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Grand Rapids Moves Forward with Solar Garden

The Grand Rapids City Council met in regular session Monday night, David Moody was there.
At Mondays City Council Meeting City Engineer Matt Wegworth discussed the city’s Solar Garden Project, which will be behind Home Depot by Airport Road. “It’s the area that is in the area that is the B-Zone, which we call it, for the landing of our cross wind runway. So in the B-Zone we have limited use for constructing building. When we started this project we explored this location and it seemed to fit the needs”
Also at Mondays meeting the board appointed Hospital Security officers to provide 24-7 protection and appointed Dominic DeGuiseppi to the position of Engineering Technician. David Moody reporting

By |July 24th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Grand Rapids Moves Forward with Solar Garden|

West Nile Infecting Loons

More loons are getting tested for West Nile Virus this week, after the DNR reports an uptick in dead loons in northeastern Minnesota. DNR’s Gaea Crozier, “we are asking the public that if they see two or more dead loons on a lake that they report that to us, and we’re doing this as a way to track where people are finding dead loons and track where the West Nile Virus may be occurring.” Crozier says infected mosquitoes transfer the disease to the loons–which die quickly as a result. If you see dead loons, simply email the information to the nearest DNR non-game wildlife staff for tracking.

By |July 22nd, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on West Nile Infecting Loons|

Tiger Brings Them Out

When Tiger Woods plays well, we go play, too. Last weekend was the British Open and Tiger Woods was on the course.
When Tiger plays, tv ratings go up nearly 20%. Your local golf course also sees an increase in golfers when Tiger competes well. Director of Golf for the Pokegama Golf Course, Bob Cahill, said they do see an influx of players when Tiger plays well. Unfortunately, this weekend, Tiger was cut after day two. Minnesotan Tom Lehman was also cut after finishing plus 12

By |July 22nd, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Tiger Brings Them Out|

Wage Theft Law Includes All


Minnesota’s top elected officials said this week they’ll enforce a new state law against wage theft by employers, even if the victims are workers not in the U-S legally. State Attorney General Keith Ellison warns employers about exploitation of undocumented immigrants, “There are some folks who we know seek out undocumented people because they think there won’t be enforcement action. Those people are mistaken and they should abide by the law.”
Observers say strict enforcement of Minnesota’s wage theft law could set up a conflict with federal enforcement of immigration laws.

By |July 22nd, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Wage Theft Law Includes All|

Eight Injured in Three Accidents on Highway 65

Three accidents over the weekend on Highway 65 sent eight people to the hospital.
Friday afternoon, a Toyota 4runner was stopped for a flagger that was stopping traffic. A Chevy S10, driven by 25 year old Anthony Peters of Braham, rear-ended the Toyota. The driver of the 4runner, 58 year old David Rice of Chanhassen, was not injured. A passenger in the Rice vehicle, 56 year old Karen Rice, was taken to Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital in Grand Rapids. The driver of the S10 was taken to Fairview hospital in Hibbing.
Also Friday afternoon, Volkswagon Golf, driven by 64 year old Victoria Tratter of Plymouth, was traveling south on Highway 65 in Spalding Township when her vehicle left the roadway and rolled. Tratter was taken to Riverwood Hospital in Aitkin with non-life-threatening conditions.
Sunday morning, a one vehicle accident sent three to the hospital. A Ford Explorer, driven by 35 year old Christine Polliard of Anoka, was traveling on Highway 65 in Shamrock Township when the vehicle left the roadway. Polliard, a passenger identified as 34 year old Robert Polliard, and a one year old infant, was all taken to Riverwood Hospital in Aitkin with non-life-threatening injuries.

