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Leech Lake Police Searching for Man Believed Armed and Dangerous

The Leech Lake Tribal Police Department is searching for a 21-year-old man who is considered armed and dangerous.

21 year old Andrew Edwin Matsen is described as 6 feet tall, 170 pounds, green eyes, and dark hair. The tribal police department asks that anyone who sees Matsen call (218) 335-6315 or email tips@llpolice.org.

On Monday, Aug. 12, multiple agencies, including the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, the Leech Lake Tribal Police Department, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the Minnesota State Patrol, were going to arrest Matsen regarding an “ongoing controlled substance sales investigation in Cass Lake,” according to a post from the tribal police on Facebook.

Matsen, however, fled, and a brief vehicle pursuit ensued. Some time thereafter, Matsen got out of his car and fled on foot, causing the authorities to follow as well. Authorities believe Matsen may have discharged a firearm during the pursuit, the post said.

The department said the public should not approach Matsen, who is considered “armed and dangerous.”

By |August 15th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Leech Lake Police Searching for Man Believed Armed and Dangerous|

MacDonnell Named Grand Itasca Hospital CEO

PRESS RELEASE

Grand Rapids, MN – Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital is proud to announce that, effective immediately, Jean MacDonell, MBA, RHIA has assumed the role of CEO & President. She has served in the interim President role since Mike Youso left the position earlier this year.

“I am honored to have accepted the CEO position at Grand Itasca, and humbled by the support I have received through the process,” says MacDonell. “Working in the community that I grew up in is very meaningful for me, and I am truly proud of our organization. What occurs within these walls each day is incredible and that is all thanks to our team of providers, leaders and staff who are deeply committed to providing quality health care to Itasca County and the surrounding area.”

MacDonell has 21 years of experience in health care, 12 of which have been at Grand Itasca. Her positions at Grand Itasca have included Director of Health Information Management and Registration, Vice President of Support Services and Compliance Officer and her most recent position as Vice President of Clinic Services. Some key projects that she has had responsibility for include retail pharmacy and Cancer & Infusion Center construction oversight, Fairview Health partnership integration and due diligence, as well as electronic health record system implementation.

MacDonell grew up in Grand Rapids and graduated from Grand Rapid High School in 1993. She remains committed to the success of the community, beyond the walls of Grand Itasca. MacDonell currently serves on the board of directors for the Itasca County Family YMCA and the Grand Rapids Area Library.

“I am very pleased to see Jean assume the position of President & CEO. She never loses site of Grand […]

By |August 15th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on MacDonnell Named Grand Itasca Hospital CEO|

Grand Rapids Approves New Engine

At Mondays City Council meeting, Fire Chief Travis Cole was in for a department head report. They have responded to 122 calls to date this year, which is in line with the previous few years. A lot of work has been put into the fire hall. They have a new floor drain system, fixed some issues with the concrete, a new garage doors, and a new roof. The council also approved the purchase of a new 115 Fire Engine which should arrive in about 8 months. The new engine replaces an old one which has been in service for over 30 years. The Fire Department does have room for a new recruit. Chief Cole “We’re gonna be looking to hire again this fall to try to get us back to 30 members if not 32. We’re always looking for new recruits age 18 and older, male and female. Get your app into the city”

Also at Mondays meeting the board approved the purchase of 6 new squad mobile computers for the Police Department.

By |August 14th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Grand Rapids Approves New Engine|

Naval Vets Now Eligible for Benefits

If you served within 12 nautical miles of Vietnam, you should check your veteran’s benefits.
Over forty-one hundred veterans call Itasca County home. Over seventy-percent of them are over 65 years old. Luke St. Germain, Itasca County’s Veterans Service Officer, told the public during the Itasca County board meeting, that because of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veteran’s Act, signed in June, disability benefits are extended to veterans who served on Navy ships off the coast of Vietnam. This clears the way for former sailors and Marines to receive compensation for diseases presumed to be caused by exposure to Agent Orange.

