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Grand Rapids Man Appears in Court

A Grand Rapids man pled not guilty to assault, terroristic threats, and possession of marijuana Monday in Itasca County District Court.

56 year old Robert Edward Schwirtz of Grand Rapids appeared before Judge Jon Maturi.  Schwirtz waived his right to an omnibus hearing and entered not guilty pleas to all charges.

Schwirtz allegedly threatened his neighbor with a firearm in a dispute over property lines.

Schwirtz has not posted bail and remains in the Itasca county Jail.  Bail was previously set at $100,000 without conditions, $50,000 with conditions.  His next court appearance is October 5th.

By |September 1st, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Grand Rapids Man Appears in Court|

ISD 316 Approves Teacher Contract

Teachers at Independent School District 316 are starting the school year off with new pencils, new books, and a new contract.

Last night, the school board approved the contract with Education Minnesota- Greenway Local 1330 for the two year period covering 2015-2017.  In the first year of the contract (2015-2016) there will be a 2% raise on the salary schedule.  In the second year of the contract (2016-2017) there will be a 3% raise on the salary schedule.

The contract covers teacher pay, work schedules, number of school days, insurance, longevity pay, insurance, and retiree policies.

By |August 27th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on ISD 316 Approves Teacher Contract|

Child Support Collections Up

Itasca County Child Support Services is predicted to collect Six Million dollars in child support payments in 2015. The past two years collections have come in just under than number.  That’s despite six of the nine employees in the department who either have or are ready to retire.  Anna Erickson- Itasca County Child Support Supervisor, briefed the Itasca County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday during the regularly scheduled county board meeting.  Itasca County is at- or near- state benchmarks in Child Support Collections, Paternity establishment, and Collecting arrears.

August is Child Support Awareness Month.

By |August 26th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Child Support Collections Up|

High School Sports getting started

Sports other than football are also ready to get underway. Practices have been going since the 17th. Grand Rapids Volleyball opens the season at home vs Duluth East on Friday and will play in Deer River on Monday the 31st, you can hear Grand Rapids/Deer River Volleyball on 1320 KOZY. GRG Lightning Tennis hosting Thief River Falls, Cambridge-Isanti, and Eveleth Gilbert on Wednesday the 26th.  Cross Country teams are practicing and start the varsity season September 3rd in Virginia.

By |August 25th, 2015|Blog, Sports|Comments Off on High School Sports getting started|

ISD 318 Registers for Referendum

8-18-15 ISD 318

The proposed two new elementary schools for I.S.D. 318 are another step closer with the submission of the referendum to the Minnesota Commissioner of Education on Friday. Prior to last night’s school board meeting, the board held a workshop to discuss goals for the 2015-16 school year, and the two new facilities are still on the forefront.
Also at last night’s meeting, the board approved the hiring and resignation of several staff members, and the hiring of the varsity head coach positions for the upcoming school year.
The first day of school is September 8th, and that same day is the next I.S.D. 318 School Board meeting at 7pm.

By |August 18th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on ISD 318 Registers for Referendum|

Grand Rapids – VFW baseball state champions!!

Grand Rapids completed an undefeated run through the VFW state tournament on Sunday with a 2-1 victory over Maple Grove.

Starting Pitcher: Drew Sjostrand 7 IP, 1 run, 7 hits, 3 K’s and 3 BB
Winning Pitcher: Lane Gerber 3 IP, 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 K’s and 1 BB
*Gabe Holum 2 hits, 1 run
*Evan Mischke 2 hits
*Mike Heitkamp RBI 2B
*Drew Sjostrand RBI 1B

In the bottome of the 10th inning; Zach Stejskal with a lead off single, Gabe Holum bunt single, Evan Mischke bunt single and Drew Sjostrand game winning RBI single that scored Zach Stejskal with the game winning run to give Grand Rapids Post 1720 their first VFW Baseball State Championship!!

By |August 10th, 2015|Blog, Sports|Comments Off on Grand Rapids – VFW baseball state champions!!|

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|