By |July 22nd, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Eight Injured in Three Accidents on Highway 65|

Predatory Offender to be Released

A level 3 predatory offender will be moving into the Blackberry area. 40 year old Jerry Irwin filed a change of address. The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office will hold an information meeting TONIGHT at 6pm at the BlackBerry Township Community Center. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

By |July 10th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Predatory Offender to be Released|

ISD 318 Hears Phy Ed Concerns

About 30 residents attended Monday’s special meeting of ISD 318’s school board. At the heart of the issue is a 50 minute period each day for elementary school. The district proposed decreasing physical education from an everyday activity to a few days a week in order to create more time for Media and Music. Interim Superintendent Sean Martinson wanted to let everyone know that your opinions are being heard “We are listening, we wouldn’t hold a listening session if we weren’t going to listen. I don’t know what will come back. But the part that I want the community to have a feel would be, if anything resembles similar to what we’ve already talked about, I would not want you to feel like, well they didn’t listen. Because unfortunately in this process with all the world languages, art, STEM, STEAM, physical education and music. Somebody will feel as if they didn’t get what they wanted so to speak”
Nothing was decided at the meeting. The board sent the issue back to the administration department. A decision is expected within the next few weeks.
David Moody reporting.

By |July 10th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on ISD 318 Hears Phy Ed Concerns|

Businesses Target of Scams


[Grand Rapids, MN] Itasca County law enforcement agencies have received seven reports of the same type of fraud calls in the last two days. Businesses seem to be the primary target of this fraud in which the caller phones the business, purporting to be the local utility service. The caller claims the business has not paid their utility bill and threatens to turn off the electricity or natural gas to the business. To prevent this the caller directs the business owner to obtain pre-paid cash cards and provide the caller with the unique number of each card. Recently, a local business lost over $1,700 in this scam.

“This is fraud, pure and simple,” said Grand Rapids Police Department Investigator Troy Scott. “If you receive a phone call like this, simply hang up. All the caller wants is your money,” said Scott.


By |July 10th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Businesses Target of Scams|

Dr. Annette to Step Down from Blandin Foundation in 2020


GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (June 26, 2019)– Blandin Foundation President and CEO Kathy Annette informed the foundation’s trustees this week that she will retire in 2020 following a distinguished career in rural and Native community health and development.

Dr. Annette has served as president and CEO for Blandin Foundation since 2011, following a distinguished and long career in various leadership roles with Indian Health Service. Prior to taking the helm at Blandin Foundation, she served the foundation as a trustee for 12 years, chaired and participated in its American Indian Advisory Committee, and participated in the first Blandin Reservation Community Leadership Program.

“Kathy has been an important leader for Blandin Foundation and we’re pleased that she will be with us for one more year, making a thoughtful and smooth transition,” said Dr. Heidi Korstad, board chair. “It is a credit to Kathy that the foundation is ready for this change. We are in a great place—strong teams of staff and trustees, financially solid and with a clear strategic path forward. The board is very thankful for her stewardship and leadership, and we anticipate that Kathy will continue to provide this kind of impact through her final days as president and CEO early next summer.”

A transition team of the Blandin Foundation board has been formed and a nationwide search will begin mid-July. Information on this recruitment process may be found at the foundation’s website as soon as it is available.

**Blandin Foundation, Minnesota’s largest rural-based private foundation is located in Grand Rapids, Minn. Its mission is to be a trusted partner and advocate to strengthen rural Minnesota communities, especially the Grand Rapids area. It is Minnesota’s largest rural-based private […]

By |June 27th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Dr. Annette to Step Down from Blandin Foundation in 2020|

New Parking Arrangements in Rapids for Fireworks

At Monday’s Grand Rapids city council meeting, the council passed some resolutions related to the renaming of American Legion Field. They accepted donations to pay for a new sign. The field is now officially called Bob Streetar Field at American Legion Park. The council also approved some donations to pay for this year’s fireworks display.
Dale Anderson gave a department head report for Parks and Rec. “They are on the fourth of July that Thursday Night at 10pm from the 18th green at the golf course. The City will be providing busing, but with everything going on at the old Kmart and Ground Round properties. Essentia Health Grand Rapids Clinic has been nice enough to offer their parking lot for parking and then Arrowhead busing will start transporting people starting at 8pm.” Shuttle busses will start operating at 8pm.

By |June 25th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on New Parking Arrangements in Rapids for Fireworks|