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Aitkin Woman Killed in Crash

An Aitkin woman was killed in a 3 vehicle car accident in Wright County on Wednesday evening.
65 year old Karen Tibbetts was driving east bound on Highway 55 when she lost control, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
Tibbetts vehicle slid sideways into the west-bound traffic and was hit broadside by a vehicle driven by 28 year old Brett Riske of Maple Grove. A third vehicle behind Riske was also damaged. Riske and the driver of the third vehicle sustained no apparent injuries.

By |April 17th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Mattson announces college plans

Thunderhawk Sophomore forward Mitchell Mattson announced via Twitter that he will play college hockey at the University of North Dakota after his high school career comes to an end. Mattson was the third leading scorer for the Thunderhawks as just as sophomore. He finished the year with 11 goals and 28 assists. Mattson was a key cog in the Thunderhawks power play as well as a member of the Thunderhawks top line.

Mattson becomes the third member of the family to commit to a Division-I college. His older sister, Lindsy, is a member of the University of Colorado track and field team. Sidney, committed to the University of North Dakota on a volleyball scholarship after helping lead the Thunderhawk volleyball team to the State Tournament in the fall.

By |April 16th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

Big innings doom Twins

Phil Hughes and the Minnesota Twins appeared to be in command last night against the Toronto Blue Jays, however, a five-run, sixth inning ultimately did the Twins in as they suffered a 9-3 defeat at the hands of the Blue Jays.

The woes continued against their American League East rivals on a frigid evening in Minneapolis. Chris Colabello and Joe Mauer delivered RBI hits in the first and second innings, respectively. However, the floodgates opened up in the sixth inning for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Jose Bautista singled in a run to start the rally. Edwin Encarnacion brought home a run with a single and then Moises Sierra grounded in a run. The big play in the inning came from the bat of Brett Lawrie. Lawrie hit a sacrifice fly and then a throwing error allowed two runs to score which made it 5-2 in favor of the Blue Jays.

Lawrie added to the Toronto lead in the ninth inning with a grand slam from and offering from Jared Burton. The Twins cut into the lead in the bottom of the ninth inning when Trevor Plouffe hit his first home run of the year.

Phil Hughes suffered his first loss of the season but once again struggled to deal with the big inning from the opposition. The Twins are back in action tonight, weather permitting, when they take on the Toronto Blue Jays. Mike Pelfrey will get the nod tonight for the Twins against R.A. Dickey.

By |April 16th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

Sergeant Brent Bradley of the GR PD Demoted

Sergeant Brent Bradley of the Grand Rapids police department is being demoted. Bradley is accused of not following proper policy and procedure during a domestic dispute. Policy says Bradley should have made an arrest, but did not. The suspect was arrested later.
Grand Rapids Police Chief Jim Denny said only that the Grand Rapids Police Civil Service Commission reconvened its March 28th meeting on Monday afternoon and rendered the decision to demote Bradley to patrol officer.

By |April 16th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Warriors outlast Timberwolves

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors picked up their 50th win of the season as they outlasted the Minnesota Timberwolves, 130-120, late last night in Oakland. Curry finished with a game high of 32 points to lead the way.

Curry connected on seven three-pointers in the win and dished out 15 assists in picking up the double-double for the Warriors. David Lee added 25 points and Draymond Green ended the game with 20 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double.

The Warriors erased an early deficit as the Timberwolves raced out to a 19-4 lead in the first quarter and a 42-28 first quarter lead. However, the Warriors outscored the Wolves, 34-22, in the second quarter and 35-28 in the third quarter to erase the early deficit.

Kevin Love paced the Timberwolves in the win with 40 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists. Kevin Martin and Gorgui Dieng finished with 14 points each and Corey Brewer added 22 in the game but it wasn’t enough for the Timberwolves.

The victory improved Golden State to 50-31 overall and locked them in the sixth spot for the Western Conference Playoffs while the Timberwolves fall below the .500 mark at 40-41 overall.

By |April 15th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

Grand Rapids Sets Record Snowfall in 2013

Grand Rapids reported the highest snowfall in history with 109 inches of snowfall in calendar year 2013, which is more than double the winter average for Grand Rapids. The Grand Rapids city council met in regular session last night at the City Hall Council Chambers. Jeff Davies of the Public Works Department gave a department head report on this past winter, the council approved the purchase of a new public works pickup truck, and hired a new firefighter. The next regular meeting scheduled will April 28th at 5 in the City Hall Council Chambers.

By |April 15th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

318 Ends Search

The School board of Independent School District has voted to end the search for a new superintendent. The board met in special session this morning. On a 4-0 vote, board members voted to end the search process and talk with Interim Superintendent Doctor Bruce Thomas about extending his position. Board member Ben Hawkins was absent.

By |April 14th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Rapids drops season opener

The Grand Rapids Thunderhawk baseball team went south for its 2014 season opener as they squared off with St. Cloud Apollo and St. Cloud Tech on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, the Thunderhawks found themselves down early as St. Cloud Apollo plated seven runs. The Thunderhawks rallied back, however, fell just short as they were defeated by Apollo, 7-6, to open the season. Jackson Gessell had three hits in four trips to the plate including a double. Andy Carlisle had two hits in the game while driving in two and scoring a run in the loss.

The Thunderhawks rallied back to force extra innings against St. Cloud Tech as they suffered a 3-2 defeat in extra innings. Ethan Rajala doubled in the seventh and Gunnar Harris followed with one of his own to even the game at two. However, Tech scored in the eighth to earn the win.

Jack Bowman suffered the loss. He allowed one run on two hits while striking out three and hitting a batter in two innings of work. Carlisle had a double and a run batted in as well for Grand Rapids.

By |April 14th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

Superintendent Search for 318

The school board of Independent School District 318 meets in special session at 8am this morning. On the agenda, the board will discuss how to proceed with a search for a school superintendent. Last week, when interviews of potential candidates began, one of the board members was not able to participate. The board is already short one member (and seeking candidates to fill the seat). The board will discuss whether to continue the search, suspend the search, or discontinue the search until the empty seat is filled. The meeting gets underway in the administration’s board room.

By |April 14th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

This is Distracted Driving Week

Today kicks off a state-wide 10 day distracted driving enforcement and educations campaign. Officers will be watching closely for people texting and driving. As part of the campaign, Assistant Grand Rapids Police Chief Steven Schaar and Sargent John Carlson of the Grand Rapids Police Department have recorded radio messages for our stations.
Twenty-five percent of all crashes are related to distracted driving. Tickets for texting while driving are $130 each.

By |April 14th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|