Independent School District 316 will have a new Superintendent as of July 1st. David Pace was offered the position last week and formally accepted after the contract was finalized. Pace, formerly Superintendent of East Grand Forks, was offered a 3 year contract from July 1,2016 to June 30, 2019. According to the contract, Pace will be paid an annual salary of $124,000 for Fiscal Year 17, $126,000 for 2018 and $128,000 for 2018. The annual salary may be modified, but shall not be reduced, during the term of this contract.
The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and Northwoods Candy Company were burglarized last week. According to the Grand Rapids police department, officers were called to the building by an employee. They found no indication of forced entry. All doors were bolted and no screens were cut. The candy company had $350 taken from the till. The Camber lost $440 in cash and a Brett Favre plaque valued at $200.
A 27 year old man is in jail, charged with the sexual assault and attempted kidnapping of a five year old girl. Travis L Turk of Hibbing, was arrested and charged Wednesday with two counts of criminal first degree sexual assault and two counts of first degree burglary. He remains in the St. Louis County jail pending $100,000 bail. Each assault count could bring a maximum 30 years in prison and a $40,000 fine.
According to the criminal complaint, Turk entered the child’s home and assaulted her early Tuesday morning. The child’s scream woke her mother, who found the stranger holding her child. The man ran from the home. An investigation by the Hibbing Police Department and St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department led to Turk’s arrest.
According to court records, Turk had been watching the child for several month. He also admitted to molesting more than a dozen other children prior to turning 18.
Turk’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 9th.
The school board of Independent School District 316 will have a new look the next time it meets. Wednesday, the board canvassed votes for the May 17th election and certified Michael Williams as its newest member, filling a seat left vacant last August. Williams was elected in a May 17th Special election. Williams will join the board for its June meeting.
The board added a number of items to the agenda prior to the meeting, including welcoming Superintendent finalist, David Pace, to the meeting. Pace is the only finalist for the position. The board passed a resolution to begin negotiations with Pace.
The board approved three resignations and one retirement. Band teacher Sander Grotjohn, elementary teacher Kacey Granley, and early childhood special education teacher Angie Miskovich submitted their resignations. After 29 ½ years, custodian John Wright will retire at the end of the school year.
The body of a 20 year old Hibbing boy found near Mott Pitt last Thursday has been identified. According to the St. Louis County sheriff’s Office, the victim was identified throught fingerprint identification as 20 year old Jaysen Greenwood. A 19 year old Hibbing resident was arrested without incident Saturday. He’s being held in the St. Louis County Jail in Hibbing. No more information is available.
Tuesday night, the Cohasset City Council awarded the bid for Industrial Park Phase 2 to Hammerlund Construction, despite an accusation from Casper Construction that Hammerlund violated the “Responsible Contractor” statute.
Prior to the council meeting, the city received an affidavit from a former Hammerlund employee who claimed Hammerlund did not pay fringe benefits under the prevailing wage statue. The city also received a letter from the attorney representing Hammerlund, along with a letter from the Minnesota Fringe Benefits Fund stating Hammerlund is current with all payments, including fringe benefits and promissory note payments.
Cohasset City Attorney John Licke told the council they weren’t expected to be judge and jury.
On a vote of 4-1, Tim Carlson dissenting, the vote passed. Hammerlund did submit the lowest bid at $2,889,000.00.
The council approved a Project Labor Agreement for the project before awarding the bid.
A rural Grand Rapids man was arrested yesterday when the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Grand Rapids Police Department, executed a search warrant in Itasca county. the 60 year old man was arrested for First Degree Possession of a Controlled Substance. Law enforcement seized approximately 43 grams of suspected methamphetamine. He’s expected to be charged in Itasca County District Court.
An Deer River teen was sentenced Tuesday in Itasca County District Court for the felony crime of first degree manslaughter. 18 year old Walter Everett Charwood of Deer River previously entered the plea. Tuesday, Charwood was sentenced to a year in jail and 15 years supervised probation.
The charges stem from an incident on January 12th where Charwood picked up a rifle inside his home, took the safety off, pointed the gun a 17 year old Dallas James Graciano, and fired.
Graciano was found dead in Charwood’s bedroom.
Charwood told authorities that he usually loads the rifle outside and that he was trying to put the safety back on when the rifle fired. Charwood called 9-1-1.
The first degree manslaughter charge alleges that Charwood caused the death of another in committing or attempting to commit a misdemeanor (including reckless handling or use of a gun) or a gross misdemeanor offense with such force and violence that death or great bodily harm to any person was reasonably foreseeable, and murder in the first degree or second degree was not committed thereby.
A thirty-year old employee of Northland Recovery has been charged in Itasca County District court with eight counts in connection with breaking a 15 your old out the Northland’s care and sexually assault.
30 year old Melanie Lynn Peterson of Grand Rapids worked at Northland Recovery and is charged with allegedly assisting the 15 year old male to run away from Northland, letting the juvinile stay at her apartment, having intercourse with him, and giving him a controlled substance. All the crimes allegedly occurred on April 26th.
Peterson made her court appearance on April 28th. She’s been charged with three counts of felony criminal sexual conduct in the 1st degree, one count felony 3rd degree controlled substance crime, one count felony 4th degree controlled substance, one count felony 4th degree possession of a controlled substance, one count felony deprivation of custodial or parental rights and one count gross misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Independent School District 316 will have a new Superintendent. Last night, during the regularly scheduled school board meeting, the board chose to use the services of IASC, the Itasca Area School Collaborative, until June 30th.
Matt Grosse, Superintendent of ISD 317 of Deer River and Chair of IASC, will facilitate Greenway’s Superintendent needs until June 30th. Sue Hoeft, who had been handling Superintendent duties for the last two weeks, will return to her duties as Principal of Vandyke elementary School.
School Board Chair, Bob Schwartz said it was the least intrusive option. The district is taking applications for the full-time Superintendent position until May 9th.
The board also heard a preliminary report on the Q-Comp proposal. The union and the school board must sign off on the two year proposal.