Fall playoffs are underway in the Northland. GRG Lightning tennis starting off with a 7-0 win over Cloquet on Monday – round 2 on Tuesday afternoon. Grand Rapids girls’ soccer finishing off the regular season on Monday in Bemidji. Seeding for boys’ and girls’ soccer come out Tuesday. Yes, it is Fall playoff season for High School sports. Now the fun really begins!
Housing. That’s the one thing the Grand Rapids community can do to help companies like Magnetation grow. Matt Lehtinen, CEO of Magnetation, spoke to the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce on Monday. He said that housing was one of the problems companies face in our area. Lehtinen told chamber members that we need more new one hundred and fifty thousand/two hundred thousand dollar homes to attract professionals to the area.
Magnetation recycles abandoned waste tailings piles to produce high quality iron ore concentrate. Magnetation started as a seventy-five million dollar investment in 2012 has grown to a seven hundred million dollar investment in 2014. Plant four is expected to be operational in January.
A 76 year old Garrison man who got lost in the woods Wednesday was located early Thursday. Glenn Huff of Garrison was hunting on a trail west of County road 138 when he said he became disoriented. Huff’s truck was located in the area and a search was started. The search was called off due to darkness. Huff said that instead of causing the situation to become worse, he and his dog hunkered down for the night where he was. Huff and his dog walked up to a Crow Wing County Sheriff’s deputy Thursday. Huff was reported in excellent condition and suffered no injuries.
The Garrison Fire Department/first responders, Deerwood and Cuyuna Fire Department/first responders, Crow Wing Sheriff’s Deputies and a Brainard police officer assisted in the search.
A two car collision on Highway 169 in Aitkin County killed a Crosby man. A vehicle driven by 55 year old Cynthia Considine of Crosby was traveling south on 169. A vehicle driven by 88 year old Thomas Thorsten of Airkin was traveling west on Lone Oak Road. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the Thorsen vehicle pulled out from a stop sign and broadsided the Considine vehicle, causing it to roll and land on its roof. Considine’s passenger, identified as 55 year old Thomas Considine, was killed in the accident.
A two vehicle accident Tuesday injured a Grand Rapids resident. A cargo truck, driven by 37 year old Thomas Peltier of Grand Rapids, was stopped at a stop sign on Highway 2 and Pincherry Road when it attempted to make a left hand turn. A Ford Focus, traveling west on Highway 2 hit the truck broadside. The focus was driven by 47 year old Amy Hannah of Grand Rapids. Hannah was injured in the accident. Injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
A 55 year old rural Floodwood man was killed Tuesday when a vehicle fell on him. Gary Lee Keil was working on an SUV that was elevated with jacks when the vehicle fell on him, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. Keil was pronounced dead at the scene.
A female jogger was assaulted Saturday on the Mesabi Bike Trail. According to Hibbing police, the jogger was near the 16th Avenue East entrance to the trail when a man tackled her and held her to the ground. Another jogger heard the woman struggling. The suspect is described as in his 20’s or 30’s with strait ear-length brown hair. The victim did not require medical attention and no weapon was seen. If you have information about the incident, please contact the Hibbing Police Department.
The Sports Issue – yes, once a week we get to spend 2 hours on the radio talking about local sports! Well, sometimes a little Gophers, Twins, and Vikings talk will sneak in but we try our best to keep it LOCAL. The week we’ll have Itasca CC football, Grand Rapids Swimming, and Greenway Raider Volleyball live in the studio, and you never know when more guests may show up. Joe Gigliotti, Dan Persons, and Sheldon Willis 8-10 AM on 1320 AM KOZY.
The school board of Independent School District 316 tabled its discussion of severing its shared Superintendent services agreement with Nashwauk at last night’s board meeting. Board members went into a closed door negotiation session to discuss the issue for almost an hour and a half last night. After reconvening the meeting, board members voted to table the issue- and to set up a board workshop to continue talking about the issue.
Independent School District 316 is still dealing with space issues. Two months ago, the school board approved four portable classrooms for Van Dyke Elementary school and staff worked some long hours to make sure they were ready for students. Mold has been found in the portables, making them, at this time, unusable. Superintendent Mark Adams said the company, Mod Space, is responsible for providing a certified workspace. He said the company is responsible for the cleanup- at no cost to the district.