A 1996 Chevy GMT pick-up was reported stolen from the Itasca County fairgrounds on Sunday. The pick-up was left with the keys in the ignition. The truck is described as a dark blue 1996 Chevy GMT 400 truck with a single cab, 35 inch super swamper bogger tires with black rims. There are no suspects. Contact the Grand Rapids police department if you have any information.
The Floodwood Police Department is asking the public for assistance in identifying the person or persons who burglarized the Floodwood Little Store at 124 W. Hwy. 2 in Floodwood MN. On 7/19/14 at 2:31 a.m., the Floodwood Police Department was dispatched to the Little Store on the report of a security alarm. Police arrived on scene and caught a suspect exiting the back door of the business. The suspect fled the scene of the crime, entered the woods and was chased on foot by the officer on duty. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office responded with a tracking dog. Law enforcement were unable to locate the suspect. If you have any information that may lead to the arrest of the suspect(s) involved in this crime, you are urged to call the Floodwood Police Department at 218-476-2239 or 911.
Taconite shut the door early on Deer River, capturing a 10-4 victory on Friday.
With five runs in the first three innings, Taconite left no doubt about the eventual outcome.
An RBI single by Jaden Erkkila during the second inning fueled Taconite’s offense early.
Erkkila racked up four RBIs on four hits for Taconite. Kole Kalisch had a strong day at the dish as well. He connected for a deep home run to left in the win.
Jeff Korpi baffled Deer River, striking out six batters. Korpi allowed no earned runs, four hits and five walks over five innings to pick up the win.
Erkkila pitched two innings and allowed three runs, no earned runs, in closing out the game for Taconite.
Jeffrey Moore couldn’t get it done on the bump for Deer River, taking a loss. He allowed nine runs in five innings, walked one and struck out none.
Taconite matched its one-run fourth inning with one more in the sixth. In the fourth, Taconite scored on a sacrifice fly by Mike LaDoux, bringing home Taylor Lantz.
Taconite built upon its lead with three runs in the fifth. A hit into a fielder’s choice scored Kole Kalisch to get Taconite on the board in the inning. That was followed up by Erkkila’s single, plating John Labine.
Four people were injured in another accident at the intersection of Highway 2 and Grimsbo Road in Cohasset on Wednesday. A vehicle driven by 23 year old Alexandra Emery of Grand Rapids was eastbound on Highway 2, attempting to make a left hand turn off the highway when a vehicle driven by 20 year old Kathryn Tinquist of Cohasset rear-ended the Emery vehicle. Emery’s passengers have been identified as 16 year old Andie Cooper of Bovey and 21 year old Katrina Yurrick of Grand Rapids. All four people involved were injured in the accident. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Highway 2 does not have a center turn lane at that stretch of road.
Itasca County will receive $825,000 over the next two years to try to stop the spread of zebra mussels, Eurasian water-milfoil, purple loosestrife, and zebra mussels. Tuesday, Dan Swenson, Environmental Services Administrator, told the county board how the money is to be used.
The state of Minnesota will spend $4.5 million dollars in 2014 and $10 million in each year after that. The money was appropriated based on each county’s share of watercraft trailer launches and on each county’s share of watercraft trailer parking spots. Only St. Louis County received more money than Itasca.
Minnesota Power’s Boswell Energy center in Cohasset will conduct multi-agency hazardous materials exercises on Saturday. From 8 a.m. until approximately 4 p.m.. these exercise will include: Minnesota Power’s hazmat team, Grand Rapids and Cohasset fire departments, Grand Rapids Chemical Assessment Team (CAT), Itasca County Sheriff’s Office, MEDS 1 (Emergency Medical Service), Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital and Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM).
About 80 firefighting, public safety and other personnel will participate in medical preparedness and rescue training.
The exercise is designed to give public safety professionals the knowledge necessary to enhance the safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of medical response and clinical care following a hazardous materials incident.
Area residents will see numerous fire trucks, rescue vehicles and personnel in and around the plant entrance as part of the planned exercise. Barricades at the facility and training area will restrict access to the site.
More information can be found at www.mnpower.com.
Two Grand Rapids residents pleaeded guilty on Monday in Itasca County Court to charges of possession and use of methamphedamine. 37 year old Travis Jon Furman and his wife, Sulamita Furman, accepted plea deals. Travis Furman’s plea deal calls for a 57 month executed prison sentence on felony third degree sale of a controlled substance and one count of misdemeanor DWI. Sulamita Furman’s plea was for felony fifth degree controlled substance possession and one count of gross misdemeanor third degree DWI. Sulamita Furman is scheduled to appear in court on August 18th while Travis Furman is scheduled for an appearance in September 22nd.
The Taconite American Legion baseball team began a busy week with a convincing 9-5 victory over Deer River in Marble on Monday but suffered a tough 3-2 defeat to Ely on Tuesday night in Ely.
It was a well-pitched game between Taconite’s John Labine and Ely’s Will Gustafson. Gustafson earned the win allowing two runs on three hits. He struck out four while walking two in the game. Labine was the tough luck loser on the mound. He allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits while striking out four while walking three.
Taconite fell behind in the third inning when Ely scratched across a run. Taconite rallied back for a run in the fifth when Kole Kalisch reached which allowed Pat Shea to score. However, Ely answered with single runs in the fifth and the sixth to take the lead.
A dropped fly ball in the seventh allowed Joe LaDoux to score for Taconite to make it 3-2, however, a line drive to left ended the contest and Ely picked up its second win over Taconite during the season.
The loss moves Taconite to 9-7 overall on the season and they are back in action tonight with a trip to Esko.
The Taconite American Legion Baseball team returned to the win column with a convincing 10-1 victory over Esko in Marble on Tuesday afternoon.
Taconite raced ahead in the first with a lone run and tacked on four more in the second before adding two more in the third, a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth for the 10-1 win.
Kadin Kalisch was the beneficiary of the run support on the mound. He allowed only one hit in four innings of work. He walked six and struck out three in the win. Tyler Peterson pitched three innings of relief to get the save. He allowed one run on two hits while walking four and striking out three.
Pat Shea finished with three hits and scored two runs in the game. Kole Kalisch added three hits while Kadin Kalisch finished with three hits and drove home two runs. Joe LaDoux had a hit and drove in three runs in the game. Peterson had a hit and drove in a run as well in the victory.
Taconite sits at 8-6 overall on the season and returned to action on Monday when they squared off with Deer River.
The school board of Independent School District 316 meets tonight at 6:30 in the Staff Development room.
Items on the agenda include a status update and Action Items of Teacher Contract Negotiations. The board may also close the meeting for a negotiation strategy session.