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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|

Aitkin Resident Injured

Two Aitkin residents were injured in a two car accident Thursday afternoon. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a pickup driven by 62 year old Mark Bill of Aitkin was west-bound on Highway 210 and stopped to make a left hand turn onto Highway 6. A vehicle driven by 69 year old Jacqueline Walen of Port Wing Wisconsin didn’t notice that the Bill vehicle had stopped and rear-ended the vehicle. Injured in the accident were Walen and a passenger in the Bill vehicle, identified as 98 year old Margaret Bill of Aitkin. Injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

By |October 23rd, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Aitkin Resident Injured|

Voting Is Open

Independent School District 318’s school board met in regular session Monday night. Superintendent Dr. Thomas reminded the public that early voting for the two new elementary schools referendum is available at the court house, and voting will take place on November 3rd.
The district will hold a federal food audit this spring. The board approved a new vending machine contract which better clarify that the district vending options do meet USDA requirements. The district has already has been working on other requirements on the food audit list.

By |October 21st, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Voting Is Open|

Liberty Township Formerly Disolved

Liberty Township is no more. Tuesday, Itasca County commissioners voted to finish off what voters of Liberty Township residents put in motion in November of 2014.
Voters of the northern township voted 11 to 9 to dissolve the township and allow Itasca County to take over governmental services. County Commissioner Terry Snyder praised county staff for creating a plan to make that happen. Monies left over in the Liberty fund will be used to benefit Liberty residents

By |October 15th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Liberty Township Formerly Disolved|

Football Homecoming games tomorrow

The GNK Titans have homecoming tomorrow in Nashwauk as they take on the Hibbing Bluejackets. Last week on The Sports Issue, 5 members of the Titans talked about the season so far.


The 6-1 Deer River Warriors host East Central in their homecoming – the Warriors coming off a 28-8 win in Chisholm and ranked #6 in the state in Single A football. You can hear Deer River Football on 96.9 KMFY.

By |October 8th, 2015|Blog, Sports|Comments Off on Football Homecoming games tomorrow|

ISD 318 to Work on Better Mental Health for Students

Independent School District 318 set their 2015-2016 goals last night. The board approved the four goals which include: continuing to address the facility needs, continuing to make sure our students are getting a 21st century education, furthering our collaboration with other area schools and organizations to better serve our students, and also addressing how to better help our students with mental health needs over the next few years.
The board also reminded the public of the special election for the referendum is on November 3rd, and absentee ballots are available at the courthouse. The next ISD 318 School Board meeting is October 19th at 7pm.

By |October 7th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on ISD 318 to Work on Better Mental Health for Students|

Schwirtz Appears in Court

Can a defendants prior acts be admitted in court? That’s up to a judge. Monday, Robert Schwirtz appeared in Itasca County District court. The state asked the judge to amend the complaint to add two additional counts of terroristic threats. The court denied the motion.
The state also asked to enter into evidence prior acts by the defendant. Judge Maturi ordered the state and defendant to present their arguments. The state’s evidence is due by October 13th- the defendant’s by October 23rd.
Schwirtz is charged with assault in the 2nd degree, terroristic threats, and possession of a small amount of marijuana.
Schwirtz next court appearance is scheduled for November 16th. He remains in the Itasca County Jail on $100,000 bail.

By |October 6th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Schwirtz Appears in Court|