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Cohasset Fireman Retires

After 42 years serving as a Cohasset fire fighter, Jerry Snetsinger is retiring. Cohasset Fire Chief Davin Tinquist said Snetsinger is always the first one to the trucks.
The Cohasset City Council accepted Snetsinger’s retirement with thanks. The council also congratulated another long-time employee- Duane Kilde celebrated 30 years on the job this month. Kilde accepted a plaque during tuesday night’s meeting.
In other action, the council approved the Cohasset Economic Development Authority’s recommendation for a small business loan of $94,500 to Nelson Wood Shims. The loan will be paid back over 10 years.

By |May 10th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Cohasset Fireman Retires|

Essar Decision

US Bankruptcy Judge Brendan Shannon received only one bid for the now-shuttered former Essar Steel Minnesota plant in Nashwauk. Justice Shannon formally accepted the bid from Tom Clarke’s Chippewa Capital Partners, LLC as the best option for the plant. Clarke’s proposal includes plans to pay Essar’s creditors $250 million, pay back local contractors and vendors, and repay the state of Minnesota $65 million in infrastructure. The bid includes financial backing from GFG Alliance. Judge Shannon set a May 22nd confirmation hearing to approve the deal. Clarke recently purchased the bankrupt Magnetation.

By |April 27th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Essar Decision|

Grand Rapids Police Report

Grand Rapids police conducted 15 tobacco compliance checks Thursday. 14 of the clerks passed- with one given an educational packette.
A burglary was reported from NE 13th Avenue. The lock was broken on a garage- nothing appears missing
A lawnmower was taken from a business on Pokegama Avenue South. It was recovered behind target.
A white cat with an orange collar was found with a note saying she was house-trained, pregnant, and homeless. The person who found the cat said he would keep the cat til its owner is found. He didn’t want to see the cat go to the pound. Cat is mostly white with patches of tan and black.

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Grand Rapids Police Report 04-25-17

Grand Rapids police conducted 15 tobacco compliance checks Thursday. Fourteen of the clerks passed- with one given an educational packette.

A burglary was reported from NE 13th Avenue in Grand Rapids. The lock was broken on a garage- nothing appears missing.

And, a white cat with an orange collar was found with a note saying she was house-trained, pregnant, and homeless. The person who found the cat said he would keep the cat until its owner is found. He didn’t want to see the cat go to the pound. The cat is mostly white with patches of tan and black.

By |April 24th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Grand Rapids Police Report 04-25-17|

Local Resident Defrauded

A local resident is out $4400 dollars. He was called and told he won a lottery. All he had to do was deposit $4400 into some one else’s bank account. He was told someone would meet him at the bank with his winnings. He made the first deposit then was asked for a second deposit of $14,000. A teller at Wells Fargo Bank denied the transaction and alerted authorities. The initial $4400 was already withdrawn in Indiana.

By |April 24th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Local Resident Defrauded|

No charges Will Be Filed

Itasca County Attorney’s Office
PRESS RELEASE
April 20, 2017

Itasca County Attorney John J. Muhar and Sheriff Victor J. Williams report that on April 15, 2017, an altercation between Mark Mehle, age 82, of Goodland, Minnesota, and Ed Allen Spawn, age 52, of Goodland, Minnesota, was called to the attention of the Itasca County Sheriffs Office by Ed Spawn. An Itasca County Deputy promptly responded to Spawn’s residence and interviewed him about the incident. After he completed interviewing Spawn, Deputy Cory Rondeau learned that Mark David Mehle had contacted Itasca County Dispatch to report the same incident from the Hibbing Hospital. Deputy Rondeau then promptly responded to the Hibbing Hospital and interviewed Mark Mehle, and his son, Kristopher Adam Mehle about the incident.

On April 19, 2017, the Itasca County Sheriffs Office submitted a case file to the Itasca County Attorney’s Office for review. Upon receipt of the investigative file, the Itasca County Attorney’s Office conducted a thorough, objective review of the evidence in the file. After completing review of the evidence in the file, the County Attorney’s Office has concluded that Mark David Mehle was the initial and primary aggressor throughout the altercation. Only after Spawn struck Mehle in the face in an attempt to defend himself, did Mehle cease his physical aggression toward Spawn. The County Attorney’s Office has concluded that Spawn did not act with intent to assault Mehle, but only in an effort to defend himself. As such, the County Attorney’s Office has concluded that Spawn has a legally viable claim of self-defense for his actions in punching Mehle in the face and that it would be inappropriate to bring criminal charges against Spawn for merely acting to defend himself. Accordingly, there […]

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No Charges Filed

No charges will be filed against 52 year old Ed Allen Spawn or 82 year old Mark Mehle, both of Goodland. Itasca County Sheriff’s Deputies interviewed both Spawn and Mehle and concluded Mehle was the aggressor in the fight than sent Mehle to the Hibbing Hospital.
The Itasca County Attorney’s office concluded Spawn was defending himself and that he did not act with intent to assault Mehle.
The incident has been extensively discussed on Facebook.

By |April 20th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on No Charges Filed|

Eveleth Car Accident

A two car accident occurred Wednesday morning on Highway 53 in Eveleth. The first vehicle, a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix, operated by 31 year old Brad Waara of Eveleth, the other vehicle was a 2012 GMC Acadia operated by 27 year old Benayshi Dunkley also of Eveleth. Waara was crossing HWY 53 in St. Louis County making a left turn to head North. While making the turn he turned into into the GMC, which was going straight across HWY 53. Dunkely was transported with non life threatening injuries, Waara was not injured.

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Grand Rapids Fire Death

A Grand Rapids woman has dies of injuries suffered in last week’s fire. Thirty-one year old Wendy Vraa was rescued by fire fighters inside the Tic Tac Toe building fire last Tuesday evening. She was transferred to the Hennepin County Medical Center, where she died of her injuries.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 11am at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grand Rapids.

By |April 18th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Grand Rapids Fire Death|

Car-Bicycle Accident

One person was injured in a car-bicycle accident Monday afternoon. According to the Grand Rapids Police Department, Erin McNally was riding a bicycle on Pokegama Avenue when she was hit by a vehicle driven by Dawn Latimer. A passerby called 9-1-1. Latimer said she was leaving the Grand Square Shopping Center when she hit McNally. McNally told Latimer that she was fine. Latimer transported McNally to Grand Itasca to make sure she was ok. McNally suffered only a red mark on her hip.

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