|Comments Off|

Freezing Water Lines 022014

Freezing water lines are still a problem. The long period of freezing temperatures is affecting water supply lines in our area. Residents in Bovey are being told to leave a water faucet running at about a pencil size stream (1/4 gal a minute) to prevent the freeze up from occurring. An indicator of an impending water service freeze up is the temperature of the water coming into your home. If it is 40 degrees or below, after allowing it to run a few minutes, you may have a problem, the frost line could be getting close to your water lines. The frost line has gotten deeper than usual because of the long stretch of below freezing weather we have been experiencing. One school in Grand Rapids and the District 318 Maintenance Facility have experienced water problems this year.

By |February 20th, 2014|News|Comments Off|

District 318 Review 021914

Property was a key topic of discussion at District 318′s School Board meeting on Tuesday. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Rail Line wants to either – purchase about an acre of District 318′s property or get permission to stage some equipment there – and asked the Board for approval of either option which was granted. The other property discussion concerned the US Geological Service property adjacent to the RJE Middle School. Superintendent Bruce Thomas said he had a conversation with Congressman Rick Nolan about the property and the Congressman will be entering a bill into the house for the land swap. In other actions the school board heard an indicator report on Maintenance, Facilities, Health & Safety from Rod Leistikow, approved two replacement hires and approved the 2014 / 2015 calendar & graduation dates.

By |February 19th, 2014|News|Comments Off|