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City Sets Legislative Goals

The Grand Rapids City Council set the city’s legislative priorities for the year 2016 last night. During last night’s work session, ten priorities were re-established from 2015. The top five priorities for the city are the pedestrian bridge, the I-R-A Civic Center, fiscal disparity, local government aid, and dedicated funding for city streets with distribution of production tax of local areas.
Also at last night’s Grand Rapids city council meeting, the 2015 Tax Levy (payable in 2016) and the city budget was approved. New members were appointed to the Arts & Culture Commission and the Library Board.
The next Grand Rapids City Council meeting is January 11th at 5pm.

By |December 15th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on City Sets Legislative Goals|

Nordic Ski Team wishing for snow

On The Sports Issue Saturday morning 3 skiers and Coach Craig Stertz were on the air talking about the ski season that has yet to get started this year due to the warm weather and lack of snow. JayLynn Lauer, Hans Viren, and Eddie Cease along with Coach Stertz talking about the season.

By |December 14th, 2015|Blog, Sports|Comments Off on Nordic Ski Team wishing for snow|

Itasca County Levy Set

Itasca County Commissioners set the county levy at 6.99% on Wednesday night. The good news is that number is below that 7.99% sent out in property tax statements in October. County Auditor/Treasurer Jeff Walker presented the county’s budget for 2016. Itasca County Commissioner Terry Snyder.
The budget includes one full payroll for Itasca County. Every twelve to fifteen years, there are twenty-seven paychecks in one year. That accounts for $1.5 million dollars. Health care costs are also up.
Your property tax statement itemizes where your dollars are spent, township, city, county, school district, and even legislative changes after your property tax bill.
Following the presentation, commissioners voted to pass the levy at 6.99%.

By |December 10th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Itasca County Levy Set|

Northland Teacher Killed in Car Accident

One man was killed and a woman injured in a two car collision Wednesday morning on Highway 6 in Cass County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a vehicle driven by 68 year old James Johnson of Remer was traveling north on Highway 6. A second vehicle, driven by 56 year old Laura Figgins of Cohasset, was traveling south. Figgins’ vehicle spun out, crossed the center line and was struck broadside by Johnson’s vehicle. Both vehicles ended up in the ditch.
Figgins’ passenger was killed in the accident. He’s been identified as 60 year old Timothy Budrow of Bovey. Figgins’ injuries are being described as serious. Both Budrow and Figgins taught at Northland Elementary School.

By |December 2nd, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Northland Teacher Killed in Car Accident|

High School Basketball Team Plays Despite Loss

Last night, the Deer River Warrior basketball team played its first game, despite the loss of a player last weekend. Dallas Graciano was killed in what appears to be an accidental hunting accident. A moment of silence was held prior to last night’s the game. KMFY sports play-by-play announcer Gerard Valley was told by players that Dallas would have wanted them to play and they’re playing in his honor.
No one has been charged in the Graciano’s death. The 18 year old suspect was released from the Itasca County jail on his own recognizance. He has not been charged, but the case has been sent to the Itasca County Attorney’s office for review.

By |December 2nd, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on High School Basketball Team Plays Despite Loss|

Charges Against Sheriff’s Administrative Assistant Dismissed

Charges against an Itasca County administrative assistant have been dismissed, but there’s a new wrinkle.
On Tuesday, one felony charge of interception of wire, electronic, or oral communications was dismissed against Anna Cass. The incident, which occurred a year ago, alleged that Cass monitored a conversation she shouldn’t have been party to with official equipment.
The first felony charge was dismissed against Cass in August for insufficient cause.
The investigation was handled by the Lake County’s Sheriff’s office. All Itasca County district court judges recused themselves. Lake County prosecutor Lisa Hanson stated in the dismissal affidavit, she became aware of new information regarding the role of Itasca County Sheriff’s Vic Williams. She said Williams allegedly made self-incriminating statements in transcripts from an internal investigation. Hanson said she didn’t believe justice could be served without first investigating Williams’ role.

