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Highway 2 Car/Bus Accident Update

Highway 2 (between Grand Rapids and Cohasset) was shut down for an hour or so this morning after a car/bus accident. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a Subaru Legacy driven by 61 year old Lynnea Marie Dale of Grand Rapids was southbound on Foxtail Lane. An El Dorado Bus, driven by 69 year old Timothy Plonis of Deer River was westbound on Highway 2. The Subaru made a left turn onto eastbound Highway 2 and was struck by the El Dorado. The bus had 12 passengers. Only one passenger was taken to Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Other passengers were not injured. The driver of the Subaru was taken to Essentia Health- Deer River with non-life-threatening injuries.

By |January 3rd, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Highway 2 Car/Bus Accident Update|

Two Vehicle Accident Shuts Down Highway 2

Highway 2 (between Grand Rapids and Cohasset) was shut down for an hour or so this morning. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the Subaru Legacy was southbound on Foxtail Lane and the El Dorado Bus was westbound on Highway 2. The Subaru made a left turn onto eastbound Highway 2 and was struck by the El Dorado. Names of those involved and their health conditions have not been released yet.

By |January 3rd, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Two Vehicle Accident Shuts Down Highway 2|

Carbon Monoxide Death

A 46 year old Saginaw man and his dog were found dead in their cabin Saturday afternoon. The preliminary cause of death, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, is carbon monoxide poisoning. Stanley Skare had a generator running inside the cabin.
The St. Louis County Sheriff’s office has responded to multiple carbon monoxide deaths in recent years. They urge citizens using generators to be sure they are placed a safe distance from living and sleeping areas.

By |December 18th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Carbon Monoxide Death|

Woman Killed in Snowmobile Accident

An 18 year old Eveleth woman was killed in a snowmobile accident Sunday morning on Lost River Road. Kirja Mae Kishel of Eveleth was riding a snowmobile with 21 year old Nathan James Giese of Gilbert when the sled struck a forestry road gate. Kishel died at the scene. Giese was taken to a Duluth hospital. The accident is under investigation to determine who was driving the machine.

By |December 18th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Woman Killed in Snowmobile Accident|

Cohasset Woman Drowns

One woman is dead after an ATV went through the ice on Rice Lake in Cohasset on Saturday evening. According to the Itasca County Sheriff’s office, Michael Anthony Gibbons of Duluth and Bernice Elaine Kane of Cohasset, broke through the ice on an ATV.
Gibbons was able to get out of the water and call for help. Kane is believed to have drown. Her body was recovered from the water Sunday afternoon. Ages are not available.
The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office and Itasca County Medical Examiner’s office continues to investigate.
Itasca County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Cohasset Fired Department, MEDS-1 Ambulance, Itasca County Search and Rescue, Itasca County Dive Team, Life Link III, and MN State Patrol.

By |December 17th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Cohasset Woman Drowns|

Seven Injured in Two Car Accident

A two vehicle accident Friday night shut down Highway 169. A Chevrolet Suburban, driven by 62 year old Vicki Lee Benes of Hill City was traveling south on Highway 169 at 8 Mile Road (south of Grand Rapids). A Nissan Frontier, driven by 70 year old Michael Slattery of Grand Rapids, was traveling east on 8 Mile Road, crossing Highway 169. The Nissan attempted to cross the highway and broadsided the Suburban at the driver side. Slattery was ejected from the vehicle. His vehicle came to a rest in the south bound ditch. The Benes vehicle came to a rest in the northbound ditch. Slattery was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth with life-threatening injuries. Benes was also taken to St. Mary’s in Duluth with non-life threatening injuries. The five children in the Benes’ vehicle were taken to Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The highway was closed to traffic for over half an hour.
Itasca County Sheriff’s Office, MN State Patrol, Grand Rapids Fire, and Lifelink Helicopter Service responded to the accident.

By |December 16th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Seven Injured in Two Car Accident|

Goveror Dayton Appoints Smith to Senate

Minnesota News Network
Governor Dayton has selected Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to replace Al Franken in the U.S. Senate. Smith will be appointed to serve a one-year term in the Senate, concluding in January 2019. Smith announced today she will run in the 2018 election. At that time, Minnesotans will choose a U.S. Senator to serve the remainder of the term being vacated by Senator Al Franken in a Special Election, which will be held concurrently with the 2018 General Election on November 6, 2018. Governor Dayton says, “Tina Smith is a person of the highest integrity and ability. There is no one I trust more to assume the responsibilities of this important office. I know that she will be a superb Senator, representing the best interests of our state and our citizens.”

Carleton College political analyst Steven Schier says the choice is not surprising. He says Smith has”been a stabilizing force and an ally of Governor Dayton. She’s done a lot of policy work for the governor, and she’s developed a strong reputation at the State Capitol for being a credible figure.” Schier says the selection of Smith makes good political sense, as it will likely not be a controversial choice within the Democratic party.

By |December 13th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Goveror Dayton Appoints Smith to Senate|

DeNucci Wins County Election

Ben DeNucci was sworn in Wednesday morning in the Itasca County Auditor’s office by election Administrator Vicki Martin.
DeNucci earned 959 votes to Casey Venema’s 691 to earn the right to represent Itasca County District 5 residents. Results were canvassed and approved this morning. Itasca County Board Chair Terry Snyder, Commissioner Davin Tinquist, County Administrator Brett Skyles,and former Commissioner Mark Mandich were in attendance. Mandich resigned the seat this summer.

By |December 13th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on DeNucci Wins County Election|

Grand Rapids Plowing Tuesday Morning

From the Grand Rapids Public Works Department:
The Grand Rapids Public Works will be plowing overnight (4am Tuesday morning). In accordance with our Winter Parking Ordinance, no on street parking will be allowed. The crews will be starting Tuesday morning at 4:00 am. All vehicles and trailers must remain off the city roadways until street is plowed. Once the street is plowed, you may continue to park there until the next snow event.

Thank you

By |December 4th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Grand Rapids Plowing Tuesday Morning|

High Speed Chase in Stolen Vehicle

Two people are under arrest after a high speed chase yesterday afternoon in downtown Grand Rapids.
A red Honda Civic, reported stolen from Cohasset, was spotted driving on Itasca Street Tuesday noontime. A Grand Rapids police officer began pursuit. The Honda caused an accident with a white SUV on 3rd Street south and Pokegama Avenue. It turned south-bound on Pokegama and reached speeds of up to 70 miles an hour. The vehicle was damaged in the accident and the driver lost control after running red lights on 2nd Street and 13th street before ending up turned around in the grass on Pokegama Avenue South.
The driver was pulled from the vehicle. Backup from both GRPD and Itasca County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived to assist with the suspects.
The driver may be charged with fleeing a police officer, speeding, hit and run, theft of a vehicle, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Charges will be up to the city attorney.
More details are expected to be available Wednesday.

By |November 29th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on High Speed Chase in Stolen Vehicle|