Thanks to On-Star and quick thinking police officers, a local resident recovered a stolen car in 20 minutes. A resident left his car running when he went into a convenience store. When he came out- he saw a man get into his car and drive away. Grand Rapids police were called. They notified outlying law agencies and On-Star. On-star located the vehicle in Deer River. Deer River Police, Itasca County Sheriff’s Deputies, and the State Patrol recovered the unoccupied vehicle. Grand Rapids Police Sergeant Jeff Carlson reminds residents that while it may be convenient to leave a vehicle running for a quick trip into the store, don’t. He says, “It takes a thief only seconds to slide behind the wheel and drive off”.
Four people died in a head-on collision Saturday on Highway 65 in Aitkin County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a vehicle driven by 45 year old Christopher Moe of Columbia Heights was traveling south on 65 when he lost control of his Mazda Tribute, veered sideways, and struck a vehicle driven by 26 year old Nicholas Meyer of McGregor. Moe and three passengers in his vehicle were killed including 40 year old Rae Moe, 14 year old Samantha Moe and 12 year old Anthony Moe. Three people in the Meyers’ vehicle, including the driver, were seriously injured including 22 year old Sarah sample, 2 year old Jackson Sample, and 25 year old Kevin Meyer. Two of the passengers in the Meyer vehicle were not injured.
The Cohasset City Council Tuesday night approved the rezoning of property located between County Road 76 and County Road 63 from light industrial to heavy industrial. The property is owned by the Itasca Economic Development Corporation. About eight local residents from County Road 76 spoke to the council during the public hearing. Mark Zimmerman, President and CEO of IEDC, petitioned the council for the change, telling the public that the property is more marketable if it is zoned heavy industry. On a 5-0 vote, the measure passed.
The council also passed a one and a half million dollar, seven year tax abatement for the proposed Itasca Energy Center a$300 million project that will be part of the city’s industrial park. The project proposed by Navasota Energy is for a natural gas-fired power plant.
The Grand Rapids Police Department will be again giving back this holiday season. Yesterday, Grand Rapids City Council held a special meeting and a donation of ten fifty dollar Target gift cards were donated to the police department to give away at their discretion. It is the second monetary donation given to the police department to give away this holiday season.
Also at the special meeting, new bylaw changes were approved for the Grand Rapids Fire department’s Relief Assassination. The city council also discussed their 2016 City Council Outcome Goals, which will be voted on during the next Grand Rapids City Council meeting on January 11th at 5 o’clock.
The Grand Rapids City Council set the city’s legislative priorities for the year 2016 last night. During last night’s work session, ten priorities were re-established from 2015. The top five priorities for the city are the pedestrian bridge, the I-R-A Civic Center, fiscal disparity, local government aid, and dedicated funding for city streets with distribution of production tax of local areas.
Also at last night’s Grand Rapids city council meeting, the 2015 Tax Levy (payable in 2016) and the city budget was approved. New members were appointed to the Arts & Culture Commission and the Library Board.
The next Grand Rapids City Council meeting is January 11th at 5pm.
On The Sports Issue Saturday morning 3 skiers and Coach Craig Stertz were on the air talking about the ski season that has yet to get started this year due to the warm weather and lack of snow. JayLynn Lauer, Hans Viren, and Eddie Cease along with Coach Stertz talking about the season.
Itasca County Commissioners set the county levy at 6.99% on Wednesday night. The good news is that number is below that 7.99% sent out in property tax statements in October. County Auditor/Treasurer Jeff Walker presented the county’s budget for 2016. Itasca County Commissioner Terry Snyder.
The budget includes one full payroll for Itasca County. Every twelve to fifteen years, there are twenty-seven paychecks in one year. That accounts for $1.5 million dollars. Health care costs are also up.
Your property tax statement itemizes where your dollars are spent, township, city, county, school district, and even legislative changes after your property tax bill.
Following the presentation, commissioners voted to pass the levy at 6.99%.
One man was killed and a woman injured in a two car collision Wednesday morning on Highway 6 in Cass County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a vehicle driven by 68 year old James Johnson of Remer was traveling north on Highway 6. A second vehicle, driven by 56 year old Laura Figgins of Cohasset, was traveling south. Figgins’ vehicle spun out, crossed the center line and was struck broadside by Johnson’s vehicle. Both vehicles ended up in the ditch.
Figgins’ passenger was killed in the accident. He’s been identified as 60 year old Timothy Budrow of Bovey. Figgins’ injuries are being described as serious. Both Budrow and Figgins taught at Northland Elementary School.
Last night, the Deer River Warrior basketball team played its first game, despite the loss of a player last weekend. Dallas Graciano was killed in what appears to be an accidental hunting accident. A moment of silence was held prior to last night’s the game. KMFY sports play-by-play announcer Gerard Valley was told by players that Dallas would have wanted them to play and they’re playing in his honor.
No one has been charged in the Graciano’s death. The 18 year old suspect was released from the Itasca County jail on his own recognizance. He has not been charged, but the case has been sent to the Itasca County Attorney’s office for review.
Charges against an Itasca County administrative assistant have been dismissed, but there’s a new wrinkle.
On Tuesday, one felony charge of interception of wire, electronic, or oral communications was dismissed against Anna Cass. The incident, which occurred a year ago, alleged that Cass monitored a conversation she shouldn’t have been party to with official equipment.
The first felony charge was dismissed against Cass in August for insufficient cause.
The investigation was handled by the Lake County’s Sheriff’s office. All Itasca County district court judges recused themselves. Lake County prosecutor Lisa Hanson stated in the dismissal affidavit, she became aware of new information regarding the role of Itasca County Sheriff’s Vic Williams. She said Williams allegedly made self-incriminating statements in transcripts from an internal investigation. Hanson said she didn’t believe justice could be served without first investigating Williams’ role.
Story with help from the Grand Rapids Herald Review and WDIO