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Smith Charged in Vehicle Death

A Bemidji man has been charged with two counts of Felony Criminal Vehicular Homicide and two counts of Misdemeanor Fourth Degree Driving While Impaired in the car accident and death of a Bovey resident. 29 year old Christopher Glenn Smith of Bemidji was driving a vehicle on Highway 65 last Friday night when his vehicle left the roadway and rolled. 56 year old Mark Wirtjes was killed in the accident.
Wednesday, smith appeared in Itasca county District court. Bail was set at $50,000 without conditions, $35,000 with conditions, or $25,000 with conditions including the electronic home monitor. Smith’s next appearance is scheduled for April 18th at 10am.

By |March 25th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Smith Charged in Vehicle Death|

Two Suspected in Meth Sale Appear in Court

Two men appeared in Itasca County court Tuesday, charged with the sale of meth. 29 year old Bryan Lloyd King and 28 year old Keith Lee Scovel, both of Grand Rapids, were charged with aiding and abetting first degree sale of a controlled substance. The charges arise from an ongoing controlled substance investigation conducted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
At their first appearance, Scovel’s bail was set at $200,000 without conditions and King’s bailwas set at $100,000 without conditions. Scovel and Kings are scheduled to make their next court appearance March 28th at 9;30am.

By |March 24th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Two Suspected in Meth Sale Appear in Court|

Quinn Gives Notice

Itasca County Veteran’s Service Officer Hugh Quinn submitted his resignation Tuesday during the Itasca County board meeting.

Quinn presented the board with his quarterly report then submitted his resignation. Prior to his presentation, the county board accepted the final report of a classification compensation study completed by Fox Lawson and Associates. The report, last completed 25 years ago, analyzed the county’s evaluation system to determine the comparable work value by employees.

The board accepted May 31st as his final day and moved any discussion to the next county work session next Tuesday.

By |March 24th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Quinn Gives Notice|

Adams on Paid Administrative Leave

Mark Adams, Superintendent of Independent School district 316, is on paid administrative leave after a second driving while intoxicated charge in two years. The school board of ISD 316 held an emergency meeting Tuesday. The board will meet again next Tuesday in another closed session to determine, according to a press release by the board, the best course of action.
The follow-up meeting will be Tuesday March 29th at at 6pm in the school’s staff development room.

By |March 24th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Adams on Paid Administrative Leave|

Kennedy Leaves City for PUC

The city of Grand Rapids is looking for a new city engineer. Monday, the Grand Rapids city council approved the resignation of Julie Kennedy. Kennedy was offered the position of General Manager of the Grand Rapids Public Utilities Commission. In her resignation letter, Kennedy said “the opportunity was too exciting for me to pass up”.
Also during Monday’s meeting, the council approved the purchase of two new vehicles for the police department, a new vehicle for public works, and authorized summer employment.

By |March 15th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Kennedy Leaves City for PUC|

19 Year Old Hospitalized, Dies

A 19 year old man was declared dead at Grand Itasca Medical Center Wednesday morning. According to the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office, 19 year old Dustin Lee Hoshal was taken to Grand Itasca Wednesday by private vehicle. He was unresponsive when he arrived. Medical staff attempted to revive him, but were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead. The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident but does not suspect foul play at this time.

By |March 10th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on 19 Year Old Hospitalized, Dies|

Essar Steel Slows

Getting financing back in place is the most immediate goal for Essar Steel MN. Mitch Brunfelt, Essar Assistant General Counsel, briefed the Itasca County Regional Rail Authority Tuesday afternoon. Essar’s repayment agreement for the $66 Million dollars in state subsidies is in the hands of Essar Steel. The agreement needs to be approved by the global company then by Essar Steel Minnesota before it comes before the Itasca County Board. Itasca County still has $1.2 Million dollars that sits unallocated from the project. Brunfelt said there are only 5 or 6 workers on site.

By |March 9th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Essar Steel Slows|

School Attendance Matters

Attendance Matters. That’s the word from Kim Geislinger of Ross Resources- tasked with truancy control in three area school districts in our area. Last night, Kim presented attendance records for the Greenway campus and commended Van Dyke Elementary for having the highest attendance percentage of all the Ross schools with 98.38 percent attendance. Parents were asked to remember to make doctor and dentist appointments after school hours and plan vacations around the school year.
Also last night, the school board of Independent School District 316 heard presentations on Community Education and spring testing.
The board recognized three retiring teachers, Kathy Miller with 22 years of experience, Laura Groom with 15 years and Carolyn Eck with 21 years.

By |February 25th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on School Attendance Matters|

Accident Saturday Injures Ely Resident

A one vehicle accident on the west side of Grand Rapids injured an Ely resident Saturday night. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 31 year old Joseph Vejtasa was driving east on Highway 2nd lost control. A witness said he was driving at a high rate of speed. Vejtasa crossed through the west-bound traffic and entered the west-bound ditch and rolled the Pontiac Vibe. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance. He was injured in the accident but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

By |February 22nd, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Accident Saturday Injures Ely Resident|

ISD 318 Updates Technology

Independent School District 318 has spent six months updating its technology to keep up with our devices.
TJ Russell, Technology Coordinator, gave the board an update during last night’s school board meeting of Independent School District 318.
Technology, including ipods, chrome books, phones, printers, and video, is also key to keeping students safe with cameras, security doors, and working video cameras.

Also at last night’s meeting, student Jamie Jordan received a plaque and congratulations for receiving a $22,000 Horatio Alger National Scholarship, accepted the retirement of 8 teachers- with a total of 200 years teaching experience, and discussed the mental health issues students face.

By |February 17th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on ISD 318 Updates Technology|