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Charges Against Sheriff’s Administrative Assistant Dismissed

Charges against an Itasca County administrative assistant have been dismissed, but there’s a new wrinkle.
On Tuesday, one felony charge of interception of wire, electronic, or oral communications was dismissed against Anna Cass. The incident, which occurred a year ago, alleged that Cass monitored a conversation she shouldn’t have been party to with official equipment.
The first felony charge was dismissed against Cass in August for insufficient cause.
The investigation was handled by the Lake County’s Sheriff’s office. All Itasca County district court judges recused themselves. Lake County prosecutor Lisa Hanson stated in the dismissal affidavit, she became aware of new information regarding the role of Itasca County Sheriff’s Vic Williams. She said Williams allegedly made self-incriminating statements in transcripts from an internal investigation. Hanson said she didn’t believe justice could be served without first investigating Williams’ role.

Story with help from the Grand Rapids Herald Review and WDIO

By |November 27th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Charges Against Sheriff’s Administrative Assistant Dismissed|

Deputy Justified in Shooting

Itasca County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Snyder has been cleared of any wrong doing by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The BCA handled the investigation of the shooting death of Adam Russell Schneider on August 22nd in Cohasset. According to Itasca County Sheriff Vic Williams’ Press Release:

On August 22, 2015 at 2:45 AM Itasca County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a 9-1-1 disturbance call in the 400 block of 2nd Street NW in Cohasset, Minnesota. Upon arrival Sheriff’s deputies were confronted and threatened by a man holding a shotgun who was later identified as Adam Russell Schneider. Schneider ignored repeated orders from deputies to put the gun down and then proceeded to point the gun at the deputies. Deputy Steven Snyder then fired his gun, striking Schneider who was transported to Grand Itasca Hospital where he died.
After a thorough and comprehensive external investigation by the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, it was determined that all responding officers involved and citizens in the area faced the threat of great bodily harm as a result of Mr. Schneider’s actions. Due to the facts as reported and confirmed, the use of deadly force was ruled as justified by the Itasca County Attorney’s Office and Deputy Steven Snyder has been cleared of any wrong doing by the BCA who has formally closed the investigation.

By |November 23rd, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Deputy Justified in Shooting|

Wind Responsible for Power Outages

Grand Rapids, MN – Lake Country Power line crews have repaired 16 of the 21 total outages that affected nearly 1,400 members Wednesday afternoon. Nearly 100 members remain without power this evening within the Mountain Iron service area.
The outages were weather related due to high, sustained winds that blew trees and limbs onto power lines.
Wide-spread areas affected included St. Louis County, Itasca County, Aitkin County and a few other scattered locations between.
Lake Country Power’s line crews will continue working until all outages are restored.

Members may call the cooperative at 1-800-421-9959 for more information, or visit the Outage Center online at for a real-time outage status.

By |November 19th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Wind Responsible for Power Outages|

Itasca Fairgrounds Reorganization

It’s time to let the Itasca County Agriculture Association do what they do best- the Itasca County Fair. Davin Tinquist, Itasca County Board Chair, summed up the testimony after five people spoke in favor of the county’s reorganization of the Itasca County Fairground Park.

Tuesday, the Itasca County Board of Commissioners met in a work session and presented the county’s Master Plan for the Fairgrounds Park. A task force has been working on the plan for almost two years. Recommendations from the task force include:

• Develop standardized fees for building and facility rental to be approved by the County
• Board each year and publicize fees (county web site and the ICAA web site, Facebook
• etc.).
• Develop a long term capital improvement plan and budget for existing and future needs.
• Acquire additional lands adjacent/near the park to accommodate future needs and protect
current use.

• Make improvements to the Trailhead Building to align with its intended purpose
• Add area history and other community info for visitors.
• Seasonal staff or the campground host could be located here.
• Utilize Trailhead Building for more community training and programs such as youth ATV and snowmobile safety training.
• Develop park and trail interpretation program.
• Develop a marketing plan
• Publicize Park rental fees on the County and ICAA web sites.
• Improve signage at the park and out in the community to enhance public
• awareness of the park and hosted events.
• Improve ADA accessibility of park grounds.
• Study utilization of campground to determine need for expansion.
• Provide an on-site manager/campground host.

