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Monthly Archives: September 2018


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Town Hall Meeting Tonight

Governor Dayton will be present tonight at the Nashwauk Township Community Center to discuss the future of the Nashwauk mining and pellet plant and project.

Governor Dayton, IRRRB Commissioner Mark Phillips, DNR mining officials, and Mesabi Metalics CEO Gary Heasley will be present.

All area residents, contractors, and interested persons are invited to learn more about the future of the plant.  The town hall meeting starts at 7pm.

By |September 24th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Town Hall Meeting Tonight|

Arbitrator Backs Sheriff’s Office

Former Itasca County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Johnson was fired with just cause by the Itasca County Sheriff’s Department.  That was the ruling from the arbitrator hearing the union appeal.

According to the ruling, “The presumptive finding was that the Grievant (Johnson) did display a pattern of deceit and dishonesty in his efforts to “cover” up his erroneous entries, characteristic of a “web of deceit.”

The initial firing stemmed from false time card entries.  The arbitrator ruled that it was what happened after the erroneous entries were discovered that justified Johnson’s firing.

Arbitrator James A. Laumeyer ruled that two outside investigators, who arrived at similar conclusions found “a pattern of documented untruths.”

Johnson’s union, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees Council 65 Local 639A contested the firing and Johnson’s placement on administrative leave.

Johnson and Itasca County Sheriff Vic Williams are running against each other in November for the elected position of Itasca County Sheriff.  Johnson claims political motivation for his firing after he ran against Williams in 2014.  That claim was dismissed by the arbitrator.

Laumeyer wrote, he “found no influence or malicious act by Sheriff Williams in this matter,”


By |September 18th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Arbitrator Backs Sheriff’s Office|

Ruby Slippers Recovered



[Grand Rapids, MN] The Grand Rapids Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are today announcing the recovery of the “Ruby Red Slippers,” The slippers, one of at least three other known existing pairs used in the filming of “The Wizard of Oz”, were stolen in 2005 from a Grand Rapids museum, the Judy Garland Museum located at 2727 Pokegama Avenue South. Grand Rapids is the birthplace of Frances Gumm whose stage name was Judy Garland. Garland starred as “Dorothy” in the 1939 film. The slippers were on loan to the museum by a private collector, Michael Shaw, as part of a ten-week travelling tour.

Sometime between 5:45 PM on August 27th and 9:45 Am on August 28th, a burglar broke a window in the museum’s back door and entered. The thief smashed a Plexiglas case resting on a wooden podium in the museum’s gallery and made off with the slippers that were insured for 1 million dollars. The alarm did not sound to a central dispatch station. No fingerprints were left behind.

“The police department really had no evidence and no clues to work with,” said Grand Rapids Police Sergeant Robert Stein. “All we had was a single sequence that had fallen off one of the slippers. The investigator assigned to the case was fearful that the thief might destroy the slippers if he believed the police were on his trail. Therefore, when rumors developed that local wayward youth were most likely responsible for the theft and had tossed the slippers into the Mississippi River or in one of the many water filled iron ore pits that dot the […]

By |September 4th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Ruby Slippers Recovered|