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Monthly Archives: January 2018


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Senators Visit Area

The Senate Capital Investment Committee made stops in Cohasset and Grand Rapids on Tuesday afternoon.
Chair Senator Dave Senjem and a committee group of about 8 listened to presentations from Max Peters, Cohasset Administrator and Dale Adams, Grand Rapids Mayor pitch projects in their respective communities. Peters, asking the committee for $1 million dollars to create a 25 mile mountain bike path through the Tioga Pit area and Adams, asking for $8 million dollars to transform the IRA Civic Center.
The IRA needs a new roof, needs to replace the ice coolant system and flooring, and needs to become handicapped accessible.

By |January 31st, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Senators Visit Area|

Missing Person

G.R. P.D

[Grand Rapids, MN] The Grand Rapids Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a 30 year old Grand Rapids woman, Tawhna Pringle. She is 5’2” 135 lbs and has medium length dark hair. She was last seen driving a 1999 Ford F150 pickup truck, silver in color, bearing Minnesota license 698 XHU.

Ms. Pringle’s ex-husband contacted the Grand Rapids Police on Saturday, January 27th to request the police to go to her residence in the 400 block of SE 21st Street to check on her welfare as he had not been heard from in over two weeks. The police found the door to the apartment to be unlocked, nothing disturbed within the apartment and her vehicle was not in her garage. The mail had not been collected. The police contacted friends and family and nobody had seen or heard from her.

Ms. Pringle has ties to the iron range and Duluth. She has lived Grand Rapids less than a year. At this time there is no reason to believe that Ms. Pringle’s absence is not voluntary but police would like to speak with her.

The Grand Rapids Police request that you contact them at (218) 326-3464 if you have any information as to the whereabouts of Tawhna Pringle.

By |January 29th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Missing Person|

IRRRB Grant Lowers Referendum Numbers for 318

Independent School District 318 was awarded $4.7 million dollars by the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board on Wednesday.
The $74 million building plan will create two elementary schools in Grand Rapids and a K-5 community school in Cohasset. The money will be used to lower the district’s portion to $68.9 million dollars.
The money comes from the agency’s Iron Range School Consolidation and Cooperatively Operated School Account. The fund was created to entice smaller schools to merge. Grand Rapids has already merged with a number of smaller school.
The district’s referendum vote is scheduled for April 10th.

By |January 25th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on IRRRB Grant Lowers Referendum Numbers for 318|

Project Labor Agreements Before Board

Itasca County’s transportation department has 14 projects planned for 2018. Tuesday, the Itasca County Board split in its decision to NOT use Project Labor Agreements for those projects. Not all projects need to use a PLA, according to County Engineer Karin Grandia. There are specific conditions to use a PLA on a project. During the last meeting, commissioners heard some discussion about PLAs. Commissioners passed the agenda item on a 3-2 vote, Commissioners Trunt and DeNucci dissenting. Commissioners agreed that discussion should continue.

By |January 24th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Project Labor Agreements Before Board|

ISD 318 Approves Referendum Amount

In April, voters of Independent School District 318 will head to the polls to vote on two new elementary schools and more. Monday, the school board approved the amount of the referendum for $68,910,000. The project includes two new elementary facilities, a renovation of Cohasset elementary, and $5,140,000 the amount for secondary athletic facility improvements. The board also heard an enrollment update from Superintendent Joni Olson. The current district enrollment is 3961 students. The highest enrollment continues to be at the kindergarten, 3rd grade 4th grade, and 8th grade level.

By |January 24th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on ISD 318 Approves Referendum Amount|

State Trooper Recognized

[Grand Rapids, MN] On January 19th Minnesota State Trooper Tesa McCleod was recognized by the United States Police K-9 Association for her actions several months ago that led to the recovery of a large quantity of Methamphetamine. While patrolling Highway 169 in Coleraine at 1:30 AM she witnessed the driver of an automobile commit a traffic Violation. Trooper McCleod stopped the vehicle and identified the driver and passenger. The driver was from the Twin Cities and neither could offer a legitimate explanation as to where they were coming from or going. Suspecting that the pair may be involved in drug activity, Trooper McLeod, radioed for Grand Rapids Police K-9 Officer Gary O’Brien who responded with his K-9 partner “Radar”. Radar performed an open air sniff the vehicle which indicated that illicit drugs were present. A search of the vehicle revealed a large quantity of Methamphetamine. Both driver and passenger were arrested and placed in the Itasca County Jail.

By |January 19th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on State Trooper Recognized|

Highway 2 Car/Bus Accident Update

Highway 2 (between Grand Rapids and Cohasset) was shut down for an hour or so this morning after a car/bus accident. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a Subaru Legacy driven by 61 year old Lynnea Marie Dale of Grand Rapids was southbound on Foxtail Lane. An El Dorado Bus, driven by 69 year old Timothy Plonis of Deer River was westbound on Highway 2. The Subaru made a left turn onto eastbound Highway 2 and was struck by the El Dorado. The bus had 12 passengers. Only one passenger was taken to Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Other passengers were not injured. The driver of the Subaru was taken to Essentia Health- Deer River with non-life-threatening injuries.

By |January 3rd, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Highway 2 Car/Bus Accident Update|

Two Vehicle Accident Shuts Down Highway 2

Highway 2 (between Grand Rapids and Cohasset) was shut down for an hour or so this morning. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the Subaru Legacy was southbound on Foxtail Lane and the El Dorado Bus was westbound on Highway 2. The Subaru made a left turn onto eastbound Highway 2 and was struck by the El Dorado. Names of those involved and their health conditions have not been released yet.

By |January 3rd, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Two Vehicle Accident Shuts Down Highway 2|