By |August 14th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Naval Vets Now Eligible for Benefits|

ISD 318 Past Due Meal Balance $80,000

At Monday’s School Board meeting, Polly Podpeskar delivered a Food Service Indicator report. According to Podpeskar, it costs more to prepare the meals then the district receives. “It costs us about $3.42 and the paying students pay $2.45 and $2.75, so there is a gap between what they pay, and what it actually costs us”. The gap is covered by Federal and State Reimbursements. Due to legislation, everyone gets to eat regardless of whether or not they can afford to pay. Currently unpaid meal debt in the district is around $80,000. Many students who might be eligible for free or reduced meals are not filling out the paperwork to apply for such reductions, Polly and the school board strongly recommend filling out these applications because not only does it help the individual student, but it also helps the district to receive state and federal funding to cover the costs. Also at the meeting Kent Korbitz was in for a facilities design and construction update. Work is on schedule and still within budget.

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Fill the Boot is Back

Grand Rapids firefighters have raised over $75,000 in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Today and tomorrow, they continue to support local residents who live with this disease and help fund research to find a cure. The Fill the Boot campaign is back. Residents driving at the intersection of Pokegama Avenue and Golf Course Road between 2 and 6 today and tomorrow are asked to open their wallets and Fill the Boot. Firefighters will be walking through the intersection accepting donations. Please drive with extra care and give what you can.

By |August 8th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Fill the Boot is Back|

ISD 318 Discusses Everyday Phy Ed for Elementary Students

Everyday elementary Phy Ed will continue at Independent School District 318. In June, the district presented a plan to the public that would have aligned prep/collaboration time for teachers by grade level, decreased the number of days students would have phy ed, and increased time for music and media. On Wednesday afternoon, the school board met in a board workshop. Interim Superintendent Sean Martinson told the board that the public expects physical education every day for elementary students and that the board heard. Hiring phy ed teachers will mean a budget increase of $59,000. The district will have to post for the positions.

By |August 1st, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on ISD 318 Discusses Everyday Phy Ed for Elementary Students|

Greenway Updates Math Curriculum

On a 4-1 vote, the Greenway School Board approved a new math curriculum during the school board meeting Wednesday night. There will be new textbooks and/or electronic textbooks for 5th and 6th graders for the upcoming year. Teachers and administrators heard a presentation on the Tuesday and were sold on the teaching system, according to Principal Jeff Britten.
Board member Bob Schwartz said he was concerned about training teachers so close to the start of school and the price. A five year license will cost the district about seventy-five thousand dollars. Superintendent David Pace said the one time cost will come out of reserves- either this year or next. Director Gary Gustason was absent with notice.

By |August 1st, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Greenway Updates Math Curriculum|

Fire in Gilbert Tuesday

Multiple fire departments responded Tuesday to a large house fire in rural Gilbert. The blaze was reported around 2:30 on French Avenue East, which is just off of Highway 37 between Gilbert and Eveleth. The home was engulfed in flames when the first firefighters arrived. No one was home at the time.
Two dogs were rescued. One dog was rescued right away, while another was found hiding under the house by Fayal Fire Captain Nick Preiner. The second dog (Henley) was treated by Eveleth EMS personnel on the scene and given oxygen. Both were taken to a local veterinary hospital with burns and smoke inhalation. Both dogs are reportedly doing well.
Fire departments on the scene included: Gilbert, Fayal, Eveleth, Mountain Iron, Virginia, Biwabik, Biwabik Township, and the Minnesota DNR. The home appears to be a total loss. Two dogs were rescued and were treated at a nearby animal hospital.

By |July 24th, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Fire in Gilbert Tuesday|

Cohasset Industrial Park Moves Forward

In 2016, the City of Cohasset accepted a bid for bituminous paving for Industrial Park Phase Two. Tuesday, the city council, on a four to one vote, agreed to pay a change order to cover most of the final bill. After the initial bid, but before the work could be completed, the Superior Refinery fire happened. The price of bituminous rose dramatically. After nearly 10 minutes, a council member finally made the motion to pay the balance. Council member Terry Bartz was the dissenting vote.

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