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Protecting Children

The Governor’s Task Force on Child Protection made recommendations for improved supervision of children under the state’s care. This year, that’s translated into money for counties to add staff. Tuesday, the Itasca County Board of Commissioners agreed to add one social worker and a case aid position.
The county may be allocated another $39,000 in February if it meets certain benchmarks. The board agreed to the request.

By |July 29th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Protecting Children|

Cohasset to Help Library

Tuesday night, the Cohasset City Council invested in “green” energy. Council members voted 5-0 to donate $22,000 to the Grand Rapids Area Library to complete the remaining two solar panels at the library which will be used to supplement the library’s electricity and teaching tool. Saying Cohasset residents use the library, the council made the contribution after a presentation from Library Director Marsha Anderson.

In other action, the council ordered 35 football helmets to replace the Pony League helmets that failed the safety inspection, approved placement of 6 new street lights, and agreed to distribute $11,000 in safety awards for no lost time due to Worker’s Comp.

By |July 29th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Cohasset to Help Library|

Local Residents Injured in Weekend Accidents

A two vehicle accident Saturday morning injured a Grand Rapids man. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a Dodge RMV driven by 29 year old Kenneth wood was traveling north on Bluebird Drive and failed to stop at the intersection with Highway 2. A Toyota Highlander, driven by 37 year old Bryan Showen of Cohasset, struck the Wood vehicle. Wood was injured, but injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. Showen was not injured.

A St. Paul man was injured when his Harley struck a turkey on Highway 6- south of Remer. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 63 year old Phillip Strait was traveling north on Highway 6 when a turkey flew out of the ditch and hit his windshield. The Harley ended up in the ditch and Strait was injured. His injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.

By |July 27th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Local Residents Injured in Weekend Accidents|

Coleraine Man Killed in Car Accident

One person was killed in a car/motorcycle collision on Golf Course Road in Grand Rapids yesterday afternoon. According to the Grand Rapids Police Department, a motorcycle driven by 68 year old Ken Daigle of Coleraine was attempting to turn onto Golf Course Road from 14th street South West when the was struck by an east-bound vehicle driven by 84 year old Patrick Burbie of Grand Rapids. Daigle was transported to Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital then airlifted to a Duluth hospital when he died of his injuries. Burbie and his passenger, identified as 77 year old Phyllis Burbie, were transported to Grand Itasca where they were treated and released.
Golf Course Road was closed to traffic for about an hour and a half.

By |July 24th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Coleraine Man Killed in Car Accident|

Rapids Resident Killed in a Motorcycle Accident

One person was killed in a car/motorcycle collision on Golf Course Road in Grand Rapids yesterday afternoon. The motorcycle rider was transferred to Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital by Meds One EMS then airlifted to a Duluth hospital where he died of his injuries.
Golf Course Road was closed to traffic for about an hour and a half.
His name is expected to be released this morning.

By |July 24th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Rapids Resident Killed in a Motorcycle Accident|

Reward Brings Tips

The Ruby slippers are either in Oregon with a private collector, in southern Minnesota at a flea market, or in Massachusetts in a traveling display from Hollywood.  Since the offer of a Million dollars for the recovery of Judy Garland’s Rubs Slippers was broadcast, at least 15 tips have been called into the Grand Rapids Police Department.

Grand Rapids Police Officer Andy Morgan and Sergeant Bob Stein are handling the tips.

On Friday, an anonymous donor, through the Judy Garland Museum, offered a million dollar reward for both the location of the slippers, and the names of the people involved in the theft 10 years ago from the Judy Garland Museum.

By |July 13th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Reward Brings Tips|

Reif Renovation Continues

The Reif Center’s Capitol Renovation Project is on schedule, according to Reif President and CEO David Marty.  The $8 million dollar project is now over $10 million dollars.  Marty told KOZY/KMFY Radio yesterday that there is still some fundraising to be done.  He said the construction will be paid for, but there are some things that still need to be funded.

The Reif recently received a $60,000 challenge grant from the Mardag Foundation.

The Mardag Foundation is a Minnesota based foundation established by Agnes Ober in 1969.  Projects funded focus on enhancing quality of life, inspiring learning, revitalizing communities and promoting access to the arts across the state of Minnesota.

For more information, visit ReifCenter.org.

By |July 10th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Reif Renovation Continues|

ATV Accident

(Grand Rapids-MN) Two women were hospitalized after an ATV accident. According to Grand Rapids Assistant Police Chief Steve Schaar, officers were called to Isleview Road Tuesday night at 7:15 PM on a report of an ATV that had run off the road. When officers and Meds1 Paramedics arrived, they found that an ATV had flipped, end over end, and landed in the ditch. The driver and passenger were thrown from the machine.

The women received emergency treatment at the scene and were transported to Grand Itasca Hospital. The passenger, 26 years old, was treated at the hospital and released. The 28-year-old driver suffered serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to a hospital in Duluth. Both women are from Grand Rapids.

“Excessive speed and drinking were factors in this accident” stated Schaar. “It was the driver’s 28th birthday. Instead of spending it with family and friends, she is now in a hospital bed. Alcohol, speed and ATVs are a dangerous combination.”

So far, in 2015, three people have died in ATV accidents according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Grand Rapids Police Officer Jeremy Nelson investigated this accident.

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By |July 8th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on ATV Accident|

Jenkins Motions Denied

Last Thursday, Judge Kory Wahwassuck denied motions filed by the attorney for Emery James Jenkins to dismiss the murder charges against him and suppress evidence. Details were released Tuesday.
Jenkins, charged with two counts of murder in the first degree and one count murder in the second degree in the death of his two month old son.
In the decision, the court denied motions to dismiss the indictment and suppress hair follical drug test evidence. The court granted the prosecutor’s motion to seek and aggravated sentence if Jenkins is convicted at trial.
A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for November 17th and a jury trial is scheduled for January 25th.

By |July 7th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Jenkins Motions Denied|

Magnetation Information Meeting

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will hold a public informational meeting on July 21 to provide information and take comments about Magnetation LLC’s draft air emissions operating permit for its Plant 2. This permit is needed to meet federal and state air quality requirements.

The meeting will be held at the Taconite Community Center. An open house is scheduled from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. followed by the draft permit presentation and time for questions and comments.

Magnetation conducts scram mining operations at existing tailings basins and operates a processing facility in Bovey, Minn. Scram mining produces usable iron ore from previously developed stockpiles or tailings basins. Tailings are leftover material from previous mining operations. The facility processes the iron ore in the tailings and ships the product to manufacturing plants where it is made into a variety of steel products.

Public comments will be accepted for 30 days between July 3 and August 3, 2015. Comments made at the meeting and prior to the start of the comment period will be included in the draft permit’s administrative record. Written comments made during the comment period will be responded to by MPCA permit staff.

MPCA Release

By |July 7th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Magnetation Information Meeting|