Itasca is one of the thirteen deadliest counties in Minnesota. Itasca County’s Public Health Department has taken over the Toward Zero Deaths effort. The county will receive over twenty-three thousand dollars to focus on four goals. Itasca County Public Health will concentrate on alcohol use, non-compliance with seatbelt use, speed, and inattentive driving. Itasca County ranks high in all four areas.
Today, there are five different generations of workers in the workplace. Monday, Rita Olness and Teri Dudley of the Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training presented “Influences and Characteristics of the Various Generations in the workplace” to Grand Rapids Chamber members.
According to Olness, each generation has its own values- and each thinks theirs is the only one. But, motivating a Gen Y employee versus a “traditional” employee (one born before 1945), is very different.
The Office of Job Training will present a two hour workshop on teaching, hiring, motivating, and rewarding different generations later this year.
18 year old Rodney Jacob LaBrosse of Grand Rapids entered pleas of not guilty in Itasca County District Court on Monday. LaBosse had been charged with two counts of Kidnapping, one count of Domestic Assault By Strangulation, one count of Fleeing a Peace Officer in a Motor Vehicle and one count of Interference with an Emergency Call from an incident on July 24th.
LaBrosse allegedly absconded from probation, and had a female friend drive him to his ex-girlfriend’s residence on July 24, 2014. The charges allege that LaBrosse hid in the woods near the residence and got into the vehicle with his female friend, his ex-girlfriend and their infant child, and kidnapped and chocked his ex-girlfriend . The charges further allege that LaBrosse later released the three individuals and then led law enforcement on a five mile police pursuit until surrendering.
Based upon subsequent further investigation, charges of one count of Assault in the Second Degree and two counts of Kidnapping that stemmed from initial allegations by his female friend have been dismissed.
LaBrosse appeared in court and plead not guilty to all charges. LeBrosse’s next court appearance is set for October 7, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.
September is Hunger Action Month. That proclamation was made at last night’s Grand Rapids city council meeting by Mayor Dale Adams. The areas food bank, Second Harvest North Central, provided food for 950 families last year and distributed 4.5 million pounds of food to the community.
Also at last night’s Grand Rapids City Council meeting a Tax Increment Financing District was approved for the Grand Rapids River Hills housing project, and a resolution was approved to accept the $292,786 FAA Grant for the Grand Rapids city airport. The next Grand Rapids City Council meeting will be at 5pm on September 22nd.
Greater Minnesota is still facing a number of challenges that metro area doesn’t have to worry about- issues including workforce housing, skilled job vacancies, transportation, and health services. State Senator Tom Saxhaug is a member of the task force, along with other out-state senators. The task force met recently and decided there were enough issues to continue the discussion.
The will meet again in Mid-October.
The community of Grand Rapids will remember September 11th with a procession of emergency vehicles and a memorial service. This Thursday, you are invited to view this procession, including law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical vehicles as they make their way to Saint Joseph’s Church on 21st street South West. The procession leaves the Itasca County Fairgrounds at 5:15pm.
This remembrance event honors the 2977 people killed in the September 11th attacks. 414 of those lost were emergency responders.
A car-bicycle accident on 1st Avenue Northwest sent one person to the hospital on Tuesday.
A vehicle was traveling north on 4th Street NW at 1st Avenue NW, when the driver failed to notice the red stop light. The driver hit a person legally crossing the intersection on his bicycle. The bicyclist, according to witnesses at the scene, was struck with the front driver’s side quarter panel and hit the windshield of the vehicle, prior to flipping over in the air, and landing on the ground. The pedestrian was transported to Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital by Meds One Emergency Medical Service.
The driver was issued a citation for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and a semaphore violation.
A 40 year old Iowa woman was lost in the BWCA for 18 hours Sunday night through Monday. Janene Lee Stewart was with a tour group from an Iowa community college that was camping in the BWCA when she left the group and got lost in the woods. An emergency beacon was activated by the group when they discovered her missing. The rescue squad was activated. The search was called off when Stewart was located by her group.
Independent School District 316 is looking for a new business manager. The Greenway district has been collaborating with the Nashwauk/Keewatin school district- sharing the business services of Mark Case. Case filed notice that he will be retiring on October 1st.
Greenway School Board Chair Bill Hoeft said it is expected that the N/K district will continue to collaborate with Greenway, just in a new capacity.
The board last night rescinded its business collaboration agreement with Nashwauk/Keewatin. When Nashwauk/Keewatin meets again, it’s assumed its board will also rescind that agreement and the two districts will create a new business model.
Is the issue of Zim’s Lane settled? Yes and No. On Tuesday afternoon, the roadway issue came before the Itasca County board of commissioners again. The board heard a petition from Karin Grandia to formally establish Zim’s Lane as a county road.
The road’s ownership has been debated before the council since 2010. Currently, the road is designated a county user road. The county acknowledged assumed authority of the roadway for decades and identified the Zim’s Lane loop as a user road pursuant to Minnesota Statute 160.05, which obligates the county to continue maintenance of the road. The board denied the petition.