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Hutchinson Man Found

Grand Rapids Police Officer Justin Edmundson pulled over a man driving 38 miles an hour in a 30 mile zone Friday near midnight and discovered the man was in need of help. The driver, identified as Darwin Mathews of Hutchinson believed he was only 10 minutes from Hutchinson. He explained that he left to get groceries 30 minutes ago and was almost home. Officer Edmundson contacted the man’s family and discovered the man was last seen 7 hours ago and his family had notified police that he was missing. Mathews was taken to Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital for an evaluation.
Grand Rapids Police Chief Scott Johnson, in an email, said, “if not for Officer Edmundson, the outcome could have been tragic. A job well done.”
Mathews’ family arrived around 6am Saturday and picked up Mathews and his vehicle at Grand Itasca.

By |August 21st, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Hutchinson Man Found|

Hibbing Man Held in Infants Death

A 24 year old man was arrested following the death of an 11 month child in Tower on Wednesday morning. According to details released by the St. Louis County Sheriff’s office, the Hibbing man is in custody in Virginia and expected to be charged with second degree manslaughter, child neglect, auto theft, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of narcotic paraphernalia.
The body of 11 month old Bentley Joe Lewis Koski was found after firefighters extinguished a home fire at 813 3rd Street North in Tower. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The suspect’s name will be released after he is charged.

By |August 3rd, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Hibbing Man Held in Infants Death|

Motorcycle Speed

A motorcycle, clocked at 111 miles an hour, attracted the attention of the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office on Monday night. According to a report from the Grand Rapids Police Department, the rider traveled from Nashwauk to Bovey to Grand Rapids around 5:57pm with deputies in pursuit. The rider drove around 4th Street and Pokegama Avenue before heading west on North West 4th Street. The rider traveled west to Cohasset, then south on County Road 62 and finally to Walker Minnesota. The rider turned around and traveled up Highway 6 to just south of the Itasca County line. The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office tracked the bike with a fixed wing air craft.

By |August 2nd, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Motorcycle Speed|

Accident Stalls Downtown Traffic Monday

A three vehicle accident at the intersection of Pokegama Avenue and South East 1st Street injured three people yesterday morning. According to a witness, a vehicle driven by 22 year old Jessie Mindrum of Hill City was traveling west-bound on South East 1st Street and failed to stop for the stop sign on Pokegama Avenue. Mindrum’s vehicle collided with a vehicle driven by 33 year old David Krueth of Grand Rapids, which was traveling north on Pokegama. Krueth and a passenger, 27 year old Savannah Rose Krueth of Hill City, were both injured. Traffic was rerouted for about half an hour while victims were treated and vehicles were towed.
Mindrum and both occupants of the Krueth vehicle were transported to Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital. A third driver, Susan Young, was also injured. Young was treated and released.

By |August 1st, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Accident Stalls Downtown Traffic Monday|

Cotton Man Injured in ATV Accident

A 21 year old Cotton man was injured in an ATV accident Saturday afternoon. Dakota Voight was driving an ATV on an off-road trail in a remote area in Alborn Township when he attempted to climb a steep hill and the ATV rolled over. Voight was not wearing a helmet and, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s office, sustained serious injuries. He was airlifted to St. Luke’s hospital in Duluth and was listed in stable condition.
Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident.

By |July 31st, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Cotton Man Injured in ATV Accident|

Car Accident on Highway 37 Injures Five

Five people were injured in a three vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on Highway 37. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the three vehicles were traveling east on Highway 37. The vehicle driven by Emily Gardeski rear-ended a vehicle driven by 18 year old William Butkovich, which rear-ended a vehicle driven by 37 year old Aimee Raskovich. The Butkovich vehicle contained three passengers. The only person not injured was Raskovich. Injuries are not considered life-threatening.

By |July 31st, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Car Accident on Highway 37 Injures Five|

Boat-In Movie This Saturday

This Saturday, boaters are invited to drive up to the movie screen at Tioga Beach and enjoy the movie, “The Great Outdoors” starring John Candy and Dan Akroyd.
Boaters can hear the movie through their own stereo and watch the 40 foot screen.

By |July 26th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Boat-In Movie This Saturday|

No Decision on County Attorney Salary

Judge Charles LeDuc ruled last week that Itasca County must increase the salary of Itasca County Attorney Jack Muhar. Muhar filed suit against the county after commissioners failed to pay a two percent raise for this year, and a two percent contractual raise from last year. Muhar also asked for a one-time $9000 bump in salary.
According to the Notice of Appeal, Muhar claims the board’s salary structure and budget are “arbitrary, capricious, and in unreasonable disregard for the duties and responsibilities of his office.”
The lawsuit, alleging that Muhar’s pay rate is not keeping pace with either his subordinates pay or his increased workload, was filed in January.
Tuesday, the Itasca County board of Commissioners met in a closed meeting for a case consultation and legal advice regarding Muhar’s salary.
After the meeting, the commissioner’s public comment was simply that there is no comment at this time.

By |July 26th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on No Decision on County Attorney Salary|

Grand Rapids Police Report

From the Grand Rapids Police Department:
Friday, someone fraudulently charged two mini-bikes and assorted merchandise at L&M in Grand Rapids. Merchandise is valued at over $800. There is a suspect.
Some one set off the sprinklers at the Country Inn and Suites by hanging a clothes hanger from the sprinkler head. Grand Rapids Fire Department was called.
A section of road between 2nd Avenue northeast and 3rd Avenue northeast was flooded by 8-10 inches of water from Friday’s storm. Public Works was notified.
Saturday, a toaster set off a fire alarm at Manor House. Grand Rapids Fire reset the alarm.
Two large urns and one candy dish were reported stolen from the Judy Garland House. The urns are described as large, green, with floral artwork on the front. No value available.
Sunday night, police freed one of two dogs shut in a car on Pokegama Avenue. The car was hot, the dogs had no water or food and had been barking for hours. Officers took one dog out of the vehicle and put it in the pound. The other was too aggressive to safely coax out of the vehicle. The owner was advised he will be receiving a citation for unattended animal in a motor vehicle.

By |July 24th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Grand Rapids Police Report|

Law Report for 7-13-17

From the Grand Rapids Police Department:
No one was injured to a two vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon on Highway 169 and 11th Street South East. According to the Grand Rapids Police Department accident report, a car driven by Regina Novy was traveling south on Highway 169 when a pickup truck, driven by Cole Fox, entered the highway. Novy’s vehicle struck the Fox vehicle. Fox told authorities he didn’t see anyone coming and pulled out of a parking lot and was struck by Novy’s vehicle. Novy had 5 passengers, three of which were children. EMS was called to check the children out.
A Boston resident was accused to refusing to pay for three days of lodging. He left before paying the bill Tuesday.

From the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office:
A window was reported broken and the home tossed on County Road 119 in Deer River on Tuesday morning.
A cell phone charger and cd reported taken from a vehicle on State Highway 1 in Effie on Tuesday.
A resident on Bezanis Road in Cohasset was drilling when he hit a two inch gas line.
A camper door was damaged on County Road 35 in Deer River.
A birthday card and $20 was reported missing from a mailbox on Little Whitefish Trail in Nashwauk.

By |July 13th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Law Report for 7-13-17|