Volleyball broadcast tonight. The 16-1 Greenway Raiders hosting the Virginia Blue Devils. The Raiders are looking to hold off the Hermantown Hawks for the #1 seed in 7AA North. The Blue Devils right now sit in the #3 slot behind Greenway and Hermantown and ahead of International Falls. The Raiders are a senior dominated team led by outside hitter Seri Geisler and setter Jordan Ranta. The Blue Devils have an experienced roster as well and get significant contributions from freshmeen Lexi Ahrens and junior Autem Seabrook. 6:45 pre-game and 7:00 1st serve on 96.9 KFMY.
The Sports Issue – yes, once a week we get to spend 2 hours on the radio talking about local sports! Well, sometimes a little Gophers, Twins, and Vikings talk will sneak in but we try our best to keep it LOCAL. The week we’ll have Itasca CC football, Grand Rapids Swimming, and Greenway Raider Volleyball live in the studio, and you never know when more guests may show up. Joe Gigliotti, Dan Persons, and Sheldon Willis 8-10 AM on 1320 AM KOZY.
The school board of Independent School District 316 tabled its discussion of severing its shared Superintendent services agreement with Nashwauk at last night’s board meeting. Board members went into a closed door negotiation session to discuss the issue for almost an hour and a half last night. After reconvening the meeting, board members voted to table the issue- and to set up a board workshop to continue talking about the issue.
Independent School District 316 is still dealing with space issues. Two months ago, the school board approved four portable classrooms for Van Dyke Elementary school and staff worked some long hours to make sure they were ready for students. Mold has been found in the portables, making them, at this time, unusable. Superintendent Mark Adams said the company, Mod Space, is responsible for providing a certified workspace. He said the company is responsible for the cleanup- at no cost to the district.
A stand down in military terms means a time for soldiers to stop, catch their breath, do a welfare check on each other, regroup, and go from there. The Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans is hosting a Stand Down at the Grand Rapids National Guard Armory this Thursday from 8am to 2pm. Itasca County Veteran’s Service Officer Hugh Quinn said he hopes to see as many veterans as possible on Thursday. He said he would also like to meet people who may have fallen through the cracks- and aren’t being served by his office, especially homeless veterans.
There will be food, clothing, medical, legal and mental health assistance, job counseling and referral, and most importantly, companionship and camaraderie. It is a time for the community to connect with the homeless veteran population and address this crisis that affects each and every town, city and state in this country. The hand up — not a handout — philosophy of Stand Down is carried out through the work of hundreds of volunteers and organizations throughout the nation.
Though Minnesota ranks among the top five states in child well-being, Governor Mark Dayton says the state falls short when it comes to following through on suspected cases of child abuse. The Governor established a new Task Force on the Protection of Children.
Becky Lauer, of Itasca County’s family Service division said her department welcomes the assistance. There will be more accountability, training, a look at caseloads, and monthly random screenings in all counties. She said the oversight is better sooner than later.
Dayton says in Minnesota 29-percent of suspected abuse cases are accepted for further review, but nationwide that number is 62-percent. The new governor-appointed Task Force will make recommendations this upcoming legislative session for improvements to the state’s child protection system.
First QRF rankings out on Tuesday 9/23. If you’re wondering why this is important, it’s because many sections and sports use the QRF to determine seedings. QRF is the brainchild of Ryan Weinzierl of Minnesota Scores dot net and has been used for a number years by the State High School League. In football – Deer River currently 3rd behind Braham and East Central. In 7AAA GNK is 4th behind Two Harbors, Esko, and Proctor. 7AAAA – Grand Rapids 4th behind Cloquet, Princeton, and Hermantown, 7AA Volleyball has Greenway in 1st in the north and Cloquet in the south. What does it all mean. Well, not a lot right now because there are a lot of games yet to play, but right now; Deer River, GNK, and Grand Rapids would all get home football playoff games and Greenway would not face Cloquet (their lone loss of the year) until the section finals. So — let the QRF watching begin!
Through the end of August, $14.85 million has been spent on building construction within the city of Grand Rapids. The projected total is near 20 million dollars for all of 2014 between commercial, residential, and government spending. There is also an addition of 15 new single family homes in the city of Grand Rapids.
Also at last night’s Grand Rapids City Council meeting, a grant from 2015 Toward Zero Deaths was accepted for $69,501 and a grant from Minnesota Board of Firefighter Training and Education for $10,000 was accepted for the Grand Rapids Fire Department/Hazmat Team. The next Grand Rapids City Council meeting will be October 14th at 5 O’clock.
Thirty-eight year old Travis John Furman of Grand Rapids and 38 year old Sulimita Furman were sentenced Monday in Itasca District court. Travis was sentenced to 57 months for felony second degree sale of a controlled substance. Sulimita was sentenced on charges of 5th degree possession of a controlled substance and 3rd degree DWI. Her sentence was stayed for 5 years on the possession charge. On her DWI charge, she was sentenced to 12 months, with credit for time served.
A 49 year old Grand Rapids man has been charged with murder in his wife’s death. Terry Wayne Richards appeared in District Court Monday. He is being held without bail on charges that he bought a Schedule 2 drug, provided it to his wife, and that his wife died as a result. Richards told investigators he bought a Fentanyl patch, extracted the drug, and he and his wife injected the drug. Richards told investigators he and a friend tried to revive her when she appeared to have overdosed. They called 911. First Responders transported her to Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. His wife is identified only with her initials, K.L. R. Richard’s next court appearance is set for October 6th.