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Grand Rapids Vehicle Kills Foley Woman

A 35 year old woman was killed in a car accident on Monday in Foley Minnesota. The vehicle that killed 35 year old Lindsey Marie Cardinal was taken from the parking lot of Frontier Liquor in Grand Rapids. According to the Grand Rapids Police Department, the vehicle was reported stolen Monday afternoon when the keys were left in the vehicle.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a suspected drunk driver, identified as 29 year old Gordon Couch of Milaca was driving the vehicle west on Minnesota Highway 23 in Foley when he crossed the centerline and crashed into another vehicle, driven by Cardinal. Her three children, ages 5,4, and 1 were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Counch’s passenger, Nicole Dawn Schmidt, also of Milaca, suffered life-threatening injuries. She was taken to North Memorial Medical Center. Couch is suspected to have been under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or both. He suffered life-threatening injuries and was also taken to North Memorial. Charges may be filed.

A Go Fund Me page has raised almost $23,000 by Wednesday afternoon.

By |February 2nd, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Grand Rapids Vehicle Kills Foley Woman|

Grand Rapids Pavilion Named

Grand Rapids new sports pavilion at the IRA Civic Center was officially named during Monday’s Grand Rapids City Council meeting.  It will be called the Jerry and Shirley Miner Family Multi-Use Sports Pavilion.

Mayor Dale Adams said so many families have contributed to every good project that has come along.  He said the council thought it would be nice to recognize the Miner’s contribution to the community.

He said the city is appreciative of all the local families who make a difference.  “This community is phenomenal in the stand-point of supporting different ventures that improve the community as a whole”

Recent projects include campaigns at Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital, YMCA, the Grand Rapids Area library, and the Keisler Wellness Center.

The mayor also asked citizens to consider applying to become at firefighter.  The city’s volunteer department has some current openings.

By |January 24th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Grand Rapids Pavilion Named|

Lundquist Charged


A Grand Rapids man is in custody was formally charged with felony murder in the 2nd degree today.  Thirty-two year old Benjamin D. Lundquist appeared in court and was formally charged with felony murder in the 2nd degree.  Judge David E. Ackerson set bail at One Million dollars.

Joel D. Gangness of Hibbing died of a result of multiple stab wounds early Tuesday.  According to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Hibbing Police Officers were checking on an individual who lived on 1st Avenue who didn’t show up for work.  Officer discovered Gangess body in one of the apartments.

Tuesday night, officers arrested Lundquist in connection with the death.

Hibbing police are looking for a red minivan, which may have transported Lundquist to Hibbing.  Contact the Hibbing Police Department if you have any information.


With help from the Hibbing Daily Tribune


By |January 19th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Lundquist Charged|

Grand Rapids Man to be Charged with Homicide


A Grand Rapids man is in custody today, expected to be charged with 2nd degree intentional homicide.  According to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Hibbing Police Officers were checking on an individual who lived on 1st Avenue who didn’t show up for work.

Officer discovered an individual dead in one of the apartments.  Foul play was suspected.

At 6pm Tuesday, officers arrested a Grand Rapids man in connection to the death.  He has been booked into the St. Louis County jail on suspicion of 2nd degree intentional homicide.

An autopsy is being conducted.  The victim’s name will be released when relatives are notified.  The suspect will be identified when he is charged.

By |January 18th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Grand Rapids Man to be Charged with Homicide|

Girl Followed

A 14 year old girl reported that she was followed as she walked home yesterday afternoon.
The girl ran through the Murphy School sliding hill yelling, “person help me”. She said she saw a white panel-type van drive by while she walked down the block. She said he drove past her, staring, twice, even after she changed directions. The van drove around the block and continued following her.
She said she believed she heard the door slide open- that’s when she ran, calling for help.

A man at the slkiding hill with his son heard her calling for help, called for police.

Boost Post

By |January 12th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Girl Followed|

Itasca County Commissioners Served

Itasca County Attorney, Jack Muhar, is appealing the County commissioner’s decision to set his salary increase at a 2% raise.
According to the notice of appeal, Muhar said the salary and budget was arbitrary, capricious, and in unreasonable disregard for the duties and responsibilities of the office.
Muhar address the commissioners on December 27th, when the salary of elected officials was decided.
The “elected” (County Auditor/Treasurer, County Attorney, County Sheriff, and County Recorder) initially asked the board for a two percent raise, consistent with what other county employees received this year.
Muhar addressed the board to talk about wage parity. County Attorney’s in comparable counties 20-30% more than Muhar. He asked the board for a $9000 increase and the 2% raise, arguing that his position, his experience, and his education should be reflected in his salary.
Commissioner Terry Snyder told Muhar that the budget for 2017 was set in September/October and that he wished this could have been addressed then.

