The City of Grand Rapids is one step closer to implementing a 1% local sales tax. The Grand Rapids City Council approved adding a 1% local sales tax used for city road infrastructure on the November ballot during last night’s city council meeting. The sales tax will be voted on as a referendum by city residents this fall, and, if it passes, it must be approved by state legislature. The first of many informational meetings will be on Wednesday May 21st at 4:30 in City Hall.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and NAMI- or National Alliance for Persons with Mental Illness, is holding a number of events to raise awareness of the illness. Holly Downing, President of the local NAMI chapter, said there are a number of events going on in Grand Rapids that you may want to get involved in. One of them is tonight at 7pm at the Blandin Foundation focusing on eating disorders.
Next Wednesday May 14th, Sue Adberholden, Executive Director of NAMI Minnesota will be in Grand Rapids for a program titled “First Episode Psychosis and Early Intervention”. That program will be May 14th at 7pm at the Blandin Foundation.
For more information, visit name http://www.namigrandrapidsmn.org/
Harvey Hietala is the newest director on the school board of Independent School District 318. Doctor Patricia Westerburg resigned the position in February. The board nominated and approved Mr. Hietala at last night’s general meeting. Heitala will serve until the November election.
The district also has a new Superintendent. Doctor Bruce Thomas was offered a two year contract and accepted it last night.
During last night’s meeting, the board also approved a resolution to terminate a continuing contract teacher and approved to place a teacher on unrequested leave of absence. ISD 318 School Board meets in regular session again on May 19th at 7o’clock.
A 49 year old Plymouth man was injured in a one car rollover early Sunday morning on Highway 73 near Adams Road. Joseph Rose of Plymouth received non-life threatening injuries when his vehicle lost control and rolled into the ditch, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. He was transported to the Hibbing hospital with non-life threatening injures. The Floodwood police department assisted the State Patrol.
Two people died in a two car accident on County Road 75- near Leech Lake Route 438 in Cass County on Friday night.
27 year old Michael Stangle of Cass Lake was northbound on County Road 75 when he swerved into the northbound lane in a no-passing zone and forced one vehicle off the road, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Stangle then hit a vehicle driven by 47 year old Lisa Collins of Cass Lake head-on. Collins, and her passenger, 46 year old Timothy Collins, were killed. Stangle’s passenger, 47 year old Stacy Stangle, of Longville, was seriously injured. Stangle was also seriously injured in the accident.
Two people were injured Sunday afternoon when a teenager rear-ended a truck on Highway 169, north of Grand Rapids. Sixteen year old Katrina Meza of Nashwauk was driving southbound in a Pontiac Grand Prix when she rear-ended a 2014 Volvo VHD truck, driven by 53 year old David Pettis of Grand Rapids, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Meza and her passenger, 19 year old Alexa Johnson of Bovey both sustained non-life threatening injuries.
Up to 600 sophomore high school students from surrounding areas took part in yesterday’s Future Workers program. The program paired students with possible career tracks- and let them experience a job in that field for part of the day. The event was sponsored by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development Committee & the Blandin Foundation
The Crystal Lake Boulevard Reconstruction Project was awarded to a local contractor last night by the Grand Rapids City Council. The project was awarded to Casper Construction for the amount of $1.8 million. The bid was under the city’s estimated two million dollar budget.
Also at last night’s Grand Rapids City Council meeting, the board authorized the Grand Rapids Police Department to apply for a special deer hunt permit for the 2014 deer hunting season. The special zoned hunting areas will not change from last year’s special deer hunt in the city limits.
The Pokegama Golf Course is open for the season, and was in excellent condition after a harsh winter according to Bob Cahill’s Department Head Report.
Lake Country Power crews made progress last night as they continue working to restore electric service. As of 9:30pm, 530 members were without power and this was primarily off the Clear Lake and Winton A&B Substations in the northern part of Lake Country Power’s service area. Many of the outages were in remote or cabin areas. Eight line crews were out last night. According to Lake Country Power’s web site, the Pine Island area is the only area still without power.
Minnesota Power is reporting multiple power outages in the Duluth area, Cloquet, and Fort Francis.
The body of a missing Itasca County man has been found. Gregory Arthur Thurston, 51, was found in a wooded area about a half mile from his residence. The search for Thurston was conducted by the Itasca County Sheriff’s office with assistance from other departments.