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LaPrarie Bank Robbed Tuesday

Itasca County Sheriff’s Office

On April 16, 2019, at approximately 4:15 PM, Itasca County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call of an armed robbery at the Coleraine Bank, located in the City of La Prairie. The suspect took an undetermined amount of cash and then fled on foot from the Coleraine Bank. No bank employees were injured in the incident.
After a foot pursuit through the woods the suspect was apprehended and transported to the Itasca County Jail. The suspect was booked into jail for 2 counts of aggravated robbery, 2 counts of 2nd degree assault and 1 count of fleeing on foot. The suspect will appear in Itasca County Court later this week.
Itasca County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Grand Rapids Police Department, Bovey Police Department, Keewatin Police Department, Nashwauk Police Department, Coleraine Department, Minnesota State Patrol and the Minnesota DNR.

By |April 17th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on LaPrarie Bank Robbed Tuesday|

Stabbing Death in Grand Rapids


[Grand Rapids, MN]  The Grand Rapids Police Department is investigating the stabbing death of a 20-year-old Grand Rapids woman.  On April 16, 2019 at 9:45 PM, officers responded to a report of a stabbing at Murphy Elementary School, 822 NE 5th Avenue. A Grand Rapids Police Officer and State Patrol Trooper arrived at the school within four minutes.

They found a 15-year-old Grand Rapids teenager standing in the playground. He was holding a knife. On the ground next to him was an unconscious 20-year-old Grand Rapids woman who had suffered a stab wound to her abdomen. Officers began resuscitation efforts. The 15 year old was taken into custody and is currently in a secure detention facility. Meds1 paramedics transported the woman to Grand Itasca Hospital where she succumbed to her knife wounds.

“We believe this meeting was arranged by these two people and not related to the school. The public is not in danger. Drugs were found at the scene” stated Grand Rapids Police Chief Scott Johnson.

In addition to the Minnesota State Patrol, assistance was received from the Itasca County Sheriff’s Department, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Bovey Police Department.

This incident is under investigation. The identity of the victim will be released later today.



By |April 17th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Stabbing Death in Grand Rapids|

Grand Rapids- ISD 318 Agree on New School Property

At Mondays City Council meeting, the city passed a resolution approving a property exchange with Independent School District 318. The district will get land from the city for the new school, in return the City will take the Forest Lake and Riverview school sites. Mayor Adams said there are still some hoops to jump through, but the process is on track.
Mayor Adams reminded the public that the many trail systems in our area are starting to clear up for public use. “Snow is going down. The trails and paths around Grand Rapids will soon be calling all of you to get out and bike, or walk, or rollerblade to take advantage of the opportunity to see many different parts of the city”. And, Jeff Davies gave his final department head report for Public Works before his retirement.
As of March 19th, we had 75.6” of snowfall this year. The record amount of snowfall was in 2013 when 109” was recorded.
Also the council approved the purchase of a Gas Monitor for the Fire Department.
Story by David Moody.

By |April 9th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Grand Rapids- ISD 318 Agree on New School Property|

Grand Rapids Vehicle Stolen

Friday afternoon, a Pontiac Grand Prix GT was reported stolen from outside Itasca Coin Laundry. According to the Grand Rapids Police Department, the owner left the vehicle running and went inside to buy a can of pop. When he returned, the vehicle was gone. Officers from Grand Rapids and the Minnesota State Patrol searched for the vehicle, unsuccessfully.
The vehicle was located in Virginia (Minnesota) and charges are pending against the driver. The owner and the person who took the vehicle aren’t believed to have known each other. Charges are pending.

By |April 1st, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Grand Rapids Vehicle Stolen|

Former Greenway Superintendent Sentenced

A federal judge has sentenced the former superintendent of the Shakopee School District to 24 months in prison for soliciting bribes from a company in exchange for contracts with the district. Prosecutors say 53-year-old Rodney Thompson received more than 44 thousand dollars in home improvements, plus personal travel and access to sporting events. Rod Thompson previously worked as the Detroit Lakes High School principal and superintendent at Greenway School District. U-S Attorney Erica MacDonald says the violations occurred during Thompson’s entire time with the Shakopee School District and his “greedy and corrupt dealings have earned him a prison sentence.”

