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Monthly Archives: June 2014


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ISD 316 Greenway Board Meets

The school board of Independent School District 316 meets tonight at 6:30 in the Staff Development room.
Items on the agenda include a status update and Action Items of Teacher Contract Negotiations. The board may also close the meeting for a negotiation strategy session.

By |June 30th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off on ISD 316 Greenway Board Meets|

Grand Rapids wins Bash rematch with Taconite

The fifth annual Bash, formerly known as Bisch Bash, took place on Saturday at Portage Park in Cohasset and one of the main events of the day featured Taconite squaring off with Grand Rapids in American Legion Baseball action.

Taconite was hoping to make it two straight Bash victories over Grand Rapids after last year’s 1-0 victory over Grand Rapids. In that game, Jordan Peratalo pitched a complete-game shutout and Bazil Zuehlke delivered a solo home run.

The table was set for another close game on Saturday, after Grand Rapids defeated Taconite, 11-3, earlier in the week. Neither team could get much going offensively against pitcher’s Jeff Korpi (Taconite) and Tanner Shepard (Grand Rapids).

Grand Rapids eventually broke through in the fourth inning with runners on first and third and two out. Ethan Rajala took off for second trying to get into a run down to allow Nick Johnson to score. However, Korpi’s throw to second was errant which allowed Johnson to score the game’s first run.

Taconite had several opportunities to either tie the game or take the lead in the lead. In the fifth inning, Kole Kalisch singled with two outs. Kadin Kalisch followed with a line drive that hit off the fence in left and put runners on second and third. However, Shepard worked his way out of trouble by inducing a fly ball.

That was the story of the game for Taconite. Taconite stranded nine runners in scoring position and left runners on second and third, three times in the game.

However, Taconite eventually broke through in the seventh inning to tie the game at one. Kole Kalisch doubled to right-centerfield to start the rally. With Kole Kalisch attempting to steal third, Kadin Kalisch hit a […]

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Grand Rapids takes down Taconite

Grand Rapids returned home in a big way in picking up an 11-3 victory over Taconite on Tuesday evening at Legion Field in Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids scored three in the first inning and added four in the second to break the game open early. Grand Rapids eventually thwarted a bases loaded rally for Taconite in the fourth. Taconite scored two runs, however, a strike three call with the bases full ended the inning.

Taconite added another run in the fifth inning but Grand Rapids added two more runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings to put the game away en route to the victory.

Gunnar Harris finished with four hits and drove in four runs for Grand Rapids. Kenn Hasbargen drove home three runs while John Baker plated two in the contest. Noah Johnson finished with three hits as well.

John Baker picked up the win. He pitched a third of an inning of relief, escaping a bases loaded jam in the fourth. Hasbargen started on the mound and pitched three and two-thirds allowing two runs on only one hit. He struck out one while walking five batters.

Jaden Erkilla was saddled with the loss for Taconite. He allowed nine runs, six earned, in five innings of work. He walked three and struck one. Erkilla had two hits and drove in a run for Taconite while John Labine, Kole Kalisch and Kadin Kalisch had hits as well.


By |June 25th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off on Grand Rapids takes down Taconite|

Grand Rapids Hires Two New Officers

The City of Grand Rapids now has two new police officers. At last night’s city council meeting, Mayor Dale Adams swore in Justin Edmunson and Gregory Lease Jr. With the two new hires, the city’s Police Department is still not fully staffed.
Also at last night’s city council meeting a donation was accepted from Mighty Mutts that will cover the cost of a K-9 bullet proof vest and the Grand Rapids Fire Department was given the approval to offer conditional offers of employment to Will Richter and Donny Wilson pending pre-employment background screening. The next Grand Rapids City Council meeting is July 14th.

By |June 24th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off on Grand Rapids Hires Two New Officers|

Rally in Virginia

Over two thousand steelworkers and supporters rallied Monday in Virginia as part of the Save Our Steel Jobs movement. The U.S. Commerce Department is expected to rule on proposed sanctions on foreign steel that steelworkers believe are being dumped in the U.S. Imports of South Korean pipe steel have doubled between 2012 and 2014.
State Senators Tom Bakk and Dave Tomassoni spoke, as well as Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken sent letters of support that were read aloud during the rally.

By |June 24th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off on Rally in Virginia|

Taconite sweeps North Shore

The Taconite American Legion baseball team returned to its home diamond on Monday afternoon to take on North Shore in a pair of District 8 contests. Taconite rolled to a double header sweep, knocking off North Shore, 4-0, and 15-0.

In game one, Tyler Peterson was in command. The right hander struck out 14 batters while picking up the complete game shutout. He allowed only three hits in picking up his second win of the summer.

Kole Kalisch finished with two hits and a run batted in for Taconite in the win. Tyler Peterson drove home two runs while Taylor Lantz drove in a run as well in the win.

