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Minnesota Power Exercises

Minnesota Power’s Boswell Energy center in Cohasset will conduct multi-agency hazardous materials exercises on Saturday. From 8 a.m. until approximately 4 p.m.. these exercise will include: Minnesota Power’s hazmat team, Grand Rapids and Cohasset fire departments, Grand Rapids Chemical Assessment Team (CAT), Itasca County Sheriff’s Office, MEDS 1 (Emergency Medical Service), Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital and Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM).
About 80 firefighting, public safety and other personnel will participate in medical preparedness and rescue training.
The exercise is designed to give public safety professionals the knowledge necessary to enhance the safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of medical response and clinical care following a hazardous materials incident.
Area residents will see numerous fire trucks, rescue vehicles and personnel in and around the plant entrance as part of the planned exercise. Barricades at the facility and training area will restrict access to the site.
More information can be found at www.mnpower.com.

By |July 11th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Couple Plead Guilty

Two Grand Rapids residents pleaeded guilty on Monday in Itasca County Court to charges of possession and use of methamphedamine. 37 year old Travis Jon Furman and his wife, Sulamita Furman, accepted plea deals. Travis Furman’s plea deal calls for a 57 month executed prison sentence on felony third degree sale of a controlled substance and one count of misdemeanor DWI. Sulamita Furman’s plea was for felony fifth degree controlled substance possession and one count of gross misdemeanor third degree DWI. Sulamita Furman is scheduled to appear in court on August 18th while Travis Furman is scheduled for an appearance in September 22nd.

By |July 9th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Taconite drops one-run decision

The Taconite American Legion baseball team began a busy week with a convincing 9-5 victory over Deer River in Marble on Monday but suffered a tough 3-2 defeat to Ely on Tuesday night in Ely.

It was a well-pitched game between Taconite’s John Labine and Ely’s Will Gustafson. Gustafson earned the win allowing two runs on three hits. He struck out four while walking two in the game. Labine was the tough luck loser on the mound. He allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits while striking out four while walking three.

Taconite fell behind in the third inning when Ely scratched across a run. Taconite rallied back for a run in the fifth when Kole Kalisch reached which allowed Pat Shea to score. However, Ely answered with single runs in the fifth and the sixth to take the lead.

A dropped fly ball in the seventh allowed Joe LaDoux to score for Taconite to make it 3-2, however, a line drive to left ended the contest and Ely picked up its second win over Taconite during the season.

The loss moves Taconite to 9-7 overall on the season and they are back in action tonight with a trip to Esko.

By |July 9th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

Taconite returns to win column

The Taconite American Legion Baseball team returned to the win column with a convincing 10-1 victory over Esko in Marble on Tuesday afternoon.

Taconite raced ahead in the first with a lone run and tacked on four more in the second before adding two more in the third, a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth for the 10-1 win.

Kadin Kalisch was the beneficiary of the run support on the mound. He allowed only one hit in four innings of work. He walked six and struck out three in the win. Tyler Peterson pitched three innings of relief to get the save. He allowed one run on two hits while walking four and striking out three.

Pat Shea finished with three hits and scored two runs in the game. Kole Kalisch added three hits while Kadin Kalisch finished with three hits and drove home two runs. Joe LaDoux had a hit and drove in three runs in the game. Peterson had a hit and drove in a run as well in the victory.

Taconite sits at 8-6 overall on the season and returned to action on Monday when they squared off with Deer River.

By |July 1st, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

ISD 316 Greenway Board Meets

The school board of Independent School District 316 meets tonight at 6:30 in the Staff Development room.
Items on the agenda include a status update and Action Items of Teacher Contract Negotiations. The board may also close the meeting for a negotiation strategy session.

By |June 30th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Grand Rapids wins Bash rematch with Taconite

The fifth annual Bash, formerly known as Bisch Bash, took place on Saturday at Portage Park in Cohasset and one of the main events of the day featured Taconite squaring off with Grand Rapids in American Legion Baseball action.

Taconite was hoping to make it two straight Bash victories over Grand Rapids after last year’s 1-0 victory over Grand Rapids. In that game, Jordan Peratalo pitched a complete-game shutout and Bazil Zuehlke delivered a solo home run.

The table was set for another close game on Saturday, after Grand Rapids defeated Taconite, 11-3, earlier in the week. Neither team could get much going offensively against pitcher’s Jeff Korpi (Taconite) and Tanner Shepard (Grand Rapids).

