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Job Numbers Steady

Minnesota’s unemployment rate held steady in August at 4.0 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis. The labor force participation rate fell for the third consecutive month to 69.9 percent. The national unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 5.1 percent in August. Locally, Grand Rapids is at 7.1% unemployment, Itasca County is at 6.2% unemployment, and Hibbing is at 9.3% unemployment.

By |September 17th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Job Numbers Steady|

Cocaine Delivered to SW Elementary School

An envelope with cocaine was mistakenly delivered to Southwest Elementary School Tuesday by the US Postal Service.
According to the Grand Rapids Police Department, employees opened school mail and found one envelope had four baggies containing a white powdery substance. School was not in session at the time. Staff did not touch the baggies, isolated the area, and contacted authorities.
The Grand Rapids Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Unit responded. The unit determined it was cocaine.
Grand Rapids Assistant Police Chief Stve Schaar said the department is now conducting a criminal investigation. He also praised school authorities for taking appropriate action.

By |September 16th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Cocaine Delivered to SW Elementary School|

Showboat Moving

The lease between Showboat Inc. and the City of Grand Rapids has been terminated. At last night’s Grand Rapids City Council meeting, four community members spoke against the termination of the lease. The city council reminded the public that many more steps still need to happen before the proposed land swap with UPM Blandin takes place. The city council said they understand the concerns of the citizens and are utilizing the Grand Rapids Arts and Culture Commission to help find a new venue for the showboat, but they said they can’t alter the city’s comprehensive plan. Mayor Dale Adams (audio).
Also at last night’s Grand Rapids city council meeting, Jaqueline Heinrich was transferred from the Community Assistance Officer to the position of Administrative Assistant for the police department. The Mayor also reported that ongoing budget talks suggest the cities tax percentage will not be going up this next year, and the high end numbers will be set at the next meeting on September 28th at 5 o’clock.

By |September 15th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Showboat Moving|

Accident Injures Two in Rapids Saturday

A two vehicle accident was reported Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 169 and 2. A vehicle driven by Alexander Bourgeois and a vehicle driven by Kathleen Loucks collided in the intersection.
According to witnesses at the scene, Loucks had a green light and was heading east on Highway 2 when Bourgeois turned in front of her. Loucks vehicle struck the passenger side of the Bourgeois vehicle. Loucks was transported to Grand Itasca Medical Center. A passenger in the Bourgeois vehicle, identified as Savannah Block was also injured in the accident when the airbag deployed.

By |September 14th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Accident Injures Two in Rapids Saturday|

Deer River Man Changed with Fatal Accident

Tuesday, 29 year old Derrick Lee Cloud of Deer River was charged with two counts of Criminal Vehicular Homicide in the death of Cory Jones of Cass Lake and Jaclyn Howard of Deer River.
Cloud was also charged with controlled substance crime in the third degree, violation of an order of protection, driving while impaired, and driving after suspension.
The charges stem from allegations that Cloud was driving a Trailblazer of Highway 46 when he collided with a vehicle driven by Jones. Both Jones and Howards were killed in the accident.
Bail was set at $200,000 without conditions or $100,000 with conditions. Cloud’s next appearance is scheduled for September 14th.

By |September 11th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Deer River Man Changed with Fatal Accident|

Highway 46 Victims Identified

Two people were killed and one injured in a two car accident this morning on Highway 46.  According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a Camero driven by 27 year old Cory Jones of Cass Lake, pulled onto the shoulder and initiated a u-turn.  A Trailblazer, driven by 29 year old Derrick Cloud also of Cass Lake, struck the drivers side door of the Camero in the northbound lane.  Jones and his passenger, 21 year old Jaclyn Howard of Cass Lake were both killed in the accident.  The driver of the Trailblazer, Cloud, was injured.  His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

By |September 8th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Highway 46 Victims Identified|

Highway 46 Fatal Accident

Two people were killed and one injured in a two car accident this morning on Highway 46.  According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a Camero pulled onto the shoulder and initiated a u-turn.  A Trailblazer struck the drivers side door of the Camero in the northbound lane.  Injured in the accident was a passenger in the Trailblazer, identified as 29 year old Derrick Cloud of Cass Lake.  The drivers have not been identified at this time.

By |September 8th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Highway 46 Fatal Accident|

Feeding America

Grand Rapids, MN  (August 27, 2015) – Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, a member of  the Feeding America®nationwide network of food banks, will observe Hunger Action MonthTM – a nationwide initiative designed to mobilize the public to take action on the issue of hunger and join the movement to help end hunger. Hunger advocates from north central Minnesota and across the country are working together this September to shine a light on the issue of hunger in America – including one of five children in Itasca County.

“There are over 5,100 food insure people, including almost 2,000 children in Itasca County struggling with hunger, and Second Harvest is eager to rally around Hunger Action Month as we continue our fight to solve this issue,” said Sue Estee , ED of Second Harvest. “Hunger is an issue that affects everyone – our child’s classmate, an office coworker or neighbor down the street. September is an opportunity for all hunger-relief advocates to take simple steps towards supporting those in need.”

Starting Tuesday, September 1, the trees at Old Central School in Grand Rapids will light up orange thanks to Minnesota Power, Lake Country Power, and the City of Grand Rapids. Second Harvest will commemorate Hunger Action Day®, which will be held Thursday, September 3.  Hunger Action Day is an opportunity for the country to learn more about how hunger affects their community. Second Harvest will hold its annual Donor Brunch and a Kids Pack Volunteer Day will take place on Monday, September 28th.

Every month, Second Harvest provides food for approximately 17,000 people in the seven county region served by the food bank. Over 2,200 commodity food boxes are distributed to low income seniors, over 2,000 school children […]

By |September 1st, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Feeding America|

Grand Rapids Man Appears in Court

A Grand Rapids man pled not guilty to assault, terroristic threats, and possession of marijuana Monday in Itasca County District Court.

56 year old Robert Edward Schwirtz of Grand Rapids appeared before Judge Jon Maturi.  Schwirtz waived his right to an omnibus hearing and entered not guilty pleas to all charges.

Schwirtz allegedly threatened his neighbor with a firearm in a dispute over property lines.

Schwirtz has not posted bail and remains in the Itasca county Jail.  Bail was previously set at $100,000 without conditions, $50,000 with conditions.  His next court appearance is October 5th.

By |September 1st, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Grand Rapids Man Appears in Court|

ISD 316 Approves Teacher Contract

Teachers at Independent School District 316 are starting the school year off with new pencils, new books, and a new contract.

Last night, the school board approved the contract with Education Minnesota- Greenway Local 1330 for the two year period covering 2015-2017.  In the first year of the contract (2015-2016) there will be a 2% raise on the salary schedule.  In the second year of the contract (2016-2017) there will be a 3% raise on the salary schedule.

The contract covers teacher pay, work schedules, number of school days, insurance, longevity pay, insurance, and retiree policies.

By |August 27th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on ISD 316 Approves Teacher Contract|