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Adams on Paid Administrative Leave

Mark Adams, Superintendent of Independent School district 316, is on paid administrative leave after a second driving while intoxicated charge in two years. The school board of ISD 316 held an emergency meeting Tuesday. The board will meet again next Tuesday in another closed session to determine, according to a press release by the board, the best course of action.
The follow-up meeting will be Tuesday March 29th at at 6pm in the school’s staff development room.

By |March 24th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Adams on Paid Administrative Leave|

Kennedy Leaves City for PUC

The city of Grand Rapids is looking for a new city engineer. Monday, the Grand Rapids city council approved the resignation of Julie Kennedy. Kennedy was offered the position of General Manager of the Grand Rapids Public Utilities Commission. In her resignation letter, Kennedy said “the opportunity was too exciting for me to pass up”.
Also during Monday’s meeting, the council approved the purchase of two new vehicles for the police department, a new vehicle for public works, and authorized summer employment.

By |March 15th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Kennedy Leaves City for PUC|

19 Year Old Hospitalized, Dies

A 19 year old man was declared dead at Grand Itasca Medical Center Wednesday morning. According to the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office, 19 year old Dustin Lee Hoshal was taken to Grand Itasca Wednesday by private vehicle. He was unresponsive when he arrived. Medical staff attempted to revive him, but were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead. The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident but does not suspect foul play at this time.

By |March 10th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on 19 Year Old Hospitalized, Dies|

Essar Steel Slows

Getting financing back in place is the most immediate goal for Essar Steel MN. Mitch Brunfelt, Essar Assistant General Counsel, briefed the Itasca County Regional Rail Authority Tuesday afternoon. Essar’s repayment agreement for the $66 Million dollars in state subsidies is in the hands of Essar Steel. The agreement needs to be approved by the global company then by Essar Steel Minnesota before it comes before the Itasca County Board. Itasca County still has $1.2 Million dollars that sits unallocated from the project. Brunfelt said there are only 5 or 6 workers on site.

By |March 9th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Essar Steel Slows|

School Attendance Matters

Attendance Matters. That’s the word from Kim Geislinger of Ross Resources- tasked with truancy control in three area school districts in our area. Last night, Kim presented attendance records for the Greenway campus and commended Van Dyke Elementary for having the highest attendance percentage of all the Ross schools with 98.38 percent attendance. Parents were asked to remember to make doctor and dentist appointments after school hours and plan vacations around the school year.
Also last night, the school board of Independent School District 316 heard presentations on Community Education and spring testing.
The board recognized three retiring teachers, Kathy Miller with 22 years of experience, Laura Groom with 15 years and Carolyn Eck with 21 years.

By |February 25th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on School Attendance Matters|

Accident Saturday Injures Ely Resident

A one vehicle accident on the west side of Grand Rapids injured an Ely resident Saturday night. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 31 year old Joseph Vejtasa was driving east on Highway 2nd lost control. A witness said he was driving at a high rate of speed. Vejtasa crossed through the west-bound traffic and entered the west-bound ditch and rolled the Pontiac Vibe. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance. He was injured in the accident but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

By |February 22nd, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Accident Saturday Injures Ely Resident|

ISD 318 Updates Technology

Independent School District 318 has spent six months updating its technology to keep up with our devices.
TJ Russell, Technology Coordinator, gave the board an update during last night’s school board meeting of Independent School District 318.
Technology, including ipods, chrome books, phones, printers, and video, is also key to keeping students safe with cameras, security doors, and working video cameras.

Also at last night’s meeting, student Jamie Jordan received a plaque and congratulations for receiving a $22,000 Horatio Alger National Scholarship, accepted the retirement of 8 teachers- with a total of 200 years teaching experience, and discussed the mental health issues students face.

By |February 17th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on ISD 318 Updates Technology|

State Senator Tom Saxhaug Files for Reelection

State Senator Tom Saxhaug indicated his intention to file for reelection this week. Saxhaug has served in the Minnesota Senate since 2002.
He has served as Chairman of the State Department and Veterans Budget Division, a member of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board, and a member of the Lessard Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.
Senator Saxhaug is a lifelong resident of Grand Rapids. He and his wife Nancy have been married for 45 years.

By |February 3rd, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on State Senator Tom Saxhaug Files for Reelection|

Sergeant Andy Morgan

The city of Grand Rapids has a new police sergeant. Officer Andy Morgan was sworn in as Sergeant at last night’s city council meeting. Grand Rapids Police Chief Scott Johnson made the presentation.
Also at last night’s city council meeting, City Engineer Julie Kennedy gave the council an update on next summer’s construction progress. On June 5th, two days after the last day of school, the Grand Rapids city will begin reconstruction of 5th street. Progress will start near Ogles Marketplace foods and move east to 8th street.
The council also approved a feasibility study by the Grand Rapids Arts and Culture Commission to examine whether or not the community still desires and will use an events venue on the Mississippi River.

By |January 26th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Sergeant Andy Morgan|

Two Semi/Train Collissions Wednesday

Two semi-train accidents were reported this week.
The first, in Grand Rapids, Wednesday afternoon, bent the semi in half, spilled the entire trailer of wood, but no one was injured. The semi was traveling southwest in the parking lot on the west side of UPM Blandin when a train backed into it, according to the Grand Rapids Police Department. The semi was crossing the tracks and did not see the train. A brakeman on the rear of the train did have to jump off to avoid the collision. The train, traveling about 9 miles an hour, struck the middle of the semi and pushed it about 30 to 40 feet. The trailer was a total loss. The driver was not identified.

The second semi-train accident occurred Wednesday in Mountain Iron. According to the St. Louis County sheriff’s Office, 67 year old James Saatela of Iron was driving the tractor trailer. Saatela had just completed an inspection and was pulling out of County State Aid Highway 7 as a train approached. The train sounded its horn and warning lights were flashing when Saatela began to cross the tracks. The truck was dragged several hundred feet. Saatela suffered minor injuries.

By |January 22nd, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Two Semi/Train Collissions Wednesday|