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Three Injured Near Hill City

Three local residents were injured in a two car accident near Hill City on Thursday afternoon.  A car driven by 57 year old Anita Conrad of Grand Rapids was traveling north on Highway 169 when the car veered onto the shoulder, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.  The driver lost control and crossed into the southbound lane and hit a vehicle driven by 30 year old Sarah Holmbeck of Deer River head-on.  Conrad and her passenger, 71 year old Roger Conrad, also of Grand Rapids were injured in the accident.

All parties were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

By |March 28th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off|

Sheriff Williams to Seek Re-election

Itasca County Sheriff Victor Williams has announced his intention to run for reelection.  In a release to the press, Williams said;

During his tenure he has come to have a better understanding and renewed respect for the office of Sheriff.  The demand and responsibility of enforcing the laws and protecting the rightof our citizens cannot and should not be taken lightly.  He also said he learned the importance of always being cognizant and proactive in addressing issues that could negatively impact the health of this community. 

Williams was elected in 2011 and took the oath of office in January 2012, when former Itasca County Sheriff Pat Medure retired.

By |March 28th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off|

Middleton Pleads Guilty

A Deer River man pleaded guilty to two counts of felony Second Degree Assault in connection with a stabbing in Grand Rapids on February 25th.   31-year-old Dana Allen Middleton of Deer River entered the plea in Itasca County district court on Tuesday.

According to the criminal complaint, Grand Rapids police responded to the 500 block of Canal Street, around 1:00am on a report of a stabbing.  The victim, victim suffering from a large cut and puncture wound, identified Middleton as the person responsible for the assault.  Middleton remains in custody facing a maximum of 5 years in prison.  A sentencing date has been set for April 14th.

 

 

By |March 27th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off|

U.S. Senator Franken Privacy Bill

Last year, U.S. Senator Al Franken’s Stalking bill moved out of the Senate Judiciary committee but didn’t make it into law.  The Location Protection Privacy Act closes legal loopholes that allow stalking applications to exist on women’s and girls’ smartphones and send their location information to third parties without their knowledge.  Senator Franken reintroduced the bill Wednesday.

The bill will require all companies to get customers’ permission before collecting their location data or sharing it with third parties. It also contains targeted provisions to protect against stalking apps.

The bill would also put an immediate end to the practice of taking kids’ location information and sharing it without parents’ knowledge or consent. A report released by the Federal Trade Commission Monday revealed that some of the most popular apps for children are engaging in this practice.

By |March 27th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off|

Road Rage At High School

A Hibbing man was arrested for threatening two Grand Rapids high school students with a gun on school property Monday afternoon. 19 year old Seth Matthew James Nelson appeared in Itasca county District Court on Tuesday. He’s charged with the felony charges of felon in possession of a firearm, assault in the second degree, terroristic threats, and possession of a dangerous weapon on school property. The charges stem from an apparent road rage incident in the school parking lot, that continued down Highway 38, and ended with Nelson waving a gun at the students at the intersection of Highway 38 and 4th Street Northwest in Grand Rapids.  The students say Nelson followed them to the intersection, showed them a handgun, and threatened to shoot them.

The kids reported the incident to police. Officers located and stopped the suspect near the school. In his car they found a .22 caliber handgun. Nelson’s bail was set at $100,000 without conditions or $50,000 with conditions.

Nelson’s next court appearance is set for March 31st.

 

By |March 26th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off|

Deer River Man Pleads to Stabbing

A Deer River man pleaded guilty to two counts of felony Second Degree Assault in connection with a stabbing in Grand Rapids on February 25th.  31-year-old Dana Allen Middleton of Deer River entered the plea in Itasca County district court on Tuesday.  According to the criminal complaint, Grand Rapids police responded to the 500 block of Canal Street, around 1:00am on a report of a stabbing.  The victim, victim suffering from a large cut and puncture wound, identified Middleton as the person responsible for the assault.  Middleton remains in custody facing a maximum of 5 years in prison.  A sentencing date has been set for April 14th.

By |March 26th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off|

Trunt to Run Again

Itasca County Commissioner Leo Trunt has announced his intention to file for re-election in District 3.

Trunt was elected in 2010 and reelected in 2012 due to redistricting.  District 3 is made up of the southeast precinct of Grand Rapids, the cities of LaPrarie, Coleraine, Bovey, Taconite, Warba, as well as the townships of Trout Lake, Feely, Sago, Wawina, Goodland and unorganized 55/25 or Gran precinct.

Trunt has served on the Itasca County Rail Authority, Grand Village Nursing Home, the Tri-County Community Health Board and others.

By |March 24th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off|

Car/Train Collission Cass Lake

A car/train collision Sunday afternoon sent a 43 year old Cass Lake man to the hospital.  Forty-three year old Thomas H Gregerson was north-bound on the Pike Bay Loop in Cass Lake when he pulled onto the train tracks, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.  The B.N.S.F. train was west-bound when it hit the car broadside.  Gregerson’s injuries are not life-threatning.

By |March 24th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off|

Range Secondary School

The combined Virginia-Mountain Iron- Buhl- Eveleth- Gilbert school has some funding.  The $440 million tax bill Governor Dayton signed into law Friday provides funding for a cooperatively operated school account.  The new revenue will come from taconite taxes, mining taxes and a three- year allocation from the Taconite Environmental Protection Fund.

State Senator David Tomassoni said the account will help fund the project.  If it goes forward, the project would create a combined 7th through 12th grade school.

 

By |March 24th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off|

Gunderson Sentenced

A Grand Rapids teen was sentenced Wednesday to one year and one day in prison for a Fourth of July high speed chase.  Eighteen year old Grant Gunderson pleaded guilty to Fleeing a Peace Officer and Fourth Degree Driving While Impaired.  His prison sentence was stayed on the condition that he not violate his probation or commit a new crime.  Gunderson was placed on Extended Juvenile Jurisdiction until he is 21 years old.  He must also write a letter of apology, complete 71 hours of community service and pay for any placement costs

By |March 20th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off|