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Monthly Archives: June 2014


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Itasca County Board Meets

Itasca County Legislative Lobyist Loren Solberg gave a post-session report to the Itasca County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday during their regular meeting. Solberg reported that items proposed by the county that were passed into law include land sales and county and nursing home bonds changing from revenue bonds to general obligation bonds, saving the county $1.3 million dollars. As part of the bonding bill, twenty million dollars will be available for work on local bridges, but Solberg says he was hoping to get upwards of forty million towards that need.
The Board will next meet in regular session on Tuesday, June 24th at 2:30pm at Bovey City Hall.

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Indians take two on opening weekend

The Grand Rapids Indian Amateur Baseball team wrapped up its opening weekend with a 2-1 record overall. They split a doubleheader on Saturday with the Duluth Dukes before earning a walk off victory on Sunday against the Cass Lake Reds.

The Indians are an amateur baseball team made up of college players from Grand Rapids, Greenway, Nashwauk-Keewatin, Deer River and other surrounding cities.

The Indians started strong in the first game as they raced out to a 4-1 lead, however, Duluth rallied back to earn a 6-4 win. John DeBord took the loss on the mound. He went the distance allowing six runs on 13 hits while striking out seven.

Zach Thompson had two hits to pace the attack. He drove in a run as well. Zach Frazier, Bazil Zuehlke and Jordan Koepp each drove in a run in the loss.

The bats came alive in game two for the Indians as they routed the Dukes, 17-7. The Indians scored four runs in the first, second and fifth innings while tacking on three in the third. They picked up single runs in the fourth and sixth innings.

Tyrel Cournoyer earned the win despite control issues. He allowed seven runs, five earned, in four innings of work. He struck out one while walking 10.

Thompson had two hits and drove in three for the Indians. Frazier and David Liebe had two hits and two runs batted in each. Tyrel Cournoyer drove in two runs as did John DeBord.

The Indians earned a 7-6 walk off victory over the Cass Lake Reds on Sunday afternoon at Legion Field. Reid Holum delivered the game-winning hit in helping the Indians bounce back after giving up three runs in the top of the ninth.

Andrew Geislinger earned […]

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Get Fit Itasca

Hundreds of people turned out for the second annual Open Streets event on Saturday in Grand Rapids, sponsored by Get Fit Itasca.
A mile and a half of city streets were closed to traffic as residents biked, walked, jogged, played basketball, and visited.
Saturday was also the dedication of the Fifth street bike lanes.

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Wizard of Oz Festival this Week

The Judy Garland Museum’s annual Wizard of Oz Festival is this week in Grand Rapids. Events begin Tuesday with free admission to Grand Rapids residents at the Judy Garland Museum for the unveiling of the new “Land of Oz” exhibit. At 5:30 Friday evening, the museum is hoping to set a record with the most people dressed in Wizard of Oz costumes in one location. You must be dressed in a recognizable “Wizard of Oz” costume to be counted. For details on this event, or a complete schedule of events for the celebration, visit

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Cross Range Expressway

After 2016, just 6.7 miles of highway will be all that will stand between finishing the Cross Range Expressway. That six miles of road that pass near Marble, through Calumet, Snowball Lake, and Penguilly, are expected to cost anywhere between $80,000 and $120,000.
Senator Anzelc said if the project is done “on the cheap”, by just creating a four lane highway, without the safety element of realignment, it would be doing a disservice.

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MPCA Withdraws Sulfate Ruling

During the last legislative session, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency almost shut down northern Minnesota’s mines.
The MPCA was set to announce on February 27th that the 40-year-old sulfate standard of 10 parts per million should remain in effect.
Since 1973, the sulfate standard involving the discharge of water from industrial concerns- including Minnesota’s mines was 10 parts per million. The MPCA had set a press conference to announce that the standard was unchanged.
State Representative Tom Anzelc told Chamber members at last week’s Eggs and Issues meeting that that intervention by Iron Range lawmakers was probably the highlight of his career.
“We reminded them how important the 4000 mining jobs were here on the range,” Representative Anzelc said.
The MPCA cancelled the press conference and said more studies were needed. Representative Anzelc said it’s still an issue the area will have to be concerned about.

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Local Elections Set

Yesterday was the filing deadline for candidates in November’s election.
In Itasca county races, Itasca County Attorney John Jack Muhar will face both John Dimich and Ellen Tholen.
Itasca county Auditor/Treasurer Jeff Walker will face both Matthew Fultz and Doug Carpenter.
Itasca County Sheriff Vic Williams will be on the ballot against Bryan Johnson.
Itasca County Commissioner for District 3, Leo Trunt, will be on the ballot against Dennis Barsness.

In state races:
House District 5A Representative John Persell is being challenged in both a primary and a general election ballot. He’ll go against DFLer Lavern Pederson and Republican Phillip Nelson.
In House District 5B, DLF Incumbant Tom Anzelc will face a challenge in Republican Justin Eichorn.
In House District 6A, DFL Incumbant Carly Melin will face both a primary challenge of DFL’er John Finken, and a general election challenge by Republican Roger Weber.

In national races, U.S. Representative for District 8, Independent candidate Eric Meyer and Republican candidate Stewart Mills will take on Democrat Incumbent Rick Nolan.

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