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Christianson Named to Explore MN Council

Visit Grand Rapids Megan Christianson has been named to the Explore Minnesota Tourism Council. The council is focused on areas critical to the development and growth of Minnesota Tourism. Christianson said she is very honored to be appointed by Governor Dayton and to serve on behalf of NE Minnesota. She said she is looking forward in working with statewide representatives on continued growth of Minnesota tourism economy.
Half of the Council members are appointed at the start of the Governor’s term, with the other half appointed the next year.
The Council also includes four legislators: Sen. Tom Saxhaug, Sen. Paul Gazelka, Rep. Jack Considine Jr. and Rep. Dave Baker.

By |June 18th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Christianson Named to Explore MN Council|

Power Outage

Grand Rapids Public Utilities experienced a major feeder outage effecting everyone south of the Mississippi River on Sunday morning. KOZY/KMFY was without power for about 45 minutes. Utility crews rerouted circuits to restore power. Many businesses closed their doors and sent employees home during the outage.
The KOZY/KMFY satellite receiver which bring the Twins radio broadcast into the building was damaged in the outage and engineers weren’t able to repair it.
Fortunately, we were preparing for an upgrade in technology in the next few days. The loss of the aging receiver moved our timeline up to today. Listeners shouldn’t notice any disruptions and we will be able to bring you Twins baseball tonight on 1320 KOZY.

By |June 15th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Power Outage|

Grand Rapids Firefighter David Protelsch Retires

The City of Grand Rapids has earned the honor of being a Green Step City yet again, and one of the top cities to start a business in Minnesota. The honor of being a Green Step City is given to cities that focus on cost savings and energy use reduction, and that encourage civic innovation. The city of Grand Rapids placed 16th as the best place to start a new business. The study included 123 cities in Minnesota with population of 5,000 or more.

Also at last night’s Grand Rapids City Council meeting, the council approved the retirement of firefighter David Protelsch. The technology department was authorized to solicit quotes and purchase disaster recovery equipment not to exceed the cost of $15,000.
The next Grand Rapids City Council meeting is Monday June 22 at 5 o’clock.

By |June 9th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Grand Rapids Firefighter David Protelsch Retires|

Deer River to the 7A championship game

The Deer River Warriors staying in the winner’s bracket with a 13-5 win over South Ridge in 7A playoffs on Tuesday. The Warriors will face a re-match with the Panthers on Thursday needing just one win to head to the state tournament.

Jeffrey Moore and Aaron Drotts talked with Gerard Valley after the game.

Section championship will be at Wade stadium on Thursday at 5 pm.

By |June 3rd, 2015|Blog, Sports|Comments Off on Deer River to the 7A championship game|

Blandin Foundation Impact

What impact does the Blandin Foundation have in the Grand Rapids community? That was one of the questions asked by a Grand Rapids area chamber of commerce member during the chamber’s monthly luncheon on Monday.
Doctor Kathy Annette, President and CEO of the Blandin Foundation told members that studies are being done right now to find that answer.
The foundation gives away about $20 million dollars each year to programs that create capacity, not dependency.
The Blandin Foundation, created by Charles K. Blandin in 1941 is the state’s largest rural-based and rural-focused foundation.

By |June 2nd, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Blandin Foundation Impact|

Grand Rapids / Deer River with baseball wins

Grand Rapids a dramatic 9-8 walk-off win over Forest Lake in a 1st round playoff game Thursday. Grand Rapids with 4 runs in the bottom of the 7th to take their first and only lead of the game. Winning run scored on a bases loaded walk to Tanner Shepherd.

Drew Sjostrand with the win in relief of Kyle Stram and had these thoughts after the game.

Deer River one game away from the 7A championship game with a 6-3 8 inning win over Cook County. Gerard Valley was there and wraps up the exciting Deer River win.

Grand Rapids plays Anoka at Forest Lake Saturday at noon. Deer River takes on South Ridge Tuesday in Duluth.

By |May 29th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Grand Rapids / Deer River with baseball wins|

Two Grand Rapids Residents Sentenced

Two Grand Rapids residents were sentenced Wednesday on drug charges in Itasca County District Court on charges of selling methamphetamine. 49 year old Scott Robin Steckel entered a plea of guilty to two counts of first degree sale of a controlled substance. Steckel was charged with twice selling an ounce of “meth” to a law enforcement informant. His plea agreement, subject to approval of the court, is for 13 ½ years in prison. His sentence will run concurrent with a drug trafficking sentence from the state of Nevada.
Debra Kay Anderson had already pled guilty to two counts of a controlled substance. On Wednesday, Anderson was sentenced Wednesday to 15 ½ years stayed on the first count and 11 years stayed prison on the second count of felony first degree sale on a controlled substance. Anderson will serve ten years on probation and a year in the Itasca County jail along with other terms.
The charges arose from an investigation conducted by the Grand Rapids Police Department, Itasca County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the Boundry Waters Drug Task Force.

By |May 28th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Two Grand Rapids Residents Sentenced|

Grand Rapids Adds Housing

Eight parcels of land in the Lakewood Heights area in Grand Rapids have been rezoned. The Grand Rapids City Council last night held a public hearing about the proposed zoning changes. The zoning ruling changes some parcels from medical use to multi-family, residential, high and medium density.
Also at last night’s Grand Rapids City Council meeting Marcia Anderson gave an update on the Grand Rapids Library, reminding people to check out the website and see the many events happening this summer at the library. The city also entered a Memorandum of Understanding with the Public Works Union.
The next Grand Rapids City Council meeting is June 8th at 5 o’clock.

By |May 27th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Grand Rapids Adds Housing|

Local baseball and softball teams with wins

Greenway softball through to the championship game in 7A softball on the winner’s side with a wild 23-22 win over the Cherry Tigers on Tuesday in Cloquet. The Tigers with a 13 run 4th inning – the Raiders answering with an 11 run 6th inning including a Chelsea Trombley 2 run HR. Maggie Vekich with 6 RBI’s. Cherry and Greenway will play for the section championship game on Thursday with Cherry needing two wins to defend their section title. Some excited Raiders after the game.

Local baseball teams also with successful starts to the playoffs –

Deer River 2 wins on Tuesday 10-0 over North Woods and a 5-3 win over #1 seed Mesabi East.

The Greenway Raiders also with two wins 6-0 over Virginia and 8-5 over Duluth Marshall.

By |May 27th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Local baseball and softball teams with wins|

Smokrovich Honored for Safety

Last night, soon to be former Grand Rapids High School principal Jim Smokrovich was presented with a Community Service Award. At last night’s Independent School District 318 Board meeting, the Grand Rapids Police Department wanted to show appreciation to Smokrovich for his cooperation with the department and for improving the safety of the students during his last 13 years with the district. Superintendent Dr. Bruce Thomas (audio).
Also at last night’s ISD 318 school board meeting, the public invited to a meeting Wednesday May 27th at Southwest Elementary school. Community input will be taken for the as the board moves forward with plans for two new elementary schools. The first meeting is at 4 and a second meeting is at 6:30.
The board also approved the hiring of Trent Klatt as the Grand Rapids High School head hockey coach.
The next ISD 318 School Board meeting is June 29th at 7 o’clock.

By |May 19th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Smokrovich Honored for Safety|