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Jenkins Pleads Guilty

38 year old Emery James Jenkins entered a plea of guilty to an amended charge of manslaughter in the first degree- malicious punishment of a child. According to the Itasca County Attorney’s office, Jenkins stated he was innocent but agreed that the evidence against him would be sufficient for him to be found guilty if there were a trial.
Manslaughter in the first degree is committed when a person causes the death of another while committing the crime of malicious punishment of a child. The maximum penalty is 15 years in prison and/or a $30,000 fine.
According to a criminal complaint, Jenkins’ 3 month old son died Oct. 18, after two days in the hospital. The boy had biting injuries on his chest, hands, fingers, feet and toes. Jenkins allegedly told police that he dropped the baby on his head and the neighbor’s dog attacked him. The boy’s mother later told police that she and Jenkins made up the story before calling 911.

By |July 29th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Jenkins Pleads Guilty|

Cliffs Promises DRI Plant at Essar

Cliffs Natural Resources CEO Lourenco C. Goncalves promised the Direct Reduced Iron plant that Essar Steel Minnesota couldn’t. Tuesday, 150 people gathered at the Cloverdale Town Hall to hear Governor Mark Dayton pledge the state’s support to Goncalves and Cliffs. Goncalves told the steelworkers that three and a half years after he gets his hands on the Essar plant, he will be producing steel.
Essar Minnesota, current owner of the half constructed plant in Nashwauk, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy minutes before the Governor directed the Department of Natural Resources to terminate Essar’s state mineral rights.
Essar General Counsel Mitch Brunfeldt told the Itaca Regional Rail Authority on Tuesday that the state does not own the Essar company and that the state mineral leases are in the Essar bankruptcy estate.
Minnesota Congressman Jason Metza said he expects the issue to end up in court.

By |July 13th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Cliffs Promises DRI Plant at Essar|

Deer River Hit Hard by Storm

Thousands remain without power today as severe storms hit the area. The city of Deer River was hard hit- with trees overturned and some buildings flattened. Local residents who need assistance can find food, water, shelter, and information at the Deer River Fire Hall.

By |July 6th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Deer River Hit Hard by Storm|

Bail Set for Grand Rapids Man Accused of Murder

Bail was set at $2 Million for a Grand Rapids man charged with second degree murder. Itasca County Attorney John J. Muhar reports on today’s date, 35 year old Joseph Christen Thoresen of Grand Rapids, appeared in Itasca County District Court. Thoresen is charged with one count of Murder in the Second Degree. The charge stems from allegations that Thoresen assaulted 20 year old Dylan Haiman of Hibbing with a baseball bat, a knife and a machete and caused the death of Maiman on or about June 21,2016.
At the hearing, upon the recommendation of the prosecutor, the court set bail in the amount of $2,000,000 without conditions or $1,000,000 with conditions. Thoresen’s next court appearance is set for July 5,2016 at 9:00 a.m.

By |June 29th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Bail Set for Grand Rapids Man Accused of Murder|

Thorsen Charged in Death of Haiman (GRAPHIC)

(Warning: details are graphic)

Officials say a 20-year-old Iron Range man accused of rape was decapitated by the woman’s boyfriend, who’s been charged with murder. The Star Tribune reports that 35-year-old Joseph Thoresen of Grand Rapids ambushed and cut off the head of 20-year-old David Haiman from Hibbing with a machete last Tuesday or Wednesday after they smoked marijuana and methamphetamine together in Deer River. The incident occurred after Thoresen’s girlfriend said she had been raped by Haiman. Authorities found Haiman’s head and torso near where the decapitation occurred on Sunday.

By |June 29th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Thorsen Charged in Death of Haiman (GRAPHIC)|

Murder Victim Identified

A 36 year old Grand Rapids man has been arrested in the death of a 20 year old Hibbing man. According to the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office, authorities were investigating a missing person and stolen vehicle in rural Deer River when the body was discovered. Authorities identified the deceased as 20 year old David Alexander Haiman of Hibbing. His death has been ruled a homicide. A 36 year old Grand Rapids man was arrested in connection with this death. Authorities say at no time was the public in any danger.
The stolen vehicle was recovered in a location other than where Haiman was discovered. The case is still under investigation.

By |June 28th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Murder Victim Identified|

Brooklyn Park Man Dies on Cutfoot Sioux

Itasca County Sheriff’s Office

Today ~ June 28, 2016, at approximately 9:20 a.m., the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting a person floating in the water and a boat going in a circular direction on Cutfoot Sioux Lake, just north of Battle Point. Itasca County Sheriff’s Office personnel, Itasca County Search and Rescue, Leech Lake and DNR Conservation Officers responded to the scene.

The drowning victim has been identified as Michael Angelo Olynick (age 58) of Brooklyn Park Minnesota.

By |June 28th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Brooklyn Park Man Dies on Cutfoot Sioux|

Body Found in Deer River

According to a press release from the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office…
Public Notice

On June 26, 2016, the Itasca County Sheriff Office’s along with the Grand Rapids and Deer River Police Departments investigated a stolen vehicle and missing person case. During the course of the investigation, the body of an adult male was found in rural Deer River, Itasca County.

Release of the victim’s name is pending notification of family members. The body of the victim will be taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death. The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Itasca County Search and Rescue and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

By |June 28th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Body Found in Deer River|

ISD 316 Approved New Superintendent

Independent School District 316 will have a new Superintendent as of July 1st. David Pace was offered the position last week and formally accepted after the contract was finalized. Pace, formerly Superintendent of East Grand Forks, was offered a 3 year contract from July 1,2016 to June 30, 2019. According to the contract, Pace will be paid an annual salary of $124,000 for Fiscal Year 17, $126,000 for 2018 and $128,000 for 2018. The annual salary may be modified, but shall not be reduced, during the term of this contract.

By |June 23rd, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on ISD 316 Approved New Superintendent|

Chamber Burglarized

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and Northwoods Candy Company were burglarized last week. According to the Grand Rapids police department, officers were called to the building by an employee. They found no indication of forced entry. All doors were bolted and no screens were cut. The candy company had $350 taken from the till. The Camber lost $440 in cash and a Brett Favre plaque valued at $200.

By |June 14th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Chamber Burglarized|