A 46 year old Deer River woman was injured early this morning (tues AM). A vehicle driven by 37 year old James Tanski of Saginaw was driving east on Highway 2 when he struck a pedestrian in the middle of the roadway. The Minnesota State Patrol identified the pedestrian as 46 year old Tracy Peterson of Deer River. Tanski, and his passenger, 30 year old Jason Erickson of Duluth, were not injured in the accident. Peterson’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. She was transported to the Deer River hospital by ambulance and later flown by helicopter to St. Mary’s in Duluth
The fairground round-about was completed before the car show weekend in Grand Rapids, but it cost more than expected. The city added more than eighty thousand dollars to the cost of the Crystal Lake Boulevard Reconstruction Project on 12th and 14th streets. Grand Rapids City Engineer Julie Kennedy addressed the City Council yesterday (audio).
Fixing the issue now will prevent future repairs. Also at last night’s Grand Rapids City Council meeting, councilors approved hiring Donald Wilson to a firefighter position and Jacob Barsness to a firefighter trainee. Grand Rapids residents are also reminded that the deadline to apply for property tax refunds is August 15th.
The next Grand Rapids City Council Meeting is August 11th.
A two vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 169 and 200 sent three people to the hospital on Friday afternoon. A semi driven by 53 year old Scott Hamilton of Cohasset was northbound on 169 when a vehicle driven by 28 year old Jun Tao of Houghton Michigan drove through the stop sign and hit Hamilton’s trailer. Three people in the Tao vehicle were injured, including Fan Yang, Pei Hou, and the driver, Jun Tao. Ages and hometowns of Tao’s passengers were not available. The injuries are all believed to be non-life-threatening, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
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.
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 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.