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Fire Fighters Unable to Access Home

Having a long driveway with a canopy of trees overhead may be picturesque- but it almost cost a Mountain Iron family their home.
According to a story from Northland’s NewsCenter, a home in Mountain Iron lost power. When the owner tried to reconnect it, it sparked a blaze. Firefighters were unable to bring equipment to the home because of the driveway configuration. The Department of Natural Resources was called in because the fire spread into a nearby woods.
It took over two and a half hours to put out the fire.
For information on making your home easy to access by emergency crews, visit www.Firewise.org. Click on Home and Landscape.

By |June 18th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Cass Lake Man Sentenced to Ten Years

A 61 year old Cass Lake man will spend ten years in prison for the sexual assault of a nine year old girl. According to the Cass County Attorney, Francis, “Tuffy” Peter Isham committed the assault in 2006. Isham pleaded guilty to one count of Second Degree Criminal Sexual Assault in May. According to the plea, a similar charge in Beltrami County was dismissed.
Isham will be on conditional release after his release. He will be required to register as a risk level predatory offender for life.
The Leech Lake Tribal Police Department and Cass County Sheriff’s Office investigated the crime.

By |June 18th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Motorcycle-Deer Collission

56 year old Frank Scherf of Cohasset was injured in a motorcycle-deer collision on Highway 60, south of Worthington, Minnesota on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
Scherf was riding his Harley Davidson near Highway arker 6 when the collision occurred. Scherf received non-life-threatening injuries in the accident.

By |June 18th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Kitzville Accident

Four people were injured in a two vehicle accident in Kitzville on Tuesday afternoon. A vehicle driven by 29 year old Shawn Lawless of Zim was traveling west-bound on Grace Road through the intersection of Highway 169 when it was struck broadside by a vehicle traveling north-bound on Highway 169. The north-bound vehicle, according to the Minnesota State Patrol, was driven by 61 year old Frank Hanegmon of Chisholm.
Injured in the accident were passengers in the Hanegmon vehicle, including 61 year old Kathleen Hanegmon, 31 year old Amanda Hanegmon, 33 year old Molly Hanegmon, and 10 year old Alexis Pustovar. The Hanegmons are all listed as Chisholm residents. All injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.

By |June 18th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Bemidji Car Accident

Two people were killed in a two car accident south of Bemidji Tuesday afternoon. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a vehicle traveling north on Highway 71 collided with a vehicle traveling south in a head-on collision. The accident happened 9 miles south of Bemidji at about 2:30pm. The 89 year old driver and 87 year old passenger of the second vehicle were both killed in the crash. Their names are being withheld by the state patrol until later today

By |June 11th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Itasca County Board Meets

Itasca County Legislative Lobyist Loren Solberg gave a post-session report to the Itasca County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday during their regular meeting. Solberg reported that items proposed by the county that were passed into law include land sales and county and nursing home bonds changing from revenue bonds to general obligation bonds, saving the county $1.3 million dollars. As part of the bonding bill, twenty million dollars will be available for work on local bridges, but Solberg says he was hoping to get upwards of forty million towards that need.
The Board will next meet in regular session on Tuesday, June 24th at 2:30pm at Bovey City Hall.

By |June 11th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Get Fit Itasca

Hundreds of people turned out for the second annual Open Streets event on Saturday in Grand Rapids, sponsored by Get Fit Itasca.
A mile and a half of city streets were closed to traffic as residents biked, walked, jogged, played basketball, and visited.
Saturday was also the dedication of the Fifth street bike lanes.

By |June 9th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Wizard of Oz Festival this Week

The Judy Garland Museum’s annual Wizard of Oz Festival is this week in Grand Rapids. Events begin Tuesday with free admission to Grand Rapids residents at the Judy Garland Museum for the unveiling of the new “Land of Oz” exhibit. At 5:30 Friday evening, the museum is hoping to set a record with the most people dressed in Wizard of Oz costumes in one location. You must be dressed in a recognizable “Wizard of Oz” costume to be counted. For details on this event, or a complete schedule of events for the celebration, visit JudyGarlandMuseum.com.

By |June 9th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Cross Range Expressway

After 2016, just 6.7 miles of highway will be all that will stand between finishing the Cross Range Expressway. That six miles of road that pass near Marble, through Calumet, Snowball Lake, and Penguilly, are expected to cost anywhere between $80,000 and $120,000.
Senator Anzelc said if the project is done “on the cheap”, by just creating a four lane highway, without the safety element of realignment, it would be doing a disservice.

By |June 4th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

MPCA Withdraws Sulfate Ruling

During the last legislative session, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency almost shut down northern Minnesota’s mines.
The MPCA was set to announce on February 27th that the 40-year-old sulfate standard of 10 parts per million should remain in effect.
Since 1973, the sulfate standard involving the discharge of water from industrial concerns- including Minnesota’s mines was 10 parts per million. The MPCA had set a press conference to announce that the standard was unchanged.
State Representative Tom Anzelc told Chamber members at last week’s Eggs and Issues meeting that that intervention by Iron Range lawmakers was probably the highlight of his career.
“We reminded them how important the 4000 mining jobs were here on the range,” Representative Anzelc said.
The MPCA cancelled the press conference and said more studies were needed. Representative Anzelc said it’s still an issue the area will have to be concerned about.

By |June 4th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|