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Explosion in Superior, WI

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An explosion and fire rocked the Husky Energy oil refinery in Superior, Wisconsin around 10am this morning, sending at least six people to the hospital. Officials say as of now there are no reports of fatalities. This witness says:
there was an explosion, along with a fireball of black smoke. It’s believed an asphalt leak led to the explosion. Some residents are reporting the explosion shook their house windows up to two miles away. Smoke from the scene is also visible for many miles.

By |April 26th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Explosion in Superior, WI|

Ice Death Near Floodwood

An 82 year old Wright Minnesota man died in an UTV accident on Prairie Lake, near Floodwood.
The man, identified as Wallace Schulke, and 61 year old Mark Schulke were riding a UTV on Prairie, when witnesses said they fell through the ice. St. Louis County Sheriff’s Deputies and first responders pulled the victims from the ice. Mark Schulke was transported to a Duluth hospital for minor injuries. First responders attempted life-saving measure on Wallace Schulke, but were unsuccessful.
The cause of the accident is the result of unsafe ice. St, Louis County Sheriff’s office reminds the public that ice conditions are not safe at this time of year.

By |April 24th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Ice Death Near Floodwood|

No One Injured in Train Derailment

Sunday morning, three cars in a Canadian National train derailed near Highway 101 in Mountain Iron. The cars remained upright and held their load. Trailing cars remained on the tracks. Traffic was able to continue across the highway. The three cars were hauling iron ore. A crew was on scene Sunday to repair the damage.

By |April 2nd, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on No One Injured in Train Derailment|

Bogus Shooting Reports

PRESS RELEASE
Grand Rapids Police Department

POLICE INVESTIGATING BOGUS SHOOTING CALLS

[Grand Rapids, MN] The Grand Rapids Police Department is investigating telephone calls made to Grand Rapids businesses in which the caller reports that someone has been shot in the parking lot behind the business. On the night of March 20th, between 11:34 PM and 11:46 PM, local businesses, including Country Inn and Suites, Holiday, M&H, and Grand Itasca Hospital and Clinic received telephone calls from a male caller. The male caller told the businesses that he wanted them to call 9-1-1 to report that someone had been shot behind their business. The caller said he could not call 9-1-1 himself because the “9” on his cell phone was broken.

When officers responded to each business, they discovered that there was nobody behind the business and there had been no shooting. “It is against the law to report a false crime. We are currently investigating this and when we find the person responsible they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law” said Grand Rapids Assistant Chief Steve Schaar.

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By |March 21st, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Bogus Shooting Reports|

Greenway School Threat Investigated

Writing on a bathroom wall sent Greenway Schools into a soft-lockdown Friday. According to a release from the district, a message was discovered on a bathroom wall about 10:30.
Students were placed into a soft lockdown. At 1:30pm, after a thorough investigation, the situation was determined to be safe and the school day resumed.
Superintendent David Pace thanked law enforcement for their swift action and the community of parents, staff, and students for their patience.

By |March 19th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Greenway School Threat Investigated|

Grand Rapids Shooting Prank Call

A 9-1-1 call Friday afternoon claiming “a school shooting” sent authorities to all Grand Rapids school buildings. The caller did not name a school, so authorities checked all buildings for any disturbance.
Forest Lake, Murphy, Southwest, Robert J Elkington, and the Grand Rapids High School were all checked and eliminated.
The call reportedly came from a cell tower in northwest section of Grand Rapids.
Video from the high school is being viewed. There are no suspects, but the incident is under investigation.

By |March 19th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Grand Rapids Shooting Prank Call|

Three Arrested after High Speed Chase Through Grand Rapids

Three people were arrested after a high speed chase through Grand Rapids on Thursday afternoon.
An Itasca County Sheriff’s Deputy and Grand Rapids Police attempted to make a traffic stop, suspecting the occupants of a vehicle were involved in an attempted burglary south of Grand Rapids. At the intersection of Highways 2 and 169, officers attempted to stop the vehicle. The vehicle sped away, traveling west on Highway 2 to Cohasset. The suspect vehicle then turned south on County Road 62, west on County Road 63, and north on Highway 6. When the vehicle turned north on Highway 6. Itasca County Sheriff’s deputies deployed tire deflation spikes. As the tires deflated, the vehicle slowed down to 70 miles an hour and the driver lost control. Three people, including the driver, were taken into custody.
Suspects were seen throwing items from the vehicle at a number of locations. Law enforcement found the items. Charges are expected

By |March 1st, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Three Arrested after High Speed Chase Through Grand Rapids|

SWAT Team called to a Grand Rapids Residence

Near midnight, Grand Rapids police were called to check on the welfare of a resident on 14th Avenue South West. According to Grand Rapids Police Chief Scott Johnson, three people were in the home at the time, an adult woman, man, and a teenager. Officer saw the man waving a gun around inside the home.
The home was surrounded and the SWAT team was called out. The incident endeed around 4 O’Clock this morning. The man was taken into custody.
He’s expected to be charged by the Itasca County Attorney’s office.

By |February 23rd, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on SWAT Team called to a Grand Rapids Residence|

Two Men Held in Dollar General Robbery

Two men have been charged in the armed robbery of the Dollar General in Deer River on Wednesday. Eighteen year old Montana Cutbank of Cass Lake and twenty-two year old Norman Cutbank of Duluth have both been arraigned on charges of first degree armed robbery.
The men allegedly entered the Dollar General store in Deer River wearing sweatshirts that were tied around their faces, pointed a handgun at the clerk’s face, and demanded cash. The suspects entered S&S Bottleshop and were picked up in a silver Mountaineer.
Thursday, a citizen traveling to work found a backpack near County Road 142 with clothes matching the suspect’s description. The backpack also contained a piece of paper labeled “dad”- with a phone number. Officers called the number and identified the parent of the two men.
The vehicle was located and impounded. As deputies were executing a search warrant, they discovered two more people hiding under clothing in the rear of the vehicle.
At the hearing Friday, Norman Cutbank’s bail was set at $400,000without conditions. Montana Cutbank’s bail was set at $200,000 without conditions.

Both men are expected back in court on Monday, February 5th.

By |February 2nd, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Two Men Held in Dollar General Robbery|

Armed Robbery in Deer River

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According to the initial report released to the media Thursday morning, a clerk made a report that he/she was held up at gunpoint Wednesday night arounD 8:35pm. Deputies arrived on scene and scouted the area for a suspect.

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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE ITASCA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

On January 31, 2018, at 8:35 PM the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a robbery at The Dollar
General, 307 Main Avenue West in Deer River, Minnesota. The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance in identifying two male individuals involved in an armed robbery. We believe that the vehicle is a Silver Mercury Mountaineer. Contact the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office at 218-326-3477 with any information.

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By |February 1st, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Armed Robbery in Deer River|