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Death of an Infant in Inger

An Inger man has been arrested in the death of his son.  According to the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office, on October 16th, the man called 9-1-1 to report his 2 ½ month-old son was not breathing.  Emergency personnel arrived and began CPR.  The infant was transported to the Deer River hospital then life-flighted to St. Mary’s in Duluth.  He died the next day.  An autopsy indicated the infant suffered blunt force trauma.  The suspect is being held in the Itasca County Jail awaiting formal charges.

By |October 24th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off on Death of an Infant in Inger|

Winnie Fishing Dialogue

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host two open-house style meeting regarding fishing regulations on Lake Winnigigoshish. The current protected slot limit for walleye is 17-26 inches. The proposed slot would be 18-23 inches. The first meeting is Monday (tonight) from 6-8pm at the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center. The second meeting will be Tuesday from 6-8pm at the Bug-O-Nay-Gee-Shig School. Comments can be submitted directly to the DNR at 1201 E. Highway 2, Grand Rapids, MN, 55744 or e-mail Written comments will be accepted until Saturday, November 1st.

By |October 20th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off on Winnie Fishing Dialogue|

Mischel Injured in Accident

A two vehicle accident Saturday afternoon injured a Warba woman. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 66 year old Terry Tallackson of Pine River was traveling east on Highway 2 when he turned to go north on County Road 71. He was side-swiped by a vehicle driven by 74 year old Beverly Mischel of Warba. Mischel was traveling west on Highway 2 at the time. Mischel was injured in the accident, but her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. Her passenger, identified as 46 year old Pam Mischel was not injured. Tallackson and his passenger, Bonnie Hiniker of Pine River, were int injured in the accident.

By |October 20th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off on Mischel Injured in Accident|

Boaters Still A Risk

Not all boaters are “getting it”. Twenty-five percent of boaters who attempted to launch their boats from an inspected boat landing late this summer had one or more violations of the aquatic invasive species guidelines. Bill Grantges, AISP Coordinator for the Itasca Water Legacy Partnership, gave the county board an update on the program Tuesday afternoon.

The watercraft inspection program was running out of money in August when the Itasca county board allotted $825,000 in state Legacy money for it to continue. Additional inspections of 519 watercraft found 25% in violation. 72% of boaters arrived at a landing with a drain plug closed. 28% of boaters had plants or mud attached to the boat or trailer. Programmers will conduct three town hall meetings this fall before bringing a full presentation to the board in early November.

By |October 15th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off on Boaters Still A Risk|

Stokes Printing Robbed at Gunpoint Friday

Press Release from the Grand Rapids Police Department


Grand Rapids Police Officers arrested a 25-year-old Deer River woman on the afternoon of October 10, 2014 for Armed Robbery. According to Grand Rapids Police Chief Scott Johnson, Grand Rapids Police Officers and Itasca County Sheriff’s Deputies received a call at 4:05 PM that a female, armed with a handgun, had just robbed Stokes Printing. Stokes printing is located at 421 NW 1st Avenue in Grand Rapids. Officers and two deputies arrived within one minute of the time of the call. They learned that a female fitting the description of the robber was seen entering Reeds Drugs.

Officers checked the drugstore and then began checking the Central Square Mall asking merchants in the mall to lock their doors. Grand Rapids Police Officer Michelle Norris and Grand Rapids Police Officer Troy Scott located the woman near the restrooms where she was taken into custody. A pistol was found in the woman’s waistband and an undisclosed quantity of cash was found on her person.

“This was exemplary police work by the dispatchers, officers and deputies.” said Chief Johnson. “Everyone worked together as a team and an arrest was made within ten minutes of the time the crime was committed.”

At the time of this press release, the Grand Rapids Police Department has not released the name of the woman. She is being booked into the Itasca County Jail.

By |October 10th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off on Stokes Printing Robbed at Gunpoint Friday|

Playoffs are here

Fall playoffs are underway in the Northland. GRG Lightning tennis starting off with a 7-0 win over Cloquet on Monday – round 2 on Tuesday afternoon. Grand Rapids girls’ soccer finishing off the regular season on Monday in Bemidji. Seeding for boys’ and girls’ soccer come out Tuesday. Yes, it is Fall playoff season for High School sports. Now the fun really begins!

By |October 7th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Playoffs are here|

Housing Problem

Housing. That’s the one thing the Grand Rapids community can do to help companies like Magnetation grow. Matt Lehtinen, CEO of Magnetation, spoke to the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce on Monday. He said that housing was one of the problems companies face in our area. Lehtinen told chamber members that we need more new one hundred and fifty thousand/two hundred thousand dollar homes to attract professionals to the area.
Magnetation recycles abandoned waste tailings piles to produce high quality iron ore concentrate. Magnetation started as a seventy-five million dollar investment in 2012 has grown to a seven hundred million dollar investment in 2014. Plant four is expected to be operational in January.

By |October 7th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off on Housing Problem|

Garrison Hunter Found

A 76 year old Garrison man who got lost in the woods Wednesday was located early Thursday. Glenn Huff of Garrison was hunting on a trail west of County road 138 when he said he became disoriented. Huff’s truck was located in the area and a search was started. The search was called off due to darkness. Huff said that instead of causing the situation to become worse, he and his dog hunkered down for the night where he was. Huff and his dog walked up to a Crow Wing County Sheriff’s deputy Thursday. Huff was reported in excellent condition and suffered no injuries.
The Garrison Fire Department/first responders, Deerwood and Cuyuna Fire Department/first responders, Crow Wing Sheriff’s Deputies and a Brainard police officer assisted in the search.

By |October 3rd, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off on Garrison Hunter Found|

Aitkin Car Accident

A two car collision on Highway 169 in Aitkin County killed a Crosby man. A vehicle driven by 55 year old Cynthia Considine of Crosby was traveling south on 169. A vehicle driven by 88 year old Thomas Thorsten of Airkin was traveling west on Lone Oak Road. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the Thorsen vehicle pulled out from a stop sign and broadsided the Considine vehicle, causing it to roll and land on its roof. Considine’s passenger, identified as 55 year old Thomas Considine, was killed in the accident.

By |October 3rd, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off on Aitkin Car Accident|

Accident on Pincherry Road

A two vehicle accident Tuesday injured a Grand Rapids resident. A cargo truck, driven by 37 year old Thomas Peltier of Grand Rapids, was stopped at a stop sign on Highway 2 and Pincherry Road when it attempted to make a left hand turn. A Ford Focus, traveling west on Highway 2 hit the truck broadside. The focus was driven by 47 year old Amy Hannah of Grand Rapids. Hannah was injured in the accident. Injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

By |October 1st, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off on Accident on Pincherry Road|