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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|

Gun Drawn on Driver

One man was taken into custody at gunpoint early this morning after a car crash in LaPrarie.
Another suspect is still on the loose.

According to the incident report, the Minnesota State Patrol was pursuing a vehicle north-bound on Highway 169, near Itasca Community College, when it crashed near Midway Trailer Court. The driver was being held at gunpoint and the passenger, reported to be in possession of a handgun, fled into the woods when Grand Rapids Police were called to assist.
Grand Rapids police held the perimeter and searched the nearby woods. Grand Rapids K-9 was called, but was not able to track the passenger.
The passenger is described at 6’3”, Native American, strong build, feather tattoo on his face, black jacket, blue jeans, and carrying a red backpack.
Anyone with information is asked to call 9-1-1.

By |January 4th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Gun Drawn on Driver|

MPCA Issues Final Permit for Polymet


The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) today issued the final air and water permits for PolyMet’s proposed NorthMet project in northeastern Minnesota.

“Issuing these permits comes after a years-long process that saw the most thorough environmental review any construction project has ever had in Minnesota,” MPCA Commissioner John Linc Stine said. “We are confident the requirements in these permits will protect the environment and human health over the long term.”

The MPCA developed draft permits and released them for public comment on Jan. 31, 2018. During the time the draft permits were open for public comments (through Mar. 16, 2018), the MPCA received more than 700 comments. After carefully evaluating the comments and revising the permits based on those comments, the revised draft permits were sent to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which has federal oversight on the air and water permits. The EPA had no comments during the period allotted, and MPCA Commissioner John Linc Stine signed the final permits effective Dec. 20, 2018.

The permits MPCA issued include the combined federal/state permits for water discharge and air emissions.The water permit is the key mechanism for protecting water quality. The agency also issued the Clean Water Act Section 401 certification, which focuses on wetland protections.

Stine said the permits contain numerous safeguards to assure they will fulfill their purpose. For example, the water permit requires the construction of advanced water treatment technology to meet permit limits, the installation of a seepage capture system around the perimeter of the existing tailings basin, and a robust monitoring system and annual performance evaluations. The air permit includes specific emission limits — addressing both ore processing and transport from the mine site to the processing plant — and rigorous daily, […]

By |December 20th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on MPCA Issues Final Permit for Polymet|

Three Vehicle Accidents Kills Two

Two people were killed in a three vehicle accident Wednesday evening near Virginia. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a semi driven by 47 year old Jason Scott Evans of Deer River was southbound on Highway 46 (near milepost 10). A Ford pick-up, driven by 39 year old Jake Andrew Perrington of Deer River, was northbound on 46. Following the Ford was an Impala, driven by 34 year old Steven Mark Kubiszewski of Wyoming Minnesota.
According to the report, the semi struck the Ford on its side then struck the Impala head-on. Kubiszewski, and a passenger in the Impala, 57 year old Arthur Mark Kubiszewski, suffered fatal injuries in the accident.

By |December 20th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Three Vehicle Accidents Kills Two|

North Homes Lawsuits

Two $10 million dollar lawsuits have been filed against North Homes in Grand Rapids. The first suit is in regard to a sexual relationship between a female juvenile at a North Homes facility and a 23 year old employee in 2004.

The second lawsuit was filed by the father of a resident of Itaskin Juvenile Center. The juvenile ran away from the center and was discovered later at the home of an center employee. The woman, a former social worker, pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct. She was fired and served three months in prison.

Jim Christmas, CEO of North Homes, told KMSP-TV that the facility made numerous changes after the incidents. Changes include: weekly reviews of mandated reports, student grievances, and any boundary concerns between youth or staff. He also said the administration has added staff, improved the screening and vetting process, and increased training.

By |December 20th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on North Homes Lawsuits|

ISD 318 Approves Quest Transition Program

At Monday’s school board meeting, the board received a final design/development report of the upcoming elementary facilities. The board will now move forward with their construction document phase and authorize bidding. The board also approved a new program for young adults ages 18-21 called the “Quest Transition Program”. This is for students who are not ready to yet enter the adult workforce and could use further support and teaching. According to Brent Brunetta, “it is a great opportunity sitting right in front of us, for us to capitalize on and meet the needs of our learners”. The board entered into a 2 1/2 year lease agreement with MDI for space for the program. David Moody reporting.

By |December 11th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on ISD 318 Approves Quest Transition Program|