A two car accident on Highway 169 near Marble injured a Calumet resident. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a car driven by 42 year old Allen Smith of Calumet rear-ended a bus that had slowed down to make a right hand turn. Smith’s car hit the back of the bus and rolled, coming to rest in the right hand ditch. The driver of the bus, identified as 62 year old David Amundson of Bertha, Minnesota, was not injured. The bus was carrying five passengers. None of them sustained injuries
The body of a missing Ball Club man has been found in Grand Rapids. According to the Grand Rapids Police Department, the 39 year old man was reported missing by his mother on Saturday. He left his home to shop in Grand Rapids last Thursday. He spoke to his mother on Friday and was reported missing Saturday. Monday, officers were called to the 600 block of South Pokegama Avenue.
According to Grand Rapids Police Sergeant Bob Stein, initially, it does not appear foul play is involved.
The victim will identified after family members are notified.
Two Aitkin residents were injured in a two car accident Thursday afternoon. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a pickup driven by 62 year old Mark Bill of Aitkin was west-bound on Highway 210 and stopped to make a left hand turn onto Highway 6. A vehicle driven by 69 year old Jacqueline Walen of Port Wing Wisconsin didn’t notice that the Bill vehicle had stopped and rear-ended the vehicle. Injured in the accident were Walen and a passenger in the Bill vehicle, identified as 98 year old Margaret Bill of Aitkin. Injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Independent School District 318’s school board met in regular session Monday night. Superintendent Dr. Thomas reminded the public that early voting for the two new elementary schools referendum is available at the court house, and voting will take place on November 3rd.
The district will hold a federal food audit this spring. The board approved a new vending machine contract which better clarify that the district vending options do meet USDA requirements. The district has already has been working on other requirements on the food audit list.
Liberty Township is no more. Tuesday, Itasca County commissioners voted to finish off what voters of Liberty Township residents put in motion in November of 2014.
Voters of the northern township voted 11 to 9 to dissolve the township and allow Itasca County to take over governmental services. County Commissioner Terry Snyder praised county staff for creating a plan to make that happen. Monies left over in the Liberty fund will be used to benefit Liberty residents
Independent School District 318 set their 2015-2016 goals last night. The board approved the four goals which include: continuing to address the facility needs, continuing to make sure our students are getting a 21st century education, furthering our collaboration with other area schools and organizations to better serve our students, and also addressing how to better help our students with mental health needs over the next few years.
The board also reminded the public of the special election for the referendum is on November 3rd, and absentee ballots are available at the courthouse. The next ISD 318 School Board meeting is October 19th at 7pm.
Can a defendants prior acts be admitted in court? That’s up to a judge. Monday, Robert Schwirtz appeared in Itasca County District court. The state asked the judge to amend the complaint to add two additional counts of terroristic threats. The court denied the motion.
The state also asked to enter into evidence prior acts by the defendant. Judge Maturi ordered the state and defendant to present their arguments. The state’s evidence is due by October 13th- the defendant’s by October 23rd.
Schwirtz is charged with assault in the 2nd degree, terroristic threats, and possession of a small amount of marijuana.
Schwirtz next court appearance is scheduled for November 16th. He remains in the Itasca County Jail on $100,000 bail.
The Greenway School Board last night voted to levy maximum dollars for their 2015 preliminary payable in 2016 levy, which will still result in a decrease to local residents. Randi Jurgenson, the district’s business manager briefed the board on school finances. The $2.8 Million dollar levy is still down slightly from last year’s $2.9 Million.
Board members Fred Tanner and Bob Schwartz were absent from Wednesday’s meeting.
Emery James Jenkins will stand trial, charged with First and Second Degree Murder, in the death of his son.
Jenkins lawyer had filed a motion to dismiss the charges and Itasca County District Judge Cory Wahwassuck denied the motion. The defense then filed a petition with the Minnesota Court of Appeals seeking review of the judge’s order.
The Court of Appeals determined that after a thorough review of the grand jury transcript it was determined that “substantial admissible evidence was presented to establish probable cause to believe that (Jenkins) committed these crimes”.
The court set a pre-trial hearing on November 17th and set a jury trial on January 25th. Jenkins is currently being held in the Itasca County Jail.
Two juveniles are in custody after a high speed chase last night that exceeded speeds of 125 miles an hour Sunday night. According to the Grand Rapids police department, the two suspects ran away from Northland Recovery Center, stole a vehicle from the River Road Market, and led police on a high speed chase between Grand Rapids and Deer River. Stop sticks were deployed in Deer River. The occupants pulled over by Fred’s Bait and fled on foot. They were arrested and charged with fleeing on foot and motor vehicle, motor vehicle theft. Both are in custody.