Grand Rapids eventually broke through in the fourth inning with runners on first and third and two out. Ethan Rajala took off for second trying to get into a run down to allow Nick Johnson to score. However, Korpi’s throw to second was errant which allowed Johnson to score the game’s first run.

Taconite had several opportunities to either tie the game or take the lead in the lead. In the fifth inning, Kole Kalisch singled with two outs. Kadin Kalisch followed with a line drive that hit off the fence in left and put runners on second and third. However, Shepard worked his way out of trouble by inducing a fly ball.

That was the story of the game for Taconite. Taconite stranded nine runners in scoring position and left runners on second and third, three times in the game.

However, Taconite eventually broke through in the seventh inning to tie the game at one. Kole Kalisch doubled to right-centerfield to start the rally. With Kole Kalisch attempting to steal third, Kadin Kalisch hit a […]

By |June 30th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

Grand Rapids takes down Taconite

Grand Rapids returned home in a big way in picking up an 11-3 victory over Taconite on Tuesday evening at Legion Field in Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids scored three in the first inning and added four in the second to break the game open early. Grand Rapids eventually thwarted a bases loaded rally for Taconite in the fourth. Taconite scored two runs, however, a strike three call with the bases full ended the inning.

Taconite added another run in the fifth inning but Grand Rapids added two more runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings to put the game away en route to the victory.

Gunnar Harris finished with four hits and drove in four runs for Grand Rapids. Kenn Hasbargen drove home three runs while John Baker plated two in the contest. Noah Johnson finished with three hits as well.

John Baker picked up the win. He pitched a third of an inning of relief, escaping a bases loaded jam in the fourth. Hasbargen started on the mound and pitched three and two-thirds allowing two runs on only one hit. He struck out one while walking five batters.

Jaden Erkilla was saddled with the loss for Taconite. He allowed nine runs, six earned, in five innings of work. He walked three and struck one. Erkilla had two hits and drove in a run for Taconite while John Labine, Kole Kalisch and Kadin Kalisch had hits as well.

 

By |June 25th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

Grand Rapids Hires Two New Officers

The City of Grand Rapids now has two new police officers. At last night’s city council meeting, Mayor Dale Adams swore in Justin Edmunson and Gregory Lease Jr. With the two new hires, the city’s Police Department is still not fully staffed.
Also at last night’s city council meeting a donation was accepted from Mighty Mutts that will cover the cost of a K-9 bullet proof vest and the Grand Rapids Fire Department was given the approval to offer conditional offers of employment to Will Richter and Donny Wilson pending pre-employment background screening. The next Grand Rapids City Council meeting is July 14th.

By |June 24th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Rally in Virginia

Over two thousand steelworkers and supporters rallied Monday in Virginia as part of the Save Our Steel Jobs movement. The U.S. Commerce Department is expected to rule on proposed sanctions on foreign steel that steelworkers believe are being dumped in the U.S. Imports of South Korean pipe steel have doubled between 2012 and 2014.
State Senators Tom Bakk and Dave Tomassoni spoke, as well as Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken sent letters of support that were read aloud during the rally.

By |June 24th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Taconite sweeps North Shore

The Taconite American Legion baseball team returned to its home diamond on Monday afternoon to take on North Shore in a pair of District 8 contests. Taconite rolled to a double header sweep, knocking off North Shore, 4-0, and 15-0.

In game one, Tyler Peterson was in command. The right hander struck out 14 batters while picking up the complete game shutout. He allowed only three hits in picking up his second win of the summer.

Kole Kalisch finished with two hits and a run batted in for Taconite in the win. Tyler Peterson drove home two runs while Taylor Lantz drove in a run as well in the win.

Taconite jumped ahead early and often in game two. Taconite scored seven runs in the first and added six more in the second en route to the 15-0 win. Justin Guyer, John Labine, Mike LaDoux and Nick Shea recorded two hits each. Lantz drove in two runs while Guyer, Kole Kalisch, Peterson, Sam LaDoux, Mike LaDoux, Shea and Jeff Korpi each plated a run in the win.

Jeff Korpi earned the win on the mound. He allowed only one hit in three innings of work. He struck out three and walked two batters. Sam LaDoux closed out the game pitching the final two innings. He allowed three hits while striking out two.

Taconite sits at 7-3 overall on the season and will take on Grand Rapids at 7 p.m. tonight at Legion field in Grand Rapids.

By |June 24th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|