Taconite jumped ahead early and often in game two. Taconite scored seven runs in the first and added six more in the second en route to the 15-0 win. Justin Guyer, John Labine, Mike LaDoux and Nick Shea recorded two hits each. Lantz drove in two runs while Guyer, Kole Kalisch, Peterson, Sam LaDoux, Mike LaDoux, Shea and Jeff Korpi each plated a run in the win.

Jeff Korpi earned the win on the mound. He allowed only one hit in three innings of work. He struck out three and walked two batters. Sam LaDoux closed out the game pitching the final two innings. He allowed three hits while striking out two.

Taconite sits at 7-3 overall on the season and will take on Grand Rapids at 7 p.m. tonight at Legion field in Grand Rapids.

By |June 24th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off on Taconite sweeps North Shore|

Social Worker Scam

The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office has received recent reports from Itasca County Social Services reporting that 2 families have had parties knock on their doors, claiming to be Social Workers. The parties then say that they are there to investigate reports of child abuse and the conditions of their homes.

These “Social Workers” are not from any Itasca County agency and no one knows who they are. If you have someone come to your home and you do not know them, please do not allow them to come into your home and call the Sheriff’s Office immediately by dialing 911.

By |June 20th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off on Social Worker Scam|

No Wake Zones

Beginning today, the Mississippi River, Pokegama Lake, and Jay Gould will be under a no-wake zone. Itasca County Sheriff Vic Williams said that because of the high water levels, debris from land gets washed into the river and lake and can get pulled into the boat’s wake. Shore-land erosion also occurs more quickly with high moving water. The no-wake enforcement is supported by the DNR.
With the flood-stage rainfall we’ve had, Williams also asked motorists to be careful driving over roadways that standing water.

By |June 19th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off on No Wake Zones|

Rapids to host Legion Tournament

The 39th annual Grand Rapids American Legion Invitational returns to Legion Field and Portage Park in Cohasset beginning on Friday.

This year’s tournament features another strong field of 10 teams. A total of 20 games will be played on Friday and Saturday with five each day at both Portage Park and Legion Field. Grand Rapids will cap off play on Friday and Saturday night with games at 5 and 7:30 p.m. at Legion Field.

The Orange Pool consists of Grand Rapids, Alexandria, Fridley Gold, Richfield and St. Michael-Albertville. The Black pool features Bemidji, Edina, Elk River, New Ulm Gold and North St. Paul.

On Friday at Legion Field, Elk River will take on Bemidji followed by Edina squaring off with Bemidji. Elk River will follow with a game against New Ulm Gold while Fridley Gold and Richfield will take on Grand Rapids in the final two contests.

At Portage Park, St. Michael-Albertville will take on Alexandria followed by Fridley Gold facing off with Alexandria. Richfield and St. Michael-Albertville will do battled at 2:30 p.m. with the evening sessions featuring Edina vs. North St. Paul and New Ulm Gold vs. North St. Paul.

Action continues on Saturday at Legion Field with New Ulm Gold taking on Edina. Bemidji will battle with North St. Paul at 12 noon. At 2:30 p.m., Fridley Gold will take on St. Michael-Albertville. Action continues at 5 p.m. with Alexandria taking on Grand Rapids and St. Michael-Albertville squaring off with Grand Rapids at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s action at Portage Park features Fridley Gold taking on Richfield while Alexandria takes on Richfield. Elk River will battle with Edina while Bemidji takes on New Ulm Gold. North St. Paul closes play with Elk River.

The tournament concludes on Sunday with […]

By |June 19th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off on Rapids to host Legion Tournament|

No late magic for Taconite in loss to Ely

In a rematch from last year’s District 8, Division II championship, Ely rolled past Taconite, 13-3, in five innings at the Steve Hecimovich Memorial Field in Marble.

Ely darted out of the gates by scoring four runs in the top of the first and eventually put the game away with an eight-run, eighth inning. Ely roped out 15 hits en route to the 10-run victory.

Louis Gerzin earned the win on the mound. He went four innings allowing three runs, one earned, on two hits. He struck out 11 while walking four batters.

Eight of nine Ely starters recorded hits in the game with Pat Huisman and Elliot Omerza leading the way, each with three hits and two runs batted in. Spencer Gaulke added two hits and a run batted in while Gerzin added two hits and two runs batted in. Will Gustafson added a hit and drove home two runs. Bradley Roy, Jeff Willis and Max Gantt each drove in a run for Ely.

Pat Shea had a hit and a run batted in for Taconite. Kadin Kalisch drove home a run while Kole Kalisch and Mitch Bonderson recorded hits in the loss. John Labine walked twice and scored both times.

Tyler Peterson suffered the loss on the mound. He allowed 11 runs, seven earned, in three and a third of work. He walked three and struck out one.

Taconite falls to 3-1 overall as they prepare to take part in the Ely Tournament where they will play Blackduck and Brookston on Friday before taking on Roseau and Minnetonka on Saturday.

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