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Deer River Woman Sentenced

A Deer River woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to six felony counts and two gross misdemeanor counts of theft. 57 year old Rinda Etter is charged with billing her landlord for work not completed and reimbursements for building materials not purchased. According to the complaint, Etter and her husband were working off their rent of $750 a month by upgrading a cabin on Little Sand Lake. Etter submitted invoices to the owner which were actually estimates. According to the complaint, she whited out the word estimate and replaced it with invoice. The cabin owner paid out over $50,000. Only about $10,000 worth of materials were purchased.
Etter was also charged with theft by false representation when she took orders for personalized items from Paddle Hoppers, Sleepy Hallow Resort, 38 Outpost, Fireplace Lifestyles, and Cedar Creek Grill.
Etter pleaded guilty as charged and pursuant to an agreement with the prosecutor, is expected to be placed on 10 years supervised probation with multiple conditions, including restituation of over $53,000. The agreement is subject to the approval of the court. Her sentencing is scheduled for March 6th at 2pm.

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Law Report 11-16-16

From the Grand Rapids police department,
Windows were broken in three Grand Rapids businesses over the weekend. Someone threw a rock at the US Bank and Lakes Area Credit Union windows and a mirror of a delivery van owned by Globe Drug. Two windows at both US Bank and Lakes Area Credit were broken. There is a suspect. No one gained access to the businesses.
Someone left a camera and cash in a vehicle while they paid for gas Saturday. A 35 millimeter Minolta camera and $500 cash were taken from the unlocked vehicle while the owner paid for gas.
A fraud complaint was reported from US highway 2. Someone received a tuition refund and altered the check from $111.00 to $1,100. The case will be turned over to the county attorney.
An attempted burglary was reported from Terra Reflections on Highway 2. Someone broke the lock cylinder but didn’t enter the business. Nothing appears missing. Papa Murphy’s, next door, also reported a gouge in an exterior door lock. The burglar did not gain entry.

From the Itasca County Sheriff’s office,
A 20 gauge shotgun was reported stolen from a truck on County Road 10 in Bovey. No value available.
Someone broke into a garage on County Road 89 in Deer River. Taken were a battery and charger from a vehicle.
A road grader on Shingle Mill Trail was discovered damaged Monday. It appears someone shot out the windows. The owner was contacted.
Someone broken into a garage on Feeley 2 in Warba. Multiple boxes were taken from a garage.

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2016 Election Results

Local Election Results

Itasca County Commissioner for District 2, Rusty Eichorn, lost his reelection bid Tuesday to challenger Burl Ives. Ives received 3092 votes to Eichorn’s 1978, giving Ives 60.8% of the vote.

The School Board of ISD 318 of Grand Rapids an Bigfork will have a new look in January. Challenger Molly Miskovich secured enough votes to win a seat.
Pat Medure was the top vote getter with 9029, Miskovich received 7000, and Tom Peltier with 6571 votes.
Other vote getters include:
Sue Zeige earned 5054
Conley Janssen with 4228 votes.
Brian Oftelie received 1788 votes.

On the Grand Rapids City council, incumbant Dale christy received 3035 votes. Challenger Tasha Connelly received 2325 votes, enough to win the second seat. In a Special Election for the remaining council seat, Incumbent Rick Blake received 2773 votes over challenger Lynda Jo Thompson’s 1736.

State-wide Election Results

State Senator Tom Saxhaug lost a reelection bid against Justin Eichorn. Saxhaug, a four-term Senator, garnered 19700 votes to Eichorn’s 20285.

State Representative Tom Anzelc, a fifth-term Congressman, lost his reelection bid in a hard-fought battle with Republican Sandy Layman is District 5B.
Layman earned 11499 votes to Anzelc’s 9011 votes.

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Grand Rapids Robberies

A number of Grand Rapids businesses were robbed last
Sunday night or early Monday.

The Lakeview Salon on Highway 2- which is attached to MN Direct Properties was entered late Sunday.
Someone stole $50 or $60 dollars from a station as well as over $500 in Paul Mitchell Hair product.
It’s unknown what was taken from the MN Direct office, but desks were opened.

