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Brandt Resigns

Wednesday night, the school board of Independent School District 316 regretfully accepted the resignation of Board Director Mike Brandt. Brandt said, “this has always been about the kids.” He said, “there is a ton to be learned by sitting on the board and many situations there is no-win situation regardless of what you do.”
The board will consider options to fill the seat- or leave it vacant until the next election.
Also at last night’s meeting, the board approved the revised 2015 and proposed 2016 fiscal year budgets. The district’s Business Manager, Randi Jurgenson, is predicting a slight loss of students and a two percent increase in the state’s formula in the next year.

By |June 25th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Brandt Resigns|

United Way’s Day of Action

Today is the National Day of Action for the United Way. Locally, the United Way of 1000 Lakes is working on 4 projects today. Volunteers are working on the Children’s Discovery Center, giving the center a fresh coat of paint and the Judy Garland Garden is getting some landscaping done.
Other projects include the Grand Rapids Sports Complex, the building site for the Keisler Wellness Center, and the Itasca County Family YMCA garden.

By |June 19th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on United Way’s Day of Action|

Christianson Named to Explore MN Council

Visit Grand Rapids Megan Christianson has been named to the Explore Minnesota Tourism Council. The council is focused on areas critical to the development and growth of Minnesota Tourism. Christianson said she is very honored to be appointed by Governor Dayton and to serve on behalf of NE Minnesota. She said she is looking forward in working with statewide representatives on continued growth of Minnesota tourism economy.
Half of the Council members are appointed at the start of the Governor’s term, with the other half appointed the next year.
The Council also includes four legislators: Sen. Tom Saxhaug, Sen. Paul Gazelka, Rep. Jack Considine Jr. and Rep. Dave Baker.

By |June 18th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Christianson Named to Explore MN Council|

Power Outage

Grand Rapids Public Utilities experienced a major feeder outage effecting everyone south of the Mississippi River on Sunday morning. KOZY/KMFY was without power for about 45 minutes. Utility crews rerouted circuits to restore power. Many businesses closed their doors and sent employees home during the outage.
The KOZY/KMFY satellite receiver which bring the Twins radio broadcast into the building was damaged in the outage and engineers weren’t able to repair it.
Fortunately, we were preparing for an upgrade in technology in the next few days. The loss of the aging receiver moved our timeline up to today. Listeners shouldn’t notice any disruptions and we will be able to bring you Twins baseball tonight on 1320 KOZY.

By |June 15th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Power Outage|

Grand Rapids Firefighter David Protelsch Retires

The City of Grand Rapids has earned the honor of being a Green Step City yet again, and one of the top cities to start a business in Minnesota. The honor of being a Green Step City is given to cities that focus on cost savings and energy use reduction, and that encourage civic innovation. The city of Grand Rapids placed 16th as the best place to start a new business. The study included 123 cities in Minnesota with population of 5,000 or more.

Also at last night’s Grand Rapids City Council meeting, the council approved the retirement of firefighter David Protelsch. The technology department was authorized to solicit quotes and purchase disaster recovery equipment not to exceed the cost of $15,000.
The next Grand Rapids City Council meeting is Monday June 22 at 5 o’clock.

By |June 9th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Grand Rapids Firefighter David Protelsch Retires|

Deer River to the 7A championship game

The Deer River Warriors staying in the winner’s bracket with a 13-5 win over South Ridge in 7A playoffs on Tuesday. The Warriors will face a re-match with the Panthers on Thursday needing just one win to head to the state tournament.

Jeffrey Moore and Aaron Drotts talked with Gerard Valley after the game.

Section championship will be at Wade stadium on Thursday at 5 pm.

By |June 3rd, 2015|Blog, Sports|Comments Off on Deer River to the 7A championship game|

Blandin Foundation Impact

What impact does the Blandin Foundation have in the Grand Rapids community? That was one of the questions asked by a Grand Rapids area chamber of commerce member during the chamber’s monthly luncheon on Monday.
Doctor Kathy Annette, President and CEO of the Blandin Foundation told members that studies are being done right now to find that answer.
The foundation gives away about $20 million dollars each year to programs that create capacity, not dependency.
The Blandin Foundation, created by Charles K. Blandin in 1941 is the state’s largest rural-based and rural-focused foundation.

By |June 2nd, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Blandin Foundation Impact|

Grand Rapids / Deer River with baseball wins

Grand Rapids a dramatic 9-8 walk-off win over Forest Lake in a 1st round playoff game Thursday. Grand Rapids with 4 runs in the bottom of the 7th to take their first and only lead of the game. Winning run scored on a bases loaded walk to Tanner Shepherd.

Drew Sjostrand with the win in relief of Kyle Stram and had these thoughts after the game.

Deer River one game away from the 7A championship game with a 6-3 8 inning win over Cook County. Gerard Valley was there and wraps up the exciting Deer River win.

Grand Rapids plays Anoka at Forest Lake Saturday at noon. Deer River takes on South Ridge Tuesday in Duluth.

By |May 29th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Grand Rapids / Deer River with baseball wins|

Two Grand Rapids Residents Sentenced

Two Grand Rapids residents were sentenced Wednesday on drug charges in Itasca County District Court on charges of selling methamphetamine. 49 year old Scott Robin Steckel entered a plea of guilty to two counts of first degree sale of a controlled substance. Steckel was charged with twice selling an ounce of “meth” to a law enforcement informant. His plea agreement, subject to approval of the court, is for 13 ½ years in prison. His sentence will run concurrent with a drug trafficking sentence from the state of Nevada.
Debra Kay Anderson had already pled guilty to two counts of a controlled substance. On Wednesday, Anderson was sentenced Wednesday to 15 ½ years stayed on the first count and 11 years stayed prison on the second count of felony first degree sale on a controlled substance. Anderson will serve ten years on probation and a year in the Itasca County jail along with other terms.
The charges arose from an investigation conducted by the Grand Rapids Police Department, Itasca County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the Boundry Waters Drug Task Force.

By |May 28th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Two Grand Rapids Residents Sentenced|

Grand Rapids Adds Housing

Eight parcels of land in the Lakewood Heights area in Grand Rapids have been rezoned. The Grand Rapids City Council last night held a public hearing about the proposed zoning changes. The zoning ruling changes some parcels from medical use to multi-family, residential, high and medium density.
Also at last night’s Grand Rapids City Council meeting Marcia Anderson gave an update on the Grand Rapids Library, reminding people to check out the website and see the many events happening this summer at the library. The city also entered a Memorandum of Understanding with the Public Works Union.
The next Grand Rapids City Council meeting is June 8th at 5 o’clock.

By |May 27th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Grand Rapids Adds Housing|