A 75 year old Grand Rapids man received non-life threatening injuries in a two vehicle rollover accident on Thursday February 13th. The accident report shows that Marvin Figgins and 62 year old Gary Mallum were involved in the accident; however details have not been released at this time. The accident occurred at about 4 PM on US Highway 2 west of Deer River on icy roads. Alcohol was NOT detected in either drivers system. Apparently Mallum was not injured in the incident. The Deer River Police Department and the Itasca County Sheriffs Office assisted the Minnesota State Patrol at the scene.
The teen charged with leading law enforcement on a high speed chase on July 4th of last year has entered a plea in Itasca County District Court. Eighteen year old Grant Gunderson has been charged with five felonies and two misdemeanors stemming from the incident that took place in portions of the county and city of Grand Rapids. At a plea hearing in District Court on Thursday February 13th Gunderson plead guilty to the charge of felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and the misdemeanor charge of 4th degree driving while impaired. The court ordered a pre-disposition investigation to be prepared and set a sentencing hearing for March 19th at 9 AM. County Attorney Jack Muhar stated, in response to Gunderson’s guilty plea, “The defendants actions put many lives at risk and thankfully no one was hurt or killed as a result. The use of drugs played a significant role in the defendant’s behavior in the incident. This case is a chilling reminder to the community of the danger of drugs.”
Will Bovey residents stand for household water meters? During a city council meeting last week the Bovey City Council set a date for a public hearing to gather public input on the possible installation of water meters. City Maintenance Supervisor Kevin Odden told the council that he was still in the process of gathering information on costs. Bonding has been discussed as a possible mechanism for funding, although a final decision has yet to be made. Some councilors have reported hearing public concern about the cost of meter installation, Mayor Mike Bibich asserted that metering water usage would result in more equitable billing. He said “Why should you pay for someone else’s water use?” The city plans to distribute more information to residents about the meters through the March utility billing. This news story is courtesy of the Scenic Range News Forum.
Minnesota is facing a perfect storm of challenges relating to oil transportation safety. Its being transported through our state by way of pipelines and rail, due to the increased production in North Dakota and Alberta, Canada. Representative Frank Hornstein said they are in the process of drafting legislation to better fund and coordinate emergency response to oil spill disasters. They intend to introduce this legislation on the first day of the session and hold hearings shortly thereafter.
In the local crime report from the Grand Rapids Police Department:
A two vehicle accident occurred Monday February 10th on 5th Avenue NE. A vehicle in traffic swerved to avoid another vehicle that had slid out because of icy road conditions. That vehicle managed to stop. The school bus following it did not. It slid on the icy road surface, rear-ending the vehicle that had stopped. There was minor damage to both; however neither driver was injured. Fortunately there wasn’t any school children on the bus at the time of the accident.
The sixth call in a two hour period resulted in two arrests. A suspect had made terroristic threats to law enforcement. When officers arrived at the apartment the door was slammed in their face, necessitating a forced entry by officers. They observed one suspect crawling out the bedroom window and ordered him to stop, he did not; the officer deployed his TASER which unfortunately was ineffective due to the bulky clothing the suspect was wearing. The officer ran into the back yard and again ordered the suspect to stop. This time the suspect got hung up in deep snow and complied with the officers order. He was handcuffed and arrested for making terroristic threats, fleeing on foot and obstructing the legal process. The second suspect in the apartment was also charged with fleeing on foot and obstructing the legal process.
The warming trend may ease northern Minnesota’s urgent need for propane but it hasn’t eliminated it. US Senator Al Franken said he, as chair of the Senate’s Energy Subcommittee, said he, along with the Minnesota Congressional Delegation and Governor Mark Dayton, sent a letter to the President calling for action and a few god things happened, the administration released additional heating assistance to Minnesota, allowed truckers to drive additional house, and ordered a pipeline to start shipping more propane to Minnesota. He said things are starting to get better, prices are beginning to come down but we still need to get through the rest of this winter. Senator Franken said that as chair of the Energy Sub-Committee he will look into what caused this problem and methods to prevent its recurrence.
During Monday’s Grand Rapids City Council meeting a public hearing on the Small Cities Development Program was held to qualify the city for grants. Mayor Dale Adams explains the project is looking for 6 businesses and up to 27 homes or rental units that are looking for a facelift thru the SCDP and the Department of Employment and Economic Development. In other action the city council approved accepting a donation of over $34,000 for the Pokegama Golf Course Restroom Project; adopted a resolution calling for a public hearing on the Crystal Lake Boulevard Reconstruction Project; accepted a letter of resignation from Grand Rapids Fire Chief Steve Flaherty and approved an amendment to the Mutual Aid Agreement with Cohasset for shared cemetery sextant services.
Women here in northeastern Minnesota make, on the average, only 73 cents for every dollar a man makes and a University of Minnesota study recently found that families headed by women are four times more likely to be living in poverty. Area 6A Representative Carly Melin is sponsoring legislation to address the gap. She said “Women living in Minnesota – our mothers, sisters, daughters, and grandmothers – face disproportionate barriers to basic economic security, creating an unnecessary and preventable drag on the overall health of our economy.” Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives Paul Thissen said Minnesota’s economy is heading in the right direction but not everyone is sharing in the gains. He said Melin’s bill “The Minnesota Women’s Economic Security Act of 2014” aims to break down barriers to economic progress so that women, and all Minnesotans, have a fair opportunity to succeed.
It’s estimated that about a billion dollars in tax refunds go unclaimed each year, but a service statewide is helping folks get back their money – and it’s all free of charge. Hundreds of volunteers across Minnesota are offering free preparation of basic state and federal returns through the A-A-R-P Foundation Tax-Aide program. The free assistance is available to all, but the main focus is helping low-income and older Minnesotans. Here in Itasca County AARP tax assistance is available at the Central Square Mall on Monday’s & Wednesday’s from 9 AM – 5 PM and on Saturday’s from 9 AM till noon in February. There is voice mail available by calling 327-4719. Walk-ins are welcome. More information is available online at the A-A-R-P website.(www.aarp.org)
In the local crime report from the Grand Rapids Police Department:
On Friday February 7th a retail outlet on 29th Street SE reported an adult female in the lavatory getting high off of an aerosol spray can. When law enforcement arrived and located the suspect she was standing in a stall, the empty can in there with her. She didn’t respond to questions asked by the officer and appeared disoriented. She was cited for theft of the can of spray, given a no trespassing order and left the store with her guardian.
Also on Friday a convenience store on 4th Street NE reported an adult female shoplifting suspect had returned to the store and was stealing items again. When law enforcement arrived she was outside and took off running despite being told to stop. The officer ran after her, and a nearby Sheriffs Deputy assisted. The suspect was apprehended and handcuffed after a struggle. After reviewing video surveillance footage it appeared she would stuff her pockets full of “power bars” and then pay for a drink with an EBT card. The store manager stated there was at least $66 worth of merchandise taken.
A three car hit and run auto accident occurred Friday on Pokegama Avenue North. The first vehicle in line stopped, the second managed to stop also; however the third didn’t and struck the second forcing it into the first in line. The third vehicle then left the scene without leaving contact information. Under investigation.
A homeowner reported some of her prescription medications had been stolen on Friday. She said she had a renter that recently left and while she was cleaning out his room she found some of her pills in his room. There is […]