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Monthly Archives: February 2015


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David Thrasher Guilty

A Bovey resident was found guilty yesterday of a controlled substance crime and obstructing the legal process. An Itasca County jury found 61 year old David Vincent Thrasher guilty as charged. The charges stem from a search warrant executed at a residence in Taconite June 26th. Law enforcement found 3.5 pounds of Spice (synthetic cannabinoids), Adderall pills, and methamphetamine residue.
Thrasher is being held in the Itasca County jail until his sentencing hearing April 7th.

By |February 27th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on David Thrasher Guilty|

Tradesmen and Women Needed- in 20 years

Not every student is a good fit for a four year college. If we intend to ramp up manufacturing and industry, we’ll need trained people to run the equipment. Over the next 20 years, northern Minnesota is going to be seriously lacking in qualified tradesmen. Roy Smith, of the Applied Learning Institute, told Greenway School Board members last night that there are and will be good paying jobs here in northern Minnesota. He said we just need to make sure we have enough skilled tradesmen to fill the available jobs.

ALI programs available in north eastern Minnesota include: Industrial Tech, Pre-engineering, Construction Trades, Medical Systems, and Healthcare. Classes are available through local high schools in northeastern Minnesota through MNscu and IRRRB.

By |February 26th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Tradesmen and Women Needed- in 20 years|

Thunderhawks move on in playoffs

The Grand Rapids Thunderhawk hockey team a hard fought 2-1 victory over Forest Lake to move on to 7AA semi-finals vs Duluth East at Amsoil Arena on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm. The Thunderhawks coming back from a 1-0 deficit with goals by Mitchell Mattson and Jonah Bischoff. Mattson, Bischoff, and Alex Adams talking with Jason Merritt after the game.


By |February 18th, 2015|Sports|Comments Off on Thunderhawks move on in playoffs|

Redby Man Pleads to Group Home Assault

A Redby man entered a guilty plea in Itasca County Court on Wednesday. Eighteen year old Jerod Marquee Beaulieu appeared in both Itasca County Juvenile Court and Itasca County District Court. He was charged with four counts of assault in an assault on a staff member at a group home in Grand Rapids in December. One of the other assailants has already pleaded guilty.
Beaulieu agreed to transfer his case to adult court and plead guilty of one count of assault in the first degree. It’s anticipated that Beaulieu will be sentenced to 74 months in prison. The sentence is consistent with state sentencing guidelines. He is being held without bail in the Itasca County Jail. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 16th.

By |February 5th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Redby Man Pleads to Group Home Assault|

Playoff Hockey!!

GRG Lightning with a #3 seed going into the playoffs and taking on St. Francis Thursday night in Grand Rapids. Semi-finals scheduled for Saturday. Here’s an interview with Brad Hyduke previewing the playoffs.



ALL GRG Lightning playoff games will be carried live on KOZY and

By |February 4th, 2015|Sports|Comments Off on Playoff Hockey!!|

Richards Sentenced

A Grand Rapids man has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison for the murder of his wife. Forty-nine year old Terry Wayne Richards pleaded guilty Monday in Itasca county district court to the amended charge of Manslaughter in the second degree. He was originally charged with Murder in the third degree and controlled substance crime in the third degree. The charges are based on allegations that Richards bought Fentanyl, a schedule 2 drug, sold some of it and provided it to his wife. She died as a result of an overdose. The court committed Richards to the Commissioner of Corrections and imposed an executed sentence of 68 months in prison.

By |February 3rd, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Richards Sentenced|

Adult in Group-Home Attack Pleads

A Bemidji man is expected to be sentenced to one year in county jail and ten years supervised probation for an assault at the Grand Rapids group home. Eighteen year old Dakota Geoffrey Smith pleaded guilty Monday to one count of assault in the first degree. He was originally charged with four counts of assault. The charges stem from allegations that Smith and three juveniles assaulted a staff member at a Grand Rapids group home with multiple weapons in December. The staff member has to be taken to the hospital for his injuries. It is expected that Smith will be sentenced to a stayed 206 months of prison term. Sentencing is scheduled for April 20th

By |February 3rd, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Adult in Group-Home Attack Pleads|