By |December 30th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Itasca County Commissioners Served|

Facebook Threat to Grand Rapids Police

PRESS RELEASE- Itasca County Sheriff/Grand Rapids Police Department


(Grand Rapids – MN) On Thursday afternoon, December 9th, at 4:00 PM, a very disturbing message was posted on Facebook by an Itasca County resident. The message was a threat to kill law enforcement officers and read:
“I wanna see some cops get killed, how about you? Especially some of the Grand Rapids cops.”

Within minutes, other members of the community, seeing this on Facebook, began notifying the Grand Rapids Police Department and Itasca County Sheriff’s Department of this threat. In fact, people as far away as Michigan and Arizona contacted the departments. Thanks to their efforts, within the hour, the man was located at a residence in Grand Rapids and taken into custody.

According to Lieutenant Albert Morse of the Itasca County Sheriff’s Department, “The 20 year old Grand Rapids man was held for psychological evaluation.”

“In various parts of the United States the relationship between law enforcement and the community is being painted as very strained. Yet, we know this is not reality in Itasca County”, said Grand Rapids Police Sergeant Bob Stein. Itasca County Sheriff Vic Williams stated, “The men and women who serve as your police officers and deputies want to thank you very much. It is comforting to know that you are looking out for us and have our backs. THANK YOU!!!”

By |December 9th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Facebook Threat to Grand Rapids Police|

Lamke Broadcasting to Operate KBAJ 105.5-FM

It is with great excitement that Lamke Broadcasting- KOZY/KMFY Radio announces that effective January 1st, we will have entered into a local marketing agreement with Red Rock Radio to operate KBAJ 105.5 from our studio’s. This will be a new classic rock station with a large library of your favorite classic rock songs. We will also bring you the “Bob and Tom Show” weekdays from 5-9am and “The Best of Bob and Tom” on Saturday mornings in the Grand Rapids area and across the Iron Range. It will be marketed as J105 “The Thunder”. With 100,000 watts of FM power, J105 will reach into 5 separate counties!

Our listeners have grown to appreciate KOZY and KMFY as their locally owned radio stations and we are so excited to offer you another station with a different demographic.

The team here at KOZY/KMFY radio are so proud to be part of this great community and on January 1st, we invite you to tune in to J105 “The Thunder”, Grand Rapids new classic rock station!

By |December 8th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Lamke Broadcasting to Operate KBAJ 105.5-FM|

Deer River Woman Sentenced

A Deer River woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to six felony counts and two gross misdemeanor counts of theft. 57 year old Rinda Etter is charged with billing her landlord for work not completed and reimbursements for building materials not purchased. According to the complaint, Etter and her husband were working off their rent of $750 a month by upgrading a cabin on Little Sand Lake. Etter submitted invoices to the owner which were actually estimates. According to the complaint, she whited out the word estimate and replaced it with invoice. The cabin owner paid out over $50,000. Only about $10,000 worth of materials were purchased.
Etter was also charged with theft by false representation when she took orders for personalized items from Paddle Hoppers, Sleepy Hallow Resort, 38 Outpost, Fireplace Lifestyles, and Cedar Creek Grill.
Etter pleaded guilty as charged and pursuant to an agreement with the prosecutor, is expected to be placed on 10 years supervised probation with multiple conditions, including restituation of over $53,000. The agreement is subject to the approval of the court. Her sentencing is scheduled for March 6th at 2pm.

By |December 1st, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Deer River Woman Sentenced|

Law Report 11-16-16

From the Grand Rapids police department,
Windows were broken in three Grand Rapids businesses over the weekend. Someone threw a rock at the US Bank and Lakes Area Credit Union windows and a mirror of a delivery van owned by Globe Drug. Two windows at both US Bank and Lakes Area Credit were broken. There is a suspect. No one gained access to the businesses.
Someone left a camera and cash in a vehicle while they paid for gas Saturday. A 35 millimeter Minolta camera and $500 cash were taken from the unlocked vehicle while the owner paid for gas.
A fraud complaint was reported from US highway 2. Someone received a tuition refund and altered the check from $111.00 to $1,100. The case will be turned over to the county attorney.
An attempted burglary was reported from Terra Reflections on Highway 2. Someone broke the lock cylinder but didn’t enter the business. Nothing appears missing. Papa Murphy’s, next door, also reported a gouge in an exterior door lock. The burglar did not gain entry.

From the Itasca County Sheriff’s office,
A 20 gauge shotgun was reported stolen from a truck on County Road 10 in Bovey. No value available.
Someone broke into a garage on County Road 89 in Deer River. Taken were a battery and charger from a vehicle.
A road grader on Shingle Mill Trail was discovered damaged Monday. It appears someone shot out the windows. The owner was contacted.
Someone broken into a garage on Feeley 2 in Warba. Multiple boxes were taken from a garage.

By |November 16th, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Law Report 11-16-16|