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Chappy’s Residents Removed

A Hill City-based assisted living facility was shut down just after midnight when the Minnesota Department of Health shut down the facility for a 90-day suspension of the facility’s license.
According to Fox 9, the Minnesota Office of Inspector General Licensing Division suspended Chappy’s Golden Shores’ license to provide home and community-based services effective 12:01 a.m. Dec. 7.
A source said Thursday that residents were packing removed from the facility. 35 residents and 30 staff members are reportedly affected by the order.
In a letter to Chappy’s Golden Shores from the Office of the Inspector General, the action was taken because the Licensing Division, “received information alleging that multiple and repeated serious incidents affecting vulnerable persons occurred in your licensed program.”
The Minnesota Department of Health released the following statement:
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has issued an immediate 90-day suspension of the comprehensive home care license for Chappy’s Golden Shores, based on serious alleged violations of Minnesota home care laws found by a department investigation. The alleged violations are deemed to pose an imminent risk to the health and safety of the clients served by this home care provider.
MDH is working with county and state partners to ensure the safety and appropriate ongoing care of the clients impacted by this action. Additional information will be provided to clients and families in the days ahead. The department is also continuing its investigation into Chappy’s Golden Shores.
Clients and family members with questions can contact their case manager, county adult protection or the Minnesota Ombudsman for Long Term Care (800-657-3591). Any allegations of maltreatment should be directed to the Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center (844-880-1574).
**With help from Fox 9

By |December 7th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Chappy’s Residents Removed|

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.

By |November 29th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Fatal Officer-Invlved Shooting in Bemidji|

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|

Itasca County Sheriff’s Race Heats Up

The Grand Rapids Herald Review published a story from a forensics review of the phone formerly used by former Itasca County Deputy Brian Johnson.  Johnson is challenging Vic Williams for the position of sheriff.  The report was released to the Grand Rapids Herald Review on October 17th.  According to the newspaper article, the report found Johnson used his county issued phone to A) to search the internet, access and download pornographic material and send sexually charged and explicit images to county employees and others, and B) watch Youtube videos, nap, and disparage other county employees.

Johnson contends others had to access to the phone after he turned it in and that it was a used phone.  The report countered that it would have been difficult to forensically plant evidence without the reviewer knowing.  The county verified Johnson’s phone was new when he received it.

The full article is available in this weekend’s Herald Review.

A third candidate in the sheriff’s race, Jeff Carlson, has launched a write-in campaign.

By |October 29th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Itasca County Sheriff’s Race Heats Up|

Missing Wisconsin Girl

Missing Wisconsin 13 Year Old Girl 
MNN BILL WERNER

Authorities say a missing teen from Barron County in western Wisconsin was at home when her parents were fatally shot, and continue asking the public for any tips as a nationwide search continues for 13-year-old Jayme Closs. “Is it a random attack or is it a targeted attack? I don’t know that answer. That is why those leads are so important,” said Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald.  The tipline is 855-744-3879. Fitzgerald says investigators have no suspects or persons of interest at this point.

Police received a tip from Miami about an S-U-V with Wisconsin plates and a passenger who might have been Jayme, but Fitzgerald said Wednesday afternoon, “We have received no tips of a credible sighting…. If there was something credible that I wanted out, you would hear it from this podium.”

Fitzgerald says, “We want to bring Jayme home and put that smile back in her family’s hands.”

 

By |October 19th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Missing Wisconsin Girl|

Know Your Candidate

KOZY/KMFY/J105 RAdio offered each candidate on local and regional political races the opportunity of talk one-on-one with our listeners.  Many candidates did record one of these 3 minute messages.  In most cases, all candidates running in the same race participated.  In some races, only one of the candidates accepted our offer.   By running these messages, KOZY/KMFY/J105 should not be seen as endorsing these candidates.   Beginning Monday (10/22/18), we will start airing these messages.  Messages will also be posted on our Facebook page and website after airing.

Candidate calendar:

10-22                   Itasca County Sheriff’s Office

10-23                   Non-Candidate *Regular After-Council Briefing

10-24                   Non-Candidate *Regular After-Board Briefing

10-25                  Grand Rapids City Council

10-26                   MN House District 5B

10-29                   Non-Candidate *Itasca Clean Energy Team

10-30                   MN House District 5A and 6A

10-31                   City of Coleraine

11-1                     ISD 318 Part 1

11-2                     ISD 316 Part 2

11-5                     MN Governor’s Race

By |October 19th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Know Your Candidate|