Carlson Muffler Shop was burglarized late Sunday evening.
Someone broke a window to enter the business.
About $200 cash was taken from a cash drawer.
Nothing else appeared missing.

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Law Report 10-31-2016

A home on Henderson Road in Cohasset was reported broken in to last Wednesday. Taken was a 42 inch LG LED flat screen tv. It’s valued at $500.

Someone woke up with a headache Thursday and asked the Cohasset Fire Department to check carbon monoxide levels.

A storage building on Wolf Lake Trail on Bovey had it windows broken out. No replacement value.

A fraud case was reported from Owen Point Trail in Bigfork. No more details are available.

A trespassing case was called in Saturday morning. Someone flashed a flashlight into a resident’s window at 1am. The owner called out asking if the person needed help. No response. The resident got a firearm out and fired a shot into the air from his deck. Charges of reckless discharge of a firearm are pending against the homeowner.

A chimney fire was reported Saturday from Bridge Street in Warba. No more information is available.

An ATV accident was reported from Feely Unit Forest Road. The victim was transported to a hospital. No more details are being released at this time.

Sunday, items were reported taken from a residence on County Road 128 in Deer River. No more details are available.

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Local Law 10-26-2016

A vehicle did over $5000 in damages to the Super 8 motel in Grand Rapids Tuesday afternoon. The driver said he was backing up from a parking space and “popped” the clutch into drive and struck the building. A citation was issued for no insurance and expired registration.

A Raleigh d-tour 2.5 male pedal bike was reported stolen from Canal Street Tuesday. It’s valued at $200.

Four to five garbage bags of clothes were left at an apartment building on River Road Tuesday along with a note about a divorce. None of the residents are married and residents feel it was left at the wrong building.

A cell phone was reported taken at the Grand Rapids middle school. No value available.

A two vehicle accident occurred Tuesday afternoon on 7th avenue South East. No one was injured and only minor damage to the two vehicles.

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October is Domestic Abuse Awareness Month

If you are in a relationship that isn’t healthy, there are people to talk to. Itasca County Health and Human Service Director Eric Villeneuve addressed the county board yesterday.
If you do not feel safe in your relationship, reach out to someone who you can trust. will send you to Advocate for Family Peace. First call for Help is also available by calling 2-1-1.

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Bail Set for Pair Charged with Murder

Bail was set Friday morning for 35 year old Joseph Thorensen and 22 year old Kayleene Greniger, both of Grand Rapids, in the death of David Haiman in July. Bail was set at $2 Million without condition and $1 Million dollars with conditions. At the bail hearing on Friday, bail was for both Thoresen and Greniger. Thursday, and Itasca County Grand Jury indicted both Thoresen and Greniger on first and second degree degree murder charges. the next joint court appearance is scheduled for December 13th at 1:30pm.

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Thieves Steal Chain Saws From Kids

Last Saturday, October 15th, the Grand Rapids High School’s forestry program had six of their chain saws stolen at the school forest. The forest is located off of Itasca County Road 325 (not too far off of county road 49). These were Stihl chain saws, model numbers MS 290 and 066 with GRHS stenciled on them. Please contact Itasca County Sheriffs Department (218-326-3477), or Grand Rapids High School (218-327-5760) with any information or leads.

By |October 21st, 2016|Blog, News|Comments Off on Thieves Steal Chain Saws From Kids|

First Degree Murder Charges Filed

An Itasca County Grand Jury Thursday indicted 35 year old Joseph Christen Thoresen and 22 year old Kayleene Danielle Greniger, both Grand Rapdis Residents on two counts of Murder in the First Degree and two counts of Murder in the Second Degree in the death of 20 year old David Haiman.
The indictments are based on allegations that Thoresen and Greniger assaulted Haiman, kidnapped, and later assaulted Haiman with a baseball bat, a knife and a machete. Haiman’s body and head were found in the Ball Club area on June 21.

Thoresen’s next court appearance is set for October 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Greniger’s next court appearance is set for October 21, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.

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