By |April 1st, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Former Greenway Superintendent Sentenced|

Itasca County Board Adds Public Comment

The Itasca County Board of Commissioners will hear public comment (regarding agenda items) prior to county board meetings. Commissioners, on a vote of 3-1, agreed to allow members of the public to comment on agenda items. The comments can not of political nature, grandstanding, candidate endorsements, or attempts to influence an election. Commissioners will listen to concerns but are not obligated to debate or answer questions. One concern commissioners had was if a person refused to surrender the microphone after his/her 3 minutes time is up.
The vote was 3-1 in favor. Commissioner DeNucci cast the dissenting vote. Commissioner Snyder was absent but gave the board a letter to be read in support.

By |March 28th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Itasca County Board Adds Public Comment|

Cohasset Looks to Build RV Park

Tuesday night, the city of Cohasset laid the groundwork for a possible 200 acre RV park and camp ground. The city formerly approved a request to Itasca County for tax forfeit property to create up to 10 miles of ATV trails and infrastructure for a camp ground. The campground area would include state land. Max Peters, Cohasset City Administrator said the request approved Tuesday is just the first step.

By |March 27th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Cohasset Looks to Build RV Park|

Grand Rapids City Council Meets

At Mondays City council meeting, Rob Mattea presented a department head report on Community Development. Grand Rapids had $12.1 million dollars in construction last year, relatively low in comparison to years past. However, he expects a very large number this year, “with 2 new elementary schools and some other pretty big projects, we’re probably lookings somewhere between $75 and $90 million dollars permitted this year”

Also at Mondays council session, there was an annual report on the cities stormwater pollution prevention. Street cleaning is underway, and the storm water systems are being cleaned, also numerous catch basins are being reconstructed and repaired. .

David Moody reporting

By |March 26th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Grand Rapids City Council Meets|

ISD 318 Sports Calendar Fraud


March 25, 2019

The Grand Rapids Police Department wants to make our local businesses aware of a fraud that is reported to be operating in our area. School District #318 often puts out Sports and Activity Calendars. Area businesses can purchase advertisement space on these calendars to promote their businesses. The money raised from these activity calendars helps support sport and extracurricular activities i.e. travel costs, uniforms, meals and entry fees.
School District #318 has partnered with Steve Lynch. Mr. Lynch sells the advertisement space on these calendars to local businesses and organizations. He is the only person authorized by the school district to sell ad space on these calendars. All legitimate invoices to businesses who purchase advertising space on District 318 calendars will note on the invoice that it is from “TH Signs / #318 Poster Fund.” Invoices are sent in District 318 envelopes.
It has been reported to the Police Department that a company called “Sports Media”, has been exploiting this. Sports Media notes which businesses have purchased advertisement space on these legitimate calendars and will send these businesses a bogus invoice for advertising. This is a fraud and is not affiliated with District 318.
Area businesses have reported receiving fraudulent invoices and letters demanding payment. If you have questions about the legitimacy of these calendars please contact the District 318 Activities Office at 218-327-5765. If you would like to have more information, please contact Investigator Brian Mattson at the Grand Rapids Police Department at (218) 326-3464.

By |March 26th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on ISD 318 Sports Calendar Fraud|

Sawmill Demo Underway

Demolition of the former Sawmill Inn began in February. Hotel construction of a new Best Western is scheduled to begin last this summer. According to The Ranger, the information newsletter of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation, the 9 acre lot will be subdivided into six commercial parcels. The hotel will occupy one of the lots, with the others devoted to commercial development. The developer, Rebound Hospitality, also purchased an adjacent 15 acre property.

The Sawmill Inn property has been owned and managed by the Wayne Jacobson family of Grand Rapids. The Sawmill recently employed 60 people.

By |March 21st, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Sawmill Demo Underway|