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Kitzville Accident

Four people were injured in a two vehicle accident in Kitzville on Tuesday afternoon. A vehicle driven by 29 year old Shawn Lawless of Zim was traveling west-bound on Grace Road through the intersection of Highway 169 when it was struck broadside by a vehicle traveling north-bound on Highway 169. The north-bound vehicle, according to the Minnesota State Patrol, was driven by 61 year old Frank Hanegmon of Chisholm.
Injured in the accident were passengers in the Hanegmon vehicle, including 61 year old Kathleen Hanegmon, 31 year old Amanda Hanegmon, 33 year old Molly Hanegmon, and 10 year old Alexis Pustovar. The Hanegmons are all listed as Chisholm residents. All injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.

By |June 18th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Seventh inning magic continues for Taconite

Taconite American Legion Post 301 earned its third straight win to start the season with a 4-3 road win over Two Harbors in Two Harbors on Monday evening. For the third straight game, Taconite trailed heading into the seventh inning before rallying for the win.
Two Harbors jumped ahead in the first inning only to see Taconite rally back to tie the game up in the third inning. Two Harbors regained the lead in the fourth only to see Taconite fight back to tie it in the sixth. Two Harbors regained the lead in the sixth inning to make it 3-2 setting up the seventh inning theatrics.
Joe LaDoux singled to start the rally in the seventh. He advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Peterson. Pat Shea followed with an RBI single to even the game at three. Kole Kalisch followed with a run scoring knock to give Taconite the 4-3 lead.
Pat Shea shut the door down in the seventh inning to pick up the win in relief. Mitch Bonderson pitched five innings but did not factor in the decision. He allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits while walking two and striking out four. Shea allowed only one hit while walking one and striking out one.

Shea finished with two hits at the plate and drove in a run. Kole Kalisch finished with three hits and drove home two runs. Kadin Kalisch finished with two hits and drove home a run.

By |June 17th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

Kalisch, Peterson lift Taconite over Proctor

Kole Kalisch brought home the winning run to give Taconite the lead in the seventh inning, as Taconite hung on to beat Proctor 4-1 on Wednesday.

Joe LaDoux singled to get on base in the seventh. He then went from first to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Peterson.

An intentional walk to Shea and a walk to Matt Wilcox loaded the bases for Taconite in the seventh. Kalisch delivered an RBI single to right that plated two runs and gave the visitors a 2-1 lead. Kadin Kalisch followed with a run scoring single to make it 3-1. Kole Kalisch stole home on the backend of a double steal to make it 4-1.

Shea put himself in scoring position with two extra-base hits for Taconite. He doubled in the first and third innings and singled in the fifth inning. However, Shea was left stranded both times. Taconite left five runners in scoring position during the game.

Tyler Peterson pitched lights out for Taconite. Proctor managed just two hits off of Peterson, who allowed one earned run, walked one and struck out seven during his seven innings of work.

Evan Scherber was charged with the loss. He went 6 2/3 innings, walked five, struck out 11, and allowed four runs.
In the fourth inning, Proctor pushed across its only run of the day on a sacrifice fly by Scherber.

By |June 12th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

GR Legion off to a strong start

The Grand Rapids American Legion Post 60 American Legion Baseball team raced out to a 2-0 mark to start the season with wins over Proctor and West Duluth. Against West Duluth, Grand Rapids rolled to an 11-1 win.
Grand Rapids used two big three-run innings to put the game away as they scored three runs in each of the fourth and the seventh innings in the win.
Kyle Stram picked up the win on the mound. He allowed one run in four innings of work. He struck out three and walked two.

At the plate, Tanner Shepard had two hits including a double and two runs batted in. Nick Johnson had three hits and a run batted in. John Baker had two hits, two runs scored and an RBI. Jackson Gessell had two hits in the game as well.

By |June 11th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

Bemidji Car Accident

Two people were killed in a two car accident south of Bemidji Tuesday afternoon. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a vehicle traveling north on Highway 71 collided with a vehicle traveling south in a head-on collision. The accident happened 9 miles south of Bemidji at about 2:30pm. The 89 year old driver and 87 year old passenger of the second vehicle were both killed in the crash. Their names are being withheld by the state patrol until later today

By |June 11th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Itasca County Board Meets

Itasca County Legislative Lobyist Loren Solberg gave a post-session report to the Itasca County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday during their regular meeting. Solberg reported that items proposed by the county that were passed into law include land sales and county and nursing home bonds changing from revenue bonds to general obligation bonds, saving the county $1.3 million dollars. As part of the bonding bill, twenty million dollars will be available for work on local bridges, but Solberg says he was hoping to get upwards of forty million towards that need.
The Board will next meet in regular session on Tuesday, June 24th at 2:30pm at Bovey City Hall.

By |June 11th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Indians take two on opening weekend

The Grand Rapids Indian Amateur Baseball team wrapped up its opening weekend with a 2-1 record overall. They split a doubleheader on Saturday with the Duluth Dukes before earning a walk off victory on Sunday against the Cass Lake Reds.

The Indians are an amateur baseball team made up of college players from Grand Rapids, Greenway, Nashwauk-Keewatin, Deer River and other surrounding cities.

The Indians started strong in the first game as they raced out to a 4-1 lead, however, Duluth rallied back to earn a 6-4 win. John DeBord took the loss on the mound. He went the distance allowing six runs on 13 hits while striking out seven.

Zach Thompson had two hits to pace the attack. He drove in a run as well. Zach Frazier, Bazil Zuehlke and Jordan Koepp each drove in a run in the loss.

The bats came alive in game two for the Indians as they routed the Dukes, 17-7. The Indians scored four runs in the first, second and fifth innings while tacking on three in the third. They picked up single runs in the fourth and sixth innings.

Tyrel Cournoyer earned the win despite control issues. He allowed seven runs, five earned, in four innings of work. He struck out one while walking 10.

Thompson had two hits and drove in three for the Indians. Frazier and David Liebe had two hits and two runs batted in each. Tyrel Cournoyer drove in two runs as did John DeBord.

The Indians earned a 7-6 walk off victory over the Cass Lake Reds on Sunday afternoon at Legion Field. Reid Holum delivered the game-winning hit in helping the Indians bounce back after giving up three runs in the top of the ninth.

Andrew Geislinger earned […]

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

Get Fit Itasca

Hundreds of people turned out for the second annual Open Streets event on Saturday in Grand Rapids, sponsored by Get Fit Itasca.
A mile and a half of city streets were closed to traffic as residents biked, walked, jogged, played basketball, and visited.
Saturday was also the dedication of the Fifth street bike lanes.

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

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

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|