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7th Street Fire- Grand Rapids

A home on Southeast 7th Street in Grand Rapids suffered smoke and fire damage Friday afternoon after a passerby called in a report of smoke coming out of all sides of a home. Grand Rapids police officers noticed no vehicle tracks in the snow. Officers yelled several times into an open window in the home, shouting for occupants. They broke screens, trying to see if anyone was inside. The smoke was too thick to see inside. Police dispatchers looked up the owner and called him. He said no one was home, but two dogs were inside. Grand Rapids Fire Chief Mike Liebel opened the back door and one dog escaped.
Firefighters arrived and fought the fire.

By |February 6th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on 7th Street Fire- Grand Rapids|

Remer Man Killed in Car Accident

A 22 year old Remer man was killed in a one vehicle accident Saturday evening. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Lorin Allen Losh was driving a Chrysler Town and Country east-bound on County Road 28- approaching Highway 6. He slid through a stop sign, rolled and struck a power pole. The vehicle came to rest against the pole. Losh was declared dead at the scene. A passenger, 19 year old Savannah Ellen Hinsz of Remer suffered non-life-threatening injuries. An infant in the vehicle was not injured.

By |February 6th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Remer Man Killed in Car Accident|

Anderson Award

2-2-17 Anderson Award

An Itasca County Jury awarded a $28.6 million award to 23 year old Paige Anderson of Marble last Thursday.
Paige was one of three women injured in a car/bus accident in Coleraine in 2009.
Emmy Foss of Bovey was killed in the accident. Anderson was left a quadriplegic. Hailey Salo, the car driver, was also injured. The bus driver, identified as Jay Poshak, was also injured.
The Minnesota State Patrol indicated the inattention on both part of the drivers contributed to the accident. The patrol also cited excessive bus speed as a contributing factor.

By |February 2nd, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Anderson Award|

Grand Rapids Vehicle Kills Foley Woman

A 35 year old woman was killed in a car accident on Monday in Foley Minnesota. The vehicle that killed 35 year old Lindsey Marie Cardinal was taken from the parking lot of Frontier Liquor in Grand Rapids. According to the Grand Rapids Police Department, the vehicle was reported stolen Monday afternoon when the keys were left in the vehicle.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a suspected drunk driver, identified as 29 year old Gordon Couch of Milaca was driving the vehicle west on Minnesota Highway 23 in Foley when he crossed the centerline and crashed into another vehicle, driven by Cardinal. Her three children, ages 5,4, and 1 were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Counch’s passenger, Nicole Dawn Schmidt, also of Milaca, suffered life-threatening injuries. She was taken to North Memorial Medical Center. Couch is suspected to have been under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or both. He suffered life-threatening injuries and was also taken to North Memorial. Charges may be filed.

A Go Fund Me page has raised almost $23,000 by Wednesday afternoon.

By |February 2nd, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Grand Rapids Vehicle Kills Foley Woman|

Grand Rapids Pavilion Named

Grand Rapids new sports pavilion at the IRA Civic Center was officially named during Monday’s Grand Rapids City Council meeting.  It will be called the Jerry and Shirley Miner Family Multi-Use Sports Pavilion.

Mayor Dale Adams said so many families have contributed to every good project that has come along.  He said the council thought it would be nice to recognize the Miner’s contribution to the community.

He said the city is appreciative of all the local families who make a difference.  “This community is phenomenal in the stand-point of supporting different ventures that improve the community as a whole”

Recent projects include campaigns at Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital, YMCA, the Grand Rapids Area library, and the Keisler Wellness Center.

The mayor also asked citizens to consider applying to become at firefighter.  The city’s volunteer department has some current openings.

By |January 24th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Grand Rapids Pavilion Named|

Lundquist Charged


A Grand Rapids man is in custody was formally charged with felony murder in the 2nd degree today.  Thirty-two year old Benjamin D. Lundquist appeared in court and was formally charged with felony murder in the 2nd degree.  Judge David E. Ackerson set bail at One Million dollars.