Story with help from the Grand Rapids Herald Review and WDIO

By |November 27th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Charges Against Sheriff’s Administrative Assistant Dismissed|

Deputy Justified in Shooting

Itasca County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Snyder has been cleared of any wrong doing by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The BCA handled the investigation of the shooting death of Adam Russell Schneider on August 22nd in Cohasset. According to Itasca County Sheriff Vic Williams’ Press Release:

On August 22, 2015 at 2:45 AM Itasca County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a 9-1-1 disturbance call in the 400 block of 2nd Street NW in Cohasset, Minnesota. Upon arrival Sheriff’s deputies were confronted and threatened by a man holding a shotgun who was later identified as Adam Russell Schneider. Schneider ignored repeated orders from deputies to put the gun down and then proceeded to point the gun at the deputies. Deputy Steven Snyder then fired his gun, striking Schneider who was transported to Grand Itasca Hospital where he died.
After a thorough and comprehensive external investigation by the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, it was determined that all responding officers involved and citizens in the area faced the threat of great bodily harm as a result of Mr. Schneider’s actions. Due to the facts as reported and confirmed, the use of deadly force was ruled as justified by the Itasca County Attorney’s Office and Deputy Steven Snyder has been cleared of any wrong doing by the BCA who has formally closed the investigation.

By |November 23rd, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Deputy Justified in Shooting|

Wind Responsible for Power Outages

Grand Rapids, MN – Lake Country Power line crews have repaired 16 of the 21 total outages that affected nearly 1,400 members Wednesday afternoon. Nearly 100 members remain without power this evening within the Mountain Iron service area.
The outages were weather related due to high, sustained winds that blew trees and limbs onto power lines.
Wide-spread areas affected included St. Louis County, Itasca County, Aitkin County and a few other scattered locations between.
Lake Country Power’s line crews will continue working until all outages are restored.

Members may call the cooperative at 1-800-421-9959 for more information, or visit the Outage Center online at for a real-time outage status.

By |November 19th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Wind Responsible for Power Outages|

Itasca Fairgrounds Reorganization

It’s time to let the Itasca County Agriculture Association do what they do best- the Itasca County Fair. Davin Tinquist, Itasca County Board Chair, summed up the testimony after five people spoke in favor of the county’s reorganization of the Itasca County Fairground Park.

Tuesday, the Itasca County Board of Commissioners met in a work session and presented the county’s Master Plan for the Fairgrounds Park. A task force has been working on the plan for almost two years. Recommendations from the task force include:

• Develop standardized fees for building and facility rental to be approved by the County
• Board each year and publicize fees (county web site and the ICAA web site, Facebook
• etc.).
• Develop a long term capital improvement plan and budget for existing and future needs.
• Acquire additional lands adjacent/near the park to accommodate future needs and protect
current use.

• Make improvements to the Trailhead Building to align with its intended purpose
• Add area history and other community info for visitors.
• Seasonal staff or the campground host could be located here.
• Utilize Trailhead Building for more community training and programs such as youth ATV and snowmobile safety training.
• Develop park and trail interpretation program.
• Develop a marketing plan
• Publicize Park rental fees on the County and ICAA web sites.
• Improve signage at the park and out in the community to enhance public
• awareness of the park and hosted events.
• Improve ADA accessibility of park grounds.
• Study utilization of campground to determine need for expansion.
• Provide an on-site manager/campground host.

By |November 18th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Itasca Fairgrounds Reorganization|

One Thousand Dollar Reward Offered

A one thousand dollar reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for over a dozen thefts from vehicles in southwest and southeast Grand Rapids Thursday and Friday. Items taken from vehicles include firearms, prescription medication, a hunting jacket, and cash.
Grand Rapids Police Sergeant Bob Stein said due to the number of thefts, its likely the thieves had a vehicle.
Call 326-3464 if you have information about the thefts.

By |November 13th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on One Thousand Dollar Reward Offered|