A Grand Rapids woman was injured in a two vehicle accident Friday afternoon on Highway 2 in Cass County. 59 year old Sondra Johnson of Grand Rapids was driving a 2011 Buick westbound on Highway 2 when she veered into the path of a Mack truck, driven by 29 year old Michael Thomas of Pinewood Minnesota. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Johnson was the only one injured and her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
A Grand Rapids man was injured in a three car collision Friday afternoon. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a Jeep driven by 21 year old Troyanna Stephan of Grand Rapids was traveling north on Highway 169 in Itasca County when it rear-ended a Lincoln town car that was stopped for a light. The town car was driven by 84 year old Carol Lee of Warba. When the Jeep hit the Lee vehicle, it caused it to spin into the right lane- and hit a Dodge Ram truck, driven by 71 year old Michael Olin of Cohasset. The only injury was to Stephan, whos injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
The body of a Deer River man who had been missing for a week was found Saturday. 19 year old Anthony Scott Meyers left his Deer River residence October 24th after contacting friends and indicating he intended to harm himself. He disappeared into the woods near King Elementary and as a precautionary measure a soft lockdown was implemented. There were no direct threats made to the school districts. No more details are available.
An Inger man has been arrested in the death of his son. According to the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office, on October 16th, the man called 9-1-1 to report his 2 ½ month-old son was not breathing. Emergency personnel arrived and began CPR. The infant was transported to the Deer River hospital then life-flighted to St. Mary’s in Duluth. He died the next day. An autopsy indicated the infant suffered blunt force trauma. The suspect is being held in the Itasca County Jail awaiting formal charges.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host two open-house style meeting regarding fishing regulations on Lake Winnigigoshish. The current protected slot limit for walleye is 17-26 inches. The proposed slot would be 18-23 inches. The first meeting is Monday (tonight) from 6-8pm at the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center. The second meeting will be Tuesday from 6-8pm at the Bug-O-Nay-Gee-Shig School. Comments can be submitted directly to the DNR at 1201 E. Highway 2, Grand Rapids, MN, 55744 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Written comments will be accepted until Saturday, November 1st.
A two vehicle accident Saturday afternoon injured a Warba woman. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 66 year old Terry Tallackson of Pine River was traveling east on Highway 2 when he turned to go north on County Road 71. He was side-swiped by a vehicle driven by 74 year old Beverly Mischel of Warba. Mischel was traveling west on Highway 2 at the time. Mischel was injured in the accident, but her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. Her passenger, identified as 46 year old Pam Mischel was not injured. Tallackson and his passenger, Bonnie Hiniker of Pine River, were int injured in the accident.
Not all boaters are “getting it”. Twenty-five percent of boaters who attempted to launch their boats from an inspected boat landing late this summer had one or more violations of the aquatic invasive species guidelines. Bill Grantges, AISP Coordinator for the Itasca Water Legacy Partnership, gave the county board an update on the program Tuesday afternoon.
The watercraft inspection program was running out of money in August when the Itasca county board allotted $825,000 in state Legacy money for it to continue. Additional inspections of 519 watercraft found 25% in violation. 72% of boaters arrived at a landing with a drain plug closed. 28% of boaters had plants or mud attached to the boat or trailer. Programmers will conduct three town hall meetings this fall before bringing a full presentation to the board in early November.
Press Release from the Grand Rapids Police Department
WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ARMED ROBBERY
Grand Rapids Police Officers arrested a 25-year-old Deer River woman on the afternoon of October 10, 2014 for Armed Robbery. According to Grand Rapids Police Chief Scott Johnson, Grand Rapids Police Officers and Itasca County Sheriff’s Deputies received a call at 4:05 PM that a female, armed with a handgun, had just robbed Stokes Printing. Stokes printing is located at 421 NW 1st Avenue in Grand Rapids. Officers and two deputies arrived within one minute of the time of the call. They learned that a female fitting the description of the robber was seen entering Reeds Drugs.
Officers checked the drugstore and then began checking the Central Square Mall asking merchants in the mall to lock their doors. Grand Rapids Police Officer Michelle Norris and Grand Rapids Police Officer Troy Scott located the woman near the restrooms where she was taken into custody. A pistol was found in the woman’s waistband and an undisclosed quantity of cash was found on her person.
“This was exemplary police work by the dispatchers, officers and deputies.” said Chief Johnson. “Everyone worked together as a team and an arrest was made within ten minutes of the time the crime was committed.”
At the time of this press release, the Grand Rapids Police Department has not released the name of the woman. She is being booked into the Itasca County Jail.
Housing. That’s the one thing the Grand Rapids community can do to help companies like Magnetation grow. Matt Lehtinen, CEO of Magnetation, spoke to the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce on Monday. He said that housing was one of the problems companies face in our area. Lehtinen told chamber members that we need more new one hundred and fifty thousand/two hundred thousand dollar homes to attract professionals to the area.
Magnetation recycles abandoned waste tailings piles to produce high quality iron ore concentrate. Magnetation started as a seventy-five million dollar investment in 2012 has grown to a seven hundred million dollar investment in 2014. Plant four is expected to be operational in January.
A 76 year old Garrison man who got lost in the woods Wednesday was located early Thursday. Glenn Huff of Garrison was hunting on a trail west of County road 138 when he said he became disoriented. Huff’s truck was located in the area and a search was started. The search was called off due to darkness. Huff said that instead of causing the situation to become worse, he and his dog hunkered down for the night where he was. Huff and his dog walked up to a Crow Wing County Sheriff’s deputy Thursday. Huff was reported in excellent condition and suffered no injuries.
The Garrison Fire Department/first responders, Deerwood and Cuyuna Fire Department/first responders, Crow Wing Sheriff’s Deputies and a Brainard police officer assisted in the search.