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Grand Rapids City Council Meets

At Mondays City council meeting, Rob Mattea presented a department head report on Community Development. Grand Rapids had $12.1 million dollars in construction last year, relatively low in comparison to years past. However, he expects a very large number this year, “with 2 new elementary schools and some other pretty big projects, we’re probably lookings somewhere between $75 and $90 million dollars permitted this year”

Also at Mondays council session, there was an annual report on the cities stormwater pollution prevention. Street cleaning is underway, and the storm water systems are being cleaned, also numerous catch basins are being reconstructed and repaired. .

David Moody reporting

By |March 26th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Grand Rapids City Council Meets|

ISD 318 Sports Calendar Fraud


March 25, 2019

The Grand Rapids Police Department wants to make our local businesses aware of a fraud that is reported to be operating in our area. School District #318 often puts out Sports and Activity Calendars. Area businesses can purchase advertisement space on these calendars to promote their businesses. The money raised from these activity calendars helps support sport and extracurricular activities i.e. travel costs, uniforms, meals and entry fees.
School District #318 has partnered with Steve Lynch. Mr. Lynch sells the advertisement space on these calendars to local businesses and organizations. He is the only person authorized by the school district to sell ad space on these calendars. All legitimate invoices to businesses who purchase advertising space on District 318 calendars will note on the invoice that it is from “TH Signs / #318 Poster Fund.” Invoices are sent in District 318 envelopes.
It has been reported to the Police Department that a company called “Sports Media”, has been exploiting this. Sports Media notes which businesses have purchased advertisement space on these legitimate calendars and will send these businesses a bogus invoice for advertising. This is a fraud and is not affiliated with District 318.
Area businesses have reported receiving fraudulent invoices and letters demanding payment. If you have questions about the legitimacy of these calendars please contact the District 318 Activities Office at 218-327-5765. If you would like to have more information, please contact Investigator Brian Mattson at the Grand Rapids Police Department at (218) 326-3464.

By |March 26th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on ISD 318 Sports Calendar Fraud|

Sawmill Demo Underway

Demolition of the former Sawmill Inn began in February. Hotel construction of a new Best Western is scheduled to begin last this summer. According to The Ranger, the information newsletter of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation, the 9 acre lot will be subdivided into six commercial parcels. The hotel will occupy one of the lots, with the others devoted to commercial development. The developer, Rebound Hospitality, also purchased an adjacent 15 acre property.

The Sawmill Inn property has been owned and managed by the Wayne Jacobson family of Grand Rapids. The Sawmill recently employed 60 people.

By |March 21st, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Sawmill Demo Underway|

ISD 318 School Board Meets

At Monday’s school board meeting, Jessica Felosi was recognized by the board after she took home the Minnesota Social Studies Teacher of the Year award. Felosi directed some of the praise to her coworkers “I’m going to always continually thank my administrators in the high school. They’re so supportive, we have the best climate and environment for teachers its really supportive. They really allow me to take a lot of risks”
Also at Mondays meeting, Kent Korbitzgave a facilities design update. The East site is waiting for a land transfer to officially go thru. The west site has some heavy machinery in place and they are working on completing the on-site work zone in Cohasset. The board also approved annual reviews of a number of district policies.

David Moody

By |March 20th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on ISD 318 School Board Meets|

Friday Afternoon Chase

A warrant was executed Friday afternoon on Stoeke Street in Grand Rapids. According to a report from the Grand Rapids Police Department, officers were aware that a man with two active warrants was driving in the area. Officers located the vehicle, initiated a traffic stop, and ordered the driver and passenger to put their hands out the window. The driver sped away. The suspect traveled down River Road and turned into the waste treatment plant. One officer attempted to block the exit/entrance. The suspect turned around and made to ram the blocking squad. The officer in the squad, believing he was going to be rammed, moved his vehicle before the collision. The suspect’s vehicle was located in the ditch nearby- with wheels spinning. The driver and passenger taken into custody. The female passenger was eventually released. The suspect/driver had two active warrants. One warrant was for absconding from work Huber in Itasca County. The other warrant is for misdemeanor theft. Additional charges are pending.

By |March 18th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Friday Afternoon Chase|

Names Withheld in Itasca County Shooting

Itasca County Sheriff’s Office

On February 10, 2019, at approximately 5:26 pm Itasca County Dispatch received a call of a domestic assault which occurred at a home on Walker Road near Hill City, Minnesota.

Deputies attempted to make contact. At one point the subject fired his weapon. Deputies also fired their weapons. The subject sustained injuries and is receiving medical attention at St. Mary’s in Duluth.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the officer involved shooting incident. The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the domestic assault complaint.

The BCA will provide additional information about the officer involved shooting incident once initial interviews are completed.

By |February 12th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Names Withheld in Itasca County Shooting|

Officer Involved Shooting in Itasca County

An officer-involved shooting sent one person to a Duluth hospital. A press release is not yet available, but what we have confirmed is that Itasca County Sheriff’s deputies fired a weapon at a suspect in Spang Township Sunday night and one person is suffered non-life threatening injuries. An official press release is expected early this morning.

By |February 12th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Officer Involved Shooting in Itasca County|

Highway Closed for Three Hours

East-bound Highway 169 in LaPrarie was closed for up to three hours this morning. A semi truck with a trailer was pulling out from the L&M warehouse in LaPrarie when the trailer became detached. The driver of the semi, identified as Bernard Fredrick Schulte of Bigfork, stopped and got out of the truck. The truck driver was then struck by a Buick Century travelling eastbound. The Century driver, Michael David Yennie, administered aid and called 9-1-1. Schulte was taken to St. Luke’s in Duluth with life-threatening injuries.

By |January 30th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Highway Closed for Three Hours|

Accident Reveals Intoxicated Driver

A two vehicle accident Tuesday evening resulted in a possible 4th degree DWI charge. According to the complaint, a 54 year old man was driving near the intersection of 3rd Avenue Northwest and 14th Street in Grand Rapids when he was unable to stop. His vehicle collided with another vehicle already in the intersection.
The driver had two passengers in the vehicle. When officers arrived, all three were standing outside the vehicle. The driver was found to be driving two teens from the TNT group home.
The officer on scene detected the smell of alcohol in the vehicle and administered a breath test to the driver. The driver admitted his last alcoholic drink was at 4am. A valid breath test onsite revealed a .118 blood alcohol content. He was placed under arrest. North Homes was advised about the arrest and the vehicle location.

By |January 23rd, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Accident Reveals Intoxicated Driver|

Home Damaged by Fire

Grand Rapids, Cohasset, and Trout Lake Fire Departments responded to a home fire on South East 3rd Avenue in Grand Rapids Saturday night.
According to the Grand Rapids Police report, officers responded to the scene at 112 S.E. 3rd Avenue in Grand Rapids and found the home owner out of the home. He told officers that the home was filled with smoke and he saw flames coming from the basement furnace room. The homeowner told police that he had just had a new furnace installed in mid December.
Fire fighters were able to knock down the fire and save the residence, according to Grand Rapids Fire Chief Travis Cole.
The state Fire Marshall has been called to investigate the fire. No value is available on the damage.

By |January 7th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Home Damaged by Fire|