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Itasca Fairgrounds Reorganization

It’s time to let the Itasca County Agriculture Association do what they do best- the Itasca County Fair. Davin Tinquist, Itasca County Board Chair, summed up the testimony after five people spoke in favor of the county’s reorganization of the Itasca County Fairground Park.

Tuesday, the Itasca County Board of Commissioners met in a work session and presented the county’s Master Plan for the Fairgrounds Park. A task force has been working on the plan for almost two years. Recommendations from the task force include:

• Develop standardized fees for building and facility rental to be approved by the County
• Board each year and publicize fees (county web site and the ICAA web site, Facebook
• etc.).
• Develop a long term capital improvement plan and budget for existing and future needs.
• Acquire additional lands adjacent/near the park to accommodate future needs and protect
current use.

• Make improvements to the Trailhead Building to align with its intended purpose
• Add area history and other community info for visitors.
• Seasonal staff or the campground host could be located here.
• Utilize Trailhead Building for more community training and programs such as youth ATV and snowmobile safety training.
• Develop park and trail interpretation program.
• Develop a marketing plan
• Publicize Park rental fees on the County and ICAA web sites.
• Improve signage at the park and out in the community to enhance public
• awareness of the park and hosted events.
• Improve ADA accessibility of park grounds.
• Study utilization of campground to determine need for expansion.
• Provide an on-site manager/campground host.

By |November 18th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Itasca Fairgrounds Reorganization|

One Thousand Dollar Reward Offered

A one thousand dollar reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for over a dozen thefts from vehicles in southwest and southeast Grand Rapids Thursday and Friday. Items taken from vehicles include firearms, prescription medication, a hunting jacket, and cash.
Grand Rapids Police Sergeant Bob Stein said due to the number of thefts, its likely the thieves had a vehicle.
Call 326-3464 if you have information about the thefts.

By |November 13th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on One Thousand Dollar Reward Offered|

Fatal Rollover on Shadywood Road

The Itasca County Sheriff s Department responded to the report of a vehicle rollover off of Shadywood Road, south of Grand Rapids last Friday night.

Deputies arrived on scene and discovered the victim, Barron Cottingham. Cottingham was transported via ambulance, and was later transported to Duluth via Life Flight where he passed away as a result of his injuries. It appeared as if Cottingham was not wearing his seat belt during incident.

The Minnesota State Patrol and the Itasca County Sheriff s Office are still investigating the cause of the crash.

The Itasca County Sheriff s Department was assisted at the scene by the Minnesota State Patrol, Meds-1, and the Grand Rapids Fire Department.

By |November 10th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Fatal Rollover on Shadywood Road|

GR Police Ace Review

The Grand Rapids Police Department passed its review by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officers Standard and Training Post Board. At last night’s Grand Rapids City Council meeting, Mayor Dale Adams congratulated the police department for passing their review on October 27th of this year. After a comprehensive review of their records concerning mandatory employee training and department policies, the organization proudly passed its review.
Also at last night’s Grand Rapids City Council meeting, William Thayer was appointed to the Grand Rapids Fire Department. Director of Pokegama Golf Course Bob Cahill informed the council that revenue was up this past season at the golf course, and reminded the public that the golf course is fully funded by itself and no tax monies are used.
The next Grand Rapids City Council meeting will be Monday November 23rd at 5 o’clock.

By |November 10th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on GR Police Ace Review|

Grand Rapids and Greenway both advance

Greenway Raiders through to the 7AA finals with a tight 3-2 win over Cloquet. (21-25; 25-23; 25-18; 21-25; 15-10)

Greenway stats

Hannah Goggleye  19 Kills  4 Blocks, Erin Gustason 40 Set Assists, Kara Mandich 16 Kills 11 Digs, Maggie Vekich 24 Digs. The Raiders will play Hermantown on Saturday at 6:00 on Saturday. The game will be played at Duluth Denfeld High School.

The Grand Rapids Thunderhawks are in the 7AAA finals with a 3-0 win over Andover.  The Thunderhawks will play #1 seed North Branch Saturday evening at 7:00 pm in Forest Lake. After the 3-0 win over Andover, Taylor Fideldy and Annika Peterson.

You can hear Grand Rapids championship volleyball Saturday on 96.9 KMFY.

By |November 5th, 2015|Blog, Sports|Comments Off on Grand Rapids and Greenway both advance|

Lockdown At ICC

Students at Itasca Community College were put on lock-down this morning.
According to Grand Rapids Police Chief Scott Johnson, Grand Rapids police responded to a report that a young man was in the parking lot of Itasca Community College with a gun, threatening to commit suicide. College administrators put the college on lock-down. Officers arrived on the scene within 3 minutes and were unable to locate the individual. The man was not at the college and they can’t verify he was ever there. Itasca County Sheriff’s deputies did find the man on Scenic Highway 7.

By |November 4th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Lockdown At ICC|

Johnson Pleas to Hotel Rapids Altercation

Eighteen year old Patrick Markell Johnson of Deer River pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of felony threats of violence. Johnson appeared in Itasca County District Court in connection with an altercation at the Hotel Rapids on August 4th.
Johnson threatened the hotel manager and claimed to be in possession of a gun.
Under the agreement, Johnson will be sentenced under a stay of execution and placed on five year’s supervised probation. He will complete 240 hours of community service work, work or school full-time, and a chemical dependency evaluation. The plea agreement is subject to approval of the court.
Johnson’s next court date is December 28th at 9am.
Co-defendant Dylan Michael Wise is scheduled to be sentenced November 23rd.

By |November 4th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Johnson Pleas to Hotel Rapids Altercation|

Election Day

Today is Election Day. Since it’s an off-year, most ballots are school related.
A record number of districts across the state are asking voters to approve school referendums. Residents of Independent School District 318 will decide whether the district should build two new elementary schools.
The ballot question, “Shall the school board of Independent School District No. 318 be authorized to issue its general obligation school building bonds in an amount not to exceed $80,135,000 to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities, including the acquisition of land for and the construction and equipping of two new elementary school facilities?”
Polls are open until 8pm.

By |November 3rd, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Election Day|

Calumet Man Injured in Car/Bus Collission

A two car accident on Highway 169 near Marble injured a Calumet resident. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a car driven by 42 year old Allen Smith of Calumet rear-ended a bus that had slowed down to make a right hand turn. Smith’s car hit the back of the bus and rolled, coming to rest in the right hand ditch. The driver of the bus, identified as 62 year old David Amundson of Bertha, Minnesota, was not injured. The bus was carrying five passengers. None of them sustained injuries

By |October 27th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Calumet Man Injured in Car/Bus Collission|

Body of Ball Club Man Found

The body of a missing Ball Club man has been found in Grand Rapids. According to the Grand Rapids Police Department, the 39 year old man was reported missing by his mother on Saturday. He left his home to shop in Grand Rapids last Thursday. He spoke to his mother on Friday and was reported missing Saturday. Monday, officers were called to the 600 block of South Pokegama Avenue.
According to Grand Rapids Police Sergeant Bob Stein, initially, it does not appear foul play is involved.
The victim will identified after family members are notified.

By |October 26th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Body of Ball Club Man Found|