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November Elections Set

The November ballot has been set. Tuesday’s primary narrowed the field of candidates for November.
Itasca County attorney John (Jack) Muhar will face off against John Dimich. Muhar received 50% of the votes cast in Itasca County. Ellen Tholen was eliminated.
Muhar- 2910
Dimich- 1695
Tholen- 1212

The Itasca County Auditor’s race was a run-away for current auditor Jeff Walker. Walker received 65% of the votes cast. Walker will face Doug Carpenter in the November election. Matthew Fultz was eliminated.
Walker- 3778
Carpenter- 1009
Fultz- 981

In State House District 6A, incumbent Carly Melin beat her D-F-L challenger John Finken with 80% of the votes.
Melin- 2919
Finken- 716
Melin will still have a Republican challenger in November. Roger Weber ran unopposed in the Republican race.

In the State House D-F-L race in District 5A, incumbent John Persell beat challenger Lavern Pederson with 85% of the votes.
Persell- 1530
Pederson- 276
Persell will face Republican challenger Phillip Nelson in November. Nelson ran unopposed on the Republican ticket.

By |August 13th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Three Local Residents Killed in Plane Crash

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune

Three northern Minnesota outdoors lovers who were on a fishing trip in Canada died when their Cessna 182 float plane crashed on the shore of a lake north of Minnesota, officials said.

Killed Friday afternoon were Nikolas I. Rajala, 41, his wife, Teresa N. Rajala, 40, and friend Lynn M. Bohanon, 36, all of Grand Rapids.

Two of the occupants were found dead at the scene. The third was found seriously injured and died later, Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Dean Barclay said. A search and rescue squad parachuted in from a plane circling above to perform first aid, he said.

Canadian officials learned of the crash when an emergency locator transmitter signaled, Barclay said. Transport Canada was investigating the crash.

Itasca County Commissioner Rusty Eichorn said he’d been dating Bohanon for six years. They were both pilots and co-owned a couple of planes together and had flown to the high arctic, he said. They had sold the Cessna to Nik Rajala in 2011, he said, and Rajala was the pilot on Friday.

Eichorn said Bohanon, a pharmacist, was an avid outdoorswoman who sky-dived and hunted deer and moose, shooting a record-class moose in Minnesota in 2010.

Teresa Rajala was a retail sales clerk and a house cleaner who had a passion for horses and “could turn her garden into the best meals in the world,” said friend Tina Kane. “She was always canning and cooking from her amazing garden.”

Nik Rajala was a self-employed logger who had been flying since high school, Eichorn said. Nik Rajala flew the plane, his pride and joy, to Canada more than a dozen times last summer and had flown it to Montana to hunt last fall, Eichorn said.

Eichorn said he […]

By |August 10th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

National Night Out

Tuesday night, communities across the United States gather to “take back” their communities from crime. It’s National Night Out. If your neighborhood isn’t hosting its own gathering, you’re invited to Central School for a community-wide National Night Out celebration.
Interim Grand Rapids Police Chief Scott Johnson said when local residents get to know their neighbors, it really takes a bite out of crime. This is a great opportunity to get together for a fun evening.
There will be a bike give-away, dunk tank, lots of games and challenges for the kids, and KOZY/KMFY will supply dance music. Grand Rapid’s National Night out celebration runs Tuesday night from 5 to 8pm on the grounds of Central School, downtown Grand Rapids.

By |August 4th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Tanks of Thanks

Another local resident has been nominated for a “Tank of Thanks”.
Cenex Tanks of Thanks rewards people who go above and beyond to make their community a better place to live. Joe Pangrac of Marble was nominated for helping others with anything from auto to household repairs.
Akhtar Hussain, CHS refined fules brand manager said, “there are people doing good things in every community, and these acts of kindness do not go unnoticed.” Pangrac received a $50.00 gift card for any Cenex location.

One hundred nominations are drawn at random from the many nominations to receive gift cards. Since the program began in 2012, Cenex has recognized more than twelve hundred people with gift cards.

By |August 4th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Head-On Collission

A two vehicle accident on Highway 169 and Rainey Road Saturday evening sent one person to the hospital. A vehicle driven 20 year old Jake Lelonek of Grand Rapdis rear-ended a vehicle driven by 74 year old Russell Impila of Nashwauk. Both vehicle were traveling west-bound on Highway 169. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Lelonek fell asleap at the wheel. Impila was injured in the accident. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. Lelonek was not injured.

By |August 4th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Greenway 9th through 12th Graders get Chrome Books

All students in 9th through 12th grade in the Greenway school district will start the school year off the new Chrome Book computers.
Superintendent Mark Adams said it’s an exciting endeavor. He said the district is working to add devices to other grade levels, too. Kids and staff will have an opportunity to reach out to resources they don’t have access to right here, Adams said. Students should watch their e-mail for more information about the roll-out.

By |July 31st, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Greenway School Board Approves Teacher’s Contract

Independent School District 316’s school board approved a contract with Education Minnesota Local 1330 Wednesday night. Teachers, counselors, librarians, and all other non-supervisory professional staff belonging to and able to vote in Education Minnesota- Local 13-30 are now under contract through June of 2015. Members have worked without a contract since July 1st of 2013.

For the 2013-14 school year, teachers received a 4% raise. For the 2014-15 school year, also a 4% raise. The contract also spells out pay for extracurricular activities, insurance benefits, evaluations, and grievances.

By |July 31st, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Deer River Woman Struck

A 46 year old Deer River woman was injured early this morning (tues AM). A vehicle driven by 37 year old James Tanski of Saginaw was driving east on Highway 2 when he struck a pedestrian in the middle of the roadway. The Minnesota State Patrol identified the pedestrian as 46 year old Tracy Peterson of Deer River. Tanski, and his passenger, 30 year old Jason Erickson of Duluth, were not injured in the accident. Peterson’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. She was transported to the Deer River hospital by ambulance and later flown by helicopter to St. Mary’s in Duluth

By |July 29th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

City adds $80,000 to Project

The fairground round-about was completed before the car show weekend in Grand Rapids, but it cost more than expected. The city added more than eighty thousand dollars to the cost of the Crystal Lake Boulevard Reconstruction Project on 12th and 14th streets. Grand Rapids City Engineer Julie Kennedy addressed the City Council yesterday (audio).
Fixing the issue now will prevent future repairs. Also at last night’s Grand Rapids City Council meeting, councilors approved hiring Donald Wilson to a firefighter position and Jacob Barsness to a firefighter trainee. Grand Rapids residents are also reminded that the deadline to apply for property tax refunds is August 15th.
The next Grand Rapids City Council Meeting is August 11th.

By |July 29th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Accident on Highway 200 and 169

A two vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 169 and 200 sent three people to the hospital on Friday afternoon. A semi driven by 53 year old Scott Hamilton of Cohasset was northbound on 169 when a vehicle driven by 28 year old Jun Tao of Houghton Michigan drove through the stop sign and hit Hamilton’s trailer. Three people in the Tao vehicle were injured, including Fan Yang, Pei Hou, and the driver, Jun Tao. Ages and hometowns of Tao’s passengers were not available. The injuries are all believed to be non-life-threatening, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

By |July 28th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|