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Two Teens Charges with Assault and Threats

An 18 and 19 year old are facing threat and assault charges in Itasca County district Court after an incident at the Hotel Rapids Augusts 4th.
According to the complaint, 19 year old Dylan Michael Wise of Deer River allegedly threw a knife at a clerk of the Hotel Rapids and 18 year old Patrick Markell Johnson of Grand Rapids allegedly threatened the clerk. Wise also allegedly threatened a Grand Rapids police officer and his family, threatened “suicide by cop”, and broke a window in his jail cell.
Wise’ bail was set at $200,000 without condition and $100,000 with. Johnson was released on his own recognizance with conditions.
Johnson’s next court appearance is August 10th. Wise’s is August 24th.

By |August 6th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Two Teens Charges with Assault and Threats|

Wirz Sentenced in Group Home Assault

Ricky Leland Wirz was sentenced Tuesday in Itasca County District Court to 10 years probation and multiple conditions in an assault on a staff member of a group home. Wirz, 18, was transferred from Itasca County Juvenile Court to adult court for prosecution.
Wirz was sentenced to 103 months in prison, but the court stayed the sentence for 10 years and placed Wirz on probation for 10 years. The sentence also included 244 days in custody, no contact with the victim, and other stipulations.

By |August 5th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Wirz Sentenced in Group Home Assault|

Rapids Resident Injured in Car Accident

One person was in injured in a two vehicle accidents on Highway 2 and County road 63 Tuesday afternoon. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a vehicle driven by 37 year old Crissa Grosland of Grand Rapids was stopped in the left hand lane to turn left when she was rear-ended by a vehicle driven by 42 year old Kerry Helmer of Grand Rapids. Helmer was transported to Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. Grosland was not injured.

By |August 5th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Rapids Resident Injured in Car Accident|

Protecting Children

The Governor’s Task Force on Child Protection made recommendations for improved supervision of children under the state’s care. This year, that’s translated into money for counties to add staff. Tuesday, the Itasca County Board of Commissioners agreed to add one social worker and a case aid position.
The county may be allocated another $39,000 in February if it meets certain benchmarks. The board agreed to the request.

By |July 29th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Protecting Children|

Cohasset to Help Library

Tuesday night, the Cohasset City Council invested in “green” energy. Council members voted 5-0 to donate $22,000 to the Grand Rapids Area Library to complete the remaining two solar panels at the library which will be used to supplement the library’s electricity and teaching tool. Saying Cohasset residents use the library, the council made the contribution after a presentation from Library Director Marsha Anderson.

In other action, the council ordered 35 football helmets to replace the Pony League helmets that failed the safety inspection, approved placement of 6 new street lights, and agreed to distribute $11,000 in safety awards for no lost time due to Worker’s Comp.

By |July 29th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Cohasset to Help Library|

Local Residents Injured in Weekend Accidents

A two vehicle accident Saturday morning injured a Grand Rapids man. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a Dodge RMV driven by 29 year old Kenneth wood was traveling north on Bluebird Drive and failed to stop at the intersection with Highway 2. A Toyota Highlander, driven by 37 year old Bryan Showen of Cohasset, struck the Wood vehicle. Wood was injured, but injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. Showen was not injured.

A St. Paul man was injured when his Harley struck a turkey on Highway 6- south of Remer. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 63 year old Phillip Strait was traveling north on Highway 6 when a turkey flew out of the ditch and hit his windshield. The Harley ended up in the ditch and Strait was injured. His injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.

By |July 27th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Local Residents Injured in Weekend Accidents|

Coleraine Man Killed in Car Accident

One person was killed in a car/motorcycle collision on Golf Course Road in Grand Rapids yesterday afternoon. According to the Grand Rapids Police Department, a motorcycle driven by 68 year old Ken Daigle of Coleraine was attempting to turn onto Golf Course Road from 14th street South West when the was struck by an east-bound vehicle driven by 84 year old Patrick Burbie of Grand Rapids. Daigle was transported to Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital then airlifted to a Duluth hospital when he died of his injuries. Burbie and his passenger, identified as 77 year old Phyllis Burbie, were transported to Grand Itasca where they were treated and released.
Golf Course Road was closed to traffic for about an hour and a half.

By |July 24th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Coleraine Man Killed in Car Accident|

Rapids Resident Killed in a Motorcycle Accident

One person was killed in a car/motorcycle collision on Golf Course Road in Grand Rapids yesterday afternoon. The motorcycle rider was transferred to Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital by Meds One EMS then airlifted to a Duluth hospital where he died of his injuries.
Golf Course Road was closed to traffic for about an hour and a half.
His name is expected to be released this morning.

By |July 24th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Rapids Resident Killed in a Motorcycle Accident|

Reward Brings Tips

The Ruby slippers are either in Oregon with a private collector, in southern Minnesota at a flea market, or in Massachusetts in a traveling display from Hollywood.  Since the offer of a Million dollars for the recovery of Judy Garland’s Rubs Slippers was broadcast, at least 15 tips have been called into the Grand Rapids Police Department.

Grand Rapids Police Officer Andy Morgan and Sergeant Bob Stein are handling the tips.

On Friday, an anonymous donor, through the Judy Garland Museum, offered a million dollar reward for both the location of the slippers, and the names of the people involved in the theft 10 years ago from the Judy Garland Museum.

By |July 13th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Reward Brings Tips|

Reif Renovation Continues

The Reif Center’s Capitol Renovation Project is on schedule, according to Reif President and CEO David Marty.  The $8 million dollar project is now over $10 million dollars.  Marty told KOZY/KMFY Radio yesterday that there is still some fundraising to be done.  He said the construction will be paid for, but there are some things that still need to be funded.

The Reif recently received a $60,000 challenge grant from the Mardag Foundation.

The Mardag Foundation is a Minnesota based foundation established by Agnes Ober in 1969.  Projects funded focus on enhancing quality of life, inspiring learning, revitalizing communities and promoting access to the arts across the state of Minnesota.

For more information, visit ReifCenter.org.

By |July 10th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Reif Renovation Continues|