By |November 18th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Itasca Fairgrounds Reorganization|

One Thousand Dollar Reward Offered

A one thousand dollar reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for over a dozen thefts from vehicles in southwest and southeast Grand Rapids Thursday and Friday. Items taken from vehicles include firearms, prescription medication, a hunting jacket, and cash.
Grand Rapids Police Sergeant Bob Stein said due to the number of thefts, its likely the thieves had a vehicle.
Call 326-3464 if you have information about the thefts.

By |November 13th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on One Thousand Dollar Reward Offered|

Fatal Rollover on Shadywood Road

The Itasca County Sheriff s Department responded to the report of a vehicle rollover off of Shadywood Road, south of Grand Rapids last Friday night.

Deputies arrived on scene and discovered the victim, Barron Cottingham. Cottingham was transported via ambulance, and was later transported to Duluth via Life Flight where he passed away as a result of his injuries. It appeared as if Cottingham was not wearing his seat belt during incident.

The Minnesota State Patrol and the Itasca County Sheriff s Office are still investigating the cause of the crash.

The Itasca County Sheriff s Department was assisted at the scene by the Minnesota State Patrol, Meds-1, and the Grand Rapids Fire Department.

By |November 10th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Fatal Rollover on Shadywood Road|

GR Police Ace Review

The Grand Rapids Police Department passed its review by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officers Standard and Training Post Board. At last night’s Grand Rapids City Council meeting, Mayor Dale Adams congratulated the police department for passing their review on October 27th of this year. After a comprehensive review of their records concerning mandatory employee training and department policies, the organization proudly passed its review.
Also at last night’s Grand Rapids City Council meeting, William Thayer was appointed to the Grand Rapids Fire Department. Director of Pokegama Golf Course Bob Cahill informed the council that revenue was up this past season at the golf course, and reminded the public that the golf course is fully funded by itself and no tax monies are used.
The next Grand Rapids City Council meeting will be Monday November 23rd at 5 o’clock.

By |November 10th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on GR Police Ace Review|

Grand Rapids and Greenway both advance

Greenway Raiders through to the 7AA finals with a tight 3-2 win over Cloquet. (21-25; 25-23; 25-18; 21-25; 15-10)

Greenway stats

Hannah Goggleye  19 Kills  4 Blocks, Erin Gustason 40 Set Assists, Kara Mandich 16 Kills 11 Digs, Maggie Vekich 24 Digs. The Raiders will play Hermantown on Saturday at 6:00 on Saturday. The game will be played at Duluth Denfeld High School.

The Grand Rapids Thunderhawks are in the 7AAA finals with a 3-0 win over Andover.  The Thunderhawks will play #1 seed North Branch Saturday evening at 7:00 pm in Forest Lake. After the 3-0 win over Andover, Taylor Fideldy and Annika Peterson.

You can hear Grand Rapids championship volleyball Saturday on 96.9 KMFY.

By |November 5th, 2015|Blog, Sports|Comments Off on Grand Rapids and Greenway both advance|

Lockdown At ICC

Students at Itasca Community College were put on lock-down this morning.
According to Grand Rapids Police Chief Scott Johnson, Grand Rapids police responded to a report that a young man was in the parking lot of Itasca Community College with a gun, threatening to commit suicide. College administrators put the college on lock-down. Officers arrived on the scene within 3 minutes and were unable to locate the individual. The man was not at the college and they can’t verify he was ever there. Itasca County Sheriff’s deputies did find the man on Scenic Highway 7.

By |November 4th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Lockdown At ICC|

Johnson Pleas to Hotel Rapids Altercation

Eighteen year old Patrick Markell Johnson of Deer River pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of felony threats of violence. Johnson appeared in Itasca County District Court in connection with an altercation at the Hotel Rapids on August 4th.
Johnson threatened the hotel manager and claimed to be in possession of a gun.
Under the agreement, Johnson will be sentenced under a stay of execution and placed on five year’s supervised probation. He will complete 240 hours of community service work, work or school full-time, and a chemical dependency evaluation. The plea agreement is subject to approval of the court.
Johnson’s next court date is December 28th at 9am.
Co-defendant Dylan Michael Wise is scheduled to be sentenced November 23rd.

By |November 4th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Johnson Pleas to Hotel Rapids Altercation|