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Taconite sweeps North Shore

The Taconite American Legion baseball team returned to its home diamond on Monday afternoon to take on North Shore in a pair of District 8 contests. Taconite rolled to a double header sweep, knocking off North Shore, 4-0, and 15-0.

In game one, Tyler Peterson was in command. The right hander struck out 14 batters while picking up the complete game shutout. He allowed only three hits in picking up his second win of the summer.

Kole Kalisch finished with two hits and a run batted in for Taconite in the win. Tyler Peterson drove home two runs while Taylor Lantz drove in a run as well in the win.

Taconite jumped ahead early and often in game two. Taconite scored seven runs in the first and added six more in the second en route to the 15-0 win. Justin Guyer, John Labine, Mike LaDoux and Nick Shea recorded two hits each. Lantz drove in two runs while Guyer, Kole Kalisch, Peterson, Sam LaDoux, Mike LaDoux, Shea and Jeff Korpi each plated a run in the win.

Jeff Korpi earned the win on the mound. He allowed only one hit in three innings of work. He struck out three and walked two batters. Sam LaDoux closed out the game pitching the final two innings. He allowed three hits while striking out two.

Taconite sits at 7-3 overall on the season and will take on Grand Rapids at 7 p.m. tonight at Legion field in Grand Rapids.

By |June 24th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

Social Worker Scam

The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office has received recent reports from Itasca County Social Services reporting that 2 families have had parties knock on their doors, claiming to be Social Workers. The parties then say that they are there to investigate reports of child abuse and the conditions of their homes.

These “Social Workers” are not from any Itasca County agency and no one knows who they are. If you have someone come to your home and you do not know them, please do not allow them to come into your home and call the Sheriff’s Office immediately by dialing 911.

By |June 20th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

No Wake Zones

Beginning today, the Mississippi River, Pokegama Lake, and Jay Gould will be under a no-wake zone. Itasca County Sheriff Vic Williams said that because of the high water levels, debris from land gets washed into the river and lake and can get pulled into the boat’s wake. Shore-land erosion also occurs more quickly with high moving water. The no-wake enforcement is supported by the DNR.
With the flood-stage rainfall we’ve had, Williams also asked motorists to be careful driving over roadways that standing water.

By |June 19th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Rapids to host Legion Tournament

The 39th annual Grand Rapids American Legion Invitational returns to Legion Field and Portage Park in Cohasset beginning on Friday.

This year’s tournament features another strong field of 10 teams. A total of 20 games will be played on Friday and Saturday with five each day at both Portage Park and Legion Field. Grand Rapids will cap off play on Friday and Saturday night with games at 5 and 7:30 p.m. at Legion Field.

The Orange Pool consists of Grand Rapids, Alexandria, Fridley Gold, Richfield and St. Michael-Albertville. The Black pool features Bemidji, Edina, Elk River, New Ulm Gold and North St. Paul.

On Friday at Legion Field, Elk River will take on Bemidji followed by Edina squaring off with Bemidji. Elk River will follow with a game against New Ulm Gold while Fridley Gold and Richfield will take on Grand Rapids in the final two contests.

At Portage Park, St. Michael-Albertville will take on Alexandria followed by Fridley Gold facing off with Alexandria. Richfield and St. Michael-Albertville will do battled at 2:30 p.m. with the evening sessions featuring Edina vs. North St. Paul and New Ulm Gold vs. North St. Paul.

Action continues on Saturday at Legion Field with New Ulm Gold taking on Edina. Bemidji will battle with North St. Paul at 12 noon. At 2:30 p.m., Fridley Gold will take on St. Michael-Albertville. Action continues at 5 p.m. with Alexandria taking on Grand Rapids and St. Michael-Albertville squaring off with Grand Rapids at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s action at Portage Park features Fridley Gold taking on Richfield while Alexandria takes on Richfield. Elk River will battle with Edina while Bemidji takes on New Ulm Gold. North St. Paul closes play with Elk River.

The tournament concludes on Sunday with […]

By |June 19th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

No late magic for Taconite in loss to Ely

In a rematch from last year’s District 8, Division II championship, Ely rolled past Taconite, 13-3, in five innings at the Steve Hecimovich Memorial Field in Marble.

Ely darted out of the gates by scoring four runs in the top of the first and eventually put the game away with an eight-run, eighth inning. Ely roped out 15 hits en route to the 10-run victory.

