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Walz, Flanagan launch five-day, 24-community listening tour

Minnesota News Network

Governor-elect Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor-elect Peggy Flanagan launch a “listening tour” today that will visit over two-dozen cities in the next five days. Sunday, they’ll cover the Iron Range and central Minnesota. On Monday it’s the Arrowhead, finishing up in Duluth.

Sunday, December 2nd

Who- Governor-elect Walz
Time- 11:00am RED LAKE
Place- Red Lake Tribal College, 15480 Migizi Dr, Red Lake, MN 56671

Time- 1:30pm BEMIDJI
Place- Mayflower Building, 102 1st Street W Bemidji, MN 56601

Time- 5:00pm HIBBING
Place- Little Theater- Hibbing Memorial Building, 400 E 23rd St, Hibbing, MN 55746

By |November 29th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Walz, Flanagan launch five-day, 24-community listening tour|

Fatal Officer-Invlved Shooting in Bemidji

Minnesota News Network

A fatal officer-involved shooting is under investigation in Bemidji.
It happened last night just before 11 pm when a Bemidji officer pulled a vehicle over and confirmed that one of the passengers had a felony warrant. As the passenger was exiting the vehicle, an officer noticed a handgun and when the officer tried to take the gun, a struggle ensued. The officer and an assisting deputy fired their weapons and struck the suspect, who died at the scene. NO other injuries were reported. The handgun was recovered from the scene. The officer was wearing a body camera.
The officer and deputy involved have been placed on standard administrative leave.

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Two Dead in Spalding Township

Two bodies were discovered in a residence in Spalding Township in Aitkin County on Tuesday. Aitkin County Sheriff Scott Turner said in a news release that the residence was secured and deputies had to force entry into the residence. Identification is pending at the Ramsey County Medical Examiner Office. Deputies were called to the residence for a welfare check. Turner states that he believes that the public is not in any danger.

By |November 29th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Two Dead in Spalding Township|

Cohasset Residents Limited to One Houseboat

Tuesday night, the Cohasset City Council approved the planning commission’s recommendation to limit residents to one houseboat per property.  Mayor Greg Hagy told the 14 people present for the vote that it became an issue when one resident parked 4 houseboats on their shoreland, restricting other’s views.

Two exemptions exist.  One, if a resident would like a free permit, they can park a second on their shore for 14 consecutive days (or 30 calendars days).  If a resident has a second, adjoining lot of 100 feet or more, they can park a second on that property.  The vote was 5-0.

By |November 14th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Cohasset Residents Limited to One Houseboat|

Itasca County Election Results

Itasca County Sheriff Vic Williams kept his job after a challenge by former deputy Bryan Johnson and a strong write-in campaign by Grand Rapids Police Sargent Jeff Carlson on Tuesday.  Williams received 44% of the vote.

The new Itasca County Attorney will be Matti Adam.  Adam ran against John Dimich for the open position.  Longtime county attorney John Muhar is stepping down after this year.

Michelle Toven and Rick Blake return to the Grand Rapids City Council.

Independent School District 318 will have one new member.  Tuesday, six candidates were vying for 3 seats.  David Marty earned a second place finish.  Sue Zeige and Malissa Bahr return to the board.

Residents in the city of Grand Rapids voted no to a 1% sales tax increase.  59% of voters said no.

Itasca County Commissioner Davin Tinquist was reelected over James Rasley.

Voters in Calumet and Harris Township voted to  make both clerk and treasurer an appointed position.


Mayoral races in the area include:

A recount is expected in the Bovey mayoral race.  Robert Stein earned 146 votes to Mike Bibich’s 145.

Bovey city councilors will be Adam Hecimovich and Nancilynn Meyer.  In Cohasset, Terry Bartz and Tim Carlson will return to the city council.  Dan Mandich beat Michael Antonivich for the position of Coleraine Mayor.  Coleraine City Councilors will be Thomas Sutherland and Joseph Pollard.

In Deer River, Steve Geving was elected Mayer.  Deer River City Councilors Barbera Serfling and Daniel Graf were elected Tuesday.

Chris Parks and Merry Lee were elected to the Marble City Council.

Calvin Saari beat Brenda Manthei to become Nashwauk Mayor.  The Nashwauk City Council will consist of Greg Heyblom and Kevin Bodin.

James Camilli overcame Aaron Trombly as the mayor of Taconite.  Ryan Trombly was elected to the Taconite City Council.



By |November 7th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Itasca County Election Results|

Polymet Permits Approved

DNR issues permits for NorthMet mining project in northeast Minnesota

DNR issues permits for NorthMet mining project in northeast Minnesota
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced today that it has issued permits for Poly Met Mining, Inc.’s (PolyMet’s) proposed NorthMet mining project in northeast Minnesota.
The DNR has issued the permit to mine, six water appropriation permits, two dam safety permits, a public waters work permit, and an endangered species takings permit for the NorthMet project.
The permit to mine includes a financial assurance plan and wetland replacement plan.
Today’s action completes the DNR’s consideration of the major permits that the project needs from the DNR in order to proceed. However, the NorthMet project still requires water and air quality permits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and a wetlands permit from the Army Corps of Engineers, in addition to other local permits and approvals.
“No project in the history of Minnesota has been more thoroughly evaluated,” said DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr.
“Based on the DNR’s review, we are confident that the project can be built, operated, and reclaimed in compliance with Minnesota’s rigorous environmental standards, which are designed to protect human health and the environment,” Landwehr said. “This does not mean that the project will not have impacts, but it does mean that the project meets Minnesota’s regulatory standards for these permits.”
The NorthMet project would create an open pit copper, nickel, cobalt and precious metals mine and would refurbish a portion of the former LTV Steel Mining Company processing plant. The project is located near the cities of Hoyt Lakes and Babbitt.
Comprehensive financial assurance package
The NorthMet permit to mine permit includes a comprehensive, PolyMet-funded financial assurance package designed to provide sufficient funds for the DNR to reclaim and close […]

By |November 1st, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Polymet Permits Approved|