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Reward Brings Tips

The Ruby slippers are either in Oregon with a private collector, in southern Minnesota at a flea market, or in Massachusetts in a traveling display from Hollywood.  Since the offer of a Million dollars for the recovery of Judy Garland’s Rubs Slippers was broadcast, at least 15 tips have been called into the Grand Rapids Police Department.

Grand Rapids Police Officer Andy Morgan and Sergeant Bob Stein are handling the tips.

On Friday, an anonymous donor, through the Judy Garland Museum, offered a million dollar reward for both the location of the slippers, and the names of the people involved in the theft 10 years ago from the Judy Garland Museum.

By |July 13th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Reward Brings Tips|

Reif Renovation Continues

The Reif Center’s Capitol Renovation Project is on schedule, according to Reif President and CEO David Marty.  The $8 million dollar project is now over $10 million dollars.  Marty told KOZY/KMFY Radio yesterday that there is still some fundraising to be done.  He said the construction will be paid for, but there are some things that still need to be funded.

The Reif recently received a $60,000 challenge grant from the Mardag Foundation.

The Mardag Foundation is a Minnesota based foundation established by Agnes Ober in 1969.  Projects funded focus on enhancing quality of life, inspiring learning, revitalizing communities and promoting access to the arts across the state of Minnesota.

For more information, visit

By |July 10th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Reif Renovation Continues|

ATV Accident

(Grand Rapids-MN) Two women were hospitalized after an ATV accident. According to Grand Rapids Assistant Police Chief Steve Schaar, officers were called to Isleview Road Tuesday night at 7:15 PM on a report of an ATV that had run off the road. When officers and Meds1 Paramedics arrived, they found that an ATV had flipped, end over end, and landed in the ditch. The driver and passenger were thrown from the machine.

The women received emergency treatment at the scene and were transported to Grand Itasca Hospital. The passenger, 26 years old, was treated at the hospital and released. The 28-year-old driver suffered serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to a hospital in Duluth. Both women are from Grand Rapids.

“Excessive speed and drinking were factors in this accident” stated Schaar. “It was the driver’s 28th birthday. Instead of spending it with family and friends, she is now in a hospital bed. Alcohol, speed and ATVs are a dangerous combination.”

So far, in 2015, three people have died in ATV accidents according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Grand Rapids Police Officer Jeremy Nelson investigated this accident.


By |July 8th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on ATV Accident|

Jenkins Motions Denied

Last Thursday, Judge Kory Wahwassuck denied motions filed by the attorney for Emery James Jenkins to dismiss the murder charges against him and suppress evidence. Details were released Tuesday.
Jenkins, charged with two counts of murder in the first degree and one count murder in the second degree in the death of his two month old son.
In the decision, the court denied motions to dismiss the indictment and suppress hair follical drug test evidence. The court granted the prosecutor’s motion to seek and aggravated sentence if Jenkins is convicted at trial.
A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for November 17th and a jury trial is scheduled for January 25th.

By |July 7th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Jenkins Motions Denied|

Magnetation Information Meeting

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will hold a public informational meeting on July 21 to provide information and take comments about Magnetation LLC’s draft air emissions operating permit for its Plant 2. This permit is needed to meet federal and state air quality requirements.

The meeting will be held at the Taconite Community Center. An open house is scheduled from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. followed by the draft permit presentation and time for questions and comments.

Magnetation conducts scram mining operations at existing tailings basins and operates a processing facility in Bovey, Minn. Scram mining produces usable iron ore from previously developed stockpiles or tailings basins. Tailings are leftover material from previous mining operations. The facility processes the iron ore in the tailings and ships the product to manufacturing plants where it is made into a variety of steel products.

Public comments will be accepted for 30 days between July 3 and August 3, 2015. Comments made at the meeting and prior to the start of the comment period will be included in the draft permit’s administrative record. Written comments made during the comment period will be responded to by MPCA permit staff.

MPCA Release

By |July 7th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Magnetation Information Meeting|

ISD 318 Identifies Possible Locations for New Elementary Schools

Independent School District 318 is asking for the public’s help in deciding where the two new elementary school buildings should be built. The district is hoping to to replace its four aging elementary schools with new new ones.
Monday night, the board narrowed its list from fifteen down to seven.
School Board members will visit those sites and narrow the list down to three. The board is encouraging the public to visit the sites as well and give the board input. On August 6th, the board will host a special school board meeting to whittle the list down to three- the new proposed sites and a back-up.

By |July 1st, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on ISD 318 Identifies Possible Locations for New Elementary Schools|

Brandt Resigns

Wednesday night, the school board of Independent School District 316 regretfully accepted the resignation of Board Director Mike Brandt. Brandt said, “this has always been about the kids.” He said, “there is a ton to be learned by sitting on the board and many situations there is no-win situation regardless of what you do.”
The board will consider options to fill the seat- or leave it vacant until the next election.
Also at last night’s meeting, the board approved the revised 2015 and proposed 2016 fiscal year budgets. The district’s Business Manager, Randi Jurgenson, is predicting a slight loss of students and a two percent increase in the state’s formula in the next year.

By |June 25th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Brandt Resigns|

United Way’s Day of Action

Today is the National Day of Action for the United Way. Locally, the United Way of 1000 Lakes is working on 4 projects today. Volunteers are working on the Children’s Discovery Center, giving the center a fresh coat of paint and the Judy Garland Garden is getting some landscaping done.
Other projects include the Grand Rapids Sports Complex, the building site for the Keisler Wellness Center, and the Itasca County Family YMCA garden.

By |June 19th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on United Way’s Day of Action|

Christianson Named to Explore MN Council

Visit Grand Rapids Megan Christianson has been named to the Explore Minnesota Tourism Council. The council is focused on areas critical to the development and growth of Minnesota Tourism. Christianson said she is very honored to be appointed by Governor Dayton and to serve on behalf of NE Minnesota. She said she is looking forward in working with statewide representatives on continued growth of Minnesota tourism economy.
Half of the Council members are appointed at the start of the Governor’s term, with the other half appointed the next year.
The Council also includes four legislators: Sen. Tom Saxhaug, Sen. Paul Gazelka, Rep. Jack Considine Jr. and Rep. Dave Baker.

By |June 18th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Christianson Named to Explore MN Council|

Power Outage

Grand Rapids Public Utilities experienced a major feeder outage effecting everyone south of the Mississippi River on Sunday morning. KOZY/KMFY was without power for about 45 minutes. Utility crews rerouted circuits to restore power. Many businesses closed their doors and sent employees home during the outage.
The KOZY/KMFY satellite receiver which bring the Twins radio broadcast into the building was damaged in the outage and engineers weren’t able to repair it.
Fortunately, we were preparing for an upgrade in technology in the next few days. The loss of the aging receiver moved our timeline up to today. Listeners shouldn’t notice any disruptions and we will be able to bring you Twins baseball tonight on 1320 KOZY.

By |June 15th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Power Outage|