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Esser Global Returns

Tuesday, Itasca County Commissioner drafted a letter to Minnesota Governor Tim Walz asking for direction for the future of the former Essar plant. The plant construction sits idle while ownership, controlling interests, and permits are worked out. Mesabi Metallics, Inc currently holds the permits for the project.
In a letter, the county board asked the governor to consider one of two options; either work with a company that acquires Mesabi Metallics or allow Mesabi Metallics to work with Global Essar (who has reemerged as a stakeholder in the project).
The letter will be circulated to other local government and school districts for possible additional signatures.

By |April 24th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Esser Global Returns|

Itasca County Assists Nashwauk

On a slim 3-2 margin, the Itasca County Board of Commissioners voted to accept the criminal prosecution services for the city of Nashwauk. The county already prosecutes Nashwauk’s felony cases. County Attorney Matti Adam told the board that the city of Nashwauk has already approved the use of the county’s services.
Commissioner Terry Snyder told the board that he had concerns about taking a job away from the private sector.
On a 3-2 vote, Commissioners Snyder and Ives the dissenting votes. Adam estimated about 10 cases a month and said her department could handle the extra work without adding staff. The agreement only runs through the end of the year.

By |April 24th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Itasca County Assists Nashwauk|

Cohasset Approves $3.5 Million Community Center and Daycare

The city of Cohasset last night, during its regularly scheduled city council meeting, approved the $3.5 million dollar community center and daycare center.
City Administrator Max Peters said the city received $250,000 from the Blandin Foundation. $250,000 was also received from the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board. The city has already budgeted $350,000 a year over a 20 year span. Peters said it would be paid for well before the 20 year lifespan.
Cohasset Mayor Greg Hagy told the board that child care is one of the biggest topics at the mayor’s convention.

By |April 24th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Cohasset Approves $3.5 Million Community Center and Daycare|

Stabbing Victim Identified

The Grand Rapids Police Department has identified the stabbing victim from Tuesday night at 20 year old Chere Morgan of Grand Rapids. Morgan was stabbed on property owned by Independent School District 318 in North East Grand Rapids. The 15 year old male suspect has not been charged.
According to the press release, officers found a 15-year-old Grand Rapids teenager standing in the playground holding a knife. On the ground next to him was Morgan. Morgan sustained a stab wound to her abdomen. The 15 year old was taken into custody and is currently in a secure detention facility. Paramedics transported Morgan to Grand Itasca Hospital where she died of her injuries.

By |April 17th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Stabbing Victim Identified|

LaPrarie Bank Robbed Tuesday

Itasca County Sheriff’s Office

On April 16, 2019, at approximately 4:15 PM, Itasca County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call of an armed robbery at the Coleraine Bank, located in the City of La Prairie. The suspect took an undetermined amount of cash and then fled on foot from the Coleraine Bank. No bank employees were injured in the incident.
After a foot pursuit through the woods the suspect was apprehended and transported to the Itasca County Jail. The suspect was booked into jail for 2 counts of aggravated robbery, 2 counts of 2nd degree assault and 1 count of fleeing on foot. The suspect will appear in Itasca County Court later this week.
Itasca County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Grand Rapids Police Department, Bovey Police Department, Keewatin Police Department, Nashwauk Police Department, Coleraine Department, Minnesota State Patrol and the Minnesota DNR.

By |April 17th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on LaPrarie Bank Robbed Tuesday|

Stabbing Death in Grand Rapids


[Grand Rapids, MN]  The Grand Rapids Police Department is investigating the stabbing death of a 20-year-old Grand Rapids woman.  On April 16, 2019 at 9:45 PM, officers responded to a report of a stabbing at Murphy Elementary School, 822 NE 5th Avenue. A Grand Rapids Police Officer and State Patrol Trooper arrived at the school within four minutes.

They found a 15-year-old Grand Rapids teenager standing in the playground. He was holding a knife. On the ground next to him was an unconscious 20-year-old Grand Rapids woman who had suffered a stab wound to her abdomen. Officers began resuscitation efforts. The 15 year old was taken into custody and is currently in a secure detention facility. Meds1 paramedics transported the woman to Grand Itasca Hospital where she succumbed to her knife wounds.

“We believe this meeting was arranged by these two people and not related to the school. The public is not in danger. Drugs were found at the scene” stated Grand Rapids Police Chief Scott Johnson.

In addition to the Minnesota State Patrol, assistance was received from the Itasca County Sheriff’s Department, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Bovey Police Department.

This incident is under investigation. The identity of the victim will be released later today.



By |April 17th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Stabbing Death in Grand Rapids|

Grand Rapids- ISD 318 Agree on New School Property

At Mondays City Council meeting, the city passed a resolution approving a property exchange with Independent School District 318. The district will get land from the city for the new school, in return the City will take the Forest Lake and Riverview school sites. Mayor Adams said there are still some hoops to jump through, but the process is on track.
Mayor Adams reminded the public that the many trail systems in our area are starting to clear up for public use. “Snow is going down. The trails and paths around Grand Rapids will soon be calling all of you to get out and bike, or walk, or rollerblade to take advantage of the opportunity to see many different parts of the city”. And, Jeff Davies gave his final department head report for Public Works before his retirement.
As of March 19th, we had 75.6” of snowfall this year. The record amount of snowfall was in 2013 when 109” was recorded.
Also the council approved the purchase of a Gas Monitor for the Fire Department.
Story by David Moody.

By |April 9th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Grand Rapids- ISD 318 Agree on New School Property|

Grand Rapids Vehicle Stolen

Friday afternoon, a Pontiac Grand Prix GT was reported stolen from outside Itasca Coin Laundry. According to the Grand Rapids Police Department, the owner left the vehicle running and went inside to buy a can of pop. When he returned, the vehicle was gone. Officers from Grand Rapids and the Minnesota State Patrol searched for the vehicle, unsuccessfully.
The vehicle was located in Virginia (Minnesota) and charges are pending against the driver. The owner and the person who took the vehicle aren’t believed to have known each other. Charges are pending.

By |April 1st, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Grand Rapids Vehicle Stolen|

Former Greenway Superintendent Sentenced

A federal judge has sentenced the former superintendent of the Shakopee School District to 24 months in prison for soliciting bribes from a company in exchange for contracts with the district. Prosecutors say 53-year-old Rodney Thompson received more than 44 thousand dollars in home improvements, plus personal travel and access to sporting events. Rod Thompson previously worked as the Detroit Lakes High School principal and superintendent at Greenway School District. U-S Attorney Erica MacDonald says the violations occurred during Thompson’s entire time with the Shakopee School District and his “greedy and corrupt dealings have earned him a prison sentence.”

By |April 1st, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Former Greenway Superintendent Sentenced|

Itasca County Board Adds Public Comment

The Itasca County Board of Commissioners will hear public comment (regarding agenda items) prior to county board meetings. Commissioners, on a vote of 3-1, agreed to allow members of the public to comment on agenda items. The comments can not of political nature, grandstanding, candidate endorsements, or attempts to influence an election. Commissioners will listen to concerns but are not obligated to debate or answer questions. One concern commissioners had was if a person refused to surrender the microphone after his/her 3 minutes time is up.
The vote was 3-1 in favor. Commissioner DeNucci cast the dissenting vote. Commissioner Snyder was absent but gave the board a letter to be read in support.

By |March 28th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Itasca County Board Adds Public Comment|