A two vehicle accident on Highway 169 and Rainey Road Saturday evening sent one person to the hospital. A vehicle driven 20 year old Jake Lelonek of Grand Rapdis rear-ended a vehicle driven by 74 year old Russell Impila of Nashwauk. Both vehicle were traveling west-bound on Highway 169. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Lelonek fell asleap at the wheel. Impila was injured in the accident. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. Lelonek was not injured.
All students in 9th through 12th grade in the Greenway school district will start the school year off the new Chrome Book computers.
Superintendent Mark Adams said it’s an exciting endeavor. He said the district is working to add devices to other grade levels, too. Kids and staff will have an opportunity to reach out to resources they don’t have access to right here, Adams said. Students should watch their e-mail for more information about the roll-out.
Independent School District 316’s school board approved a contract with Education Minnesota Local 1330 Wednesday night. Teachers, counselors, librarians, and all other non-supervisory professional staff belonging to and able to vote in Education Minnesota- Local 13-30 are now under contract through June of 2015. Members have worked without a contract since July 1st of 2013.
For the 2013-14 school year, teachers received a 4% raise. For the 2014-15 school year, also a 4% raise. The contract also spells out pay for extracurricular activities, insurance benefits, evaluations, and grievances.
A 46 year old Deer River woman was injured early this morning (tues AM). A vehicle driven by 37 year old James Tanski of Saginaw was driving east on Highway 2 when he struck a pedestrian in the middle of the roadway. The Minnesota State Patrol identified the pedestrian as 46 year old Tracy Peterson of Deer River. Tanski, and his passenger, 30 year old Jason Erickson of Duluth, were not injured in the accident. Peterson’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. She was transported to the Deer River hospital by ambulance and later flown by helicopter to St. Mary’s in Duluth
The fairground round-about was completed before the car show weekend in Grand Rapids, but it cost more than expected. The city added more than eighty thousand dollars to the cost of the Crystal Lake Boulevard Reconstruction Project on 12th and 14th streets. Grand Rapids City Engineer Julie Kennedy addressed the City Council yesterday (audio).
Fixing the issue now will prevent future repairs. Also at last night’s Grand Rapids City Council meeting, councilors approved hiring Donald Wilson to a firefighter position and Jacob Barsness to a firefighter trainee. Grand Rapids residents are also reminded that the deadline to apply for property tax refunds is August 15th.
The next Grand Rapids City Council Meeting is August 11th.
A two vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 169 and 200 sent three people to the hospital on Friday afternoon. A semi driven by 53 year old Scott Hamilton of Cohasset was northbound on 169 when a vehicle driven by 28 year old Jun Tao of Houghton Michigan drove through the stop sign and hit Hamilton’s trailer. Three people in the Tao vehicle were injured, including Fan Yang, Pei Hou, and the driver, Jun Tao. Ages and hometowns of Tao’s passengers were not available. The injuries are all believed to be non-life-threatening, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
A 1996 Chevy GMT pick-up was reported stolen from the Itasca County fairgrounds on Sunday. The pick-up was left with the keys in the ignition. The truck is described as a dark blue 1996 Chevy GMT 400 truck with a single cab, 35 inch super swamper bogger tires with black rims. There are no suspects. Contact the Grand Rapids police department if you have any information.
The Floodwood Police Department is asking the public for assistance in identifying the person or persons who burglarized the Floodwood Little Store at 124 W. Hwy. 2 in Floodwood MN. On 7/19/14 at 2:31 a.m., the Floodwood Police Department was dispatched to the Little Store on the report of a security alarm. Police arrived on scene and caught a suspect exiting the back door of the business. The suspect fled the scene of the crime, entered the woods and was chased on foot by the officer on duty. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office responded with a tracking dog. Law enforcement were unable to locate the suspect. If you have any information that may lead to the arrest of the suspect(s) involved in this crime, you are urged to call the Floodwood Police Department at 218-476-2239 or 911.
Four people were injured in another accident at the intersection of Highway 2 and Grimsbo Road in Cohasset on Wednesday. A vehicle driven by 23 year old Alexandra Emery of Grand Rapids was eastbound on Highway 2, attempting to make a left hand turn off the highway when a vehicle driven by 20 year old Kathryn Tinquist of Cohasset rear-ended the Emery vehicle. Emery’s passengers have been identified as 16 year old Andie Cooper of Bovey and 21 year old Katrina Yurrick of Grand Rapids. All four people involved were injured in the accident. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Highway 2 does not have a center turn lane at that stretch of road.
Itasca County will receive $825,000 over the next two years to try to stop the spread of zebra mussels, Eurasian water-milfoil, purple loosestrife, and zebra mussels. Tuesday, Dan Swenson, Environmental Services Administrator, told the county board how the money is to be used.
The state of Minnesota will spend $4.5 million dollars in 2014 and $10 million in each year after that. The money was appropriated based on each county’s share of watercraft trailer launches and on each county’s share of watercraft trailer parking spots. Only St. Louis County received more money than Itasca.