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Wizard of Oz Festival this Week

The Judy Garland Museum’s annual Wizard of Oz Festival is this week in Grand Rapids. Events begin Tuesday with free admission to Grand Rapids residents at the Judy Garland Museum for the unveiling of the new “Land of Oz” exhibit. At 5:30 Friday evening, the museum is hoping to set a record with the most people dressed in Wizard of Oz costumes in one location. You must be dressed in a recognizable “Wizard of Oz” costume to be counted. For details on this event, or a complete schedule of events for the celebration, visit JudyGarlandMuseum.com.

By |June 9th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Cross Range Expressway

After 2016, just 6.7 miles of highway will be all that will stand between finishing the Cross Range Expressway. That six miles of road that pass near Marble, through Calumet, Snowball Lake, and Penguilly, are expected to cost anywhere between $80,000 and $120,000.
Senator Anzelc said if the project is done “on the cheap”, by just creating a four lane highway, without the safety element of realignment, it would be doing a disservice.

By |June 4th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

MPCA Withdraws Sulfate Ruling

During the last legislative session, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency almost shut down northern Minnesota’s mines.
The MPCA was set to announce on February 27th that the 40-year-old sulfate standard of 10 parts per million should remain in effect.
Since 1973, the sulfate standard involving the discharge of water from industrial concerns- including Minnesota’s mines was 10 parts per million. The MPCA had set a press conference to announce that the standard was unchanged.
State Representative Tom Anzelc told Chamber members at last week’s Eggs and Issues meeting that that intervention by Iron Range lawmakers was probably the highlight of his career.
“We reminded them how important the 4000 mining jobs were here on the range,” Representative Anzelc said.
The MPCA cancelled the press conference and said more studies were needed. Representative Anzelc said it’s still an issue the area will have to be concerned about.

By |June 4th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Local Elections Set

Yesterday was the filing deadline for candidates in November’s election.
In Itasca county races, Itasca County Attorney John Jack Muhar will face both John Dimich and Ellen Tholen.
Itasca county Auditor/Treasurer Jeff Walker will face both Matthew Fultz and Doug Carpenter.
Itasca County Sheriff Vic Williams will be on the ballot against Bryan Johnson.
Itasca County Commissioner for District 3, Leo Trunt, will be on the ballot against Dennis Barsness.

In state races:
House District 5A Representative John Persell is being challenged in both a primary and a general election ballot. He’ll go against DFLer Lavern Pederson and Republican Phillip Nelson.
In House District 5B, DLF Incumbant Tom Anzelc will face a challenge in Republican Justin Eichorn.
In House District 6A, DFL Incumbant Carly Melin will face both a primary challenge of DFL’er John Finken, and a general election challenge by Republican Roger Weber.

In national races, U.S. Representative for District 8, Independent candidate Eric Meyer and Republican candidate Stewart Mills will take on Democrat Incumbent Rick Nolan.

By |June 4th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Wear your Seatbelt

If you’re driving in Grand Rapids, you’d better be wearing your seat belt. During the Memorial Day holiday, Grand Rapids police wrote out 35 seat belt violations. On Tuesday, 13 citations were issued.

By |May 28th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Car Accident on Highway 169

A 23 year old Kentucky woman was injured in a one car accident on Highway 169 Tuesday afternoon. Michelle Brush was driving south-bound on Highway 169 when her vehicle drifted into the left shoulder and hit the guard rail head-on in the median, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Brush and her passenger, 3 year old Hunter Brush, also of Louisville Kentucky, were transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

By |May 28th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Grand Rapids Adding Two New Police Officers

The City of Grand Rapids has hired two new police officers. During last night’s city council meeting, the council approved the hiring of Justin Edmundson and Gregory Lease in June. Mayor Dale Adams.
Also at last night’s Grand Rapids City Council meeting, Mayor Dale Adams swore in Officer Shaun Pomplun and they awarded the purchase of a Chevrolet Tahoe for the Grand Rapids Police Department to Grand Rapids GM, with final cost not to exceed $43,000. The next Grand Rapids City Council meeting is June 9th

By |May 28th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Northome Fatality

A Northome woman died in a two car collision on Wednesday morning in Beltrami County.  According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a vehicle driven by 71 year old Karen O’Laughlin of Northome was traveling east-bound on Anne Street north west and collided with a vehicle driven by 46 year old Cory Honer of LaPorte, which was traveling north-bound on Highway 71.   A passenger in the O’Laughlin vehicle, identified as 80 year old Loretta Willard, was killed.  O’Laughlin suffered non-life-threatening injuries and Honer was not injured in the accident.

 

By |May 22nd, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Pokegama Water Recedes

Good news if you live on Pokegama Lake, the Mississippi, or Big Sandy lake in McGregor.  US Army corps of Engineers water management officials say the water levels have crested and water should begin receding.  The Corps original forecast for additional rain for Big Sandy never materialized, so water levels are expected to resume normal summer levels in the next few weeks.

By |May 22nd, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Madsen Sentenced

Forty-two year old Donny Edward Madsen of Grand Rapids will serve 12 months in the Itasca County jail for a string of church burglaries between August and December of 2013.  Madsen was sentenced yesterday on six counts of felony attempted second degree burglary.  He also received a 57 month stayed prison sentence and was placed on ten year probation.   The issue of restitution will be addressed by the court on June 30th.

Churches robbed include:

Grace Community Church in Bigfork, Calvary Pines Baptist Church, Independent Apostolic Church in Deer River, Bigfork Assembly of God Church, West Cohasset Chapel, Balsam Bible Chapel in Bovey, Crossroads Family Church in Penguilly, and Itasca Bible Church in Grand Rapids.

By |May 20th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|