Louis Gerzin earned the win on the mound. He went four innings allowing three runs, one earned, on two hits. He struck out 11 while walking four batters.

Eight of nine Ely starters recorded hits in the game with Pat Huisman and Elliot Omerza leading the way, each with three hits and two runs batted in. Spencer Gaulke added two hits and a run batted in while Gerzin added two hits and two runs batted in. Will Gustafson added a hit and drove home two runs. Bradley Roy, Jeff Willis and Max Gantt each drove in a run for Ely.

Pat Shea had a hit and a run batted in for Taconite. Kadin Kalisch drove home a run while Kole Kalisch and Mitch Bonderson recorded hits in the loss. John Labine walked twice and scored both times.

Tyler Peterson suffered the loss on the mound. He allowed 11 runs, seven earned, in three and a third of work. He walked three and struck out one.

Taconite falls to 3-1 overall as they prepare to take part in the Ely Tournament where they will play Blackduck and Brookston on Friday before taking on Roseau and Minnetonka on Saturday.

By |June 19th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

Rapids takes two from Cloquet

The Grand Rapids American Legion Baseball team moved to 4-0 with a sweep of Cloquet in Cloquet yesterday afternoon. Grand Rapids scored 25 runs in two games as they rolled to 12-2 and 13-4 victories yesterday.

Grand Rapids broke game one open with a four-run fifth and a six run sixth inning. Noah Johnson picked up the win on the hill. He went three innings allowing two earned runs on five hits while striking out four, walking two and hitting one.

Johnson helped himself out at the plate. He had two hits and drove home two runs. Ethan Rajala did the same while John Baker, Gunnar Harris and Tanner Shepard all had two hits each. Kenn Hasbargen delivered with a double, he drove in three in the game.

Grand Rapids broke game two open as well as the plated four in the first, three in the second and two in the third as they cruised to a 13-4 victory.

Kyle Stram picked up the win. He allowed only one hit while striking out six and walking two in four innings of work. Stram had a big game at the plate as well. He finished with three hits and drove in five runs. Tanner Shepard added three hits and three runs batted in while Hasbargen added three hits including a double and two runs batted in. Harris and Baker added three hits each for Grand Rapids with Harris driving in two and scoring three times.

By |June 19th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

Fire Fighters Unable to Access Home

Having a long driveway with a canopy of trees overhead may be picturesque- but it almost cost a Mountain Iron family their home.
According to a story from Northland’s NewsCenter, a home in Mountain Iron lost power. When the owner tried to reconnect it, it sparked a blaze. Firefighters were unable to bring equipment to the home because of the driveway configuration. The Department of Natural Resources was called in because the fire spread into a nearby woods.
It took over two and a half hours to put out the fire.
For information on making your home easy to access by emergency crews, visit www.Firewise.org. Click on Home and Landscape.

By |June 18th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Cass Lake Man Sentenced to Ten Years

A 61 year old Cass Lake man will spend ten years in prison for the sexual assault of a nine year old girl. According to the Cass County Attorney, Francis, “Tuffy” Peter Isham committed the assault in 2006. Isham pleaded guilty to one count of Second Degree Criminal Sexual Assault in May. According to the plea, a similar charge in Beltrami County was dismissed.
Isham will be on conditional release after his release. He will be required to register as a risk level predatory offender for life.
The Leech Lake Tribal Police Department and Cass County Sheriff’s Office investigated the crime.

By |June 18th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Motorcycle-Deer Collission

56 year old Frank Scherf of Cohasset was injured in a motorcycle-deer collision on Highway 60, south of Worthington, Minnesota on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
Scherf was riding his Harley Davidson near Highway arker 6 when the collision occurred. Scherf received non-life-threatening injuries in the accident.

By |June 18th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Kitzville Accident

Four people were injured in a two vehicle accident in Kitzville on Tuesday afternoon. A vehicle driven by 29 year old Shawn Lawless of Zim was traveling west-bound on Grace Road through the intersection of Highway 169 when it was struck broadside by a vehicle traveling north-bound on Highway 169. The north-bound vehicle, according to the Minnesota State Patrol, was driven by 61 year old Frank Hanegmon of Chisholm.
Injured in the accident were passengers in the Hanegmon vehicle, including 61 year old Kathleen Hanegmon, 31 year old Amanda Hanegmon, 33 year old Molly Hanegmon, and 10 year old Alexis Pustovar. The Hanegmons are all listed as Chisholm residents. All injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.

By |June 18th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|