Joel D. Gangness of Hibbing died of a result of multiple stab wounds early Tuesday.  According to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Hibbing Police Officers were checking on an individual who lived on 1st Avenue who didn’t show up for work.  Officer discovered Gangess body in one of the apartments.

Tuesday night, officers arrested Lundquist in connection with the death.

Hibbing police are looking for a red minivan, which may have transported Lundquist to Hibbing.  Contact the Hibbing Police Department if you have any information.


With help from the Hibbing Daily Tribune


By |January 19th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Lundquist Charged|

Grand Rapids Man to be Charged with Homicide


A Grand Rapids man is in custody today, expected to be charged with 2nd degree intentional homicide.  According to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Hibbing Police Officers were checking on an individual who lived on 1st Avenue who didn’t show up for work.

Officer discovered an individual dead in one of the apartments.  Foul play was suspected.

At 6pm Tuesday, officers arrested a Grand Rapids man in connection to the death.  He has been booked into the St. Louis County jail on suspicion of 2nd degree intentional homicide.

An autopsy is being conducted.  The victim’s name will be released when relatives are notified.  The suspect will be identified when he is charged.

By |January 18th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Grand Rapids Man to be Charged with Homicide|

Girl Followed

A 14 year old girl reported that she was followed as she walked home yesterday afternoon.
The girl ran through the Murphy School sliding hill yelling, “person help me”. She said she saw a white panel-type van drive by while she walked down the block. She said he drove past her, staring, twice, even after she changed directions. The van drove around the block and continued following her.
She said she believed she heard the door slide open- that’s when she ran, calling for help.

A man at the slkiding hill with his son heard her calling for help, called for police.

Boost Post

By |January 12th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Girl Followed|

Itasca County Commissioners Served

Itasca County Attorney, Jack Muhar, is appealing the County commissioner’s decision to set his salary increase at a 2% raise.
According to the notice of appeal, Muhar said the salary and budget was arbitrary, capricious, and in unreasonable disregard for the duties and responsibilities of the office.
Muhar address the commissioners on December 27th, when the salary of elected officials was decided.
The “elected” (County Auditor/Treasurer, County Attorney, County Sheriff, and County Recorder) initially asked the board for a two percent raise, consistent with what other county employees received this year.
Muhar addressed the board to talk about wage parity. County Attorney’s in comparable counties 20-30% more than Muhar. He asked the board for a $9000 increase and the 2% raise, arguing that his position, his experience, and his education should be reflected in his salary.
Commissioner Terry Snyder told Muhar that the budget for 2017 was set in September/October and that he wished this could have been addressed then.

By |December 30th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Itasca County Commissioners Served|

Facebook Threat to Grand Rapids Police

PRESS RELEASE- Itasca County Sheriff/Grand Rapids Police Department


(Grand Rapids – MN) On Thursday afternoon, December 9th, at 4:00 PM, a very disturbing message was posted on Facebook by an Itasca County resident. The message was a threat to kill law enforcement officers and read:
“I wanna see some cops get killed, how about you? Especially some of the Grand Rapids cops.”

Within minutes, other members of the community, seeing this on Facebook, began notifying the Grand Rapids Police Department and Itasca County Sheriff’s Department of this threat. In fact, people as far away as Michigan and Arizona contacted the departments. Thanks to their efforts, within the hour, the man was located at a residence in Grand Rapids and taken into custody.

According to Lieutenant Albert Morse of the Itasca County Sheriff’s Department, “The 20 year old Grand Rapids man was held for psychological evaluation.”

“In various parts of the United States the relationship between law enforcement and the community is being painted as very strained. Yet, we know this is not reality in Itasca County”, said Grand Rapids Police Sergeant Bob Stein. Itasca County Sheriff Vic Williams stated, “The men and women who serve as your police officers and deputies want to thank you very much. It is comforting to know that you are looking out for us and have our backs. THANK YOU!!!”

By |December 9th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Facebook Threat to Grand Rapids Police|